Campbell Co. euthanasia drug dose differs from maker's recommendation

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Death threats against the director of the Adrian Baird Animal Center in Jacksboro have tapered off since the initial uproar earlier this week. But, concerns over how animals in that shelter are treated there continues, both in the community and on-line.

This comes almost a week after a video was released on YouTube, and eventually posted to several websites, including Facebook.  The video claims the images were taken inside of the center.  Pictures are used to make claims that animals are not treated humanely under the watch of director Betty Crumley. Allegations also include she ordered technicians to use just one-third of the recommended dose of drugs to put animals to sleep using an "IP" method.

The video also shows copies of the center's 2012 euthanasia records. 10News obtained them from the Campbell County Mayor's office.

Records show, in 2012, every euthanized animal was given one c-c of the drug, Fatal-Plus, for every 10 pounds it weighs, and all euthanasia's were done with the "IP" method. That's an injection into the stomach. Sources involved with the center told 10News it does not use tranquilizers first, that it has implemented the state's suggestion to double the amount of Fatal-Plus it uses.

On Friday, the drug-maker confirmed that it recommends the one cc to 10 pound ratio, but that is for "IV" administration, right into a vein. A representative said that is also the method of injection the company recommends, and they also recommend using tranquilizers first.
    
The drug company suggests that the "IP" injections should only be used on animals, such as puppies or kittens, who's veins are hard to find. It recommends a dosage for those injections of three cc's for every 10 pounds.
    
Tennessee state law does not require techs to use tranquilizers during a euthanasia procedure unless they are using a heart stick, which injects the drug directly in to the animal's heart. The state also does not regulate doses of any euthanasia drugs.
    
10News was not able to reach Betty Crumley on Friday for her response to this information, and we also did not hear back from the mayor's office.

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