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David and Barbara Yoder of Black Diamond Acres kennel in Seneca County, New York, decided to "depopulate" their kennel. David Yoder created a makeshift gas chamber out of a wooden whelping box (a wooden box usually used as a safe place for birthing dogs) retrofitted with a metal door and a three-horsepower engine. Filling the box with five or six dogs at a time, he pumped in carbon monoxide, walked away so he wouldn't get a headache, then came back a few minutes later to see if the dogs were dead. He repeated this cruel process over and over again, killing a total of 78 dogs and 15 puppies. 

Following the massacre, the USDA told the Yoders that euthanasia needs to be performed by a vet, and the kennel's license was cancelled. It's too little, too late. The Yoders need to be prosecuted for animal cruelty.

Tell the Seneca County District Attorney to prosecute the Yoders to full extent of the law.

Photo credit: In Defense of Animals

Letter to
Seneca County District Attorney Barry Porsch
I recently learned on Change.org of the USDA report detailing the killing of 78 dogs and 15 puppies by David and Barbara Yoder of Black Diamond Acres Kennel in Romulus, Seneca County, New York.

According to the report, in order to "depopulate his kennel," David Yoder created a makeshift gas chamber out of a wooden whelping box (a wooden box usually used as a safe place for birthing dogs) retrofitted with a metal door and a three-horsepower engine. Filling the box with five or six dogs at a time, he pumped in carbon monoxide, walked away so he wouldn't get a headache, then came back a few minutes later to see if the dogs were dead. He repeated this cruel process over and over again, until he had killed 93 dogs.

Euthanasia is a peaceful death performed by a licensed veterinarian. The Yoders made the conscious decision to kill their own dogs, without any attempt to alleviate their suffering. The scale and cruelty of their act shows a disturbing disregard for life. I urge you to conduct a full investigation of Black Diamond Acres and prosecute the Yoders to full extent of the law.

Thank you.