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After Senate action, animal gas chambers are on their way out in Michigan

LANSING, MI (WTVB) - Animal shelters in Michigan that use gas chambers to euthanize dogs and cats would have to shut them down if a bill sponsored by west Michigan State Senator John Proos becomes law. Right now Branch County along, with Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties, are the last four in the state that use gas chambers, which they say can be more cost effective, although animal groups say are less humane.

The Branch County gas chamber is about 20-years old and sometime next year, it will be retired from service and not replaced. Proos says animal right groups, like the Michigan Humane Society have offered grants to cover the costs of using lethal injection. The bill was approved unanimously in the Michigan Senate this week and now heads to a house committee for their consideration.