The Ohio SPCA had been pressuring the Ottawa County Dog Shelter to use the more humane method of lethal injection by a veterinarian. The second photo in the slideshow above shows the inside of a gas chamber after euthanasia using carbon monoxide. Warning, the photo is disturbing.
After the Ohio SPCA had threatened to take the county to court, Ottawa County Commissioners voted unanimously earlier this month to end the use of the gas chamber. A two-year contract was approved with the Oak Harbor Veterinary Hospital to work with the shelter to perform lethal injection.
The Ohio SPCA would like to see Ottawa County’s gas chamber removed and scrapped, however no announcements have been made by the county as to their plans for the chamber.
Of the 242 dogs impounded in 2011, the Ottawa County’s annual report listed 92 dogs as euthanized, 65 adopted and 85 recovered by owners.
This writer was unable to find any information online of the dogs currently at this kill shelter. The photo above is of Sadie, a young female American Staffordshire Terrier available for adoption at the Humane Society of Ottawa County. Click here for more information on Sadie.
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