WILLIAMSTON, MARTIN COUNTY -

The Martin County Animal Shelter is saying goodbye to one form of euthanization.    

The shelter removed its gas chamber Thursday morning and will only be putting down animals through injections now.

Animal control supervisor, Pete Brock, said he is starting a new tradition.

“It's just one of those things that is coming. Uh, a lot of people are against the gas chamber so we decided to just take it upon ourselves and do it before we were forced out,” Brock said.

In January, the shelter received a $10,000 grant from the Humane Society of the United States to get rid of the gas chamber.

Brock said he stopped euthanizing animals using gas in April when the supply of gas he already had in stock was gone.

Now nearly 6 months later, Brock has finally gotten rid of it.

“And it is leaving. The gas chamber is gone for good,” he said.

Brock said it's never easy to euthanize an animal, but when he has to put a healthy one down because he runs out of room at the shelter, it really gets to him.

“It will work on you, yeah. It will hurt your heart …Everybody wants a puppy. He's so cute. I want him, I want him. But when he gets where he's running around being aggravating nobody wants em.' We can't hardly give em' away so then we have to put em' to sleep,” he said.

Brock said he will still have to euthanize dogs by injection when he has no other choice.

However, his ultimate hope is that more people start adopting so he doesn't have to put any healthy animals down ever again.

Brock said the gas chamber is being taken to the salvage yard to be sold for scrap metal, and all the money will come back to the animal shelter.

He said the grant will help him make improvements to the shelter and buy more food for the animals.

If you would like to adopt an animal, contact the Martin County Animal Shelter immediately.