Accusations of inhumane euthanasia in Manatee County animal shelters

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PALMETTO, Fla. -- Animal rights supporters say that Manatee County Animal Services are using a dangerous and painful method when putting some animals down.

There are some reports that the shelter is using what's called a heartstick. Critics say the heartstick's needle passes through the chest wall and several layers of muscle before puncturing the heart. If the euthanasia substance isn't carefully and accurately administered, an animal's lungs could be punctured, causing them to fill with fluid, a cruel and painful way to die.

Others say the shelter only rarely uses this method.

ABC 7's Bobeth Yates is investigating these claims and will have a report tonight on ABC 7 News at 5 & 6.

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