The Harrison Co Dog Pound in OH keeps its 13 dogs in outdoor runs. Big or small, long-haired or short, healthy or suffering from parvo – they all struggle to survive in filthy conditions outdoors. In winter, the dogs get frostbite. And disease spreads as the pound is unable to clean the outdoor kennels:
The pound needs to use water to clean the facilities, but that is not possible as the grounds will freeze, making it hazardous for the animals.
This photo allegedly shows a dog who tried to escape the horrible conditions at the pound overnight but got stuck in the fencing, only to be found by a volunteer the next morning.
It doesn’t appear the dogs receive any veterinary care at the pound. They just suffer until they die. And apparently the county commissioners have been fine with the arrangement. That is, until the vast public outcry following a recent TV news story about the conditions there. Now the county commissioners just want all the dogs killed according to a posting by the Appalachian Ohio SPCA on their Facebook page.
If you’d like to contact the Harrison Co Board of Commissioners, their phone number is 740-942-4623. As always, be polite and show respect. These are the people who make the decisions regarding the dog pound. Even if they deny that the dogs are slated for killing and/or are suffering, just explain that the TV news clip shows inhumane conditions (inadequate protection from cold, inability of the pound to clean the runs, lack of isolation and vet care for sick animals) and you are concerned about the well being of the dogs.