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Person County animal shelter stops using gas chamber

Posted October 18, 2012
Updated October 19, 2012

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— The Person County animal shelter has stopped using a gas chamber to euthanize animals, county officials announced Thursday.

Officials said the county wanted to end the use of lethal gas by July 2013, which would be the close of the current fiscal year. But Animal Services staff surpassed the goal by stopping use of the gas chamber within the last month.

Animals that must be euthanized are now anesthetized before being given a lethal injection.

“While there is an increased financial cost of approximately $7,000 per year to institute this change, staff is fully committed to this change,” officials said in a news release.

About 67 percent of the animals taken in at the shelter are euthanized, officials said. Out of 1,502 animals brought to the shelter so far this year, 285 have been rescued, 117 have been adopted and 73 reclaimed. Animal Services responds to more than 100 complaints and takes in about 170 animals a month.

Officials said the county is participating in a matching grant program to provide low-cost spay/neuter clinics, which will be announced in a few weeks.


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  • wayneboyd Oct 19, 2012

    They weren't spending enough money by using the gas chambers, so yeah this also makes sense.

  • kevinpgoddard Oct 19, 2012

    I wish I could adopt all of them. I have adopted three dogs, and they are my babies!

  • ncrebel Oct 19, 2012

    This is wonderful news! I work as an animal rescue volunteer and this is a great day. One by one, I hope the shelters that use the gas chamber, will fall. These are companion animals and do not deserve to die such a horrible death.

    Also, the county shelters oversight falls under the the NC Dept. of Agriculture. The challenger, Walter Smith, supports the puppy mill ban, will not tolerate animal cruelty and will work to phase out gas chambers. PLEASE SUPPORT WALTER SMITH FOR NC COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE.

  • rebeccalmeeks Oct 19, 2012

    I'm happy to see the change from gas to injection...but the underlying cause is still people's ignorance. Spay and neuter your pets and cut down on the pet over population. It is senseless that healthy animals have to die because PEOPLE are irresponsible for their pets!

  • CAVELADY2 Oct 18, 2012

    I agree laurenfedorov!

  • cocker_mom Oct 18, 2012

    This is a direct result of the work of many hard working animal rescuers as well as a book about a rescued dog - "Little Boy Blue" and the focus this book and author is bringing to this inhumane method of euthanasia. Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to make this happen.

  • laurenfedorov Oct 18, 2012

    Although I am completely against euthanizing healthy animals, this change sounds more humane. I wish other counties would be more humane in their methods, as those animals did nothing to deserve death, especially one that is inhumane, as the gas chamber is. Unlike some people, they committed no crimes, unless being born has now become a crime, and they did not ask to be born.
    I wish all counties would do away with the gas chamber. They don't even use that for convicted criminals guilty of the worst crimes against society. Why should innocent animals be subjected to such as this?

  • storchheim Oct 18, 2012

    How wonderful that they did this now instead of waiting for FYE. Sincere thanks.