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From: Courtney Alvarez [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 10:29 AM
Cc: Mayor Fugate; Commissioner Garcia; Commissioner Pecos; Commissioner Wilson; Commissioner Laskowski; Yolanda Cadena; Vincent J. Capell
Subject: RE: Shelter Euthanasia
"I am in favor of the most humane form of euthanasia for our animals, which are largely the innocent victims of pet owners who fail to have their animals neutered or spayed as well as being the undeserving victims of those who mistreat their animals. But I am also in favor of considering the emotional impact that euthanizing these animals has on City employees who have assumed this extremely unpleasant task. Euthanasia by injection would be a more intimate and emotionally challenging experience for our employee and for that reason alone I am not supportive of having City employees utilize the injection method. The Health Director, Yolanda Cadena, is exploring the option of outsourcing this responsibility to local veterinarians. The outcome of this is option is not yet known nor has a funding source been identified for the increased cost."
-City Manager Vincent J. Capell
City Attorney Courtney Alvarez email@example.com
I apologize for not posting sooner, but our sweet and loving 8-yr old medium haired brown tabby girl Lindsay was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer yesterday (5/13/13). She had been ill since last week and went to the vet twice. She went into surgery to have an obstruction removed and they found a growth in a location where it could not safely be taken out. We made the heartbreaking decision to euthanize her. We did not want her to suffer any longer. It was done by injection and we stayed with her through the process being able to pet and kiss her. Lindsay was rescued from a kill shelter back in August 2005. She was waiting to be euthanized. I took her and another kitty home to foster even though we already were fostering four other kittens! Needless to say, Lindsay won us over and never left. She gave us 8 WONDERFUL years. May she rest in peace.
After all these years of working to make HUMANE (injection via sodium pentobarbital) euthanasia the mandatory form of euthanasia for ALL Texas shelter animals – Friday, May 10, 2013 Governor Perry signed Senate Bill 360 into law. This bill had passed unanimously through both the House and Senate. Effective immediately, NO shelter animal maybe euthanized via the horrid carbon monoxide (gas) chamber! Having now witnessed two deaths by injection I can tell you that it IS the most compassionate and humane way for an animal to die.
The following 29 city & county TEXAS ANIMAL SHELTERS gas their animals!
BEEVILLE, BOVINA, BRACKETTVILLE, CUERO, DEVINE, EAGLE PASS, EL CAMPO, GEORGE WEST, GRAND SALINE, GREENVILLE (contracts w/ Hunt County), KENEDY, KERMIT (contracts w/ Wink), KINGSVILLE (contracts w/ Kleberg County), LYFORD, MATHIS (contracts w/ Ingleside on the Bay, Lake City, San Patricio County), MEDINA COUNTY (contracts w/ Hondo), ODESSA (contracts w/ Goldsmith), PLAINVIEW (contracts w/ Petersburg), PORTLAND, RAYMONDVILLE, REFUGIO COUNTY (contracts w/ Austwell, Bayside, Refugio, Woodsboro), SABINAL, SEMINOLE (contracts w/ Seagraves), SINTON (contracts w/ Odem), STINNET, TAFT, VAN HORN, VICTORIA COUNTY (contracts w/ Victoria) & YOAKUM
1. Find your legislator (state senator and state representative) at http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx
2. Make a contact: PLAN A VISIT - give your name, if you are with an organization, bill info. Make the ask. Answer questions if you know the answer. Folllow through. MAKE A CALL WRITE A LETTER OR EMAIL
3. Sign up for THLN Action Alerts at http://www.thln.org/?view=email_signup
4. Attend hearings. SEE INFO ABOVE!
READ AND DOWNLOAD THE ANTI-GASSING BILL AT http://www.thln.org/mcms_site/uploads/documents/1B1873BF-3048-C277-112377EC4E0893D8.pdf
Hector Canales with the City of Del Rio confirmed in a phone call on 3/15/13 at 10:45 am that they are NO longer gassing!
List of NON-GASSING cities/counties grows to 1,041!!!
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The Association of Shelter Veterinarians calls the use of carbon monoxide unacceptable for individual or mass companion animal euthanasia. The group cites these reasons:
Placing multiple animals in a chamber can frighten and distress them. This can also dilute the effective concentration of gas and prolong death.
Carbon monoxide stimulates motor centers in the brain, and loss of consciousness maybe accompanied by convulsions. It is unclear if convulsions occur only after loss of consciousness.
Vocalization and agitation some dogs exhibit suggest distress.
