Shot in the head really doesn't bother me. People can do that every bit as humanely as taking a dog to the vet. But starving dogs or otherwise not treating them so that they die painful and unnecessary deaths -- that is seriously grusome.
Some shelters still kill dogs in the following ways:
Heart stick -- pull them out of their kennels and stab them. I don't know if it is more humane or just cheaper than gassing them.
Gassing -- cramming as many live dogs into a chamber as they can fit in there and then applying gas for a period of time. Dogs that are still alive after the gas has been turned off and ventilated are gassed again. During dying I am guessing these dog tear on each other. I would rather get a bullet in my head than be gassed.
Shooting -- yeah it is still done some places, just not very common.
The needle -- this is where they have to use a vet or euth tech. They inject the dog with stuff that shuts down their organs. If you do this at the vet, they will usually put your dog into a deep sleep first, and then inject the rest of the concoction, but not always. I don't know if this is what they do at shelters or not.
They used to electrocute the dogs in Cleveland. I don't know when that procedure went out of fashion, but I am glad that it did.
I haven't heard of them starving dogs to death though, quite the opposite. Too often they take a dog who is at deaths door, nurse it back to health, only to find it has no home, now adopters, and shucks, now they have to euthanize a healthy dog. But, if they get the story out there about the dog, they might find someone to adopt it. So I hope those dogs that have already fought back from the brink of death are truly saved. I would probably put down the severely injured or terribly ill, and use the money to provide for more dogs that are euth'd every day just because there isn't space for them. But that make me cold.
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