euthanasia en Michigan lawmakers grappling with how to euthanize shelter animals <p>State lawmakers are a step closer to telling Michigan animal shelters how they can euthanize dogs, cats and ferrets.</p><p></p><p>Most Michigan animal shelters put down dogs and cats using lethal injection. A bill passed by the state Senate Agriculture Committee recently would mandate all shelters use injection.</p><p></p><p>There are a handful of shelters that still use gas chambers to euthanize unwanted or unhealthy dogs and cats.</p><p></p><p>Deborah Schutt is the chairperson of the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance. She says gassing is painful and not humane.</p><p></p> Sat, 15 Jun 2013 19:38:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13071 at Michigan lawmakers grappling with how to euthanize shelter animals Expert to examine Michigan Humane Society practices <p>DETROIT (AP) - The Michigan Humane Society&#39;s board is bringing in an outside expert to evaluate how the organization decides which dogs go for adoption and which dogs are killed.</p><p>The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press report the board voted Monday. Kelley Bollen, director of behavior programs for the Maddie&#39;s Fund Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, will evaluate &quot;canine evaluation protocols.&quot;</p><p>A broader examination could be considered later.</p><p>Four of 18 board members at the Michigan Humane Society have&nbsp; resigned since June amid questions about the rate of euthanizing dogs and cats. The organization&#39;s overall euthanasia rate has been 70 percent for the past four years, including 17,000 in 2010.</p><p>The organization defends its practices, noting it takes in all types of animals, including abused ones. Wed, 21 Sep 2011 18:29:32 +0000 The Associated Press 4245 at Expert to examine Michigan Humane Society practices Saving Animals <p></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">There&rsquo;s been a big controversy lately involving the Michigan Humane Society -- and by extension, every animal shelter in the state. It has to do with how many animals they have to kill.</font></font></font></font></p> Mon, 13 Jun 2011 16:59:17 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 2857 at Saving Animals