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28 November 2001 Issue
Barbaric Animal Pound in Gatesville, Texas

by Jerry Layne - JLayne3636@aol.com 

Forty-four miles from Waco, Texas is the small, lovely town of Gatesville, Texas. About 10 miles outside the city limits of Gatesville, isolated off a county road, behind a locked gate and nowhere to be seen is the city's 'Animal Pound.'

Twice in the last several months I have driven from my home in Waco to this unsanitized 'animal pound.' Over the past 14 years I have seen and fought hard against animal shelters and pounds that give nothing but misery and suffering to animals.

ANIMALS RIGHTS ONLINE and so many reader's three years ago greatly assisted my organization, ANIMALS HAVE HEARTS, TOO! in a 3 months battle against the City of Abilene, Texas and their use of a gas chamber where they bunched-up many animals at one time, shoved them in the gas chamber, pushed the button and walked away from the ghastly nightmare. We won a victory there by emails, letters, facsimiles to various members of the City of Abilene and they changed to lethal injection.

Now, we are requesting your assistance again. This small town has set-up a small bricked-in confinement for a gas chamber. When shut, it is complete darkness inside (pictures are available that I and other individuals took of the chamber and the animal pound where feces and filth are everywhere/also, located around the animal pound-empty shotgun shells) and the small brick chamber is hooked-up to an old City of Gatesville police car with it's tires taken off and a hose is hooked-up to it's exhaust pipe directly attached to the gas chamber.

Also, in one picture the gas pedal has a tree-stick shoved against it and the car seat so no individual has to push the gas pedal to maintain pressure for the gas fumes to move to the gas chamber.

It is a haunting sight to realize what the dogs, puppies, cats and kittens must go through. All alone, pushed into this darkness then very slowly gassed to death.

This is unacceptable to all of us and we need your assistance in writing to place people and the city on notice.

Please tell the below list of individuals that a gas chamber of any kind is unacceptable and causes great suffering and must be dismantled. Unwanted animals are entitled to basic protections under the Texas State Law. Tell them to stop permitting pound/city employees to continue killing animals by gassing. We realize this is a small town; but other small towns know it is a horrible action to gas animals and instead, use lethal injection--even in a small community there must be given to the animals respect and dignity in the time of their deaths!

It is well-known that animals killed in gas chambers especially homemade, car exhaust to chamber is a wrenching way to die. The animals often scream in panic, they struggle for air and the exhaust gas horribly irritates their eyes and noses.

Gassing animals is an extremely cruel and inhumane method of euthanasia; if you can even call gassing euthanasia. We resonate with all of creation, and whatever harm or brutality is done to these innocents without voices affects us all, one way or the other.

All of us are appalled by the way this small town has hidden the 'animal pound' way away from civilization and are killing the unwanted animals by CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING...through the exhaust of a vehicle!

Virtually every major animal protection organization in the United States, as well as the AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, advocates strongly "intravenous injection of sodium pentobarbital" as the euthanasia method of choice and it is our belief we can offer the veterinary community assistance in teaching the proper way to use lethal injection.

The above is 'some-type' of message your reader's can send; ending with, "Thank you for your time and urgent decision to stop using the gas chamber."

Please forward a carbon copy (CC) to <JLayne3636@aol.com> as this was very helpful in the Abilene, Texas animal shelter gas chamber case. Such monitoring of the mail is also being done with the current cat cruelty case here in Waco, the QUESO cat case and we have monitored over 4,000 messages to city council members, Baylor University, the DA and etc.

*Also, in your messages; please inform the CONTACTS that sanitation and better protection from the weather elements is a priority. As the 'pound' uses old, rusty oil drums for 'housing' of individual animals; which give no shelter or comfort whatsoever to the animals.

CONTACTS AND INFORMATION:

Mr. Brandon Emmons
City Manager
email: Brandon.Emmons@ci.gatesville.tx.us 

Mr. Luis Lobo
Assistant City Manager
email: lobo@ci.gatesville.tx.us 

Ms. Evelyn Thomas
Finance Director
email: evelynthomas@ci.gatesville.tx.us 

City of Gatesville
email: mainstreet@ci.gatesville-tx.us ph: 254-865-8951

Within the above email address are the City Council Members:

Ms. Lucille Plane Ward 1, Place 3
Mr. Darren Moore 2 5
Mr. Jimmy Knox 1 1
Mr. Billy Landua 2 4
Mr. Carl Kietzer 2 6

Also, at the same, above email address is the Mayor of Gatesville, Texas

The Honorable Mayor, James E. Erwin

*for the reader's own review: www.ci.gatesville.tx.us/government.htm 

The Federal Government / Senators are:

The Honorable Phil Gramm
email: Phil.Gramm@gramm.senate.gov 

The Honorable Kay Baily Hutchinson
senator@hutchinson.senate.gov 

State of Texas Senator
Honorable Troy Frazier
Fax: 254-939-7611 (Belton, Tx.)

I wrote on 11.2.01, the Publisher of THE GATESVILLE MESSENGER, Mr. Marshall Day, describing what I saw on my first trip to the 'animal pound' and sent him several pictures of the unconscionable and tragic Gatesville 'animal pound.' (***there has been no response)

Please issue emails:

Mr. Marshall Day
Publisher
The Gatesville Messenger
Gatesville, Texas
email: publisher@gatesvillemessenger.com

Mr. Larry Kennedy
Editor
The Gatesville Messenger
email: editor@gatesvillemessenger.com 

send Letters to the Editor

email: editor@gatesvillemessenger.com
(*letters must include a daytime phone number and home address) *(we need volumes of emails) (to all)

(we will monitor the newspaper)

***Please write / 'cc' the wonderful individuals at our Texas Department of Health, Zoonosis Control Division; their names were given to me by a wonderful and most devoted individual to animal rights, Mr. Robert L. "Skip" Trimble.

Ms. Jane Mahlow, DVM, MS
Director
Zoonosis Control Division
email: Jane.Mahlow@tdh.state.tx.us
web site for an excellent review: www.tdh.state.tx.us/zoonosis 

Mr. Jay Sabatucci
Zoonosis Control Division
email: Jay.Sabatucci@tdh.state.tx.us 

*also visit: www.sheltercoalition.com
*also review: TEXAS HUMANE LEGISLATION NETWORK (a great group)

web site: www.thln.com 

The Gatesville 'animal pound' is a gruesome sight; it, to me is like ... 'entering the gates of hell.' When the City is made respectfully aware of such atrocious conditions it is my belief they will change everything at their 'city pound,' as everything is unacceptable - because everything is done behind closed doors!

Thank you,

Jerry Elmore Layne
ANIMALS HAVE HEARTS, TOO!
1917 Austin Avenue,
Waco, Texas 76701
Phone: 254-757-1682
Fax 1683
email: JLayne3636@aol.com 

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