Catawba County, North Carolina Stops Using the Gas Chamber
|December 12, 2007||Posted by russmead under article|
Update May 27, 2009: "Since [Jay] Blatche came to Catawba County about 18 months ago, the shelter has not used the gas chamber for euthanizing animals. The only method is lethal injection. While Blatche would like to see all the animals at the shelter be adopted, he said the lethal injection is more humane, with the agent working immediately, "as opposed to the gas chamber when you can see them in there, struggling for their breath."
Original report: A number of county and city shelters in N.C. continue to use gas chambers to kill animals. Some shelters workers have been known to beat animals in the head, drown them in buckets, or break their necks with shovels when the gas would not kill them.
Catawba County has decided it’s time for a change.
The county will going forward use only lethal injection for euthanizations except when the health and safety of a worker would be jeopardized by direct contact with an animal.
"Catawba County recognizes that lethal injection is preferable from the standpoint of being a more humane method of euthanasia," said Jay Blatche, Animal Services Manager for the county, "This entire issue is one of the most difficult and tragic parts of our work. Animals shelter would have to euthanize far fewer animals if all citizens were responsible pet owners. So as Catawba County mamkes the transition to lethal injection in almost all cases, we also want to remind everyone [of the importance of responsible pet ownership].
For more information about the cruelty and horror of animal gas chambers in North Carolina as well as the danger they present to shelter workers, visit this site: http://ncche.com/