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January 31, 2014

Martin County Animal Shelter Removes Gas Chamber

Martin County Animal Shelter announced that it will no longer euthanize animals using a gas chamber, and will make other improvements that will enhance the lives of animals in their care. In honor of this decision, The Humane Society of the United States awarded the Williamston, N.C. shelter a $10,000 grant. This grant will not only assist the shelter in transitioning to humane euthanasia, it will build a much needed place to house cats and make other improvements.

Kimberley Alboum, North Carolina state director for The HSUS, said: “The Martin County Animal Shelter and its very dedicated staff are working hard to create a comprehensive animal welfare program for their community and a humane shelter for the county’s homeless animals. This grant is a reflection and recognition of their commitment. Although it’s just a small part of the improvements, eliminating the gas chamber demonstrates that just because North Carolina doesn’t have a law on the books banning gas chambers doesn’t mean that people with good consciences and loving hearts shouldn’t expect better for the state’s animals.”

Pete Brock, director of Martin County Animal Services, said: “We want to make a new start and show the public that this is a community shelter. We want the public to understand that we are the first point of rescue for the animals and we want input from the animal lovers in the community. The shelter is a reflection of the community and it is time for us to work together to create an animal welfare program we can all be proud of. We are all in this together!”

Martin County’s decision brings to 10 the total number of North Carolina shelters that have closed their gas chambers since the beginning of 2013.

Media Contact: Raúl Arce-Contreras: office 301-721-6440, rcontreras@humanesociety.org

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