Animal advocates protest use of gas chamber in Davidson Co.

LEXINGTON, N.C. — The push to stop animal shelters from using the gas chamber has moved into Davidson County.

With signs in hand, a group gathered outside of the Old Courthouse in Lexington.

The animal advocates believe gas chambers are inhumane and lethal injection is the more humane way to euthanize an animal. Davidson County Board of Commissioners Chairman Larry Potts says the County’s animal shelter does use lethal injection and only uses the gas chamber for dangerous animals.

“[The gas chamber is used for] only the ones that pose harm or danger to the staff. The ones that can’t be held for lethal injection, we do use the gas chamber,” he said.

Joyce Tester is against the gas chamber. She feels all animals should be euthanized by lethal injection.

“The commissioners need to listen to us,” she said. “They need to realize we are passionate about it. Animals don’t need to be in the gas chamber 30 minutes dying.”

Any changes at the Davidson County Animal Shelter will have to be made by Davidson County Sheriff David Grice.