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ALLEGEDLY Why North Carolina Has So Many County-Funded Animal GASSING And HEARTSTICK Facilities.$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Yes this is allegedly Dr. Death... a truly alleged disgusting creature : ( he allegedly MANUFACTURES and SELLS these gas chambers all throughout county-funded animal shelters in North Carolina! OF GASSING AND HEARTSTICKING ANIMALS...

ALLEGED Dr. Ralph W. Houser, DVM

Did you ever wonder why North Carolina has so many county-funded Animal GASSING and HEARTSTICK facilities?

Well, it's thanks to this alleged Hitler incarnate, Dr. Ralph Houser, DVM, North Carolina Animal Rabies Control Association board member and alleged owner of Carolina Veterinary Consulting, he allegedly MANUFACTURES and SELLS these gas chambers all throughout county-funded animal shelters in North Carolina! Well, no wonder they haven't made headway getting this atrocity abolished, this ma is allegedly lining his pocket with government money. How sick is this?

Guess what else he does? He offers seminars, classes to show how to use these devices and brings victims to each seminar and class. He allegedly GASSES and HEARTSTICKS 6 victims at a minimum for demonstration purposes. Dogs and cats are allegedly brought from local shelters of his choice tortured and killed in front of a live audience.

(Before we continue with the article a little information on now the heartstick is used ...

ORC 4729.532 states that the intracardial injection is to be used "…only on a sedated or unconscious animal." The reason for this is that the heartstick delivers a torturous death. Secondly, it is extremely difficult to accurately insert the tip of the needle on a squirming cat or dog. The IC procedure should never be attempted on a conscious animal, in part because there is a reasonable probability that the first insertion of the needle will fail to place the tip of the needle correctly in to the left or right ventricle, left or right atrium or thoracic aorta. Additional "jabs" or attempts to locate the blood chamber only increases the pain to the animal. Additionally, the needle often passes through the lung on its way to the heart and a sheath of nerves between the ribs. This procedure on a conscious cat or dog is not a humane act and impacts a great deal of unnecessary suffering on its victims.

Testimony from former employees has revealed that needles used for "euthanasia" are used, "over and over again", dulling them out and making the insertion even more painful. The needle gauge used for injection is the same size regardless of whether it is being used on a puppy or kitten, cat or large dog. Additional gruesome testimony by former employees discloses that technicians do not use conventionally approved methods, such as the use of a stethoscope, to determine death in a "euthanized" animal. "We wait until an animal stops twitching [determination of death] and then we throw it into the freezer." Pregnant mothers are also killed with the heart stick. This is especially inhumane since the fetuses do not die when the mother dies. Fetuses live long after the mother is dead and suffocate slowly in the

North Carolina's Pet Population Methods
by Denise LeBeau

Peter MacQueen III is president of the Humane Society of Eastern North Carolina and has been compassionately advocating on the behalf of the companion animals of North Carolina for over 20 years. One of his greatest goals is to see the abolishment of the gas chamber, a device that is still so prevalently used in North Carolina on the dogs and cats that can't find homes before their 'time is up.'

It's a tough topic, and Animal Control in most rural areas is just one notch above waste management as far as funding and resources go. Most of the general public don't even realize that gassing unwanted pets still goes on, let alone at their local shelter!

"Why do seemingly decent people ignore, or worse, condone, this mistreatment of animals in an animal control facility?" asks Peter. "You can't even dignify them by calling them shelters. Things are changing slowly, but not fast enough considering the lack of care and inhumane euthanasia that these animals face everyday. People have begun to take notice and object to this treatment, but the majority of people don't seem concerned. When complaints are made the government stonewalls or ignores it until complaints subside then it's back to business as usual. Also, there's so many issues concerning Carolinians today, from the environment to child abuse, the general public generally only fight for what effects them, their 'hot buttons.' Even the animal rescue community insulate themselves against the horrors of gassing," he laments.

To make matters worse, it is commonly believed and alleged that one person is responsible for the fact that shelters and animal control facilities are using anything but euthanasia by injection (EBI) in the state of North Carolina. That is Dr. Ralph Houser, DVM, North Carolina Animal Rabies Control Association board member and owner of Carolina Veterinary Consulting, who not only advocates for the use of gas chambers on companion animals but manufactures and sells them, too!

Dr. Houser has also allegedly ingratiated himself into the Animal Control community with his "down home" rural speech, and his "us against them" propaganda. Whoever doesn't like to see animals suffer needlessly before they die, is seemingly a bleeding heart liberal sissy. His tactics could be looked at as allegedly manipulative...reminding us of another time in history that deftly played upon people's fears. Like many who will urge people to resist change, he plays the game with stealth-like accuracy.

The guidelines he most often allegedly cites in recommending the use of gas chambers as an acceptable form of euthanasia are from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA,) which is viewed by many as somewhat outdated considering that the last report on this issue came out in 2001. The AVMA report gives clear cut protocol on the proper way to euthanize animals, and that's where Houser and the guidelines part company. He allegedly likes to use the AVMA report to sling around as some kind of shield, but when it comes down to implementing their recommendations for a humane euthanasia, Houser consistently refutes and contradicts their suggestions.

