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Delaware named nation's first 'no-kill' animal state

More than 90 percent of the animals in its shelters are reunited with their owners or get new homes.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Delaware has become the first state to earn "no-kill" status from a national organization.

The nonprofit Best Friends Animal Society said the state earned the designation because it has passed a 90-percent save rate, according to CBS.

The group allows a 10-percent margin of error for ailing animals who need to be put down and those with medical or behavioral issues that make it impossible to find new homes.

CBS said Delaware has a 92.9-percent save rate, meaning about 12,000 out of 13,000 animals in shelters were returned to their owners or placed in new homes.

The United States, on average, has a save rate of 76.6 percent. 

Florida's save rate is 74.4 percent.

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