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04-26-2005, 05:25 PM
Many of North Carolina's county animal shelters are still using carbon monoxide gas chambers to kill unwanted animals.

Please visit our website to learn about tax-funded animal shelters in our state. The animals are suffering, and they need your help. Contact info is listed for government officials.

04-28-2005, 08:19 PM
We have to fight this everyone. Look at the picture and imagine your sweet pet dying in this terrible way. Let's call all these people and demand that this get changed!!

From the website above:

Many tax-funded animal shelters still use carbon monoxide gas chambers to kill unwanted cats and dogs. This method is considered by many to be outdated and inhumane.

The Johnston County Animal Shelter is located in Smithfield, North Carolina. The gas chamber pictured in this post is used to euthanize over 3000 dogs and cats per year.

Your Taxes Are Funding It!

Animals in a gas chamber do not die quickly or painlessly. They struggle for breath. They claw to get out. This is not a pretty site and will stay with you for a very long time. When animals inhale carbon monoxide, they can suffer convulsions, vomiting, angina, and muscular spasms. Some will not die the first time. There is a better, more humane way, euthanasia by injection. This method is cost effective and takes only seconds.

Shelter workers are at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning when they unload the gas chamber, breathing in low levels of the gas on a regular basis. This can lead to many health problems, and even death. The county is at risk of lawsuits from these workers if they become ill. Carbon monoxide is also extremely flammable, odorless, colorless, and difficult to detect.

The Humane Society of the United States, American Humane, American Veterinary Medical Association, National Animal Control Association, the American Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights all advocate lethal injection of sodium pentobarbitol. It is considered the most humane, safest, and least stressful choice for euthanasia.

If you live in Johnston County, North Carolina, please contact the county officials listed below to voice your concerns about this method of killing our companion animals.

Rick Hester, County Manager (919) 989-5100 P. O. Box 1049 Smithfield, NC 27577


Ernie Wilkinson, Interim Shelter Director (919) 934-8474 1320 N. Brightleaf Blvd., Smithfield, NC 27577


Contact the Johnston County Board of Commissioners

Cookie Pope, Chairman (919) 934-3662
849 Polenta Road
Smithfield, NC 27577

Wade M. Stewart, Vice- Chairman (919) 934-3935
Four Oaks, NC 27524

Allen L. Mims, Jr. (919)553-3435
920 City Road
Clayton, NC 27520

Jeffrey P. Carver (919) 553-8922
200 Fireweed Place
Clayton, NC 27520

W. Ray Woodall (919) 965-3635
Selma, NC 27576

DeVan Barbour (919) 894-8144 (Home)
217 West Church Street 934-8101 (Work)
Benson, NC 27504

Tony Braswell (919) 965-9857 (Home)
1170 Gor An Farm Road 790-1537 (Ext. 1Work)
Selma, NC 27576

08-20-2005, 03:56 PM
Thank you so much for showing your support.

08-25-2005, 02:56 AM
Has their been an update?

08-01-2011, 04:17 PM
Just want to say watch out for any scams that are out there. I have seen a lot of scammers who posts ads or change buckets about helping out animals but they just keep the money themselves. If you need an animal removed check with an animal control company to do so. Please don't kill the animal!