Meet North Carolina's Dr. Death HORRIFIC!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Ever wonder why North Carolina has so many county-funded Animal GASSING and HEARTSTICK facilities?
Well, it's thanks to this Hitler incarnate, Dr. Ralph Houser, DVM, North Carolina Animal Rabies Control Association board member and owner of Carolina Veterinary Consulting, he 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 scum is 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 GASSES and HEARTSTICKS 6 victims at a minimum for demonstration purposes. Dogs and cats are brought from local shelters of his choice tortured and killed in front of a live audience.
Here is a brochure on his classes and seminars.
Dr. Death's 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. Death 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. Death Ralph Houser
10020 S.NC 87
Pittsboro, NC 27312
And....below 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 and directly line Dr. Death's fat pocket....
Statistical Data of NC Kill Shelters can be viewed here:http://www.epi.state.nc.us/epi/vet/pdf/snreportsummary0107.pdf
North Carolina's Gas Shelters Map not including Heartstick facilities:
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 suggests putting puppies, kittens and sick animals in there too. Again a no-no from the AVMA, his 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 never inspected regularly, actually they're 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, 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 main concern, or rather selling point “money is at the crux of all his actions, the welfare of the animals he has taken an oath to entrust does not seem to 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.
Copyright by Denise LeBeau
Meet Grace - She Survived Being Gassed in one of Georgia's gas chambers.
Reported by WTOC:
You always hear cats have nine lives, but a Hinesville dog is starting on her second. Animal Control was putting her and three other dogs down, but after 30 minutes in the gas chamber, she still survived.
People who run the Liberty County Humane Shelter say they're not sure how, but they're hoping her story can serve as a catalyst for shutting down the gas chamber for good.
Watching her tail wag Friday afternoon you would never guess what horror this happy-looking dog had gone through just a day earlier.
Deborah Palpal-Latoc, with LCHS, says "It will never leave me. I have had nightmares and don't think I'll ever forget this as long as I live."
Palpal-latoc saw first hand. When a chamber filled with carbon dioxide failed to kill the two year old dog, she helped pull her out of the cage and get her to a veterinarian.
"the dog above her -- it's bodily fluids were dripping all over her," recalls Palpal-Latoc with tears in her eyes. "And she was cowering and scared and foaming at the mouth and trying to get out."
Now the dog, who's since been named "Amazing Grace," is serving as an example.
People at the humane shelter say gas simply isn't a humane way to euthanize stray dogs.
01/11/10 Reported by WTOC
Our mission is to spread Grace's story anywhere and everywhere to reach people of influence, Oprah Winfrey or Ellen Degeneres! Anyone with enormous influence and following to expose...
America's Dirty Little Secret and Deepest Shame.........
Locked away like prisoners, in cement cells, they lay. Amidst their pain and sadness with gentle eyes they wait. Silenced forever. They die. And for what crime? No crime, they are just homeless.
Not even executed humanely as in the worst of criminals. Instead, piled into gas chambers one on top of another, to end it all, in the cruelest of manners. And for what crime? No crime, they are just homeless.
In their peaceful hearts, they yearn only for acceptance, a needle is plunged. Target practice for the inexperienced. Will they complain? Never. And for what crime? No crime, they are just homeless.
We, in America impose such sentences of depravity and inhumanity not even on condemned criminals, but instead on animals. Why? What crime? No crime, they are just homeless.
Do you love a companion animal....do you love a pet? Then pass it on!
Below is a rescue effort of massive proportions that took place on January 22, 2010 at the Gaston County Animal Control located in North Carolina, which contains the most gassing facilities out of all the states. This effort was organized by HelpSaveOne.org.
This is just one of the most despised county-funded animal shelters in North Carolina. This state has been recently under fire for the recent corruption of the Robeson County Animal Shelter, and it currently has the most gassing facilities out of any other state in our country.
The Gaston Rescue Experience: http://www.facebook.com/notes/bay-state-rock/the-gaston-rescue-experience/264023913756
Photo album of Gaston Rescue effort: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2033690&id=1059785853
North Carolina Gassing Facilities Currently in Operation:
Rowan County Animal Control
Cabarrus County Animal Control
Gaston County Animal Control
Yadkin County Animal Control
Union County Animal Services
Davidson County Animal Control
Randolph County Animal Control
Iredell County Animal Control
Craven-Pamlico County Animal Control
Brunswick County Animal Control
Wilkes County Animal Control
Lincoln County Animal Control
Ashe County Animal Control
Nash County Animal Control
Granville County Animal Control
Person County Animal Control
Johnston County Animal Control
Vance County Animal Control
Beaufort County Animal Control
Sampson County Animal Control
Lee County Animal Control
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