Freezing Cat To Death! Inhumane Euthanasia In Spencer County Animal Shelter
Not good death
On August 16, an Indiana animal shelter was under criticism after its inhumane euthanizing method by freezing cats to death was exposed by an employee, Bridget Woodson. She said the first time she got aware of this inhumane method was when her boss asked her to put a severely injured kitten into a freezer.
“…I was given an option and the cat that did come in was a kitten and it had been sucked up into a car and run over, so it was in really bad condition,”she said. “[The boss] mentioned putting it in a freezer then. I mean she could tell I was uneasy about it, and she said, ‘But don’t worry you can take it to the vet.’”
Woodson chose to take the miserable cat to the vet for a humane ending. She also argued with her boss, Christina Payne, officer of Spencer County Animal Control, over the unacceptable euthanizing method. Payne defended for the freezing method, “That’s fine but so you know, the freezer option is no less humane. It’s fine though Bridget. I’m here for my employees. Always.”
Woodson then went to the animal control board to complain, but no measures was taken against Payne.
Until the cruel euthanasia had been exposed by the mass media, the animal control board released a statement:
“The Spencer County Animal Control Board was formed to oversee and set policy for the operation of the Spencer County Animal Shelter. The mission of the shelter is to provide a facility for humane care and treatment of stray and unwanted domesticated animals. The Board acknowledges that actions have occurred that are fundamentally opposed to that mission. In response, the Board has carefully reviewed its policies and has adopted new policies and procedures to address these unacceptable actions. The Spencer County Animal Control Board remains committed to providing humane care and treatment of animals in Spencer County.”
Right animal euthanasia
Euthanasia stems from Greek language, meaning “good death”. To euthanize some one is to kill or permit killing a hopelessly injured person or animal for reasons of mercy with humane and painless methods. Though human euthanasia is still controversy in most regions, the existence of animal euthanasia can be traced back to ancient Egypt. When a pet survived its owner at that time, the ancient Egyptians would kill it to make them reunited in the afterlife.
Different states in the United States have respectively erected laws on animal euthanasia. In regards to euthanizing methods, the articles are in accordance with what the American Veterinary Medical Association(AVMA) regulates. The AVMA articulate what is humane and inhumane.
The association declared injection of sodium pentobarbital as the most humane way to euthanize an animal. The use of gas chamber for euthanasia is also allowed, but it clearly condemns the use of household chemicals, cleaning agents, disinfectants, pesticides, hypothermia or drowning as inhumane and unacceptable methods.
Homeless animal shelters shoulder the responsibility of the well-being of miserable pets. The foundation of a animal shelter is the equal respect for animal/pet welfare and lives as they have for human beings’. If employees in pet shelters have no mercy on animals’ lives, animal shelter is no different from any other street corners where stray pets and abandoned animals are badly treated. What the Spencer County Animal Shelter has done is a great violation of its commitments.
To reduce euthanasia
This freezing to death case is more about the regulation and credit of animal shelters. Regarding animal euthanasia, however, there is still something we, pet-love individuals, can do to improve the situation–that is to pet adoption. In many shelters, overloading is a major reason that leas to large-amount mercy killing to make room for new-comers.
Last Saturday, “Clear The Shelters” was held to deal with the problem of homeless animal overcrowding. Many pet-lover came to animal shelters nearby to adopt a new pet. This increase of adopted pets temporarily but greatly reduce the burdens of shelters. As a result, some shelters reduced the planned number of animal euthanasia.
If you missed the event last Saturday, you can do something now. As long as you want to give a miserable pet a new family, take actions. Go to a nearby animal shelter. Your kindness and immediate action can save them from mercy killing.
How to say goodbye to our furry friends?
This moving video sets a good example:
Have you heard or witnessed any other inhumane animal euthanasia facts? What do you think about animal euthanasia? Are you for it or against it? Share with us your ideas and stories!