The Michigan House has approved legislation that would ban the use of poisonous gas to euthanize unwanted dogs and cats at animal shelters.

The bills passed the Democratic-run House by 91-14 and 92-14 votes Wednesday. The measures now go to the Republican-led Senate.

The House plan would require the use of lethal injections at animal shelters when unwanted dogs and cats are killed. Supporters say the injection method is more humane.

The bills are sponsored by Republican Rick Jones of Grand Ledge and Democrat Fred Miller of Mount Clemens.

Jones said eight county shelters in the state still use a gas chamber.
   The animal shelter bills are House Bills 6042 and 6043.
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