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Findings released in Gallia County Animal Shelter dog deaths

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Findings have been released following the deaths of 11 dogs at the Gallia County Animal Shelter in Ohio, which were suspected to be improper euthanizations.

The dogs' bodies were taken for necropsy to the Ohio State University College of Vet Medicine.

The findings were disturbing, showing that a euthanasia solution had been injected into the heart and lungs of the dogs. Body changes congruous with blunt thoracic and head trauma were also found.

The Ohio SPCA's report included witness testimony that said, "No sedation was ever used, and many times dogs were stabbed with a needle more than once. Dogs would often stagger about the room for up to 30 minutes until they died."

Former dog warden Jean Daniels and current wardens Paul Simmers and Jason Harris have been charged with several counts of animal cruelty. Harris and Simmers have both been put on paid leave. There is an interim warden in place as of this time.

Several people, including several animal rescuers, don't agree with all three people being charged. Paul Simmers was allegedly the one who reported the deaths to the commissioners and Jean Daniels has been an asset to lowering the shelter's high kill rate.

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