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PolitiFact: Carbon Monoxide Still Used in Animals Shelters

KUT News

A Travis County state lawmaker says dogs and cats are still being euthanized by carbon monoxide poisoning.

KUT’s Emily Donahue checked that claim with Gardner Selby of theAustin American-Statesman’s Politifact Texas reporting project.

State Sen. Kirk Watson of Austin, who wants to ban the use of carbon monoxide to euthanize dogs and cats in Texas shelters has a proposal working through the legislature.

Watson claimed 29 shelters use carbon monoxide to kill animals. Watson’s office told the Politifact Texas team that he relied on the Texas Humane Legislative Network, which lobbies on behalf of animal welfare. Representatives of the group sent us a list they said they based on contacting every city and asking about the use of carbon monoxide.

How did Watson's claim rate? Listen to the story.

Emily Donahue is a former grants writer for KUT. She previously served as news director and helped launch KUT’s news department in 2001.
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