Ohio county plans demolition of animal gas chamber

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MEDINA, Ohio (AP) -- The public is being invited to help destroy a gas chamber used to kill hundreds of stray cats every year in one northeast Ohio county.

For a donation to the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, people are invited to beat on the gas chamber with a sledge hammer in a parking lot later this month.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/1iuCQJK) reports its use was discontinued amid public outcry and the objections of animal activists.

The county shelter in Medina, south of Cleveland, gave the chamber to the anti-cruelty group after an anonymous resident offered to donate $10,000 to the group's cat program if the chamber is destroyed.

County commissioners had earlier voted to sell the chamber in a public Internet auction.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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