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Oct 6, 2013 9:03 PM by Elizabeth Hughes

Mathis Trying to Stop Using Gas Chambers for Homeless Pets

CORPUS CHRISTI - Mathis is still one of 29 cities in Texas still using carbon monoxide and Dioxide to kill homeless pets, according to the Texas Director of the U.S. Humane Society.

Since the Mathis shelter has a 99-percent kill rate, almost all the dogs and cats that wind up at the pound end up being gassed.That's why People Assisting Animal Control, the ASPCA, and the Texas Humane Legislation Network, have partnered to put an end to killing animals by using the gas chamber.

Mayor Ciri Villarreal says, lack of funding and manpower have prevented the city from switching to humane authorization, or lethal injection. The Mayor of Mathis says, "we will take any help from anyone who wants to help us. We're a small community, short on finance, and any help we greatly appreciate it."

As of January 1, 2014, Texas Law says goodbye to gas chambers, so that means gas chambers like the one in Mathis, Texas are just one of the many around the nation that will have to stop gassing animals.

Cheryl Martinez the president of PAAC, says putting an end to gas chambers in Mathis is a solution focused task, and the community has to get involved. She says, after a meeting held last Tuesday, the city wanst to make the necessary changes, and they want to do everything right this time. She says they have agreed to be compliant with the state laws, and want help form PAAC, but can not make any changes over night and need the effort of the community.

Cheryl says the city of Mathis needs volunteers today. She says veternarians are the crucial help they do not have right now to help with this process in the interim until January to stop the gassing process.

Mayor Villarreal says, Mathis is willing to receive volunteers and help right away, and accepts them with open arms. He says the city needs all the help it can get, even from people outside the city.

If anyone can help the City of Mathis, they are asked to contact the Mayor or call PAAC directly to help end this inhumane killing of cats and dogs.

PAAC telephone number to contact them directly: 361-855-7387


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