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Stop Gas Chambers in North Carolina Animal Shelters

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CNN:  Please do a story about gas chambers in North Carolina animal shelters. More than 20 counties in our state kill lost and abandoned dogs and cats in carbon monoxide chambers, which can endanger government staff while the animals suffer a horrible death.  We need you, CNN.

Lincoln County Animal Control

Lincolnton, NC

The gas chamber exploded in 2009 and injured a worker.  The employee described the incident on the WSOC news: “Kaboom, and here come a ball of flame.”

WSOC-TV video here: Gas Chamber Explodes and Injures Workerhttp://www.wsoctv.com/news/21349513/detail.html

Iredell County Animal Control

Statesville, NC

Despite a widely reported explosion of the gas chamber in 2008, the county continues to defend its use to kill animals.  An employee also described this explosion with the term “Kaboom.”

The county rejected an offer by a local celebrity to raise millions of dollars for a new shelter, with one condition being that no gas chamber would be used.  Unbelieveable.  Why is it worth so much to keep a machine which can hurt government employees or even kill them?

http://www.wsoctv.com/news/16956249/detail.html

Rowan County Animal Control

Salisbury, NC

Shelter manager Clai Martin angrily defends the gas chamber.  An employee told me that large C-clamps have been used to keep dogs from escaping the gas chamber, because they struggle so hard to get out and break the door latch open.  I asked Clai Martin about this and he said the C-clamps are used but “we don’t need them”.

Brunswick County Animal Services

Supply, NC

Since the old gas chamber would not pass new state regulations in 2009, the county purchased another used gas chamber which also did not comply.  Make sense?  Not to county residents who insist that the gassing stop.

For the three months spent repairing the second faulty gas chamber, the county euthanized all animals humanely by injection.  They have proven that this is possible for all animals but still resumed gassing in January 2010.

Sampson County Animal Control

Clinton, NC

A past inspection of the gas chamber by NC Department of Labor noted that an animal inside the chamber made noise for 10 minutes while gassed during the inspection.  The inspector said,“The animal begins to struggle because it cannot breathe.”

http://www.scribd.com/doc/7645495/Sampson-County-Gas-Chamber-Malfunction

Susan Holder, interim county manager, announced in a 2007 Sampson Independent article, “Once we move, we will abandon the use of the gas chamber.” However, the county has gone back to gassing most animals.

Randolph County Animal Shelter

Randleman, NC

Health director Mimi Cooper lobbied against Davie’s Law, a bill seeking to halt gas chambers in 2009.  She joked that she hoped the bill died by lethal injection.

A former community service worker served time at this shelter. She said she was so upset after seeing the animals gassed that she chose to go to jail instead.

Another former community service worker saw the animals being gassed, complained and was removed from the shelter.

Person County Animal Control

Roxboro, NC

Records show that a gas chamber company owner is a paid consultant for this shelter.  Notice #7 on the contract “providing advice and counseling on the methods and procedures being used.”  So the county is paying $2400 per year to a gas chamber company owner to advise them about using a gas chamber which he sold them? Local residents, who pay for the shelter with their tax money, want the gas chamber gone.  Is there a conflict of interest?  Read the contract here.

http://www.docstoc.com/docs/33747910/Person-County-Contract-with-Dr-Houser

Lee County Animal Control
Sanford, NC

County budgets show that a gas chamber company owner is a paid consultant for animal control.  Similar contract to above.

Vance County Animal Control

Henderson NC

The shelter manager called a rescuer and asked her to come and get a sweet dog who had survived the gas chamber.  He did not want to put her back in to be re-gassed.

Cabarrus County Animal Control

Concord, NC

Lieutenant Taylor gave me a tour of the shelter in 2007 and explained how the gas chamber is operated.  He said at the end of the cycle animals are removed from the chamber and placed in the incinerator.  I asked, “How do you know if they’re dead?”  He replied, “We just look at them.” According to experts, these animals could be burned alive if death is not verified.
Davidson County Animal Control

Lexington, NC

An NCDOL inspection of this shelter’s gas chamber revealed that National Welders Supply, which supplies CO gas to the shelter, does not formally inspect its cylinders for leaks.  So not only are leaking chambers a problem but also the cylinders.  Leaking carbon monoxide can be a hazard to staff and can make death slower for the animals.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/7646044/Davidson-County-Gas-Leak

Wilkes County Animal Shelter

Wilkesboro, NC

Shelter director Junior Simmons defends gas chamber.  He said recently that even friendly, lively animals are gassed.

Johnston County Animal Services

Smithfield, NC

County officials made a public statement that gassing would end for most animals impounded as of January 1, 2006.  But in February 2006, shelter director Ernie Wilkinson (a former small-town mayor) backtracked and said the county was “waiting for guidance from the state” to make that change.
Craven/Pamlico Animal Services Center

New Bern, NC

The head of this county tax-funded animal shelter is a board member for an anti-animal-rights organization.  She and the organization defend the gas chamber, against the wishes of local residents.
Union County Animal Services

Monroe, NC

Sheriff Eddie Cathey and animal control supervisor Michelle Starnes were defendants in a lawsuit filed by NC Coalition for Humane Euthanasia and the local humane society.  The attorney presented proof that puppies and kittens under the age of 16 weeks, and animals with medical problems, were routinely gassed.  The case ended with an agreement that the sheriff and animal control would follow the law.

http://www.wsoctv.com/download/2008/0307/15530318.pdf

Local residents have complained that they were not allowed to look for their lost pets in the back of the shelter.  Only a small number of kennels are in the adoption area, while most pets are hidden in back with no hope to be saved.

Gaston County Animal Control

Dallas, NC

Killing classes are presented at this shelter by a gas chamber salesman, Dr. Ralph Houser, who serves with the head of the shelter on the board of NC Animal Rabies Control Association.

http://www.ncarca.com/PDF/2008-07-22Houser-Euthanasia.pdf

Board members

http://ncarca.com/boardmembers.asp

Davie County Animal Control

Mocksville, NC

This shelter still has the old gas chamber, though the county says it is rarely used. The county is home to Davie, a dog who survived the gas chamber and was found in a dumpster by a local citizen.

http://www.freewebs.com/animalshelternews/

The namesake of the shelter inspired Davie’s Law, introduced in 2009, which if passed would end gas chambers and require only humane euthanasia by injection in our state’s shelters.

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3 Comments »

  1. Hi blog author,

    I’m a New Jersey-based author working on a book about a puppy that I adopted via Petfinder.com after he was rescued from Person County Animal Control.

    I’d like to talk to you about what you write in this blog post. Please contact me at kim (at) kimkavin.com, or call me at (908) 975-3031.

    Thanks very much,
    Kim Kavin

    Comment by kimkavin | October 17, 2010 | Reply

  2. I don’t understand people, they make my blood boil. Why cant people see that this is wrong.

    Comment by Nicola Humphreys | June 27, 2011 | Reply

  3. Gas Chambers must be banned. So heartless and cruel.

    Comment by Melanie Siegel | September 3, 2012 | Reply


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