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Cleveland County AC celebrates end of animal gas chambers with 'take a whack'

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Another North Carolina community will celebrate the end of inhumane animal gas chambers on Saturday with a fundraiser "take a whack" where animal lovers can help demolish the gas chamber by hitting it with a sledgehammer.

According to the, County Commissioner, Jason Falls promised the community that the Cleveland County Animal Control would remove the gas chamber by the end of June.

Just a year ago, a blind, little cocker spaniel named Millie had been dumped at the Cleveland County Animal Control. From the moment rescuers spotted her, numerous attempts were made to rescue her; both from individuals and rescue organizations alike. Despite phone calls and messages, Animal Control gassed her. Volunteers and humane advocates became outraged. Just the previous week, four other dogs (one of which was pregnant) with rescue holds, were gassed also.

The American Humane Society considers the use of carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide as euthanasia inhumane and unsafe to humans.

From Millie's tragic story and the cruel deaths of so many other dogs and cats, citizens petitioned for the end of animal gas chambers. Shelter animals will now be euthanized by lethal injection. The event, however hopes to raise awareness in the community of the importance of education about animal care and the need to spay and neuter pets.

Clifford's Army Rescue Extravaganza (C.A.R.E.) is hosting the event; all proceeds will be donated to the Cleveland County Animal Control. Later in the day, the dogs and cats who have lost their lives in the gas chamber will be honored with a moment of silence followed by a balloon release.

Last September, Iredell County Animal Shelter removed their gas chamber. Read more about that story and the reasons gas chambers are considered inhumane by clicking here.

Interested in attending the celebration ending the gas chamber at Cleveland County Animal Control? Come to Tractor Supply Company located at 1665 E. Dixon Blvd. in Shelby on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (One whack for $5. or three whacks for $10. - use of sledgehammer included)

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