Sen. Jones: Gas chambers in animal shelters must go

LANSING—Legislation that would ban the use of gas chamber for the purpose of euthanizing companion animals was approved by the Michigan Senate on Thursday, said state Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge. 

“My legislation bans the use of gas chambers in Michigan animal shelters,” said Jones. “I wish no dog ever had to be put down, but if it has to happen we must ensure that it is done humanely as possible.”

In Michigan there are four county shelters that still have operating gas chambers and have indicated that they are still using the chambers: Branch, Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties. There are additional counties that still have a chamber but have stated they are no longer using them to euthanize animals.

“When I was the Eaton County Sheriff, I ran the local animal shelter,” Jones said. “I know that shots are quick, painless and are the most humane way to put down an animal.”

Senate Bill 354 which passed 37-0 will now head to the Michigan House of Representatives for further consideration.