DALLAS, N.C. -- Dozens of people gathered in Gaston County Friday night for a touching tribute in honor of nearly 150 geese that were euthanized by county workers.
Animal rights advocates turned out at Gaston County Park in Dallas to light candles and place flowers in a pond where the geese lived.
County officials put the birds down over concerns their waste could be a health hazard.
But volunteers at Carolina Waterfowl Rescue said not everyone wanted them gone and even offered to take them away.
"People do care about the geese, and I think there's more people complaining about them being removed. There obviously was people that liked the geese and I think we definitely have to let our elected officials know that people in the county care about the welfare of animals," said Jennifer Gordon with Carolina Waterfowl Rescue.
County Parks and Rec officials said the geese had become a nuisance and they also couldn't keep up with the cleaning.