SALISBURY, N.C. -- Animal rights advocates are calling on Rowan County leaders to end the controversial practice of gassing animals at the county shelter.
Rowan is one of the only counties state-wide that still uses a gas chamber.
Monday's rally was in front of the Rowan County Administrative Building from 4:30 to 6 p.m. during the Rowan County Board of Commissioners.
Rowan County is among 10 counties left in North Carolina which euthanize cats and dogs using carbon monoxide introduced into a chamber.
Protesters say it’s about having a heart, and caring about these animals last moments.
The other nine counties still using a gas chamber at their shelters include Davidson, Randolph, Union, Cleveland, Wilkes, Martin, Beaufort, Wilson and Granville.
In the past, Rowan County commissioners have said the safety of Animal Control officers as a reason to stick with the gassing.
However, animal advocates said euthanize by injection is cheaper, and much more humane to animals.
Advocates say gassing is often slow and painful for animals put in the chambers.