State Agriculture officials are holding a public hearing on proposed rules for animal euthanasia in shelters in Raleigh Wednesday.
Officials say the problem is bigger than many realize. In Pitt County alone during the last fiscal year, the shelter had to put down nearly 27-hundred dogs and cats, because there is not enough room for them.
The state is considering rules that would allow shelters to euthanize animals through either lethal injection or carbon monoxide. Many animal rights groups favor injection, and some outright reject carbon monoxide.
Michele Whaley, the Director of the Animal Shelter in Pitt County says, the animals will often make a noise when they're in the gas chamber, that's hard for people to listen to. Whaley says, despite the noise, the animals are unconscious and are not feeling any pain in the process.
Pitt County does not use carbon monoxide as a form of euthanasia, only injection.
For more on the rules the North Carolina Board of Agriculture is considering for animal euthanasia, click here
The North Carolina Department of Agriculture is accepting written comments through Aug. 31. Send comments to David McLeod, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1001 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To read more about the position of the Humane Society of the United States on animal euthanasia, including injection and carbon monoxide, click here
To read more about the position of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on animal euthanasia, including injection and carbon monoxide, click here
To read more about the position of the American Humane Association on animal euthanasia, including injection and carbon monoxide, click here