Post Letter: Animals suffer when euthanized in gas chambers

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In the Oct. 11 edition of The Post, Jeff Koons, the Athens County dog warden, indicates that there is currently no plan to discontinue the usage of carbon-monoxide euthanasia at the Athens Dog Shelter.

“It’s my job,” he said. “I’ve never been put down by (any method), so I couldn’t tell you what it’s like.”

Fortunately, or unfortunately, there are ways to discover “what it’s like.” 

YouTube has a video entitled “Gas Chambers to Kill Pets (all of them have these).”

It shows the dogs being loaded into the chamber, gassed and eventually dumped into a garbage truck.

I had a difficult time watching that video because I kept seeing the absolute terror that would be in my dog’s eyes.

“The noise from the howling dogs inside the chamber was so loud and sounded so awful,” Angel Partain said “that shelter workers always tried to get as far away from the chamber as possible once the gas came on.” (Affidavit filed by former animal control officer, Angel Partain, on the American Humane Society website.)

“If successful, the gas chamber can take up to 25 to 30 minutes to end an animal’s life, whereas EBI (Euthanasia by Injection) causes loss of consciousness within 3 to 5 seconds and clinical death within 2 to 5 minutes.

EBI causes animals to lose consciousness and brain function before their vital organs shut down. In a chamber, however, animals lose consciousness and brain function only after their vital organs shut down, causing prolonged suffering and distress.” (American Humane Euthanasia of Shelter Animals Fact Sheet)

Athens, we have to demand better for our companion pets.

Pam Boger is a professor of quantitative business analytics.

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