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Re Porter - Pay a visit to Animal Control
bethany porter

Election season is coming up and I encourage anyone who has never been to or seen the Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center to drop by and pay a visit before casting a vote. I think we should all be wondering why Animal Control gets the short end of the deal all the time.

Animal Control is in pretty rough shape. Puppies are literally dying because the kennels are inadequate and unsanitary which causes the spread of disease. A few weeks ago they had to fit 36 dogs in 15 kennels. None of this is the fault of the employees because they are doing the best they can, but something needs to change.

There have been a lot of grants coming to the county and not much of it has been spent on Animal Control. Recently the county decided to spend the remainder of Governor’s Grant money on random projects they know they can finish by the June 30 deadline. These projects include: paving at the administrative building ($132,107), four new awnings for the administrative building ($12,000), new carpet in the courthouse ($1,391.55), and new load systems for EMS ($135,653.91).  

I am not 100% sure about all the stipulations on this particular grant, but I don’t understand why awnings and carpet can be purchased and more/better kennels could not be purchased for Animal Control. Animals just don’t go away because you want them to. There will always be animals in Warren County that will need to go to Animal Control so why can’t the facility get the upgrades it needs? They are finally getting to pour concrete to do a project they have been trying to do for a while, but only after they fought to get their donations out of the county’s general fund. By the way, 10% of those donations still go to the general fund. A nonprofit, Friends of Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center, has been set up and is a good way to donate to the shelter. 

The shelter is also hidden away from the public eye. The shelter would benefit from being seen because people would actually know where the heck it is. A new shelter is desperately needed and hopefully the money can be found to either build a new building or purchase an existing one. It is honestly pitiful how little the shelter gets. 

I encourage people who care what happens at the shelter to question the candidates they will be voting for about their plans for it. Commissioners and county executives serve for four years, and to my knowledge not a whole lot of progress has been made at Animal Control in the last four years. I also encourage every commissioner and county executive candidate either currently serving or running to go spend a shift at Animal Control and see the conditions they have to work with. 

It is an easy thing to ignore when it is out of sight and out of mind, but the people who work there and the animals that have to be there shouldn’t be forgotten and thrown to the side. 

Standard reporter Bethany Porter can be reached at 473-2191.