NEW INFO: Dog Shelters Agree To Stop Using Carbon Monoxide Chambers

Animal shelters are coming up with other options, after the state found at least 21 across the state not in compliance with new state standards.

Martin County's animal control facility was one of ten that voluntarily agreed to stop using its carbon monoxide chamber.

State regulators say they found a total of 21 animal shelters in violation of new standards on using carbon monoxide to put down animals.

Martin County says it is ordering a new chamber to meet the new standards, but until then the county will be giving animals injections.


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Ten animal shelters, including three here in Eastern Carolina, have agreed to stop using their carbon monoxide chambers for euthanasia.

State regulators say they found 21 animal shelters in violation of new standards on using carbon monoxide to put down animals.

Shelters in Martin County, Rocky Mount and Wilson County have voluntarily agreed to stop using their carbon monoxide chambers. The state says those chambers were either not commercially manufactured or did not meet the new standards.

Other facilities were given a warning letter for not having their policy and procedure manuals updated. Those were Carteret County, Northampton County and Onslow County.

The new rules took effect in July and the Department of Agriculture said it gave the shelters a two-month grace period.


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  • by midnightdance Location: Rocky Mount on Dec 6, 2009 at 05:01 PM
    In 2007 - 90.17% of all cats entering Animal Control here were KILLED at a cost to the taxpayers of over $45,000.00 yet the police officer in charge of AC refueses TNR (trap-neuter-return). They would be trapped, sterilized, given their rabies and returned with an assigned caretaker monitoring for any new 'dumps' by people. This is at at NO COST to the taxpayers. Voice your opinion on the loss of YOUR tax dollars in this unnecessary manner.
  • by angela Location: dudley on Dec 5, 2009 at 09:17 AM
    so whats gonna happen to the animals more people would get the pets but it cost so much to adopt also landlords want to charge outragious deposits plus monthly rates i think that owners should be responsible for pet
  • by Rose Sullivan on Nov 24, 2009 at 07:19 AM
    Hey there Rose, thanks for the info but at the moment, even $75 is a lot when you're living on a fixed income barely making it through each month. Nevertheless, we'll do the best we can, saving a few bucks each month and hopefully by next Spring, we'll be able to have him neutered. As for the other comment posted by "Anti-Terrorist" I can't speak for everyone but I'm sure that most of us are not looking for any accolades or pats on the back from anyone to do a good deed by opening up our hearts and homes to an abandoned animal. Not only has Charlie brought more joy into our lives than I can explain. He does it, not expecting anything in return. I only wish I could do my part to ensure my pet doesn't create more offspring that'll ultimately receive the same fate as those poor animals that have been euthanized at those shelters.
  • by Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on Nov 23, 2009 at 05:40 PM
    What is the argument here? Seems many commentors would not accept any form of dog (or other pet I presume) euthanasia. So why comment about this story at all. Those that are against the use of CO but not against pet euthanasia in general have yet to state a case against it. Is it just the thought of it or is there some evidence that is is less humane to have an animal put down this way? Those of you that think a dog knows that you rescued them from death row have been watching too many Disney movies and need to cut out of the commenting altogether.
  • by Info for Rose Location: Greenville on Nov 23, 2009 at 11:48 AM
    Hey Rose, I'm not sure if you would be able to make it over to Greenville but Spay Today is a low-cost spay/neuter clinic here. It costs 75 bucks to neuter a dog there but you must have a current proof of his rabies vaccination before they can help. www.spaytoday.net has all of the info. You have to call and make an appointment. Hope this helps! God bless you for taking him in ^-^
  • by Rose Sullivan Location: Washington on Nov 23, 2009 at 09:01 AM
    Several months ago, a stray dog started hanging around our back yard. We began feeding him, even took him to get his rabies shot when it was offered for $5. However, when I called the Beaufort Co Humane Society asking for help to have him neutered, I was told they'd cover only $40 and I would be responsible for the rest. When I called the different surrounding vets offices, each quoted prices ranging from $90- $150. Needless to say, Charlie has yet to be fixed because we're barely making ends meet but have grown to love this sweet pup. I just want to make it known that all of us pet owners are not be careless and irresponsible. There are more folks like me who'd love to help control the pet population but just have very little to no means to do so.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Nov 23, 2009 at 08:54 AM
    We would not have this problem if us so called human beings took care of there dogs ,cats etc. and treated them as family with love and caring. There would be no carbon monoxide chambers. It is our fault the dogs just want to have a home a love and be loved. Shame on some people. My 4 little dogs are my children and family God bless them.
  • by betty Location: cortland on Nov 23, 2009 at 08:15 AM
    If the owners of a animals would spay or neuter their pets then we wouldn't be having this type of problem. The blame is on the breeders and pet owners for the overpopulation of dogs/cats which leads to the KILLING of these pets. People, don't let your pet run around and PLEASE get them fixed. I think there should be a law where breeders can only sell so many pets a year. And when they do sell these pets, the pets should be fixed before giving them over to the new owners.
  • by JB Location: Washington on Nov 23, 2009 at 07:51 AM
    It really sucks that a single dog has to be put down. Find homes for these animals. If Obamas cronies have their way, we will get a $2500 tax deduction for each dog. (Look it up) Which is ok with me. It will encourage dog ownership so maybe some of these dogs will be adopted. If you can afford a dog, why not adopt a dog on death row. They will be forever grateful.
  • by animal friend Location: gville on Nov 21, 2009 at 07:43 PM
    PLEASE join the facebook group NC Coalition for Humane Euthanasia!!!!
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