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Rowan County to get rid of gas chamber at animal county shelter

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The Rowan County Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 Monday afternoon to get rid of the gas chamber at the county animal shelter. By April 1, all animals, except those deemed "aggressive" will be euthanized by lethal injection.

Once the county gets additional equipment and training for employees, the "aggressive" animals will also be put down using lethal injection, eliminating the gas chamber all together. Laura Ashby, an animal advocate who has been working to get rid of the gas chamber at the shelter, said, "We have fought this for so long. I really had doubts that this would pass and go through, but today is a great day for Rowan County."

Commissioners also voted to hire a veterinarian who will spay and neuter the animals before they're adopted out. Right now, Commissioner Craig Pierce tells us people who adopt get a voucher to have their pet spayed or neutered, but some don't follow through, adding to the pet over-population. Spaying and neutering on site will change that. Pierce says, "As we put the sterilized animals into the population, and they don't return with litters of puppies and kittens, we're decreasing the amount of adoptions we have to have. We're decreasing the amount of sterilization we have to have and ultimately we decrease the amount of money we have to spend on that department."

The commissioners also voted to move control of the animal shelter from the health department to the county manager, and they want to set up an adoption center at the old Salisbury Mall.


 

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