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McLean County Done With CO Chambers

BLOOMINGTON - McLean County says it's used its carbon monoxide gas chambers to euthanize dogs for the last time.
BLOOMINGTON - McLean County says it's used its carbon monoxide gas chambers to euthanize dogs for the last time.

McLean had been the only county in the state to still use this method to treat overly vicious and aggressive dogs.

On Wednesday, they received a $3,000 grant from The Humane Society of the United States to help buy new equipment and training to replace the chambers, which had been in place since the mid-1990s. That would include devices for immobilization and sedation as well as restraint cages.

Department officials say they're glad they're moving this way.

"We were very concerned about their safety and we want to make sure that they have all the equipment that they could possibly need to make sure that for those handling the aggressive animals, that they have what they need to be safe,” said Cathy Covertson-Anderson, assistant administrator for the McLean County Health Department.

County officials say they haven't had to use the chambers since May.

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