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

votelibertarian

Tax dollars at work.

ole45mag

With that anti abortion march in Norwalk on my mind, I was wondering... Since we abort humans in the womb, I wonder if it'd would be a helpful business to start a cat and dog abortion business? It'd really cut down on the pet population, and pregnant dogs and cats really don't have the ability to decide for themselves if it is a good idea for them to have 4 to 8 babies at a time when pet food, thanks to corn, is so high. Plus, if they get an abortion, they can almost go right back to having intercourse right away like some of us do after an abortion. I'm going to study the anatomy of dogs and cats and see what it takes and maybe if I have time this spring test the waters.
Cost can't be too high, and it'd cut down on the deaths of unwanted pets. I mean, they kill one at a time for a cost. I could do 4 to 8 at a time in the womb for a lot less. This would help the dog warden and taxpayers.

ole45mag

From a blog
"""Despite what people have said YES you can have your dog spayed while pregnant. Call your vet and ask how much more they charge for the spay of a possibly pregnant *****. You can expect to pay a few hundred more for the procedure."""
Plus there is http://www.marvistavet.com/html/...
So you get the pet spayed when you discover it is pregnant.
I also read there is actually a morning after pill for pets. Too cool. But, to pay a couple of hundred for the abortion/spay combo?
Gotta be a cheaper way. Doctors and Roe verse Wade solved the human version of this problem, we ought to be able to figure a cheap home made procedure out.

44846GWP

Can the baloon juice. This has nothing to do with abortion, human or otherwise. Take your bible thumping soap box elsewhere.

ole45mag

Bible thumping? Here I showed you a web site that gives you info on pet abortions, and you think I'm not serious? Fact is, this is a way out. Nothing to do with people abortion. But IF the libs found out that a vet was doing such a thing, they'd cry foul. PETA can't even handle one stepping on a spider. But this is an ethical way out and a way to curb the pet overpopulation. Never read any examples in the bible that God hates anyone causing a dog to lose a fetus.

kURTje

While everyone is paying attention please help anonther person(s) who is less fortunate. Things like mowing a yard/snow removal, fixing some broken item(s), putting $5.00 towards their fuel, etc. Small things like this can encourage honest people struggling in today's difficult world.

Kottage Kat

Thank u
If they have pets and need help
Please help there too
Be a blessing anyway you can
So many struggle and many will not ask for help

Kat

44846GWP

What does this have to do with this story?? Nothing.

Really are you ...

379 dogs, minus 159 adopted out, 108 claimed, and 98 euthanized. The warden is currently looking after 14 dogs, with over 150k collected in dog tag fees. Hmm, fishy.

beagleboy

The cheapest place to take your animals to get spay/ neuter is in Upper sandusky.. H.O.P.E (Helping Our Pets Everywhere) I take all my cats there.. I had 4 males and 1 female cat done for $108.00, and one of the females was pregnant. They even keep them overnight if they are outdoor animals and no extra charge... They are great!!! I've had 13 cats dumped off at my house and have taken them all there... You can e-mail them at... Wyhumaneone@cs.com or call them for appt. at 419-294-4477. Please spay and neuter your pets :-)

beagleboy

Mr. Ousley, you should be ashamed of yourself. 98 dogs put to death for no reason is totally unacceptable, when you collected 150k in fees. With that being said, if you didn't charge so much to adopt a pet, alot more people would adopt. Maybe if you would advertise and get the word out that you have all these dogs up for adoption, we wouldn't be bumming out over 98 deaths. The thought of all these animals put down like they mean nothing, literally makes me sick

ladydye_5

I think all the people that are crying about more advertising and more adopt a thons and more publicity should donate their time to HELP do those things. We all know everything takes MONEY.....MONEY TALKS. Talk to your friends about NOT BUYING "designer dogs" (aka mutts that are available at the dog pound) As for the price of adopting a dog.....many BUY dogs for way more than the pound. And if you cannot afford the adoption fee maybe you cannot afford a DOG? If you are crying about the price of adoption, what are you going to do about shots, heartworm, flea preventative, medications, grooming? The price of adoption also covers the care for other dogs to find homes. The price also keeps Joe Schmo DOG FIGHTER from adopting cheap dogs to abuse! There are many things that need to be fixed, there are many things that need attention, but until there is an UNLIMITED supply of money everyones hands are kinda tied.

