Public Comment for Euthanasia Rules

Wilmington, NC – The North Carolina Board of Agriculture is seeking public comment on new rules for euthanasia at animal shelters.

State veterinarians have drafted rules that include mandatory training and certification for those whose job it is to put down dogs and cats.

Shelters have a choice of using lethal injection or carbon monoxide. Director for Animal Welfare Lee Hunter says right now training is not required.

There have been some instances related to me where somebody comes in, first day of work, they say here's the gas chamber, use it. And this is going to do away with that.

Written comment on animal euthanasia will be accepted until the end of August. Lee says every letter will be read.