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Animal Advocates Call ‘Gas Chambers’ Inhumane

I'm NOT trying to beat up on Georgia! Really, really! But what is going on there Georgia Dogsters? I know there are a lot of...

Joy  |  May 12th 2006


I’m NOT trying to beat up on Georgia! Really, really! But what is going on there Georgia Dogsters? I know there are a lot of wonderful, caring, pet lovers in Georgia. Please let the rest of the Dogsters know what we can do to make your state a better place for you and your furfriends!

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That said, here’s more news about Georgia and the kill shelters. This story ran on CBS 46 in Atlanta. The story is a little longer so I’m not running the whole piece here.

Public records indicate Metro shelters kill nearly 87-thousand dogs and cats each year.

Of the animals taken in… Cobb County shelters kill 44.7%. Gwinnett 51.3%. Fulton 52.1%. DeKalb, much higher. 78.9%. That’s nearly four out of five… killed.

Several grass roots organizations are taking issue with how many are killed… And ‘how’ it’s being done.

Randy Grim runs two no-kill shelters in St. Louis. Even he knows animal control means killing unwanted animals. But, he calls carbon monoxide chambers “inhumane.”

Randy is one of us, Dogsters. His interview is back in the Blog and one of his furfriends is Quentin, who is one of the few dogs to live through a gas chamber.

Randy’s buddy is Quentin, a lively Basenji mix who somehow survived the gas chamber. Grim says, “When they opened up the gas chamber, everyone was dead. There were eight dogs. And Quentin was standing on top of a mound of dead dogs, wagging his tail, unphased. ”

Quentin
Now, they tour the country, delivering checks to grass roots organizations. Death Row Dogs will use Randy’s five-thousand dollars to rescue 20-dogs. Everyone here knows, it’s not enough.

Grim says ” We’ve made so many positive changes in St. Louis, and I’m trying to understand why isn’t there progress being made here.”

Good question Randy!

Thanks to Jim Willis (author of “How Could You,” Pieces of My Heart and much more) for bringing this article to my attention!