PEACH CREEK, W.Va. — Almost three years after its expected opening — and in a new location from where it was originally built — the new Logan County Dog Pound is finally nearing completion at Peach Creek.
Logan County Administrator Rocky Adkins said the delay has meant a better facility than what had been previously planned.
“Our thought process has evolved from the time we started. For me, looking at different products, some of the delays we have had actually brought about a much better product than what we thought we would start with,” Adkins said.
The new facility is located behind the old 84 Lumber property and has 18 stalls to house the dogs. Each stall has an 18 foot outside run half of which is sheltered. Adkins said a few of the inside stalls will be modified to house cats. There are also two stalls in a separate part of the building that will be used to house dogs that are considered vicious or sick. There is an area for food and supplies and the entire building will have heating and air conditioning.
Adkins said the facility has been constructed with material that will help prevent kennel illnesses.
“The floor is a resin compound that the dogs can’t scratch and it is sealed to where no bacteria can grow in it. We won’t have to worry about Parvo or any of those issues with the dogs as long as it is kept clean,” Adkins said. “This floor is crowned in the middle and everything goes to the outside. There is a continuous drain that runs in each of these dog stalls so the floor can be hosed down and drained.”
Adkins also said the walls of the stalls have been treated with a scratch resistant epoxy coating. “We don’t have to worry about the dogs tearing it up. It’s just a matter of just keeping them clean,” Adkins said. “The doors on each dog stall will be stainless steel. The floor is the key to how clean we can make this look and how good it will look over time.”
Adkins said when the facility opens, an employee will be there at all times during hours of operation to assist the public.
“There will be someone here all the time — not just sometimes — when people come to see what dogs are available for adoption or rescue,” Adkins said. “We are trying to make this so dogs can be treated humanely until someone can rescue or adopt them.”
Usually dogs are only housed in the pound for a week before they are euthanized, but Adkins said they are being more flexible with that rule.
“We’re trying to be more flexible anytime we can. When we get this facility completed, and with how much more room and how we will be able to maintain the facility, we will probably be as flexible as we need to — or can be — to try to make sure an opportunity happens for the dogs. For anyone who is watching the reports, we are having almost zero euthanizations. I think we had one recently on a dog that was considered vicious. And again, that amount is due to all the (rescue) volunteers who make that happen,” Adkins said. “All we are doing is housing, but they are the ones doing all the other work in getting them rescued. But the fact that we are not killing tickles us as well as the others who didn’t want us to.”
Adkins said he hoped the project would be completed in a few weeks, but with so many different people doing projects he can’t be certain. For example, Adkins said it took several weeks to get the contractors in to do the floor and walls, and a couple more weeks for the contractor to complete the job.
“We want to make sure this is the best possible facility we can offer the county and the people who are animal activists and lovers who are trying to do the right things,” Adkins said. “It’s never been conducive to bring a child to that place up there if you wanted adopt an animal. When we get all this property groomed and the building done, families are going to be more apt to come to the dog pound and look. We’ve never been in that position, but we will be shortly. We’re getting excited because we see the end of the tunnel now.”
Other jobs like connecting the building to electricity, water and sewer are scheduled be completed soon.
Martha Sparks is a news reporter and can be reached at 304-752-6950, ext. 1728, or via Twitter at @MarthaSparks