County officials address dog pound issues
by Debbie Rolen
Logan County Administrator Roscoe “Rocky” Adkins and Logan County Commission President Danny Godby answered questions and commented on recent activities at the Logan Animal Pound.
Godby began with an overview of some of the issues affecting the facility.
“Dogs are often dropped off by the side of the road and people call for someone to pick them up. That means the dog pound is often left unattended because the employee is out picking up dogs,” said Godby, “The time available to come to the shelter is limited.”
There are limited resources allocated to the dog pound and any time there are 50-60 dogs in a dog pound, there is bound to be an issue with keeping the areas clean. It is also a difficult task to get to the facility at its current location.
Many of the issues would have been resolved with the new facility, which has to be moved out of the right-of-way for the new Route 10 under construction and arrangements are nearly complete to relocate the building.
The new facility will allow the animals access to a 12-foot run, the roof is built in such a way the animals can sit in the shade or be in the sun and the facility itself will be easy to access for people who are interested in adopting an animal.
A recent incident involving a litter of puppies has caused a lot of negative attention, but the commission followed the advice of the vet who found the puppies had parvo and might have infected the other animals. The puppies were put down.
“I don’t like to see an animal put down,” said Godby, “I have hunting dogs. I raise them.”
Now, there is a possibility of distemper or kennel cough. The vet took samples and results are pending. In the meantime, the facility has been cleaned and sanitized.
Adkins said that in the past few months the only animals that have been put down were either sick or deemed to be vicious, Most of the animals are adopted out.
“If the vet determines the animal is too sick, they are put down. That and if a dog is found to be vicious, or has bitten somone, it will be put down,” said Adkins, “I don’t know of one of us who would want to kill an animal.”
The facility is not a shelter, where animals can be housed indefinitely until they are adopted. The number of animals and limited resources necessitate euthanization of animals not adopted out in a short time period.
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