"Further more," as Peter points out, "no where in the AVMA report does it mention animal control facilities, shelters, or rescues for their use of gas chambers. It is specifically guidelines for use in a veterinarian's office. And it's estimated that about 98% of the animal control facilities in North Carolina do not have a veterinarian on staff."

Even more disturbing is Houser's seemingly alleged nonchalant attitude toward the obvious suffering animals endure during their time in his gas chambers. He's been allegedly overheard at North Carolina Animal Rabies Association meetings talking about the number of animals you can shove into his chambers, this is not in accordance with the AVMA's report on the small number of animals that can safely be euthanized at once from gas. He also allegedly suggests putting puppies, kittens and sick animals in there too. Again a no-no from the AVMA, his alleged words that have been conveyed to me were to the effect of "if the animal can take a breath he can be gassed."

The recent number of animals that have survived a gassing and either found alive when being removed from the chamber, or found alive at the garbage dump by civilians is alarming! It is believed that the reason Dr. Houser recommends going against the AVMA report is because the gas chambers quickly lose their argument of "cost effectiveness" when used properly. In 2003, Sampson County Animal Control adopted out puppies to a lady looking for pets. She took the pups home and they started getting sick. After spending thousands of dollars on vet bills, she went back to the facility only to be told that the puppies had been gassed and survived! She had not been told this prior to having taken the animals, it's hard to tell whether it was a mere oversight or callously intentional.

In subsequent inspections, it was determined that the gas chamber in Sampson County had been leaking “a citation was issued and that was it. It is apparent that not only is it inhumane towards the animals but it is dangerous to the shelter workers. The gas is odorless and it's physical effects are cumulative! Plus they are allegedly never inspected regularly, actually they're allegedly practically never inspected at all. There are 'regulations' that come with the gas chamber but they are not routinely inspected, and when the chambers are inspected “ the equipment is just looked at, it is not during a gassing procedure.

A number of states have eliminated or banned gas chambers but no state has banned EBI! Lee Hunter, Director of Animal Welfare, North Carolina Dept. of Agriculture, Veterinary Division was recently put in charge of enforcing the Animal Welfare Act. Hunter is allegedly quite friendly with Houser, and the animal control officers are all his colleagues. There are no experts on euthanasia in the department, and they are vying to get Houser as the certified euthanasia trainer for the animal control facilities of North Carolina. It is undetermined what Houser's qualifications are regarding humane euthanasia, other than his financial vested interest, and the fact that he's a self appointed expert; he is above rules and regulations and the Animal Control community trusts that he is telling them the truth.

But for Houser, it's all business! If an Animal Control decides to switch to EBI, he'll let them use his medical license to procure the drugs. It is purported that Moore County did this, and that there are allegedly other counties that did the same, Houser chooses the laws he abides by, by his pocket. He also teaches courses on cruelty to ACOs, and has also been publicly questioned regarding a demonstration in New Bern where he killed sixty animals during the class. New Bern is a small town and sixty animals is a lot for them to have at one time. The question is: what rules and protocols were broken to facilitate this demonstration? Perhaps either animals were not held the requisite three days, or animals were held longer in order to be put to death in this learning forum, but there is no concrete evidence to prove any misdoings.

Houser also allegedly advocates the use of another excruciatingly painful means of euthanasia: the intracardial (chest) injection, or as it's commonly known as, the heart stick. When used correctly by caring, compassionate, trained professionals it can be less traumatizing than the gas chamber. Unfortunately this is often not the case! There are three drugs that need to be administered at just the right time for it to be relatively painless. However, are allegedly, reportedly according to Houser, you can forego the sedatives and just go to the paralyzing death drug where the animal remains fully conscience while it slowly dies. Again cost effectiveness seems to be his alleged main concern, or rather selling point “money is allegedly at the crux of all his actions, the alleged welfare of the animals he has taken an oath to entrust does not seem to allededly factor into any of his actions."

Taxpayers are the ones footing the bill for this cruel mistreatment, and if more of them knew that their tax dollars were funding all of this, more than likely they'd be outraged. It has been proven that there are cost effective, humane options available. The public needs to be better informed what is happening in their own communities. The sooner this happens the needless suffering will surely end.
Here is a brochure on his classes and seminars.

Dr. Houser's' alleged Bio:
Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Ralph W. Houser, DVM, received degrees in psychology and veterinary medicine from Michigan State University. After managing farms in Michigan and North Carolina, Dr. Houser founded and operated two veterinary practices in North Carolina. In 1987, he opened Carolina Veterinary Consulting to provide consultative and educational support to private individuals, animal control, law enforcement, health departments and other government agencies.

Dr. Houser serves as the veterinary consultant to eight animal control agencies, four law enforcement agencies and five health departments. He has provided training for the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, the U.S.D.A. and the R.S.P.C.A. in Great Britain. Dr. Houser is a certified instructor in the use of Cap-Chur chemical immobilization equipment, is certified as a Wildlife Damage Control Agent (kill the animals). He is also an At Large Board Member of North Carolina Rabies Control Association.

Dr. Ralph Houser
10020 S.NC 87
Pittsboro, NC 27312
336-376-8134 office
336-376-0770 fax
and these are all of his cronies and disciples, North Carolina Animal Rabies Association- this organization has it's hands in all of the animal welfare legislation in North Carolina. They control the laws through this joke of an organization.

Source Katia Grossman

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