Dog population at pound “overwhelming”

Dog pound overcrowding

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Mahoning County Dog Warden Diane Fry is calling the situation at the pound “overwhelming.”

Workers at the facility on Youngstown’s West Side said every time they can move a dog out for adoption or to another facility, other animals are brought in. Recently, a garage area had to be reconfigured as kennel space to accommodate the additional animals. Fry said there are too many dogs and not enough space.

“It’s designed as a garage not as a kennel. So keeping it clean has been a real issue, but the staff tries very hard,” said Fry. “We’re trying to work through it. We’re trying to make assessments for either the renovation of this facility or possibly a new site.”

In the meantime, workers are trying to come up with plans to determine which animals have the best chance for being saved and how to handle those dogs that don’t.

“Of course we would like to get them all adopted. If groups can get them out of here that would be wonderful, but we have to realistic and we want to do that with some sensitivity,” said Fry.

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