In Spencer County, Indiana, an investigation has been launched this weekend after a former employee stated she was ordered to put live kittens into the freezer at the Spencer County Animal Shelter to end their lives. The American Veterinarian Medical Association states hypothermia is both an unacceptable and inhumane method of euthanasia.
According to the the TriStateNews, Bridgett Wilson had been hired to help the animals at the shelter, and it had been her dream come true. Although she noted that there hadn’t been many efforts to adopt out pets or contact other rescues to help out, Wilson still thought she could make a difference. And then one day, Spencer County Animal Control Officer Christina Payne told her to put a live kitten in the freezer to euthanize it. She refused.
“The first time I was given an option to either just put it in a bag and put it in the freezer with no sedation, nothing because I’m not a vet. I don’t have the license to dog be able to do that,” Bridgett explained as to why she didn’t follow the order.
The second time, Bridgett was ordered to put another kitten into the freezer, and again she refused. She called the vet and volunteered to pay for the medical expenses for that kitten. When she brought her concerns to the board members, she was ignored. At that time Bridgett quit. Other volunteers who have come forward, under the conditions of anonymity state they are not surprised by the allegations.
More information will be made available as the investigation proceeds. The shelter has not responded to the allegations. The Spencer County Sheriff’s Office is expected to release more details today.
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