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Intracardiac injections, commonly know as heart sticks, is a rather inhumane way to euthanize an animal that is not comatose(or nearly comatose) or heavily sedated. A needle and syringe containing sodium pentobarbital is passed through the chest wall and severely layers of muscle into the heart. However on an animal that isn't sedated or comatose this is hard to do because the body is in constant motion. It's not uncommon for the person administering the injection to miss and accidentally punctures the lungs and causes them to fill up with fluid. This is a VERY painful way to die.

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Sep 18th, 2017
Someone from South Windsor, CT writes:
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Disgusting and should be against the law. Let these poor animals pass with dignity which includes being pain free. W t f is wrong with people!
Jul 3rd, 2017
Someone from Gaithersburg, MD writes:
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I am still reeling over Laredo, Texas shelters and others who are killing dogs and cats with a razor through their chest into their heart and twisting it!!!!!! There are laws/codes listed of what is approved in Texas and all states and any shelter using this barbaric method is violating the law! Texas shelters can ONLY use sodium pentobarbital (not heartstick) according to this document. This is what our vets use. So...any shelter doing this should be shut down! I only know about the Laredo facility that killed the young, friendly black lab named April today (7/3/17) using this barbaric way to torture this innocent female lab and others before and after her. I am outraged! It's bad enough they are euthanizing but no way should this be allowed in the USA.
Dec 12th, 2016
Erika W. from Augusta, GA signed.
Nov 1st, 2016
Someone from Watkinsville, GA writes:
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This is barbaric! I just found out that this practice is being used on cats and kittens in Gwinnett County, Georgia. What needs to be done to have this stopped immediately? To do this to an animal is unconscionable! To have this practice condoned by the United States Department of Agriculture is a national disgrace! If the public knew about this practice, there would be more disgusted taxpayers writing in. I hope to let as many people know about this as possible!
Jul 30th, 2016
Someone from Kalamazoo, MI writes:
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Outlaw cat declawing , and cat dissection, too .
Jul 26th, 2016
Someone from La Grange, KY signed.
Jul 10th, 2016
Someone from Mesa, AZ signed.
Jun 14th, 2016
Someone from Brighton, CO writes:
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Please stop this insanely cruel method of euthanasia. It should not be allowed to continue.
Mar 28th, 2016
Someone from Fort Myers, FL signed.
Feb 23rd, 2016
Someone from San Antonio, TX writes:
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Please stop this method of euthinasia
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