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Animal shelter switches to injection euthanization

5 years ago June 29, 2010 Jun 29, 2010 Tuesday, June 29 2010 Tuesday, June 29, 2010 5:51:33 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Stephanie Ryan

The Walker Animal Clinic will soon switch from euthanizing animals by gas chamber to putting them down with an injection.

"We realized the shot may be a little more humane," said Walker Mayor Bobby Font.

The shot will cost more, but Font said he expects the city council will approve the cost. He said he doesn't know how much the injections will cost the city per year, but he hopes renovations to the shelter will encourage more people to adopt animals. He said that means fewer euthanizations.

"I think spending a little more money to be a little more humane to deal with a necessary evil is the right way to be," said Font.

The city is putting up $3,000 to improve the shelter. Old office space will be turned into a visitation room, where potential owners can spend some time with the animals in a more appealing atmosphere.

"[It's] not pleasant on the eyes," said Font about the conditions of the animal shelter, citing chipping paint, water-soaked insulation and the need for a thorough cleaning.

Font said the new visitation room will be ready within a week. The shelter will switch to injections in the next few months.

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