37 rescued dogs were taken from their home by the dog warden of Brown County, Ohio. The warden described the dogs as being thin and possibly having a contagious condition called mange. Based on that decision the dog warden immediately placed all of the dogs in the shelter's crude gas chamber and euthanized them.
The Ohio SPCA is accusing the warden of not following proper procedures which would have kept the dogs in a holding area for 72 hours. The group is also questioning why the shelter did not explore other options for the dogs including use of the SPCA's mobile veterinary clinic.
Brown County Commissioners
800 Mt. Orab Pike
Georgetown, Ohio 45121
Dear Brown County, Ohio Commissioners,
We the undersigned are concerned about the immediate euthanasia of 37 dogs seized on February 10, 2011 by the Brown County Dog Warden from the home of Ruth Wilder who rescued each of the animals and allowed them to live on her property.
We understand that the Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is interested in reviewing the case and has asked the Brown County Animal Shelter for the records of the 37 dogs and other animals relinquished to the shelter.
We ask that you release all of the records requested by the Ohio SPCA from the Brown County Animal Shelter to the organization so they may make a proper assesment.
It is our understanding that the Ohio SPCA wants to research the condition of each animal upon intake into the shelter, how they were euthanized and how their bodies were disposed.
It is our understanding that with this information the organization could be helpful to the County Commissioners in planning for future situations so the Brown County
Animal Shelter will not be overwhelmed or depleted of resources.
Thank you for your consideration in this matter and thank you for discontinuing the use of gas chambers as a means of euthanasia.