Since the 1990s, the McLean County Animal Control Center has been using gas chambers to euthanize dogs and cats, however early next year the Illinois county will finally be changing over to lethal injection as a means of euthanizing aggressive, sick, and unwanted pets according to Pantagraph.com.
The American Humane Association states that euthanizing animals by carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide is inhumane to animals and dangerous to humans:
"Most shelter workers wish to hold and comfort a frightened animal in its final moments of life. That act may be the only kindness the animal has ever known. In contrast, even with vigilant oversight, euthanizing any animal by means of a carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide gas chamber is inhumane to all animals, especially medium and large dogs, and is demoralizing to the shelter workers. Such outdated and cruel practices also create a public outcry and demean the very purpose of an animal shelter."
In July, humane advocates attended the McLean County Board meeting to protest the gas chambers. Walt Howe, the director of the McLean County Health Department stated there would be higher fees assessed because the department would have to purchase squeeze cages ( cages with partitions that move to keep an animal from moving) and dart guns to be used for aggressive animals.
Citizens also suggested that advertising be stepped up to give adoptable dogs and cats more of an opportunity to find new homes. A new link appeared on the McLean County Health Department website to adoptable pets.
If you happen to live in Bloomington, why not come out and check out a few of the beautiful four-legged friends waiting for their new homes currently in the safe hands of Wishbone Canine Rescue:
"Come out and meet these older "orphans" available for adoption. Your heart will melt. Today's adoption event is at Wish Bone Canine Rescue, 1303 Morrissey Drive, Bloomington, noon - 3:00pm"
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