An Amish kennel owner in New York Friday pleaded guilty to illegally gassing 74 dogs.
David Yoder, 45, of Romulus, was fined a total of $505 - considerably less than the cost of one of his puppies in a pet store.
The Seneca County Sheriff's Office charged Yoder with 74 counts of inhumane destruction of dogs. Under New York law gassing is illegal and euthanasia must be performed by a licensed veterinarian. An initial report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture said he had killed 94 dogs.
Yoder told USDA inspectors that he killed the dogs using carbon monoxide emissions from a gas-powered engine in July to "depopulate" his kennel following a disease outbreak. The sheriff's report said Yoder thought the method was more humane than injection - the universally approved method of veterinarians.