Town stops using gas chamber to euthanize animals

Humane Society

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas now has only three shelters that use gas chambers to euthanize animals after a fourth shut its chamber down earlier this month.

The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/1qJDkhI ) reports Eureka unplugged its chamber a few days after the newspaper published a story about the ongoing practice in the state. The city’s administrator says switching to a different way to euthanize animals had been a goal for quite a while.

Nationwide only about 50 shelters and pounds still use gas chambers. Of the three Kansas communities that still operate gas chambers, one hasn’t used its chamber since last year, one didn’t respond to interview requests and the other is looking into alternatives only because it anticipates state law changes that would make it impractical to continue using its chamber.

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