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Justice for 37 Rescued Dogs Gassed by Dog Warden

Justice for 37 Rescued Dogs Gassed by Dog Warden

Animal rights groups are outraged with a dog warden in rural Ohio who seized 37 rescued dogs from a woman’s property and killed them in a homemade gas chamber.

 

According to Life With Dogs, Ruth Wilder had been rescuing stray dogs and bringing them to live on her 5.5 acre property outside Ripley, Ohio for years. 

 

But her good intentions might have outweighed her means to care for the dogs and she was visited on several occasions by Brown County dog warden Andrew Dunn over concern about the condition of the animals.

 

Dunn described the dogs as being thin and possibly having a contagious condition called mange.

 

And that is the excuse Dunn used on February 10 when he seized all of Wilder’s dogs and brought them to the Brown County Animal Shelter where he had them immediately killed in a crude homemade gas chamber.

 

The repercussion of this coldhearted act has ignited a heated debate between the Ohio SPCA that says Dunn illegally removed the animals and inhumanely euthanized them and Brown County commissioners who say Dunn was within his legal authority to kill the “sickly” dogs.

 

The Ohio SPCA accuses Dunn of sidestepping the normal procedures that would have placed the dogs under a 72-hour hold before being euthanized. 

 

This would have allowed Wilder to claim her dogs and get medical help for them.

 

They also criticized Dunn for using a gas chamber, rather than the more humane method of lethal injection.  And they questioned Brown County for having a homemade gas chamber, rather than a commercially-built unit that meets specific standards.

 

The group doesn’t understand why Dunn didn’t explore other options to killing the dogs.  The Ohio SPCA said they have a mobile unit that could have been brought to Wilder’s property to access the health of the dogs.  And they have funds that could have been used to treat the dogs that had mange.

 

But according to assistant warden David Hurst, the actions Dunn took were typical of how the shelter is run.

 

Hurst told WLWT News, “Up until recently, the dog warden has used the gas chamber primarily for putting down animals. He said they would put the animals in carriers, place as many carriers as possible inside and then use the gas. He said it could take up to 40 minutes for the dogs to die.”

 

The Brown County commissioners stopped the use of gas chambers after the 37 innocent dogs died.  But they continue to defend Dunn’s seizure of the animals and quick euthanasia.

 

Jack Scott who ran the Brown County Humane Society for ten years told a Cincinnati television station that rural counties do not have the money or space to take care of 37 dogs that may have mange. 

 

He said, “….it’s a constant struggle, and the money to treat mange, for that many dogs would be in the thousands of dollars.”

The Ohio SPCA is demanding the shelter release all of their records for their inspection.  They are considering taking legal action against the county over the heartless incident.

 

CALL TO ACTION: Please sign the petiton so the 37 rescued dogs get their justice.

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12:49PM PDT on May 16, 2011

Signée

12:46PM PDT on May 16, 2011

Pétition signée

2:59AM PDT on Apr 3, 2011

People like that should NOT be in a position to make decisions in the lives of animals. That's like putting Hitler in charge of hospitals.

1:00AM PDT on Mar 31, 2011

WHY THERE IS NOT CONTROL OVER PEOPLE HAVING SHELTERS, TOO MANY PETS, SHOPS SELLING THEM, SANCTUARIES AND SO ON? WHY DO THE AUTHORITIES LET THIS DRAMA HAPPEN SO OFTEN? THERE ARE LIVING CREATURES CLAMING FOR HELP AND SUPPORT!

2:26PM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

So sad! Ridiculous.

7:15PM PST on Mar 10, 2011

SI ESTABAN ENFERMOS DE SARNA ESO SE CURA Y NO ES DIFICIL NI CARO DE HACER, FUE UN SACRIFICIO INNECESARIO Y ADEMAS CRUEL.
!VAYA UN TIPO ESE.....! Y EL ALCALDE Y DEMAS AUTORIDADES QUE LO HAN PERMITIDO.

4:01PM PST on Mar 10, 2011

freaking sleeze ball

1:58PM PST on Mar 10, 2011

Thank You for sharing:-)

7:48PM PST on Mar 9, 2011

This is disgusting. So, "MR. DOG WARDEN" is a qualified VETERINARIAN? There are two kinds of mange, and one kind is very treatable, while the other is not.

Maybe this lady did let things get out of control, but why didn't "Mr. Dog Warden" cite her previously and give her time to make improvements and then inspections by animal welfare groups, since he is absolutely not qualitified to be the judge? If, after a reasonable period of time had elapsed without any impovements, yes, of course the dogs should be seized, but why not put them in quarantine while treating those that can be helped and then adopt them to loving homes?

11:39AM PST on Mar 9, 2011

The warden was a moron for doing that but instead of insulting him
have him punished by being fired and forced to work with dogs making him see the good in them.

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