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Bridget Johnson


August 3, 2012 - 8:32 am

A Pennsylvania Republican introduced a non-binding resolution yesterday to put the House on the record against the gassing of stray cats and dogs.

Rep. Lou Barletta hopes that his resolution will bring needed public attention to “this cruel manner of euthanizing an animal” that still happens in many jurisdictions, including in his home state.

“This is a cruel way to euthanize an animal,” Barletta said. “Sometimes the poor cat or dog is not completely euthanized and it suffers terribly. It’s a horrible practice. I’ve even seen videos where the exhaust from a vehicle is used to try to euthanize an animal.”

Barletta consulted with The Humane Society of the United States on the issue of gas chamber euthanasia before drafting the resolution.

“As a pet owner who considers our dog and two cats an important part of our family, I find it horrific that an official who can’t locate an animal’s owner could take the dog or cat to a facility where it could be gassed,” the congressman said. “This is unconscionable in the United States in the 21st century.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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