NHC animal shelter to stop using gas chambers

Reported by Max Winitz - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Officials at the New Hanover County animal shelter have decided to stop using carbon monoxide chambers as a method to put animals to sleep.

"Jean and I are both proud to be proactive in doing away with the chamber," said Dr. Bob Weedon.

Some call the euthanasia chambers inhumane, Jean McNeil and Dr. Weedon support using a chamber to euthanize out of control animals.

Since August, staffers have administered sedatives to dangerous dogs before euthanizing them with another injection.

McNeil had a meeting with her staff earlier this week to discuss the progress.  She says her staff is comfortable with the technique and feel they don't need a chamber at this point.

The staff will likely sell the chamber, which is valued around $15,000.

The county will also save a few thousand dollars a month, since they will no longer need annual maintenance to rent carbon monoxide tanks.

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