MALDEN, MO (KFVS) - Monday night Malden City Council members told the group wanting changes in the city's pound, they need to see an official proposal.
Sue Bostic, Salina Henson, and Mindi Rice, a volunteer at the Caruthersville Humane society, told the city council the Malden Pound isn't clean, and the way they euthanize animals, through a gas chamber, is inhumane.
The women want to see a group established to work at the pound to make changes like getting the word out on more adoptions.
They say they want to see the gas chambers outlawed in the state of Missouri.
"I actually saw the chamber that is being used. I did not realize how bad it was until I forced myself to watch a video of it online last night of it actually euthanizing animals, or killing them. And I cried, and I also threw up, because it is that bad," said Henson. "We need to get this gas chamber, haul it off to the local dump. Because its cruel, inhumane and as I said last night after I watched the video, it's the closest thing to hell that I've ever seen on earth."
"We understand they are probably not going to stop it here until it becomes illegal across the entire state, and that's ultimately what we want to work towards," said Rice. "However, take the thought of having office hours here, for people to come and see the animals, see what's out there. Give them a chance to be adopted before they're gassed."
"I'm calling us the killing capital for right now of Dunklin County, because we think it's a cruel and inhumane way, even though its legal," said Henson.
Malden Police Chief Jarrett Bullock did not want to speak on camera, but said they have not broken any laws, and will continue to work as they do until the law tells them to change. He did say he willing to work with these women and open to their ideas.
City Council members also said they are open to these ideas, and willing to proceed, but say they need a more concrete official proposal so they can vote. Mayor Ray Santie said part of the difficulty in tasks like this is finding volunteers that stick with the cause and tasks at hand, for an extended amount of time. He did say the city will not be able to provide very much financial help, and needs to be cost efficient.
The group plans to draft a proposal, and will discuss it with the council members at the next meeting in December.