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Dear Editor:

This has gotten out of hand and apparently the Commissioners and/or fair board do not care enough to take care of it.

Another year has gone by and another rain has caused the Morrow County Dog Shelter to flood again. No, no dogs died, this time. In the paper we read about the financial woes of Morrow County. Yet the various agencies of the county continue to be over-staffed and the Commissioners continue to approve of it; retirements and rehirings, county employees riding around with nothing to do, and various departments that are overstaffed.

The Commissioners continue to push to the side need to move the shelter not only for the care of the animals but for practical reasons (clean up after each flood). Either the Commissioners and/or the fair board don’t care or they just don’t have the time to be bothered with this particular facility, which is under their jurisdiction. What if there was a way to move the shelter to a safe place that wouldn’t cost much? This issue needs to be addressed.

Right before this last flood, Morrow County’s shelter was over-capacity with animals either abandoned or voluntarily surrendered by owners that cannot or refused to take care of them. Our Warden and many volunteers care for these animals as best they can – including feeding, medicine, cleaning of cages, walking them and getting them some exercise.

Each time there are flood warnings the animals are in danger. Several have already died in floods because they were unable to be moved in time. And don’t you dare blame that on anyone but the Commissioners and the fair board because it is they who have not made the necessary arrangements to permanently move the shelter out of harm’s way.

However, there is a solution to this problem, although our Commissioners and/or fair board have decided to ignore it for whatever reason. As I have driven down to the shelter, there are several buildings on the fairgrounds (Note these properties are owned by the people of Morrow County, in the name of Morrow County Agricultural Society), that would be suitable (with modifications) for Morrow County’s Animal Shelter. For instance the building behind the ticket shack (i.e., where the Lyons sell their trees) would be a great building (with few modifications) and it would place the animals out of harm’s way and give the shelter more visibility. Most counties have their shelters visible so people can easily stop by to view and hopefully adopt a dog — but not our shelter, we prefer to place our shelter animals well out of sight and in a small building that floods every time we get significant rain.

Is there a reason the Commissioners and/or fair board won’t move our (Morrow County’s) animal shelter to a safe place? Additional property does not have to be purchased. We can have something built on fairgrounds land away from the river or utilize one of the empty/vacant buildings already there.

It is time we get some answers and get the shelter and its animals moved. If you are reading this and want to help, start asking the Commissioners and the fair board what they are waiting for – more fundraisers? Ask them if they are waiting for more animals to die in floods before they act – or are they not planning on moving it at all.

This is not an acceptable situation. We have the land and buildings to make this happen. Let’s do it. Don’t let this fall through the cracks.

Cindy Fricke, Mt. Gilead

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