Animal gas chamber publicly demolished in Ohio

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) — About 30 people helped demolish a northern Ohio animal shelter's gas chamber that was used to kill hundreds of stray cats annually before it was phased out amid public pressure.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/1gNYLbP ) reports the gas chamber was demolished in a public event Saturday in the parking lot of the Medina County Animal Shelter

The society had invited people to take a sledge hammer to the gas chamber in exchange for a donation to the society.

The debate over the fate of the carbon-monoxide chamber began after county commissioners voted unanimously in November to stop accepting cats at the county kennel, effectively ending the chamber's use.

The county stopped killing dogs in the chamber several years ago because of public opposition.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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