WARNING: Sensitive material - Animal Control video shows improper euthanasia practices
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:48:50 GMT —
During the ongoing investigation of Amarillo's Animal Control, Pronews 7 was provided a video showing what a local veterinarian said is not "in accordance with humane euthanasia standards."
Dr. Sarah Viera of Hope Veterinary Clinic saw the video and told Pronews 7 which humane standards were not met when the dog in the video was euthanized in a loading dock before being dragged to a truck.
Pronews 7 spoke with Amarillo Police Department, who confirmed that there is an active investigation into the Animal Control department.
The Animal Control Board confirmed that the director and assistant director of Animal Control, Mike McGee and Shannon Barlow, are both currently suspended.
WARNING: This video may contain material sensitive to some viewers.
The video shows an Amarillo Animal Control employee euthanizing an animal in such a way that did not meet "humane euthanasia standards put out by the American Veterinary Association or the Texas Administrative Code," according to Dr. Viera.
As you can see in the video, the dog is conscious and alert when given the lethal injection. But according to the Texas Administrative Code of Standards for Allowable Methods of Euthanasia for Animals in the Custody of an Animal Shelter, "Intra-organ injection shall not be used unless the animal is unconscious or anesthetized so that the animal is unable to feel pain." WARNING: Sensitive material - Animal Control video shows improper euthanasia practices