HOUSTON - Police shot and killed four cats and four dogs at the Houston animal shelter because homes could not be found for the animals.
Some of the pets killed Tuesday had been at the shelter since November.
The officer who shot the animals, Sgt. Charlie Seidl, told The Anchorage Daily News the shelter can't keep animals indefinitely and he was following orders to put them down.
The executive director of the Alaska Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Sally Clampitt, called the shooting horrible and said euthanasia by a veterinarian is preferred.
Houston Mayor Roger Purcell says the city is working to have an animal control officer licensed to give lethal injections. But he says shooting is common in rural areas.