Green River City Council to Consider Purchase of New Euthanasia Equipment

Green River City Council to Consider Purchase of New Euthanasia Equipment

GREEN RIVER — The Green River City Council will consider approval of purchasing new euthanasia equipment for the Green River Animal Shelter to use to perform necessary animal euthanasias in a more humane way.

The Green River City Council will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 18, at Green River City Hall. During their meeting they will consider approving the purchase of new euthanasia equipment. If the purchase is approved, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) will offer $5,000 to go towards the purchase, as long as the City commits to dismantling the current carbon-monoxide euthanasia equipment and cease its use.

The animal shelter takes in approximately 900 animals per year, of which the vast majority of these animals are returned to their owner or adopted, according to the meeting packet documents. However, roughly 10 percent of the animals are either vicious, sick, or otherwise unable to adopt out, requiring them to be euthanized. 

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“This is a very low percentage for a municipal shelter and would rank our facility as a no-kill shelter by most recognized measures,” the document states.

Currently, euthanizing is done by either an injection or with the use of carbon monoxide in a manner consistent with current guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

We are currently unable to utilize injections to euthanize all of the time as we do not have the needed equipment to handle vicious animals in a safe manner during that process. Handling animals while administering an injection includes multiple hazards to staff; including injury and infection for a bite or scratch, injury from lifting large moving animals and stress from both the fear of dealing with a vicious animal, as well as the emotional difficulty of having to euthanize an animal in close proximity as they pass, the document said.

Purchasing the needed equipment would alleviate some of the physical risk involved by better containing animals that could bite or scratch and providing a system for lifting heavier animals. Needed equipment would cost approximately $6,000. 

The HSUS has offered the City of Green River a $5,000 grant towards purchasing the needed equipment if the City is willing to dismantle the current carbon-monoxide euthanasia equipment and cease using it as a method of euthanasia.

This means the cost to the City for the new equipment would be about $1,000.

To view the full meeting agenda, click here.