Fayette County, OH – The very thought of dogs dying in a gas chamber is enough to turn the stomach. Knowing that innocent lives are lost in such an antiquated and inhumane manner is deplorable, but things are changing in one Ohio county.
Fayette County Commissioners turned the county dog pound over to Sheriff Stanforth on October 12, and the sheriff promptly made a huge change at the facility – he banned use of the gas chamber as a means of dog euthanasia.
On Monday, October 18, the much despised Gas Box was destroyed at the county shelter. Beyond the destruction of the ghastly gas box are long-overdue changes that will improve conditions at the shelter.
The Ohio SPCA had a lawsuit poised and ready to file against the county on October 14 had the changes not been made. According to the SPCA, past and present dog wardens had utilized a homemade gas closet to perform killings on stray dogs before the mandatory 72 hour stray hold was up. As if this weren’t deplorable enough, prior to being euthanized, dogs were kept in filthy kennel runs and those that were sick or injured were not treated.
Thankfully, Sheriff Stanforth has stated that the Fayette County Dog Pound will be operated according to the Ohio Revised Code with stray dogs being held for a minimum of 72 hours, kennels kept properly cleaned, injured and sick animals attended to, and efforts to save as many lives as possible.
At this time, the Ohio SPCA will not be moving forward with a lawsuit.
Big changes are happening across the nation – one county, one city at a time. Get involved in your own area and help facilitate the changes that must happen for our companion animals. It is crucial to speak up, sign petitions and get involved. Changes won’t happen unless people open their eyes to the problems that exist.
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