On Monday, June 18, over 60 guests gathered at Sambuca360 in Plano to watch the premier of the HBO documentary “One Nation Under Dog: Stories of Fear, Loss & Betrayal.” The focus of the movie was America’s relationship with dogs, and included footage of dogs who were euthanized for aggressive behavior, grief counseling sessions for those who had lost pets, and in the most heart-wrenching segment, the reality of abandoned, homeless, and abused dogs.
Animal Rescue Corp (ARC), a rescue organization comprised of volunteers from all over the country, organized the event. The movie included footage of a puppy mill raid in Warren County, TN and several ARC volunteers, including Monica Orta Ailey of Fort Worth.
“One Nation Under Dog” sheds light for even the most experienced animal rescuer about the challenges faced by animal advocates to provide safe and loving homes for all companion animals, but also provided a sense of unity during portions of the movie that showcased the love that we all have for our pets.
However, in one three-minute segment, which was preceded by a warning about its graphic and disturbing nature, a shelter that utilizes a “gas chamber” was filmed performing a mass euthanasia by toxic gas. The audience was visibly and audibly horrified by the cries of the dogs as they suffocated, and after the film ended, Stacy Smith of the Flower Mound Humane Society informed the group that one of the Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN) goals for next year’s legislative session is to end gas chamber euthanasia in Texas shelters. Last year, Garland Animal Services stopped using the gas chamber to euthanized animals, but the Sherman Animal Shelter continues this barbaric practice.
Legislation to ban gas chambers in government shelters requires the support of all Texans who love animals. To stay informed about this important legislation, please visit the THLN website at www.thln.com.
For upcoming showtimes of “One Nation Under Dog,” please visit HBO.com.