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Updated: 11/02/2017 08:30:02AM

New push to save abandoned DeSoto County pets — technology is the key

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ARCADIAN PHOTO BY CRAIG GARRETT

Debbie Merkin and Chico Morales work at DeSoto County Animal Services. Susan Brodowsky is the third member of the team.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY CRAIG GARRETT

Merkin snuggles an abandoned puppy that should find a home in the coming days. Rescue groups are mostly recruited via the internet.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY CRAIG GARRETT

Animal Services supervisor Debbie Merkin and her staff have compiled about 80 rescue groups in Florida and around the country.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY CRAIG GARRETT
Merkin snuggles an abandoned puppy that should find a home in the coming days. Rescue groups are mostly recruited via the internet.

By CRAIG GARRETT

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There wasn’t much hope of breaking free for the inmates at DeSoto County Animal Services.

Only a few years ago, almost 90 percent of the animals collected by the “dog-catcher” or surrendered by their owners were euthanized humanely — or “put down” — at a steady clip by those running the facility.

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