The Medina County Animal Shelter in Ohio gasses cats. Apparently they don’t have enough cats to gas already so the staff is actively getting more – by setting traps in the shelter parking lot. Here is a portion of the MCAS kill log for July 2013, obtained via FOIA request:
Neither of these cats were held so that their owners, if they had any, could reclaim them. Neither of these cats were offered for adoption or to rescue groups. They were trapped by the agency that is supposed to be sheltering them and then taken directly to the gas chamber. The MCAS staff is battling local animal advocates who want the gas chamber dismantled. But nobody WANTS to kill animals.
This cat was found by someone in Medina Co (identifying information redacted by me) and brought to the shelter. The finder indicated the cat was good with children and paid the shelter $10 to take care of the cat. Instead of advertising this cat online or reaching out to rescue groups, MCAS took this friendly cat to the gas chamber, claiming the cat was “wild”. But nobody WANTS to kill animals.
In December 2012, MCAS impounded a cat named Lou and another named Skinner from the County Home.
The Medina County Home has a website which states:
Situated on approximately 80 acres of scenic rural property, the Medina County Home is a 60-bed facility which provides primary custodial, rest-home-type care. It is owned and operated by the Medina County Board of Commissioners with funding provided through the County’s General Fund.
MCAS gassed Skinner and Lou to death instead of advertising them online or reaching out to rescue groups. The Medina County Board of Commissioners is directly supplying cats for the MCAS gas chamber via their County Home and, unlike caring members of the public, the commissioners are not charged the $10 fee to surrender cats. The Medina County Board of Commissioners is currently being lobbied for shelter reform and an end to the gas chamber. So far, they have been resistant to change. But nobody WANTS to kill animals.