HOWLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Animal activists are calling on the Trumbull County Commissioners to make changes at the Trumbull County Dog Pound, but county Dog Warden Gwen Logan said there is a lot of misinformation being spread about the facilities.
Logan responded to a petition, which has more than 800 signatures a Change.org petition, demanding her removal and for a restructuring of the pound. The petition accuses the county’s dog pound of being outdated and dilapidated, creating an “extremely stressful and unhealthy environment” for the dogs. It also says Logan is a “known dog breeder” who sells dogs for profit and “lacks empathy and compassion for the homeless dogs at the pound.”
Tammy Blandine, the woman who created the petition said she is just trying to be a voice for the voiceless and is passionate about the animals. She said the county dog pound needs moved to a new location, because she believes the current facilities set the dogs up for failure.
“The only dividers between the kennels are just a chain link wire. They can touch each other. They can smell each other, so they’re in a constant, heightened level of anxiety, fear and stress,” she said.
Logan said even though a new facility would be ideal, only recently was she given the OK to make improvements to the current facility in Howland. Those improvements include new cages, floors and a fresh coat of paint — something she said she has been pushing for awhile now.
“The people who are formulating these opinions and putting out this information don’t work here, don’t come here and so they’re just fabricating a lot of the details there,” she said.
The county dog pound provided WKBN a list of volunteers who have been working at the facility, and those circulating the petition weren’t on the volunteer lists, dating back to March of this year.
Logan also provided statistics on the pound.
From December 2015 through April 2016, the pound has handled 220 dogs, euthanizing just three of its stray dogs and eight for the public. Of the available dogs, 109 have been adopted, 60 have been claimed by owners and 48 have been transferred to shelters.
Blandine said her goal is to get the pound’s dogs adopted into loving homes, addressing the way the dogs are put down at the pound — a policy that was recently changed.
Logan said putting down an animal is never easy.
“It hurts us, too, to have to put them down, but you know it has to be done,” she said. “It is our job, and it has to be done.”