Petition to Stop the Gas Chamber at the Stanly County Animal Shelter

  • by: L. Carter
  • recipient: Stanly County Commissioners

This photo shows the strange gas chamber used to kill thousands of unwanted animals at the Stanly County Animal Shelter in Albemarle, North Carolina. Can you imagine watching dogs and cats being put into this awful, tilted metal box to die?

Please contact the government officials listed below and politely encourage a change to humane euthanasia by injection for the animals that are not adopted from the shelter.

As always, please do your part to control overpopulation by spaying and neutering your pets! Save a shelter pet instead of buying from breeders and pet stores. Help stop the suffering today.

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Contact Stanly County Commissioners:

Commissioner Tony Dennis

Commissioner Gene McIntyre

Commissioner Lindsey Dunevant

Dr. Nalin Mehta, Commissioner

Commissioner Sherrill Smith

We, the undersigned, ask for humane euthanasia at the Stanly County Animal Shelter in Albemarle, North Carolina. We do not consider the gas chamber to be a humane form of death for sheltered animals. We ask that animals which are not adopted be euthanized humanely by injection of sodium pentobarbital, a method approved by all national humane organizations in the United States as the safest, least stressful, and most humane for the animals as well as shelter personnel.
Veterinarians and other experts agree that a properly injected dose of sodium pentobarbital ensures a humane death for those animals whose lives must be ended.

Inhaled carbon monoxide gas, even at low levels, can be dangerous to caretakers, causing many human health problems or even resulting in death. Furthermore, carbon monoxide gas is invisible to workers, is highly flammable, and explosive.

We have shown that THE SAFEST AND MOST HUMANE WAY TO EUTHANIZE AN ANIMAL IS BY LETHAL INJECTION. Therefore, we advocate that the shelter move from the use of inhalant gases to injectable barbiturates for routine euthanasia to ensure a humane death for those animals whose lives must be ended.


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