Gatesville, TX Pound-Animals Killed With Car Exhaust Pipe
- This is a horrible situation at the Gatesville pound in Texas. Please write letters (and copy JLayne3636@...)
These poor babies are put in a dark room with the exhaust pipe from a car attached and are killed. We must do something to put an end to this practice.
There will be photos available on my web site some in the next few days.
Below is an alert that Jerry Layne submitted to Animal Rights Online.
Thank you all,
Barbaric Animal Pound in Gatesville, Texas
by Jerry Layne - JLayne3636@...
Forty-four miles from Waco, Texas is the small, lovely town of Gatesville,
Texas. About 10 miles outside the city limits of Gatesville, isolated off a
county road, behind a locked gate and nowhere to be seen is the city's
Twice in the last several months, I have driven from my home in Waco to this
unsanitized 'animal pound.' Over the past 14, years I have seen and fought
hard against animal shelters and pounds that give nothing but misery and
suffering to animals.
ANIMALS RIGHTS ONLINE and so many readers three years ago greatly assisted
my organization, ANIMALS HAVE HEARTS, TOO! in a 3-month battle against the
City of Abilene, Texas and their use of a gas chamber where they bunched-up
many animals at one time, shoved them in the gas chamber, pushed the button
and walked away from the ghastly nightmare. We won a victory there by
emails, letters, facsimiles to various members of the City of Abilene, and
they changed to lethal injection.
Now, we are requesting your assistance again. This small town has set up a
small bricked-in confinement for a gas chamber. When shut, it is complete
darkness inside (pictures are available that I and other individuals took of
the chamber and the animal pound where feces and filth are everywhere/also,
located around the animal pound-empty shotgun shells), and the small brick
chamber is hooked-up to an old City of Gatesville police car with its tires
taken off, and a hose is hooked up to its exhaust pipe directly attached to
the gas chamber.
Also, in one picture, the gas pedal has a tree-stick shoved against it and the
car seat so no individual has to push the gas pedal to maintain pressure for
the gas fumes to move to the gas chamber.
It is a haunting sight to realize what the dogs, puppies, cats and kittens
must go through. All alone, pushed into this darkness then very slowly
gassed to death.
This is unacceptable to all of us and we need your assistance in writing to
place people and the city on notice.
Please tell the below list of individuals that a gas chamber of any kind is
unacceptable and causes great suffering and must be dismantled. Unwanted
animals are entitled to basic protections under the Texas State Law. Tell
them to stop permitting pound/city employees to continue killing animals by
gassing. We realize this is a small town, but other small towns know it is a
horrible action to gas animals and instead, use lethal injection--even in a
small community there must be given to the animals respect and dignity in the
time of their deaths!
It is well-known that animals killed in gas chambers especially homemade, car
exhaust to chamber is a wrenching way to die. The animals often scream in
panic, they struggle for air, and the exhaust gas horribly irritates their
eyes and noses.
Gassing animals is an extremely cruel and inhumane method of euthanasia, if
you can even call gassing euthanasia. We resonate with all of creation, and
whatever harm or brutality is done to these innocents without voices affects
us all, one way or the other.
All of us are appalled by the way this small town has hidden the 'animal
pound' way away from civilization and are killing the unwanted animals by
CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING...through the exhaust of a vehicle!
Virtually every major animal protection organization in the United States, as
well as the AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, advocates strongly
"intravenous injection of sodium pentobarbital" as the euthanasia method of
choice, and it is our belief we can offer the veterinary community assistance
in teaching the proper way to use lethal injection.
The above is 'some-type' of message your reader's can send; ending with,
"Thank you for your time and urgent decision to stop using the gas chamber."
Please forward a carbon copy (CC) to JLayne3636@... as this was very
helpful in the Abilene, Texas animal shelter gas chamber case. Such
monitoring of the mail is also being done with the current cat cruelty case
here in Waco, the QUESO cat case, and we have monitored over 4,000 messages to
city council members, Baylor University, the DA and etc.
*Also, in your messages; please inform the CONTACTS that sanitation and
better protection from the weather elements is a priority, as the 'pound'
uses old, rusty oil drums for 'housing' of individual animals, which give no
shelter or comfort whatsoever to the animals.
CONTACTS AND INFORMATION:
Mr. Brandon Emmons
Mr. Luis Lobo
Assistant City Manager
City of Gatesville
email: mainstreet@...-tx.us ph: 254-865-8951
Within the above email address are the City Council Members:
Ms. Lucille Plane Ward 1, Place 3
Mr. Darren Moore 2 5
Mr. Jimmy Knox 1 1
Mr. Billy Landua 2 4
Mr. Carl Kietzer 2 6
Also, at the same, above email address is the Mayor of Gatesville, Texas
The Honorable Mayor, James E. Erwin
*for the reader's own review: www.ci.gatesville.tx.us/government.htm
The Federal Government / Senators are:
The Honorable Phil Gramm
The Honorable Kay Baily Hutchinson
State of Texas Senator
Honorable Troy Frazier
Fax: 254-939-7611 (Belton, Tx.)
I wrote on 11.2.01, the Publisher of THE GATESVILLE MESSENGER, Mr. Marshall
Day, describing what I saw on my first trip to the 'animal pound' and sent
him several pictures of the unconscionable and tragic Gatesville 'animal
pound.' (***there has been no response)
Please issue emails:
Mr. Marshall Day
The Gatesville Messenger
Mr. Larry Kennedy
The Gatesville Messenger
send Letters to the Editor
(*letters must include a daytime phone number and home address) *(we need
volumes of emails) (to all)
(we will monitor the newspaper)
***Please write / 'cc' the wonderful individuals at our Texas Department of
Health, Zoonosis Control Division; their names were given to me by a
wonderful and most devoted individual to animal rights, Mr. Robert L. "Skip"
Ms. Jane Mahlow, DVM, MS
Zoonosis Control Division
web site for an excellent review: www.tdh.state.tx.us/zoonosis
Mr. Jay Sabatucci
Zoonosis Control Division
*also visit: www.sheltercoalition.com
*also review: TEXAS HUMANE LEGISLATION NETWORK (a great group)
web site: www.thln.com
The Gatesville 'animal pound' is a gruesome sight; it, to me is like ...
'entering the gates of hell.' When the City is made respectfully aware of
such atrocious conditions it is my belief they will change everything at
their 'city pound,' as everything is unacceptable - because everything is
done behind closed doors!
Jerry Elmore Layne
ANIMALS HAVE HEARTS, TOO!
1917 Austin Avenue,
Waco, Texas 76701
Jamie J. Knight
Protecting The Innocents
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