Feb 13, 2020 4:51 PM

Hutchinson Animal Shelter releases 2019 numbers

Posted Feb 13, 2020 4:51 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — After a record year in 2018, the Hutchinson Animal Shelter saw a drop in the number of pets they were able to adopt. It also saw an increase in the number of animals euthanized. The number of pets adopted in 2019 was 847 compared with 1007 the previous year.

The number of animals euthanized was 647 which ended a five-year decline in that number. The shelter says most of the euthanizations were due to health issues or behavior problems.

The number of lost pets returned to owners was steady at 391 and 266 pets were transferred to other agencies which is a slight increase over 2018.

One area that also saw numbers increase was the number of pets surrendered to the shelter. This past year, 593 pets were surrendered compared with 494 in 2018. The number of strays brought into the shelter did decline last year at 1,501 compared with 1,600 in 2018.

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No formal policy on inclement weather transportation in USD 308

By NICK GOSNELL

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — After an injury accident involving a busload of Wichita elementary kids and parents that were on the Turnpike earlier this week headed to the Statehouse, it's important to note that Hutchinson USD 308 doesn't have a set policy in the case of inclement weather.

USD 308 spokesperson Ray Hemman notes that in terms of sports events, the visiting team makes the decision whether or not to come.

"Kevin Armstrong, our AD, and I work hand-in-hand to make sure we have the best information going forward for our kids when they travel," Hemman said. "We also work with our busing service, Durham School Services and Leasing, to get their input. They have other folks out and about in the state who give them input."

Seventeen students were taken to an Emporia hospital to be checked out after the accident Wednesday morning. Their injuries were minor.