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From 20 May 2006 Special Alert Issue
Please "Take Action" to urge Summit County Council Members and other officials to initiate a full investigation of animal mistreatment allegations at the Summit County Animal Shelter, hold guilty individuals accountable to the law, and replace current staff as needed with qualified professionals who have animal welfare experience or veterinary backgrounds.
Visit www.summitcare.org to learn more about the documented cruelty taking place at the Summit County Animal Shelter.
I am writing to respectfully request that you thoroughly investigate a pattern of abuse and severe neglect that has been documented at the Summit County Animal Shelter.
Long-standing conditions that fail to meet even minimal animal welfare standards have recently grown worse. For instance, dogs and cats are routinely denied basic veterinary care, and even regular feedings and clean water. In fact, at least 53 dogs and cats died in their cages over a recent 18-month period.
In addition, many animals are killed almost immediately after intake, well before the mandatory three-day holding period has expired. This contributes to the shelter's high kill rates, which were 49% of dogs and 65% of cats last year, whereas neighboring Geauga County's animal shelter achieved a 3% overall euthanization rate through aggressive adoption efforts.
Perhaps most appalling of all, a licensed veterinarian has charged that shelter staff recently administered insufficient doses of sodium pentobarbital, the chemical used to destroy unwanted animals, to 18 dogs during the euthanization procedure. The quantities were so small in comparison to the dogs' weight that at least some and perhaps even all of the animals almost certainly regained consciousness in the corpse freezer and slowly froze to death.
Such horrific cruelty is unacceptable for any animal shelter. As a citizen of Ohio whose taxes pay for the care of animals, not their abuse, I am outraged that this situation has been allowed to continue for as long as it has. I urge you to please initiate a full investigation of animal mistreatment allegations at the Summit County Animal Shelter, hold guilty individuals accountable to the law, and replace current staff as needed with qualified professionals who have animal welfare experience or veterinary backgrounds.
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