Trumbull Commissioners address concerns about county dog pound

Longtime volunteer Marty Conklin said the dog pound has come a long way since 2008

Longtime volunteer Longtime Trumbull County Dog Pound volunteer Marty Conklin spoke out at the Trumbull County Commissioners meeting on Wednesday.
Longtime volunteer Longtime Trumbull County Dog Pound volunteer Marty Conklin spoke out at the Trumbull County Commissioners meeting on Wednesday.


WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Trumbull County Commissioners on Wednesday publicly addressed concerns about the Trumbull County Dog Pound, saying improvements are being made, including new custom built cages.

In front of a packed room, long-time volunteer Marty Conklin spoke up, saying that she has seen a lot of improvements being made since what she calls the “really bad old days,” when she started at the pound eight years ago.

“The adoption rate and the rescue rate are at 97 percent. That means euthanization is at 3 percent, where we used to be near 100 percent when I started back in 2008,” Conklin said. “There was almost nobody getting out alive.”

The topic was addressed after a petition began being circulated, which called for Trumbull County Dog Warden Gwen Logan’s removal. The woman who began the petition said the county dog pound was dilapidated and said creates a “stressful and unhealthy environment” for the dogs.

Conklin said there have been numerous improvements, however, including having a professional evaluation of dogs who present as unstable, along with giving them time frame for rescue. She said she also likes the policy in which dogs who are scheduled to be put down are taken to a veterinarian to do it.

“Change has never happened overnight… It has taken several years and much dedication for our pound to get to where we are today,” she said.

Trumbull County Commissioner Mauro Cantalamessa said commissioners are committed to making further improvements.

“Whether it be painting, new electrical, new cages, new runs. So we’re very on board with meeting the needs of the dogs and setting them up for success,” he said.

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