HARLAN COUNTY, ky - The Harlan County Animal Shelter was forced to lower its numbers.
A wall of pictures represents many stories of rescue and recovery.
“Work with them day in and day out; you see them go out that door, and they're just wagging that little tail with smiles on their faces.
That's my reward,” said volunteer Jessica Logan.
However, not every animal at the Harlan County Animal Shelter share that fate.
Nearly 80 animals were euthanized Friday due to over population.
“There are just so many animals, just so many, and you can't save
them all. You can't,” said shelter Director Duncan Caldwell.
Officials say that with a limited amount of space and food, sometimes euthanizing the animals is their only choice.
“Trying to place them in homes is really difficult and when you get to that point where you're overpopulated there's only one outlet and it is to euthanize,” said Caldwell.
The shelter has drastically lowered its kill rate since 2005, but Friday makes the largest put down volunteers have seen in years.
“No matter how you look at it, it's just heart breaking,” said Logan.
Volunteers say that is why those few rescues mean so much.