POSTED: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 2:25pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 2:33pm
Walker Animal Control will phase out its gas chamber to euthanize stray animals. The shelter will use the preferred method of sodium pentobarbital injection to euthanize animals who are not suitable for adoption.
The change comes after much debate in the Legislature over humane treatment of these animals in their final moments. SB 73 was passed in June. It outlaws the use of carbon monoxide gas chambers for dogs and cats and requires the animals to be anesthetized before the lethal solution is administered. The new law will go into effect January 1, 2013.
But Walker Animal Control isn't waiting until then to make the change. They are making several improvements to the shelter, in addition to the new euthanasia protocol, which has been called more humane than gassing.
The shelter's cat area has been gutted and will be rebuilt with materials that are easily cleaned. The dog's area is getting a thorough cleaning and will be re-painted.
But all agree, the better option for these animals is finding a family to adopt them. For more information on the shelter, and to see animals that are available for adoption, visit http://www.walker.la.us/AnimalControl.html 
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