Animal euthanasia demystified

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A pregnant pit bull mix surrendered by its owner last week to the Clovis Animal Shelter has until Tuesday to be adopted before she is euthanized, according to officials.

The city of Clovis is considering switching its animal euthanasia method from gas to lethal injection.

The CNJ requested to view and film the gas chamber being used by Clovis Animal Shelter. The newspaper also asked to watch a lethal injection performed by a private veterinarian.

City Manager Joe Thomas and Dr. Glenn Keim denied requests to film or photograph the processes, citing concerns footage might sensationalize the procedure and privacy issues. However, CNJ reporter Sharna Johnson was granted permission to observe animals being put down.

The stories below are her first-person observations of three dog euthanasia procedures she attended Thursday.

The stories to the right on our Web site are her first-person observations of three dog euthanasia procedures she attended Thursday. You can also access them on the links below:

Gas chamber

Lethal injection