Dog's Keeper

I asked about voluteering at the pound and was told that THE COMMISSIONERS do not allow volunteers! I wanted to take pictures of the dogs with a brief discription and network these dogs on facebook and was told they don't use facebook, only Petfinder, craigs list and their website and the last posting they had was the beginning of October 2012(I checked yesturday)! The Sandusky Register also gives them space to advertise the dogs for adoption every other week, they share it with Erie County who does use the paper to advertise the dogs they have. I think its time the Commissioners get involved to make things better for all these dogs who have lost their homes. The dog warden has dropped the ball and its been going on for way to long!

ladydye_5

There are many volunteers at other pounds...I find that kinda odd that Huron County allows none? I'd like to know why? THAT seems kinda fishy to me

Dog's Keeper

I was told because of the liability. You are absolutely correct most pounds encourage volunteers.

DickChaney

Lets force congress to take the $350 million given to Plan Parenthood for Human Abortions ( Hmm that is against the law ) to free up money for other things like this!

Oscar4899

What a lousy headline. The headline of this article is intended to insence readers...and it worked. 159 adopted out; 107 reunited with their owners. That should be the story. 98 euthanized? People are irate. Did you stop to think how many animals come to the shelter sick? Or too mean to adopt out? Likely because their previous owners abused them. My guess is, the 98 dogs euthanized were probably due to illnes or temperment. Would you want to adopt a sick dog? Or one that is likely to bite you or your children? Think things through before you get your panties in bunch!

Kottage Kat

I have had special needs animals
They required time and patience
The reward far outweighs the cost

Dog's Keeper

Lousy headline? It states facts, and public awareness. I personally did think of those 98 dogs! If they are sick that's why some dog owners pay the extra 5.00 when we get our dog licence, to get medical treatment for these dogs. They seem to have a surpluses of
Money from this program. Mean or bad temperament, your right maybe they were abused by their master that doesn't make them mean it makes them scarred. The dog pound is a very scary place for them, from the noise and smells and the environment there confined to not to mention the treatment they receive there or lack of. Even misunderstood dogs can be one of the greatest companions you have to build trust. You on the other hand seem to disregard them since they're not perfect, God I hope you don't work there! I've said it before and I'll say it again Pound puppies are the best dogs ever! Lastly my "panties are not in a bunch" my heart is broken for these dogs that didn't get a chance because someone didn't care enough!

Dog's Keeper

Lousy headline? It states facts, and public awareness. I personally did think of those 98 dogs! If they are sick that's why some dog owners pay the extra 5.00 when we get our dog licence, to get medical treatment for these dogs. They seem to have a surpluses of
Money from this program. Mean or bad temperament, your right maybe they were abused by their master that doesn't make them mean it makes them scarred. The dog pound is a very scary place for them, from the noise and smells and the environment there confined to not to mention the treatment they receive there or lack of. Even misunderstood dogs can be one of the greatest companions you have to build trust. You on the other hand seem to disregard them since they're not perfect, God I hope you don't work there! I've said it before and I'll say it again Pound puppies are the best dogs ever! Lastly my "panties are not in a bunch" my heart is broken for these dogs that didn't get a chance because someone didn't care enough!

Oscar4899

Yes, it's a lousy headline. It is factual, but it focuses on the negative to draw attention the article. If the article was headlined "196 Dogs rescued" or "107 Dogs re-united with owners" then it would be a "feel-good" article about the success they had. The article focuses and draws attention to the negative in order to create controversy and attract more readers.

The other reason it's a lousy article is that it doesn't examine the facts. It does not delve into why the 98 dogs were euthanized. Facts can be misrepresented. I highly doubt they euthanized 98 healthy, friendly dogs. Maybe a five minute talk with the dog warden could clear some issues. Call the warden and ask him under what circumstances is a dog euthanized? A simple sentence that clarifies the headline would help ease people's minds. Something like "When asked about why 98 dogs were euthanized, the dog warden explained that only dogs with severe medical conditions are euthanized."

