Daily Archives: March 7, 2012

Senate approves resolution recognizing dangers of antifreeze

Aaron Coash hugs his dog, Nikko. The shiba inu died after ingesting antifreeze. Aaron, 12, is trying to get a bill passed making antifreeze less dangerous. (February 14, 2012)

TOPEKA – The Senate today unanimously approved a resolution recognizing the dangers that antifreeze poses to animals and children.

It’s a move prompted by 12-year-old Aaron Coash, whose dog Nikko, a shiba inu, died in January after ingesting antifreeze, which smells and tastes sweet. (Read more about that story here.)

Coash has hoped to get legislation introduced that would require a relatively inexpensive additive to antifreeze that would make it smell and taste bitter, making it less attractive to animals and children. But his request came too late in the legislative session to be considered as a possible new law.

Seventeen states have laws requiring manufacturers to add a bittering agent, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Coash was joined by his mom and a friend on the Senate floor today as lawmakers approved the resolution.

Sen. Carolyn McGinn, R-Sedgwick, said most people have antifreeze in their garages or shops, but that most forget that its smell can lure animals and, in some cases, children.

She recounted Coash’s story about raising Nikko and commended him for trying to make positive changes out of something tragic.

“I think it’s great that we have somebody at that age who wants to be involved in part of the process,” she said.

(The resolution is titled SR1830. It was not immediately available, but check back for it at this link.)