MAY 11, 2006 -- The Columbus County Animal Shelter is turning down help from an animal rights group.
Members of PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, sent County Manager Jim Varner a letter criticizing the shelter for using a gas chamber to kill animals. They want the shelter to use intravenous injections. PETA offered to provide free training for employees and to help raise money for the injections.
Varner told WECT he won't work with PETA and says the shelter will continue using the gas chamber until it is prohibited.