Roswell woman saving dogs from euthanasia

Posted at: 11/13/2013 5:31 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A Roswell woman has taken it upon herself to save dogs that are set to be put down.  More than 100 animals now have homes because of what she's doing.

For Sammye Sue Leflar-Bohnstehn, saving animals is a race against time.

"It is a huge race against the clock, every minute counts," said Leflar-Bohnstehn.

And Sammye is spending those minutes trying to get them adopted before they are put down.

"It's like, oh if this dog only had more time," said Leflar-Bohnstehn.

And it's working. Last month Sammye saved 110 dogs.  Sammye takes pictures of animals set to be euthanized and puts them on her Facebook page, hoping to get someone to adopt.

"A lady drove all the way from Oklahoma to get two of them.  So, you'd be surprised how many times somebody sees a picture on the page and connects with a particular animal, and they'll do just about anything to get it to them," said Leflar-Bohnstehn.

Tuesday night, seven animals were on the list to be put down at 7:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.  But with pictures on her page and messages from others to help, four dogs were rescued.

With her efforts, Sammye is saving lives.  Animal Control says the dog euthanasia rate has dropped by 50 percent.

"It's heartbreaking. I cry on those pages every single night watching the little healthy wonderful dogs that didn't ask to be born, you know, and they deserve a good home and they would make wonderful pets," said Leflar-Bohnstehn.