Some of you may have seen news of the recent high profile, celebrity driven rescue of dogs at the Harrison Co Dog Pound in OH. Although animal activists, including the out of state rescuers, attended the County Commissioners meeting last week, they weren’t allowed to speak because they hadn’t put in a request 9 days in advance. The Commissioners suspended the dog warden without pay amid allegations of neglect and filthy conditions at the pound. Although that seems to be merely political posturing:
Commissioners also defended the pound’s condition, saying it is “a dog pound, not an animal shelter.” Commissioner Mike Vinka said that he had inspected the facilities Tuesday accompanied by a veterinarian, and he found the conditions to be acceptable – by legal standards.
If that’s true, it sounds like Ohio’s legal standards for dog pounds need a massive re-write.
I contacted Robin McClelland of the Appalachian OH SPCA who is one of the activists prevented from speaking at last week’s meeting. She says the homemade gas chamber (pictured above) still stands at the Harrison Co pound, even though it’s no longer in use:
[County Commissioner] Mike Vinka would not permit it to be dismantled. Two Words. Robin McClelland. He stated it would make me happy.
Since the County Commissioners are in charge of the dog pound which continues to operate with suffering dogs trapped in its filthy outdoor pens, here’s my question: Does anyone on the commission not hate dogs? If so, could that person (or persons) step up and you know – do some frikkin’ thing? These clowns sound like the worst public servants in the world. Oh you didn’t sign up nine days in advance so you can’t speak to us. We’re leaving our homemade gas box up next to the dog pens just to spite the annoying animal advocates who forced us to shut it down.
Attention Harrison County: Vote these Gong Show contestants out. Surely you don’t want your taxes used to pay the salaries of people who treat you – and your community’s pets – like dirt. And in the meantime, get the pound moved to a clean, indoor location run by people who care about pets.
Thanks Jeanne and Clarice for links on this story.
Added: Robin McClelland got her chance to address the commission today, calling for the pound to be permanently closed. The commission produced this press release: