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VICTORY - ONE MORE DOWN! Carroll County has Removed Their Gas Chamber


October 26, 2014


On October 2, 2014, CARROLL, ERIE, and PERRY County Commissioners received final demand letters from Ohio SPCA attorney John Bell before lawsuits to end gassing were filed. The Carroll County Commissioners finally decided to remove their gas chamber and prevent any action by the Ohio SPCA.


"Our client is prepared to take formal legal action to end gassing in Carroll County. We sincerely hope that you will decide to join nearly every other County in Ohio by banning the inhumane and outmoded practice of gassing animals." -- John Bell, Attorney-at-Law

The Ohio SPCA expects to hear from the Erie County Commissioners soon, as it has been stated that a response letter was being drafted. Time is running out! 

The Ohio SPCA "End of Gassing Campaign" is nearing the finish line!






November 26, 2013






ACTION ALERT! The Carroll County Commissioners have stated that their gas chamber has only been used to kill a few aggressive dogs during the past two years. However, Commissioner Wirkner states that no one is going to tell them how to run their dog pound. They have refused for years to remove the gas chamber.

When you call or write, PLEASE BE POLITE and refrain from any profanity or threats. Our advocacy for animals is based on compassion, and although we feel that many people lack such compassion, we must remain professional in our delivery of demands.












Carroll County Commissioners

Thomas A. Wheaton, President

Robert E. Wirkner, Vice President

Jeffrey L. Ohler, Commissioner

Phone: 330-627-4869

Fax: 330-627-6656

119 South Lisbon Street, Suite 201, Carrollton, Ohio 44615

What do you say? Why is it inhumane? Read below:

The arguments against chambers are clear. Gassing is barbaric, animals suffer, and it is dangerous to pound employees. There is nothing humane about using a gas chamber to end the life of any animal. Animals are placed inside a "box" or cage with other animals. As the gas fills the chamber, the animals begin to panic, cry, and fights can break out. According to the American Humane Association, it can take up to 25 minutes for an animal to die. When EBI is used, an animal loses consciousness within 3 to 5 seconds and clinical death occurs within 2 to 5 minutes. Brain function is lost before organs fail. When animals are gassed, vital organs shut down before animals lose consciousness and brain function resulting in prolonged suffering and distress. This is especially true for old, sick, injured, pregnant, and very young animals unable to readily absorb the gas. Many animals have survived and been gassed a second time. "The Ohio Revised Code mandates that death be quick and painless. The use of a gas chamber violates this law," states John Bell, attorney for the Ohio SPCA.

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