Dogs and cats killed in N Carolina with a gas box

“Kill Box”

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FOR HUMANE EUTHANASIA
 
 
More than 250,000 homeless animals are killed in North Carolina shelters each year.  According to shelter records and information from employees and volunteers, the majority of animals in many shelters are not feral, sick, or injured.  Many are killed for lack of space.  Some shelters have as few as 10 kennels for an entire county animal control facility, and bring in hundreds of animals each week.  It is a tragedy every day, all over our state.  The animals need you!    
Please adopt your next pet from a shelter.  If you have time, volunteer as a foster for a local rescue organization.  And please, spay or neuter your pets!  If we all do our part, we can end this vast waste of life. Visit http://Petfinder.comto find pets for adoption in your area. 
 
Cruel Killing, Funded By Your Taxes
More than a quarter of a million animals die in North Carolina shelters annually, twice the national average.  You pay the bill with your taxes.  Many of these pets are lost and not reclaimed by their owners in time, or surrendered by their families when they are no longer wanted. ALL THREE well-known commercial brands of gas chambers, two made by companies here in North Carolina, have been known to either explode, leak, or malfunction and expose shelter workers to poisonous carbon monoxide.  Why should taxpayers continue to fund something that is not only cruel to animals but also potentially hazardous for government employees? 
Until there are loving homes for all pets, NCCHE asks that the lives of these animals be ended in the most humane manner possible. 
 
Witnesses have seen animals struggling and wailing for up to ten minutes before death in gas chambers, some biting themselves and each other in panic, beating their heads against the chamber walls, choking and vomiting. Groups of up to 25 animals are gassed together. Some will not die the first time.
Euthanasia by injection of sodium pentobarbital is the method used in veterinarians' offices, and is recommended by EVERY national humane organization in the United States as the most humane, safest, least stressful, and cost effective.  It takes only seconds and the animal falls peacefully asleep, with an overdose of an anesthetic.  Injection is typically done in the leg for adult animals, or in the tummy for smaller animals. 
This should not be confused with intracardiac injections, which are not legal or humane if done without anesthesia or heavy sedation.  If you have any knowledge of "heartstick" injections being done on animals that are conscious, please write to us. 
Carbon Monoxide poisoning from malfunctioning gas chambers, even at low levels, can cause many health problems for employees who are exposed. A Tennessee shelter worker was asphyxiated to death while unloading dead dogs from a gas chamber, after being exposed to carbon monoxide. At least 3 gas chambers in NC shelters have exploded.
FOUR government employees who operated gas chambers on a regular basis have died in recent years from heart and lung problems which could be related to exposure to carbon monoxide.  Three of those gas chambers had never been formally inspected for leaks prior to their deaths.  Will it take the death of another government employee to make it stop?  How ironic that tax dollars pay for machines that could kill the people operating them.
It is a shame that there is not a loving home available for every animal in North Carolina. We encourage you to spay or neuter your pets to keep overpopulation under control, and to adopt your next pet from a kill shelter. The innocent unwanted should not have to die in such a gruesome way.  For a list of N.C. shelters using gas chambers, see the links on the left. 
Whether unwanted animals die cruelly or compassionately is up to you. Your taxes are funding it!  Please contact your county commissioners and ask for changes. 
Join us!  For more information email  nccoalition@yahoo.com
         
The Lawsuit 
More than a year ago, NCCHE contacted the Humane Society of Union County to alert them to disturbing information found in public records obtained from Union County Animal Services of Monroe, North Carolina.  Our two organizations were plaintiffs in a lawsuitnaming defendants Sheriff Eddie Cathey, Lieutenant Michelle Starnes in charge of animal control.  (click to read exhibits 4 - 7 )
 
These documents appear to show that young, sick, injured, old and pregnant animals were being killed in the gas chamber at Union County Animal Services. We believe that North Carolina law specifically precludes the use of the gas chamber in regards to these categories of animals.  Please take a moment to read the complaint here
In October 2008, an agreement was reached to end the case.  The Sheriff and animal control supervisor agreed to follow state laws and proposed guidelines for euthanasia of animals, which require that animals under 16 weeks, pregnant, or near death no longer be killed with carbon monoxide gas.  We would like for the county to consider a change to euthanasia by injection for all animals in its care. 
The NCCHE and the HSUC are willing to work with Union County to reduce the number of animals that must be euthanized and to help ensure that animals are euthanized in the humane manner law requires.
The North Carolina Coalition for Humane Euthanasia is dedicated to ending the cruel killing of animals in our state's shelters. We believe that taxpayers should not pay the bill for animal suffering.  More than 20 NC county shelters are still using gas chambers and other inhumane methods to destroy unwanted animals. Innocent pets suffer in their last moments, gasping for breath and wailing until they finally succomb to poisonous carbon monoxide.  You pay the bill, and you have the right to ask for change.   

 

 


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