Ironton makes national new for the % of dogs killed at shelter

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Howcanthisbehelp ed

Westerville, OH

#1 Oct 22, 2012
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49501798/#.UIXhT5...

Why is this not in the Tribune but in every major Ohio paper? How can we turn this around? Please no name calling. We need to help the dogs, not point fingers. Rescue groups around the country are willing to help but help requires cooperation. Ideas?
know

United States

#2 Oct 22, 2012
It is sooooo sad. 3 to 5 days is all they hold them for. They don't have any adoption advertising program. They just tell u when u walk in if u don't take him he'll be gone tomorrow. Most of the rescue facilities around here are overflowing. Need to get the word out to others but by the time u do the dog is put down. ASPCA? Some local fosters? If I had room I'd take them all. A county fundraiser wouldn't hurt. I'll help.
do not know

United States

#3 Oct 22, 2012
Wonder why our paper doesn't run a list of Adoptable dogs and cats once a week or feature one like they do everywhere else?
Howcanthisbehelp ed

Westerville, OH

#4 Oct 23, 2012
If a network (even a small one) of volunteers could be formed to walk in and pull dogs and hold them until the weekend so that rescues could get to Ironton to pick them up, many many dogs could be saved. The only cost would be what they are fed. There is a donor for the shelter pull fees. If the commissioners would shift the shelter hours to 10 am to 6 pm so that people could come after work and then be closed on Monday but open on Saturday,the community and rescues could help. There are so many options. Carroll County has done much of this and now only kills 1% of the dogs they take in. Lawrence County is a more compassionate place than what is being shown through these actions. Please step up Tribune and county commissioners and make the right thing happen here.
ohmy

Ironton, OH

#5 Oct 23, 2012
Howcanthisbehelped wrote:
If a network (even a small one) of volunteers could be formed to walk in and pull dogs and hold them until the weekend so that rescues could get to Ironton to pick them up, many many dogs could be saved. The only cost would be what they are fed. There is a donor for the shelter pull fees. If the commissioners would shift the shelter hours to 10 am to 6 pm so that people could come after work and then be closed on Monday but open on Saturday,the community and rescues could help. There are so many options. Carroll County has done much of this and now only kills 1% of the dogs they take in. Lawrence County is a more compassionate place than what is being shown through these actions. Please step up Tribune and county commissioners and make the right thing happen here.
Great ideas please let us help what can we do and have you done anything yet?Hope this can happenen.
Sad

United States

#6 Oct 23, 2012
Sad deal. Does anyone know how much it is to adopt a dog from Ironton Dogpound?
BB

Columbus, OH

#7 Oct 23, 2012
I dont really know exactally but my friends dog got impounded and I think she said it cost her $31 to get him out and with that cost a dog tag was provided along with a certificate for a neutering...(he also contracted parvo in there) What goes on there is just heartbreaking but it would take a network of dedication to stop it. It COULD be done though. Another solution would just be if pl were responsible pet owners. They're not disposable!
Howcanthisbehelp ed

Westerville, OH

#8 Oct 24, 2012
Are there folks in the county who would like to form a volunteer network to support the rescue of dogs from the pound? Outside rescue groups stand at the ready to work with a group but need a Lawrence County contact group.
interesting

Culloden, GA

#9 Oct 24, 2012
it says, "The Lawrence County warden said his southeast Ohio shelter receives a large number of unwanted or stay dogs, but he is trying to reduce the high euthanasia rate."
must be why dog catcher ron hatfield and gang has been allegedly seen shooting them out in the county on back roads for recreational fun.
Frank

Ironton, OH

#10 Oct 24, 2012
You would think the Tribune would dedicate a small space in the paper for pictures of available animals. Its not like they are too busy or dont have room in the paper. It would just be the right thing to do to help.
Lisa

Ashland, KY

#11 Oct 24, 2012
Ironton Tribune will have to have Bill Click's approval. I think the tribune would publish pictures free if they could get approval.At one time I heard they did not want cameras in the shelter.
interesting

Culloden, GA

#12 Oct 24, 2012
Lisa wrote:
Ironton Tribune will have to have Bill Click's approval. I think the tribune would publish pictures free if they could get approval.At one time I heard they did not want cameras in the shelter.
probably dont want it seen how they put them down. i heard alot of people hate to work there because they kill the animals with a hammer. IT NEEDS INVESTIGATED!!! WHERE IS PETA?
flowers

