Indiana animal shelter accused of freezing kittens to death

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ROCKPORT, Ind. (AP) — Authorities in southern Indiana are investigating allegations that animal shelter employees were freezing kittens to death as a form of euthanasia.

Bridget Woodson tells the Courier & Press that she quit working at the Spencer County Animal Shelter and spoke to authorities after the animal control officer asked her twice to put injured but still-alive kittens in a plastic bag and then into a freezer to kill them.

The officer didn’t answer messages requesting comment. Shelter officials declined to comment to WFIE-TV .

Law enforcement officials say the Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation on the case, which has been turned over to prosecutors due to a potential conflict of interest.

The American Veterinary Medical Association Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals says that “slow chilling or freezing of unanesthetized animals” is an unacceptable form of euthanasia.

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