Hampshire barn fire leaves nine horses in need of shelter

There are 3 comments on the Jan 31, 2011, Cumberland Times-News story titled Hampshire barn fire leaves nine horses in need of shelter. In it, Cumberland Times-News reports that:

David Gee, Hampshire County Animal Control officer and owner of the barn that was destroyed by fire on Saturday, said that it housed nine horses and a few stray cats.

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Aggravated

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#1 Feb 2, 2011
I was very astonished to hear of the barn fire at the Hampshire Co. Animal Control especially during their hours of 8am-2pm. But I was very happy to hear very few animals were hurt in the fire. With the number of stray cats that the facility has (you see them running all over Owl Hollow Rd near the shelter), I am sure some may be missing that they didn’t even realize they had. I also believe it is an error in the Hampshire Review article about electric not being in the barn. Many evenings, back in October when they seized the starving horses, I could see lights on at the barn while driving down Critton Owl Hollow Rd. I am eager to find out how this fire was started and hope there is a thorough investigation.
However, I think this should be a wakeup call to the county. This is a perfect opportunity for the Commissioners’ to reconsider a new place to build the Animal Control facilities; after all we know Mr. Gee will not be around forever. The County needs a more accessible shelter and needs to stop sinking money into Twin Oaks farm. What happens when Mr. David Gee retires or decides to sell his place, all our tax dollars and donations go in to Mr. Gees or his families pockets, for the assets(barns, sheds, fences) on his property that were built with animal control funds and donations for the animals? I plan to send food for the animals but my dollars will be staying in my pocket, not sent or made out to Twin Oak’s Farm.
Aggravated
wabbit animal lover

United States

#2 Feb 2, 2011
As a Hampshire County land owner, I agree with the above comment. Why would people donate to the Twin Oaks Farm? Doesn't he have insurance? Shouldn't donations be for the Animals for their care? The animal control funds should be for the sake of the animals and their shelter - not for a homeowners farm. Shouldn't the county purchase the land and have a more public facility which will be there in the future.
I for one feel that the taxes are very high in our county due to the economic down turn and real estate flop. We still paid our taxes for previous evaluations of our property values, but the values are very overstated!! Now would be a great time for the county to purchase a few acres and rebuild.
Confused and frustrated
wabbit Lover
Chris powers

Cumberland, MD

#3 Feb 27, 2011
I am working on getting the Pepsi Refresh program to consider a grant to set up an animal shelter in Hampshire County. The amount of so called lost dogs leads me to believe that "bunchers" are working in our area. I have heard that there is also a large amount of abuse in our area by so called animal shelters run by individuals creating property values and health issues. Many are coming to area because of lenient laws and many are simply animal hoarders. Any input by interested parties would help me create an intelligent plan of action. I am in need of input negative and positive and will keep all emails in strictest privacy. Thanks

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