Two hundred and forty-one dogs and 312 cats were euthanized at the city of Uvalde animal control facility in 2015. The euthanized animals represent nearly half of the 1,302 animals handled last year by animal control officers Pete Alvarez and Sammy Ibarra.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for all age groups and the second leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds in America and in recent weeks at least three young men with Uvalde ties have taken their own lives.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013, there were 41,149 suicides in the United States – a number that is equal to the rate of one suicide every 13 minutes. Also in 2013, an estimated 9.3 million adults reported having suicidal thoughts.
The percentage of adults having serious thoughts about suicide was highest among 18- to 25-year-olds, followed by adults aged 26-49, then by adults aged 50 or older.
That same year, an estimated 2.7 million people made a plan about how they would attempt suicide and 3.1 million adults aged 18 or older attempted suicide. Among these adults who attempted suicide, 1.1 million also reported making suicidal plans.