98 dogs put to sleep last year at pound in Huron County

Dog warden gives report to commissioners.
Scott Seitz2
Jan 22, 2013

Huron County Dog Warden Gary Ousley met with the county commissioners, sharing a report of his department's activities.

Ousley said the dog warden's office handled 379 dogs in 2012, with 159 being adopted out, 108 were claimed, while 98 were euthanized.

Six dogs were also carried over to 2013.

Ousley added dog-tag sales totaled $162,901 in 2012, which was within $458 of the 2011 total.

"Our goal is to adopt-out dogs," he said. "We don't want to put down dogs."

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Comments

Brock Lee

how do you adopt one

Dusty

Stop in and talk to them.

Brock Lee

thanks

ThomasJefferson

We need to do better, that is 98 dogs to many.

Dog's Keeper

I couldn't agree more!

Dog's Keeper

"Our goal is to adopt-out dogs," he said. "We don't want to put down dogs."

I have a hard time believing this, look on there website, look on Petfinder, look in the paper. NO DOGS are ever in any of these resources that they have to use. The Sandusky Register gives them every other week to list their dogs with pictures yet I have never seen them do it! Also doing the math did 14 dogs die in that place scared and alone? Ousley is NOT Doing his job and he doesn't seem to care!

whatyougoingtodo

i give money to them to help but if they kill 98 dogs i will never give them anouther penny or vote for any tax that help them out..if they need food for them or a place for them to stay put it the paper instead of killing them that animal abuse in my book

pesto

In the last two years, I have had the good fortune to adopt two small dogs from the Pound in Huron County. The people at the Pound were wonderful throughout the entire process. They were most helpful. Certainly, they were concerned and caring individuals.

After each adoption, I took each of "the girls" to the Vet, where they were given their shots and neutered. Along with owning a pet comes RESPONSIBILITY.

Kottage Kat

Being an animal lover with a focus on the feline
I am concerned about these numbers. Do hope the dog warden will make an effort to make the public aware of dogs available for adoption
please neuter and spay. Rescue animals are grateful and will give you a lifetime of love to show you they are

Kottage Kat

Being an animal lover with a focus on the feline
I am concerned about these numbers. Do hope the dog warden will make an effort to make the public aware of dogs available for adoption
please neuter and spay. Rescue animals are grateful and will give you a lifetime of love to show you they are

Kottage Kat

Dang smart fone
Sorry for double post

Resident101

There are many ways these dogs can be dealt with that does not involve euthanizing them. I'm involved with an organization that has adopted out over 80 dogs in the past 10 weeks! Without one paid ad, too. Why must we kill them? Like many of you, I pay that extra fee when I buy dog licenses to provide for these dogs. Ousley says on the website that this program brings in almost $5K and they have spent only a fourth of it. I think this deserves more attention, and I hope the NORWALK REFLECTOR does an indepth "investigation" into the facts here. Given what they have said, this is unacceptable.

whatyougoingtodo

amen.....you said it best

spoiled3

"like"

JACKEL

Where is that organization ?

DickChaney

Resident101, just curious how many dogs have you adopted this past year?

Resident101

I have 2, one I adopted in 2007 and another in 2009. I am fostering 2 additional right now, and will have them until they are nourished back to health at which point they will go up for adoption. They are all small dogs so four isn't too bad. Lots of work though. But, the 80 that were adopted out by the organization I speak of have all gone to people who applied to adopt them, we checked out their application information, and they came in to be interviewed before they got the dog. People WILL adopt dogs and give them excellent homes. There is little need to euthanize dogs as homeless.

ladydye_5

I tried to adopt from an "organization" once and was told no. This woman looked down her nose at me and my children. She did NOT know me. She did NOT know my experience with dogs. I was not allowed to have a certain dog because my children were too little and I did not have a fence. (I have NEVER fenced my yard, I have never had a dog run or be lost, I am outside at all times with my dogs) She also did not approve of my veterinarian because she didnt know of the clinic (I tried to adopt in Perrysburg and my vet is in Milan) The final straw was when she wanted me to call home and WAKE my husband who worked midnights so she could VERIFY that I was ALLOWED to have a dog. Some of these so called "organizations" have more paperwork and headache than giving BIRTH. I have 2 adopted dogs right now and they came from the pound. I will NEVER even look at adopting a dog from ANY organization again. At least the pound LISTENED to me and my history with dogs. I think sometimes these organizations are a bit too picky. As for the pound not advertising enough maybe you could volunteer at the pound as much as you do at the organization. It is not like the pound can HIRE help to run websites or schedule visits and adoptathons.

