Companion Animal Network introduced state legislation to end gassing, heartstick, and gunshot euthanasia in North Carolina. The NC House Agriculture Committee took up our legislation as the first first bill for debate on February 25, 2009. We traveled to the state capitol in Raleigh and distributed the most extensive packet ever prepared on the issue of the euthanasia of dogs and cats at municipal shelters to every single one of the 200 members of the NC General Assembly. We were provided personal meetings the Chairman of the Committee where the legislatoin is being debated, the Speaker of the House, and the sponsors of our legislation, . We have reason to be very optimistic.
The historic state of North Carolina is one of the brightest spots in the nation. However, its animal control practices at its municipal dog pounds have not kept pace with its progress on economic issues. Yet, North Carolinians are traditionally animal compassionate, with the state having one of the most active animal welfare and rescue communities, and many state and local legislators being animal friendly. This leads us to believe that the issue of humanely euthanizing dogs and cats has simply fallen through the cracks. When a state makes such quick progress on other matters, issues which are traditionally not as important sometimes get overlooked. We have full faith in North Carolina that it will update its animal euthanasia methods and come in compliance with the accepted norms and protocols of the 21st Century by joining the great majority of states which only euthanize former family pets with intravenous injection.
WATCH VIDEO OF ROBESON COUNTY, NC PERFORMING "HEARTSTICK" EUTHANASIA
Video at left from Robeson County animal pound shows "heartstick" being performed, possibly illegally as North Carolina law may be interpreted that the American Veterinary Medical Association's protocols be adhered to. The AVMA protocols as required by NC law to be adhered to require that animals being euthanized by heartstick be "heavily sedated" or "comatose." The video shows that none of the dozens of animals being killed are "heavily sedated" nor "comatose." Robeson County is STILL using heartstick. Robeson and many other NC counties may be able to get away with violating NC law because of the "closed door" policy of these municipal pounds. Since there is no independent supervision, the daily assembly line euthanasia of former beloved family pets are done in secrecy. Many of the 30 plus counties of North Carolina who still do not exclusively use intravenous injection continue to use heartstick, gas, decompression, or gunshot. Click on the top part of the picture to watch heartstick being performed in North Carolina by local governments.
WRAL TV IN NORTH CAROLINA BROADCAST A NEWS REPORT EXPOSÉ WITH THE ABOVE HEARTSTICK VIDEO. Click on the newswoman to watch the news report.
Click on the puppies and dogs in the "gassing box" to watch video of the gassing process.
THIS VIDEO IS FROM YADKIN COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, WHICH IS STILL EUTHANIZING FORMER FAMILY PETS THIS WAY
ONE OF A KIND STATE OF THE ART RESCUE FACILITY IN THE WORLD, ADKINS PET CENTER NEAR CHARLOTTE, NC CLOSES AFTER JUST 2 YEARS OF OPERATION.Watch video of the most phenomenal "dog and cat heaven" ever created on Earth by clicking on the picture.
Born with the passion to rescue dogs and cats, Mark Adkins, a successful multi millionaire land developer, created the "oasis" for homeless and unwanted animals thirty minutes outside of Charlotte, NC. Sinking 2.5 million dollars to create what could be the home base of the AKC and the Westminster Club, Mark opened the doors of the Adkins Pet Center in 2007 to rousing fanfare. But his jubilation was to be short lived as his inexperience in the field of animal rescue got the best of his enormous charitable efforts for dogs and cats. Companion Animal Network is trying to form a coalition of the major national groups to re-open this badly needed utopia for pet animals.