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My purpose is not to rehash John Lovejoy’s opinions or to defend people by pointing out the half-truths of some participants in the dog pound drama. I am going to address some of the problems at the dog pound from my perspective.

The root cause has never been addressed by traditional media because it doesn’t have enough entertainment value. It is personal responsibility. Parvovirus was introduced by an abandoned sick puppy. Who abandoned this puppy? Someone who could not afford to vaccinate it and then when it became sick, could not afford to treat it. Where do the dogs at the pound come from? From irresponsible owners who take home a long term responsibility only to move on to the next impulse. It may interest the reader to know that of the twenty dogs humanely euthanized from the Harrison County Dog Pound in 2010, eight of them were very sick when they were abandoned and three were abandoned geriatrics. Yes, people do own pets for years and then abandon them to the pound because they do not want to pay to have them euthanized.

In some ways Mr. Lovejoy is correct, it is about money. At one time there was a program to pay the adoption fee for a dog from the pound, if the family could not afford the $35. From a personal standpoint, if you cannot afford $35 then you cannot afford a dog; stick with a hamster. From a veterinary standpoint, this adoption condemns a dog to lifelong problems with intestinal parasites, heartworms, fleas and possibly chronic pain from untreated injuries or illnesses, not to mention there is almost no chance it will be spayed or neutered. (Note: The spay and neuter issue has been taken care of by the establishment of a fund.) The bottom line is that pet ownership is a responsibility not a right.

Speaking of responsibility, have you purchased your dog license? The funding issue Mr. Lovejoy speaks of could be completely solved, with money to spare, without commissioner help. Dog licenses are meant to reimburse farmers for livestock killed by dogs and fund the operation of the dog pound. If we use national statistics, there should be over 4,350 dogs in the county. If 80% bought a license at $12, this would give the dog warden $41,760, more than enough to properly operate the dog pound. This is also an issue of personal responsibility. Have you purchased your dog’s license? You have until February 4th to do so without penalty. The auditor can provide you with a list of convenient locations.

Finally, the people who are making a real difference, the ones who donate thousands of dollars to spay and neuter hundreds of dogs and cats or socialize kittens so they can get good homes, you don’t know who they are because they are not interested in being in front of a camera: they are only interested in helping animals.

Article by: Dr. Scott Pendleton of the Cadiz Animal Clinic,
43255 Airport Road, Cadiz, Ohio 43907
Telephone: 740.942.3267

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Larry Bertolino

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Larry Bertolino is a 31 year old, U.S Navy Veteran and currently sitting on the board of Directors for the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce, as well as Harrison County Rural Transit.
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