Dog's Keeper

I too have adopted a dog from the Huron County Pound also from Erie County, let me just stress that pound dogs are the BEST dogs, its like they know you saved them (my experience). I also pay the extra fee for my dog licenses in hopes that a dog will be helped! Melvin Eaton did a wonderful job when he was in charge of the dogs. Ousley was just given the job since he was the manager, when Mr. Eaton left. I agree with Resident101 and that was my point, Ousley does not use any of the resources available to him. I feel the Commissioners and the public need to have someone in charge that will be the voice for these helpless dogs! We are their voice! I agree an indepth investigation should be done, especially for the care of these dogs, I have heard horrible stories of the way the dogs are treated.

Jabba

Check the numbers. Under Eaton's reign 4-5x's that many were killed each year and there was little effort to do anything but put them down!

Dog's Keeper

I stand corrected, which saddens me! Evidently the system needs to change and is long overdue!Our Commissioners need to step up for their the ones in charge of the Pound.

Opinionatedforsure

I unfortunately had to get rid of my dog (allergies) , very wonderful good loving pet for inside. I didn't know what to do, finally someone said to take to this place and they could adopt him out. Well let me tell you about this place..or should I say people that work there. They are rude and mean. I thought I was doing the right thing, some people drop dogs off in woods, or kill them etc. I was looking for the right thing to do. After I left there, I realized how wrong I was for going there. I should have taken ad out in paper or something. Because they treated me like a criminal..and they don't give a crap about the dogs there. Jerks. Mean and nasty human beings there. I can not express to you how horrible it is...and they wonder why they put dogs down to sleep ? Because no one wants to go there cause of their rudeness. Hire people with a personality and you won't have that problem. Jerks. Sorry for my ranting, but it's a sore subject for me.

Resident101

Opinionated - I am sorry you had that experience. I understand, it happened to me a few years ago with some kittens dropped off in my yard. I am sorry it made things worse for you. The organization I work with is not like that. I can't fix what happened to you, but I can tell you that there are people out there trying to make it better for both pets who need homes and people who have to, like you, for health reasons give their pet up.

IDK

Although the 98 euthanized saddens me, I can't help but wonder if those animals were suffering from untreatable conditions. There may be more to those deaths that we don't know & I also hope somebody does some investigating. I hope they weren't killed just to make room...but it does happen all over the country every day. Until people learn to spay & neuter their pets this will be a constant battle. Sad the animals ultimately pay the price for our stupidity.

Kottage Kat

Just lost the first cat I rescued maybe she rescued me, wonderful pet.

Missing missy
Marvin gaye moral Lucille,and Malachi Levi

The Kottage Katz

Kottage Kat

Mora Lucille

CrissySnow

Can someone help me out, I don't get the printed copy of the paper. This article is about the pound and not the Humane Society, correct? They are independent entities with respect to aforementioned donations, right? Or am I confused?

spoiled3

as far as i am aware.....they r completly seperate from eachother. and yes its about the pound

twig

I'm an animal lover but.....what are we going to do with all these dogs and cats??? We pay enough taxes and I don't want to pay any more. For those of you who just don't know what to do about this, well here is an idea...go adopt them and pay for the expenses to own a pet yourself. If not there is only one solution.....

Resident101

Crissy , as I understand this, we are talking about the Huron County Dog Warden who runs the county dog pound. They are a county department, funded through the Commissioners via dog tag fees partly. There is a $5 extra fee you can donate to support the pound when you buy dog licenses, earmarked to feed and care for these dogs. Their website says something like $162K, I think, and $5K in extra donations. Not the Humane.Society, they are independent.

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