Rowan County to close animal shelter gas chamber

Mar. 04, 2014 @ 07:50 PM

SALISBURY — Rowan County commissioners have voted to end euthanization of animals by lethal gas at county shelters.

By a 5-0 vote, commissioners decided Monday to begin euthanizing animals by injection on April 1. Dogs and cats considered "aggressive" will still be euthanized by lethal gas, but only until county workers are trained and equipment installed to euthanize those animals by injections.

The commissioners also voted to move toward a "no-kill" animal shelter, stepping up efforts to have dogs and cats adopted. The county will appoint a veterinarian to spay or neuter any animals that are adopted.

As part of a plan, all adoptable animals will be sterilized to help curb the number of their potential offspring returning to the shelter. Sterilization costs will be included in the adoption fees.