I had a very sick cat put to sleep several years ago. One headline could read "Man kills cat." Sounds pretty bad, eh? Another headline could read "Man cannot stand to see cat suffering any longer and helps her end the suffering." Same facts, 2 entirely different sentiments.

So, as you get your panties out of a bunch, think about your feelings toward this article if it was Titled "Animal Shelter has 73% success Rate with Dogs" then focused on the wins instead of the losses. Same facts, different spin.

Dog's Keeper

ThomasJefferson said it best below, changes need to be made. Its not about the headline at all, facts are facts. Huron County Dog Pound does nothing for these dogs! There is no public awareness for them to be adopted. This has been going on for years and no one seems to care to change things. I just hope the Commissioners and the people of Huron County step up and be the voice for these helpless forgotten dogs in the Pound.

ThomasJefferson

@Resident101 Could you contact me about helping at the organization you are involved with? I can honestly say that I have adopted a dog from the pound...I found the conditions there...HORRIBLE, deplorable even. I offered to help by taking pictures of the dogs and posting them, walking them, fund raising for dog run. I was turned down...liability issues or something of that sort I was told. The people working there were very nice, but no one seemed to want my help. I believe MANY MORE dogs would be adopted if they were show cased on the internet, and in the media. Stop in an visit the dogs in that facility...and see how you feel when you walk out the door, it literally made me ill. The dogs have no where to exercise, move-do anything...and it smells terrible, they are forced to go to the bathroom in their tiny cages. Most of them appear scared to death, and put me in mind of cattle going to slaughter. We need an education/spay/animal promotion program if anything is going to change. I would be happy to pay more taxes for a facility that houses animals humanely- after all, it is we humans who are the problem, and we need to be more responsible about coming up with solutions.

Dog's Keeper

I agree and have had the same experience. Thank you for sharing, I truley pray for changes for these dogs! Seems like animal abuse to me, I have even heard that they spray out the cages with the dogs in them, can you imagine how horrific that would be with these temperatures? Does the Pound have inspections to make sure they keep up to a certain standard? The Commissioners are in charge and they seem to have turned a blind eye when it comes to the Pound they have for years! I would love to see an Investigation done.

Resident101

Tomas Jefferson, I volunteer with Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary. Our business office is in Marblehead, and our sanctuary is on the far east side of Port Clinton. But we work in various area including Norwalk. I am fostering right now and I live in Norwalk. I would be happy to arrange a tour of our facility for you (and anyone else who wants to come). You will be amazed at how clean and pleasant the sanctuary is! Even the kennel areas are clean and tidy. Our staff and volunteers work very hard to make the sanctuary into a safe and healing environment for dogs and cats that have been hurt in various ways. We only have a few adoptable dogs right now, but we also have the animals who live with us all the time because they have disabilities. We have adopted out about 80 dogs in the past ten weeks to loving, approved homes. Because our main focus is caring for the dogs and cats, we do not have many hours we are "open" to the public, but we can arrange a tour just about any time. Would LOVE to do that for all of you!

ThomasJefferson

@RESIDENT101- Eighty dogs placed in ten weeks....that proves that it is possible! It is such a small world. I was just in that area last week and saw that facility, and wondered what the organizations' focus was. I believe they used to sell jet docks in that building? I have been to the Ottawa County Humane Society many times. I wish there were more resources for helping animals here. We are so limited in this area. Hopefully that will change. Please call me to set up that tour. I would also like to pick your brain about something if you don't mind. My number is 419-706-5332...just ask for Tom.

44846GWP

Thomas Jfferson: I read your posts, and I will pay a visit to the Dog Pound to see for myself what the place looks like. In fact I urge everyone to visit and check it out. Lets expose the place if need be.

Kottage Kat

Tom,
Any information u receive please use this venue to inform those of us who care and want to help
44846,
Please ask commissioners to address the problems if any are found
Thanks to both of u
Kat

ThomasJefferson

@44846GWP- Give us an update after you visit. I think you will leave feeling sick to your stomach, and I am not dramatizing. I do not know how they expect anyone to adopt from there when it is such a terrible place to go. It smells bad, is dark, dreary, and downright depressing. We need to do something more in this area because this situation has become unacceptable. Kat-call me anytime, and if anyone wants to address the commissioners, contact me, I would be happy to join you.

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