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Medina County Animal Shelter's gas chamber destroyed

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Another Ohio county animal shelter has ended the use of euthanasia using a gas chamber. On Saturday, people gathered in the parking lot of the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to witness the destruction of the Medina County Animal Shelter's gas chamber.

With sledgehammers and other tools in hand, 30 people who donated money or supplies to the Medina County SPCA took turns taking a whack at the chamber. A total of $2,500 in donations was received.

The Plain Dealer reports that before the demolition began, participants bowed their heads in a moment of silence for all of the animals that died in the chamber before the county commissioners agreed to end the practice. Although Medina County stopped using carbon monoxide to euthanize dogs several years ago, hundreds of cats were killed in the chamber each year.

Medina County SPCA says on their Facebook page that “This is the end of a horrible chapter in Medina County history. The carbon monoxide gas chamber once used at the Medina County Public Shelter to euthanize animals was finally sold to the MCSPCA by the County Commissioners in January for $1. We intend to destroy it and send it to the scrap pile!”

The SPCA received the gas chamber from the county after an anonymous county resident offered to donate $10,000 to the SPCA's cat program on the condition that the chamber be destroyed.

To follow Friends of the Medina County Animal Shelter on Facebook and see animals the county shelter has up for adoption, click here.

To follow the Medina County SPCA on Facebook and see what animals the SPCA has up for adoption, click here.

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