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Rowan County to discuss ending animal gas chambers

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ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. – Rowan County commissioners could vote on a plan Monday to end using a gas chamber to euthanize animals.

The Rowan County Animal Shelter would use lethal injection instead and would reportedly take steps toward becoming a no-kill shelter by the end of the year.

Several animal rights groups plan to attend the meeting in support of the ordinance.

The meeting is planned for 3 p.m. Monday in the J. Newton Cohen, Sr. Room at the County Administration Building at 130 West Innes Street in Salisbury.

Rowan County is one of a few counties left in North Carolina that still uses gas chambers to euthanize cats and dogs, according to WSOC-TV.


  • Jesh

    Yes, these need be banned. Animals some time survive the gas chamber and they have to see all the other animals die and sometimes they put the animal BACK into the chamber. The gas chamber is horrible and CRUEL. For there are photos of animals begging to be taken out. In the gas chamber it takes time for the gas to get to them and they KNOW what is going to happen. This needs to be banned. Euthanizeing in GENERAL should be banned UNLESS the animal MUST be because the animal is suffering. BAN IT!

  • lisa

    This is so senseless this needs to be stopped. This has been going on for so many years and are out dated and cruel and unusual punishment. I seen this on a site called petsandfriendsnetwork com

  • Susan stedman

    More money needs to go to education and free spay & neuter programs. Kill shelters must stop!!

  • Jana dodge

    This needs to stop!!! It is such a cruel act. These poor animals are depending on this to stop. They never asked for all of this,the cruel and neglectful owners need to be in there!!!!

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