Sick or pregnant animals can experience delayed gas absorption and circulation, prolonging unconsciousness and death. Manu shelters are unlikely to know an animal’s age and health status, making inhumane euthanasia likely to occur.
Watch these videos. This is the reality of gassing shelter animals.
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SEE "DOCUMENTS" TAB - WHY GASSING IS DANGEROUS FOR HUMANS, IMPLICATIONS FOR EMPLOYEES
Carbon monoxide oozing from gas chambers and cylinders, even at low levels, can put shelter employees at risk of health problems, some of which can be delayed for weeks after exposure. They are at risk from CO poisoning when they load and unload or clean the gas chamber, breathing in low levels of the gas on a regular basis...
Most experts will agree that the most important factor in euthanizing shelter animals is “humaneness of the method.” Humane euthanasia will consist of “painless unconsciousness, followed by respiratory, and then cardiac arrest.” This does NOT apply to Carbon Monoxide Gas. Its many limitations are that it is less humane, less practical, considerably slower and is the more expensive form of euthanasia.
In carbon monoxide gas euthanasia, a properly equipped and manufactured chamber is to be used. Chambers constructed with plywood or cinder block and already in existence can be used if in good repair. The chamber should be located in a well-ventilated area, preferably outdoors. It should be well lit and have view ports that are shatterproof so that staff have direct observation of the animals. All fans, lights or other equipment inside must be explosion-proof. The sound of the gas entering the chamber may cause fear in some animals, especially cats. Animals may become restless or aggressive, further stressing other animals. The gas does NOT immediately render the animals unconscious. Some animals may go through a period of resistance and dogs may vocalize or howl while becoming rigid. Animals are to be left in the chamber for and exposed to the gas for a minimum of 30 minutes to ensure death. Death must be verified for each animal prior to disposal.
The chamber should achieve a minimum of 6% concentration of gas. The concentration should never exceed 10% or there can be an explosion. The gas chamber cannot have too many animals inside and they must be separated from each other in cages. Animals must never be pushed, dragged or thrown into the gas chamber or cages. The chamber must be properly sealed so that gas does not leak as leakage can not only prolong the process, but endanger others. Certain animals should never be gassed and include geriatric, under the age of four months, sick, injured or pregnant. A euthanasia technician should be present during the entire cycle to ensure there is no equipment malfunction or other problem. After the allotted time, what is left is a pile of dead animals covered in feces and urine whose carcases are then removed to provide space for the next batch. The chamber must be cleaned thoroughly between each use.
There are employee liability issues associated with gassing due to hazards employee face. These include medical issues, employee deaths and gas chamber explosions. Carbon monoxide is a hazardous substance that is highly toxic. It has no odor, color or taste. Repeated exposure, even at low levels, can result in many long-term effects including (not limited to): impaired memory, breathing difficulties, muscle weakness, heart irregularity and brain damage. Exposure to pregnant women can cause low birth weight in their infants.
Euthanasia by Sodium Pentobarbital also referred to as “injection euthanasia” is by far considered to be the most humane, less stressful and safest. Injection euthanasia is performed by two staff. One person holds the animal while the other injects the drug into the vein. The collapse of the animal is almost instantaneous as the syringe is emptied. This is the most rapid and reliable method of euthanasia. Injection euthanasia requires a gentle touch and technical proficiency. Shelter staff often report that their ability to calm and comfort animals during this procedure helps ease the process of euthanasia.
Recent studies have shown that injection euthanasia is more cost effective than carbon monoxide gas euthanasia. A cost study done by the HSUS in 2007 indicated that carbon monoxide is more expensive than injection.
Injection euthanasia cost per animal $2.29
Carbon monoxide cost per animal $4.98 2 operators
Carbon monoxide cost per animal $4.66 (no tranquilizer) 2 operators
Carbon monoxide cost per animal $3.09 1 operator
Carbon monoxide cost per animal $2.77 (no tranquilizer) 1 operator
Cost analysis matrix uses actual 2007 cost & animal data from a municipal animal control agency in
The argument is NOT "there should be no euthanasia of shelter animals." This is a ridiculous statement as there is an overpopulation of adoptable and unadoptable dogs and cats across the
These examples put a large hole in the belief, by some, that in the carbon monoxide chamber “an animal dies pain free in a peaceful alternative that causes them to merely drift off to sleep.”
Those making policies would much rather continue with what is familiar regardless of public outcry, staff requests and the outrageous incidents of animal suffering. This is why it is VERY important to contact your local officials to DEMAND that gassing of shelter animals be STOPPED immediately.