Stop Euthanizing Dogs by Gunshot

A rescued dog peers from within a kennel where hundreds of rescued animals are being kept for treatment about an hour southwest of Raleigh, N.C., Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals rescued over 600 animals after they were found in conditions that the sheriff called "awful and very sad." (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Target: City of Bristow Mayor Leonard Washington

Goal: End practice of euthanizing stray dogs by shooting them.

Oklahoma residents recently discovered that an animal shelter in Bristow euthanizes dogs by shooting them. The mayor of the town confirmed the allegations and added that three dogs had been shot to death that past week. He informed the public that the practice was legal under the state’s law which says that any shelter with a population of fewer than 10 thousand animals can “destroy unclaimed animals in a humane, acceptable way.” The issue is that the law does not specify humane practices.

Residents of Bristow, Oklahoma have attempted to protest the issue and tried to force the government to change its policy but have seen no success. The residents turned to social media and several petition websites in order to get the word out. They’ve asked the government to hire a veterinarian to euthanize the animals via an intravenous injection. Sign the petition below to urge the mayor of Bristow to hire veterinarians and end the practice of shooting stray dogs.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mayor Washington,

Recently it has come to light that an animal shelter in the city of Bristow shoots stray dogs as a form of euthanasia. Such an act is appalling and inhumane. Oklahoma law dictates that municipalities with a population of fewer than 10 thousand animals can “destroy unclaimed animals in a humane, acceptable way.” The humane method of euthanasia is via an intravenous injection. The drug used is sodium pentobarbital, which puts the animal to sleep in a peaceful manner. There is nothing peaceful about shooting dogs, and I can’t begin to imagine the emotional toll it must take on the authority dictated to shoot the dogs.

Many residents of Bristow have attempted to protest the matter by reaching out to government officials such as yourself. They have hit road block after road block and finally had to turn to social media in hopes of spreading the word. Residents are willing to collaborate with the city of Bristow in hopes of hiring veterinarians to euthanize the animals humanely. They have expressed their willingness to keep the tax-payer funded shelters open. The support is present, it just needs to be acted upon. No matter how long an animal is left in a shelter, it must not be murdered with a gunshot. I demand that you hire veterinarians for the animal shelters.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Gerry Broome

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9 Comments

  1. Theresa Strom says:

    Only in Oklahoma could it be okay to shoot man’s best friend at point blank range! Unbelievable! What a hideous way for the people of Oklahoma and this pathetic town Mayor to treat animals who to no fault of their own (because people will not be responsible and neuter) are left on the streets or wherever you pick them up; taken to a shelter and shot in the head. What does it feel like to look in the eyes of a dog and shoot him (her)? I can’t imagine it.

  2. OK OKLAHOMA, I GUESS IT’S OK TO SHOOT SOMEONE WHO IS SUPPOSED TO BE PUT TO DEATH INSTEAD OF WITH DRUGS IN JAIL.THIS IS INSANE AND MUST BE STOPPED. ATTENTION LOCALS CALL ALDF, LEXUS PROJECT, ANIMAL LAW CENTER, BEST FRIENDS ALL HAVE TOP NOTCH ATTORNEYS THAT CAN HELP YOU STOP THIS.

    GOOD LUCK AND GET RID OF ALL THOSE WHO THINK THAT THIS IS OK BY VOTING THEM OUT.

  3. Carter Neal says:

    You have got to be kidding. This is such an idiotic practice.

  4. Heather Brophy says:

    Leonard, WE PAY YOU , NOW GO SHOOT YOURSELF IDIOT!

  5. THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS. INNOCENT ANIMALS SHOT IIN COLD BLOOD. AND I WISH SUFFERING AND PROLONGED DEATH FOR THE MONSTERS WHO DO THIS, AND WHERE ARE THE ANIMAL PROTECTION GROUPS?

  6. NOT “acceptable,” NOT “humane,” and just as importantly, NOT “euthanasia,” but really just blatant “killing for convenience”!!! Wish we could do the same with these no-good, conscious-less wastes of human space! THAT would be highly “convenient” and expedient towards improving the world for nonhumans, in like fashion!

  7. Alexandre Engelen says:

    This is a man’s disease (and some states): everything is settled with the gun …

  8. “The only difference between a dog, cat, horse and dolphin and a cow, chicken, pig and turkey is perception. One is no more valuable than another. And yet in this culture, we hold the former animals in high esteem and the latter we brutalize for food. All animals are deserving of respect and freedom from violence. The way to respect others is veganism.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtWO83pf3Mc

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