breaking news

Springfield trucking company: Widening I-70 will make corridor safer

Humane Society won’t house dogs for Clark County anymore

Clark County commissioners might send stray and lost pets to Dayton shelters.


The Humane Society Serving Clark County has sent a letter to county commissioners informing them that the organization won’t be able to house strays picked up by dog wardens after Aug. 31.

Now Clark County stray dogs and runaway pets might be sent to Dayton.

MORE: Clark County, humane society reach deal to keep strays local

“We are looking at several options we have, both here in Clark County and maybe some help again in Montgomery County,” Clark County Rick Lohnes said. “We’re working out those details right now.”

A Facebook post on the Humane Society’s page indicated that the shelter planned to close. The Humane Society isn’t closing, board member Michael DeCourcy said, but the agency can no longer serve the county dog wardens.

The wardens drop off about 20 dogs a week at the shelter.

“We don’t have enough ability to stay open enough hours basically to continue that service,” he said.

In previous years, the county paid the Humane Society more than $200,000 annually to serve as both the dog wardens and to shelter and care for stray and lost animals. Now the county employs the dog wardens directly and pays the shelter about $80,000 a year to house the dogs they pick up.

Since then the shelter has reduced its hours and is now only opens on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

MORE: Clark County, Humane Society reach deal to keep lost, stray dog

The shelter is working hard to stay open, DeCourcy, but needs to make preparations in case the shelter does need to close.

“The board is doing everything it can like we have always done to stay open,” he said. “We put a contingency plan in place in case, God forbid, we do close.”

State law mandates the county pick up stray dogs, Lohnes said. The county and the humane society have worked together for a long time, he said, and he hopes it will regain its financial footing.

“The Humane Society has traditionally done a lot, it’s a great society,” Lohnes said. “This one just seems to be financially struggling.”

Julianne Whitaker, a former volunteer at the shelter, said hearing that the humane society has discontinued its relationship with the county saddens her and she’s worried about the shelter’s future.

“What is going to happen to the animals that are my first go to,” she said. “Not only the animals that are housed there right now but the future animals that are found that are abandoned.”

MORE: Clark County gets new shelter to deal with stray animal problems

Making Clark County residents drive to Dayton to pick up their lost pet isn’t a good solution, Whitaker said.

“The people, the residents of Clark County, there’s a lot of them who don’t have the resources to drive to another county to see if their animals are there and to pay the fines,” Whitaker said.

The Clark County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is an option that the county commissioners could use, Lohnes said, however its space would become an issue.

“The SPCA is very small and can’t take very many animals at all,” he said.

Volunteers and staff members want to keep the animal shelter open, DeCourcy said, but money is getting tight.

PREVIOUSLY: Humane Society, Clark County deal still in the works

“We have always been a month-to-month organization,” DeCourcy said. “We have always tried to continue to operate. We don’t get as many donations as we did in the past. What we are doing is seeking out public support to continue to take care of dogs in Clark County.”

The best way for residents to help the shelter is by donating, he said, including cat food, dog food or money. Adopting a dog from the shelter can also go a long way to shore up its future, he said.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community News

Job outlook is promising for Good Samaritan employees, official says
Job outlook is promising for Good Samaritan employees, official says

After Wednesday’s announcement that Good Samaritan Hospital will shut its doors for good at the end of the year, many in the Miami Valley are wondering what will happen to the facility’s 1,600 employees. The hospital’s parent company, Premier Health, said its goal is to offer jobs to all those employees at its other facilities in...
Dale Earnhardt Jr. crashes into tree after helping car stuck in snow
Dale Earnhardt Jr. crashes into tree after helping car stuck in snow

It could be said that former NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. has some of the best driving skills ever, having made a living out of going more than 200 miles an hour on some of our country’s toughest racetracks. Yet, with snow involved, Earnhardt got into some trouble while trying to help other people stuck in the weather. >> Read more...
Ann Curry speaks out about Matt Lauer sexual harassment allegations in new interview
Ann Curry speaks out about Matt Lauer sexual harassment allegations in new interview

Ann Curry has remained tight-lipped since the news broke of Matt Lauer’s alleged sexual misconduct, but she spoke about the scandal on “CBS This Morning.” The 61-year-old journalist and producer appeared on the program Wednesday to discuss her new PBS docuseries “We’ll Meet Again” and she was asked to speak...
Woman accused of killing father, encasing body in concrete for weeks
Woman accused of killing father, encasing body in concrete for weeks

In William Mussack’s final text conversation with his son on Dec. 7, the Colorado man relayed a chilling fear: he believed his daughter may have poisoned his food.  “William described the feeling of being drugged and falling asleep in a recliner chair for 15 hours,” an arrest affidavit obtained by KDVR in Denver read. &ldquo...
Lawmakers take steps to remove Ohio Supreme Court justice from bench
Lawmakers take steps to remove Ohio Supreme Court justice from bench

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill, a Democrat, is stepping off the bench Jan. 26 but Republican lawmakers are hot on his heels, calling for him to appear before the Ohio General Assembly to explain why he is campaigning for governor while also serving as a justice. Judicial conduct rules mandate that judges resign when the become candidates...
More Stories