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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) – The Alabama senate passed a humanitarian bill Tuesday that eliminates the use of gas chambers in animal shelters.

SB172, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, also known as Beckham's Bill, is named after a dog who survives a euthanasia attempt using a gas chamber in a Cullman County humane shelter last year.

Beckham was placed in a gas chamber with several other animals, but survived the gassing attempt. He was pulled from the chamber and has since been adopted by a family in Maine.

"The bipartisan support of this bill shows the Senate, in addition to offering solutions to issues like ethics reform and fiscal accountability measures that have been swept under the rug for too long, is committed to humanitarian efforts like the humane treatment of our dogs and cats," Marsh said.

Following the Senate's approval of ethics and budget reform legislation, Beckham's Bill also comes on the heels Senate's passage of the state's General Fund budget.

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