There is currently a petition on Change.org aimed at ending the practice of gassing shelter pets to death in Oklahoma. Russell Frantz, chief of the Shawnee police department is among those being petitioned as he oversees the city’s animal control department. This is what Change.org has to say about Shawnee AC:
In one particular shelter in Oklahoma, the Shawnee Animal Control, stray animals are only held for 2 days! And they refuse to allow any pictures posted publicly.
Chief Frantz has been sending out replies to people who sign the petition. The first reply was about no kill, which is not what the petition addresses, but at least we know where Chief Frantz stands on the issue:
Thank you for your concerns. We would love to be a No Kill facility and save every animal but unfortunately we don’t have the funding or resources to do this at this time. Please remember that as you petition the different levels of government that you including funding and resources so that the end goal can be met. Laws and Mandates without funding and resources only make matters worse for communities.
We truly do hate to have to euthanize any animal but it takes funding and resources. How do you propose that we euthanize animals? Would you be willing to volunteer to hold an animal as it gets a lethal injection and have it die in your arms? Puppies have to be euthanized by lethal injection by law. Once again we hate to have to euthanize any animal. Please support your local rescue groups.
We work very closely with three 501 C (3) local rescue organizations to save as many animals as possible.
Please remember to spay and neuter your pets.
Got all that? It’s not good enough to ask that they stop gassing pets. You have to either send them money or volunteer to hold pets while they’re killed. Those are, of course, the only two options available on the planet Earth. Bankroll the facility yourself, participate in the killing or just shut up and let us stuff pets into the gas chamber you annoying taxpayers.
The second reply was in response to the specific issues addressed in the petition:
– The use of a gas chamber, as opposed to the more humane and cost effective injection method for euthanasia.
Response: Here in Shawnee we use a very efficient CO2 chamber that is cheaper than lethal injection. This system the animal simply goes to sleep and then passes away. Lethal injection is more costly to do here than CO2.
– Strays held for only two days.
Response: We often hold animals longer than this but when people realize they only have two days they pick them up quickly and don’t use us as a cheap boarding facility.
– Refusal to post pictures of stray/adoptable animals publicly.
Response: We had to stop doing this because people were fraudulently using these pictures to illegally collect money though internet scams. We are trying to protect people that honestly want to help and not be scammed or defrauded.
Well Chief Frantz, I have some good news. I think I can clear up some of these issues immediately, if not sooner.
Pets in gas chambers do not always drift off on a pink fluffy cloud while dreaming of getting their own Disney movie. I won’t be linking to any of the horribly disturbing material here but if you can use The Google, you can find evidence and eyewitness testimony documenting this. The Association of Shelter Veterinarians is against gassing and The National Animal Control Association condemns it – for good reason. As for cost, take a look at this study which shows gassing to be more expensive than lethal injection.
Newsflash: While you certainly may have some abusers of your “services” in Shawnee, the vast majority of people with measurable cognitive function are not going to use your GASSING POUND as a “cheap boarding facility”. See also: duh.
Finally, are you for real? Nigerian puppy scammers will use your Petfinder photos of mangy mutts to swindle people out of cash so it’s better not to post any pictures online at all?
OK Memphis Animal Services, you know how much I hate your failure to post all your pets online – and Imma let you finish but Shawnee Animal Control has the Lamest Excuse of All Time – Of All Time!!!