Cabarrus County has reportedly ended the use of its gas chamber in its pound after accepting a $10,000 grant from HSUS. It’s unclear if and when the gas chamber will be dismantled and removed from the facility so that it may never be used again, but previous HSUS grants have stipulated removal within 6 months.
Ending the use of the gas chamber is a very good thing, but what has NOT ended in Cabarrus County is the killing of healthy and treatable shelter pets. The 2012 reported kill rate in Cabarrus was 52%, which is down from previous years but still means most animals who go into that pound end up in the dumpster.
One thing being kept alive in Cabarrus is the lie that such killing is “euthanasia” or some sort of kindness. Judy Sims, executive director of the Humane Society of Concord & Greater Cabarrus County, ghoulishly extolled the killing of pets by lethal injection, saying the animals “just drift off to sleep in a very peaceful manner.” Oh really? (Warning: disturbing video.)
“Although better than gas systems by far, lethal injection is not always painless either, as anyone who has witnessed the killing of animals in shelters can attest. With some animals, there is fear, disorientation, nausea and many times even a struggle. A dog who is skittish, for example, is made even more fearful by the smells and surroundings of the animal shelter. He doesn’t understand why he is there and away from the only family he has ever loved. To kill this dog, he may have to be “catch-poled” a device that wraps a hard-wire noose around the dog’s neck. (Disturbing video of a dog being dragged by a catchpole here.)
“He struggles to free himself from the grip, only to result in more fear and pain when he realizes he cannot. The dog often urinates and defecates on himself, unsure of what is occurring. Often the head is held hard to the ground or against the wall so that another staff member can enter the kennel and inject him with a sedative. While the catch-pole is left around the neck, the dog struggles to maintain his balance, he tries to stand, but his legs give way. He is frightened by the people around him. He does not understand what is happening. He goes limp and then unconscious. That is when staff administers the fatal dose.” (No Kill Advocacy Center.)
More than 160 communities across the US have ended the debate over the best way to kill healthy and treatable shelter pets by SAVING THEM. There is no reason Cabarrus County cannot do the same.
Animal advocates can contact Cabarrus County officials (contact information below) and ask them to mandate adoption of a cost-effective, proven program for lifesaving success in their county.
County Manager: Mike Downs, firstname.lastname@example.org, 704-920-2100, 65 Church Street SE, PO Box 707, Concord, NC 28026-070, FAX: 704-920-2250.
Elizabeth “Liz” Poole: email@example.com, 210 Ravine Circle, Concord, NC 28025;
H. Jay White, Sr: firstname.lastname@example.org, P.O. Box 368, 71 McCachern Blvd, Concord, NC 28026;
Larry Burrage: email@example.com, P.O. Box 707, Concord, NC 28026;
Christopher A. Measmer: firstname.lastname@example.org, 419 Paddington Drive, Concord, NC 28025;
Stephen “Steve” M. Morris: email@example.com, 49 Georgia Street NW,Concord, NC 28025.