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This is the Jefferson City Animal Shelter’s makeshift euthanasia chamber. After an animal is placed in the chest-style freezer, it is filled with gas to put the animal down.

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Resident group discusses animal shelter concerns

A group of nearly 15 residents met Wednesday evening to discuss concerns they have regarding the operation of the Jefferson City Animal Shelter, specifically concerns regarding the use of a gas chamber for wildlife and feral cat euthanasia.

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State allows three forms of animal euthanasia

City: Gas chamber to only be used when veterinarian unavailable

If you walk out a back door at the Jefferson City Animal Shelter on Hyde Park Road, you’ll see a big furnace for animal cremation and an industrial-sized freezer. What one may not notice is a smaller, white freezer. It’s a gas chamber, used to euthanize wildlife and feral cats.


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