Ala. lawmakers ban euthanizing animals with gas

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Soon animal shelters in Alabama won't be able to use gas chambers to euthanize homeless pets.

The state House and Senate passed "Beckham's Act" last week.  The bill was named in honor of a dog who authorities say survived a gassing at an animal shelter.

The measure requires shelters using gas chambers to provide proof by Dec. 31 that they have switched to using lethal injections to euthanize animals. The gas chambers must be dismantled by Jan. 31, 2012.

Just two shelters in Alabama use gas chambers - Florence and Colbert counties. The bill passed the state Senate unanimously.

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