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I was dismayed to learn from Utah Animal Rights Coalition (UARC) that Utah County Cities contract with North Utah Valley Animal Shelter (NUVAS), a facility that still kills hundreds of dogs and cats each year in cruel carbon monoxide chambers. Dogs and cats killed in these chambers can take as long as 30 minutes to die, during which time they often gasp for air and frantically try to escape. Sometimes, the gas chamber is ineffective and bringing about death, and animals must be gassed repeatedly. This is why virtually every organization of veterinarians, animal control professionals, and animal advocates condemns the use of gas chambers in to kill animals in shelters. There is a more humane method of euthanasia, which is in use already at every veterinary clinic in Utah – euthanasia by injection. Studies have repeatedly shown that this method of euthanasia is quicker, more humane, and more cost effective than outdated and cruel gas chambers. NUVAS is one of only four shelters in the United States still killing animals in gas chambers, a method of killing that is prohibited by law in 27 states. It’s time for Utah to take action and amend its contract with NUVAS to stop this cruel killing. I urge you to add a requirement in the municipal agreement with NUVAS that prohibits the shelter from killing any animals originating from Utah in cruel gas chambers. Thank you.