Fairfield Co. Commissioners Delay Euthanization Decision


UPDATED: Tuesday August 7, 2012 5:44 PM

About 100 animal activists and others are urging Fairfield County Commissioners to stop the gassing of animals. 

"The gas chamber in our county is a disgrace and is destroying the good name of our county," Reed Bailey, local resident.

"It's simply not a humane way to end this animal’s life," said Amy Bogart of the Humane Society of the United States.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), Humane Society members and local residents voiced their concerns to the commission on Tuesday  morning.

"On numerous occasions, (the animals) had been recycled through twice because they were not dead, said Teresa Landon of the Ohio SPCA.

According to the SPCA, 77 of 88 Ohio counties are using lethal injections instead of carbon monoxide to euthanize animals.

For months, Fairfield County has been reviewing its procedures. 

The dog warden said that a gas chamber can take up to two minutes, but animals activists say an injection takes less than 30 seconds.

"We're a committee, a body of three. It would take two commissioners to change the policy and I think we will," said Steve Davis, Fairfield County Commissioner.

The board will continue discussion on the issue for the next two weeks.

Protesters said they plan on trying to find more foster homes in an attempt to keep animals from being killed.

Last year, 578 dogs were put down using the gas chamber in Fairfield County.
 

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