United States

#13 Oct 24, 2012
interesting wrote:
<quoted text>probably dont want it seen how they put them down. i heard alot of people hate to work there because they kill the animals with a hammer. IT NEEDS INVESTIGATED!!! WHERE IS PETA?
Really!?! A hammer!?! Please check your facts before you spout off. Animals at the pound are humanely put to sleep with a shot. Same as a vet would do. I know this because I work there. How many in ironton have wanted a pet but instead if coming inside the shelter they would rather go to a puppy mill store and buy a dog 300 plus dollars for a dog that was brought in this world cruelly vs 31 dollars to save a dog that never had a chance? Please before you make a statement about the shelter please just come and see for yourself.
please

Bellville, TX

#14 Oct 24, 2012
That place is a dam joke they came and pretty much stole my moms dog and when I got there I had to pay to get him out when it was there fault to begin with it needs new management that's for sure I can't stand those people
maybe

United States

#15 Oct 25, 2012
Maybe someone could start a group on Facebook to get the word out.
answers

Lancaster, OH

#16 Oct 25, 2012
I believe any animal owner should be held responsible. All animals, unless owned for breeding purposes, should be fixed/neutered/spayed. If you have an animal in your possession then by law and record it should be tagged/licensed and fixed. If you don't have these records for an animal in your possession then you shall be fined. Take the moneys that are collected for these fines and build a proper animal shelter where services maybe offered prior to adoption of pets. We have to have animal population control and it does have to start with animal owners.
interesting

Culloden, GA

#17 Oct 25, 2012
flowers wrote:
<quoted text>
Really!?! A hammer!?! Please check your facts before you spout off. Animals at the pound are humanely put to sleep with a shot. Same as a vet would do. I know this because I work there. How many in ironton have wanted a pet but instead if coming inside the shelter they would rather go to a puppy mill store and buy a dog 300 plus dollars for a dog that was brought in this world cruelly vs 31 dollars to save a dog that never had a chance? Please before you make a statement about the shelter please just come and see for yourself.
if you will read my post again you will see i heard that, i didnt see it for myself. because if i had i would have had channel 13 in there on your asses reporting it. and from your comment your sound threatened, like you all may be up to something no good in there.
interesting

Culloden, GA

#18 Oct 25, 2012
answers wrote:
I believe any animal owner should be held responsible. All animals, unless owned for breeding purposes, should be fixed/neutered/spayed. If you have an animal in your possession then by law and record it should be tagged/licensed and fixed. If you don't have these records for an animal in your possession then you shall be fined. Take the moneys that are collected for these fines and build a proper animal shelter where services maybe offered prior to adoption of pets. We have to have animal population control and it does have to start with animal owners.
if a bullshit tag and license were not required there may not be a problem with an over populated shelter. and the money from these fines would be nice to go toward a proper shelter. but this is lawrence county, it is going in someones pocket.
sad

Bronx, NY

#19 Oct 27, 2012
I have adopted 5 kittens and 2 cats from there at different times, all the kittens have died from feline leukemia. A virus adult cats can fight but kittens die before you even know they're sick. I told them with the vet's diagnosis but they said they can't afford to sterilize the cages. They can't afford $2 for a gallon of bleach? They don't even try. Those kittens are going to get the disease then go home to a kid, then the kid has to watch his kitten just die?
Howcanthisbehelp ed

Westerville, OH

#20 Oct 28, 2012
The difficult part in this is that I think most involved/employed at the shelter think they are doing the right thing. However, the world has changed. Mr. Click and staff, give Carroll County a call and learn what they have done. Find a volunteer that is savvy with social media. Learn that fear of letting the world know of your challenge is not a reflection of your desire to do the right thing.

What can the community do? Contact your county commissioner and let them know that current policies/practices are not acceptable. Mr. Click serves at their direction.

The Tribune has offered to help, and has, but shelter employees must cooperate.

Volunteers put up a Facebook page. However, I feel that this level of attention from around the entire country made folks uncomfortable and uncooperative and access was shut down.

Lawrence County, don't let this be your calling card in the state. SOMEBODY do something. There are lots of resources there to help. But, we have to collectively admit there is a problem (just like the recent stats show) and force change.

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