I won’t ignore the fact that there are volunteers in the community, at the pound and on Facebook who are diligently helping animals at their own expense. But while many citizens are devoting their money, time and concern for the animals, the pound appearance is becoming increasingly unfriendly and will, in my opinion, only get worse!
The City of Newark ended their ban on pit bulls at their Monday night council meeting but the Licking County Animal Shelter (dog pound) has no plan to end THEIR ban on pit bulls! Pit bulls at the Licking County dog pound are not adopted to the public and Licking County Chief Dog Warden Dave Shellhouse says, “That isn’t going to change anytime soon. At this point we’re not planning on changing anything (when it comes to pit bulls).” On Tuesday, Shellhouse said there were about three pit bulls in the pound and only ONE dog (not a pit bull) in the pound available for adoption. The pound now has more employees (eight) than animals!
Speaking of employees… A public records request from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) shows that Buckeye Lake had one officer leave and a new one join the force (which makes a total of 11 officers). Listed on the roster as of April 2016 are Tedra Bare, James Bartoe, Adrian Davis, Larry Fenner, Jeffrey Haas, James Hanzey, Jeremy Justice, Stephen Ritter, Jason Schilling, Jeffrey Vermaaten and Dorie Vermillon.
9 A police report in a recent issue of The Beacon peaked my interest when I read police were informed of an abandoned dog in a Walnut Road residence. An officer spoke with a woman who had been evicted from the property and she agreed to return for the dog.
The narrative in the police report (from the officer on call) reads: “I WAS DISPATCHED TO 4711 WALNUT ROAD (at 5:52pm) ON A REPORT OF AN ABANDONED DOG INSIDE A TRAILER. UPON MY ARRIVAL I MET WITH THE COMPLAINANT. HE INFORMED ME THAT HIS SON WAS INCARCERATED AND HIS GIRLFRIEND MOVED OUT THE DAY BEFORE THIS CALL AND DID NOT TAKE THE DOG WITH HER. CALLER STATED HE HAS THE POWER OF ATTORNEY OVER HIS SON AND IS TAKING CARE OF THE PROPERTY BUT HE ONLY HAS THE KEY TO THE BOTTOM LOCK. THE GIRLFRIEND THAT WAS LIVING THERE WAS ISSUED A 3-DAY EVICTION NOTICE AND MOVED OUT. THE DOG WARDEN WAS CONTACTED AND THEY STATED THAT THEY DO NOT COME OUT TO THE SCENE FOR ABANDONED ANIMALS. AROUND 9:00 PMI WAS DISPATCHED BACK TO THE SAME RESIDENCE SO THE ORIGINAL CALLER COULD GET THE DOG OUT OF THE HOUSE. WHILE THERE THE NEIGHBOR CAME OVER AND HAD THE EX-GIRLFRIEND THAT WAS LIVING THERE ON THE PHONE. I SPOKE WITH HER AND SHE STATED THAT SHE WAS GOING TO COME AND GET THE DOG IN THE MORNING AND THAT SHE WANTED THE NEIGHBOR TO TAKE THE DOG FOR THE NIGHT…EVERYBODY INVOLVED AGREED AND I CLEARED THE SCENE.”
In my opinion, SHAME ON THE POUND and SHAME ON THE POLICE DEPARTMENT for not looking out for this dog!! Who gives a dog back to someone who moves out and leaves it?! The Village of Buckeye Lake contracts with the Licking County Humane Society for HUMANE services. USE THEM!!
Here are some intake amounts from local Mayor’s Courts for the months of January and February 2016: Hebron – $1085/$3275; Kirkersville – $1174/$2899; and Buckeye Lake $8116/$5746.