Local Controversial Animal Gas Chamber Destroyed

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MEDINA, Ohio -- A Medina County animal rights organization has destroyed a controversial gas chamber.

The SPCA took control of the chamber, which once belonged to the county animal shelter, and invited the public to watch its demolition Saturday.

People were able to use tools to beat on the device before it was loaded into a truck. Outrage began when the chamber was used to kill hundreds of cats that were not being accepted at the county kennel.

"It's still legal to gas dogs and cats in the gas chamber in Ohio, and it's really a method of euthanizing animals, which is inhumane," said Jim Dinon, of the humane society. "We're trying to get this ban on a statewide level, and every community that stops using the gas chamber is a step in the right direction."

The gas chamber was sold to the SPCA in January for just $1.

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