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Monday, April 14, 2014

Our Local Dog Shelter Under Investigation

Franklin County Ohio's $18 million dollar dog shelter. Photo courtesy of The Columbus Dispatch

I'm turning this post over to Parental Unit—she's blazing mad and not letting me anywhere near the keyboard!

Parental Unit here. Well, I just knew something was amiss at the Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center, and this petition for the county commissioners (who oversee the shelter) to do something about it confirms my suspicions...and goes beyond my worst fears. Late last week, a group of concerned citizens, armed with written complaints from shelter employees attended a commisiioners' meeting and demanded that the commissioners investigate their own employees' allegations of wrongdoing. If you read the complaints, you'll see that each complaint is incredibly articulate and well-documented.

I only wish I had known about this plan, because I would have been happy to attend and offer my own testimony (more on that in another post), but I will contact Elizabeth Lessner, a local restaurateur and pit bull advocate whose involvement in the animal rescue community and strong presence on social media led this charge.

Our local newspaper, the Columbus Dispatch, wrote an article about the allegations and the testimony offered at the commissioners' meeting that appears to give a fair, if superficial evaluation of the situation to date. However, it's not just the shelter's lead veterinarian that's under investigation, but the   director of the shelter, Joe Rock, who's oversight (and strange commentary) is being investigated.

I'll be writing more posts about this after I do a bit more investigating. And I will explain why I had reason to believe something was amiss (to put it gently) at the shelter...and why I am "blazing mad".  In the meantime, I'd love to hear your comments.


7 comments:

Laika said...

Pheww Investigation... I hope that they will rectify things in the shelter.

Molly The Wally said...

Please do tell us why you thought something was amiss? We will pop over to one of the links now. Have a marvellous Monday.
Best wishes Molly

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

WE heard about this on the NEWS... butt they are kinda keeping it rather QUIET... We only saw it on ONE of the THREE Columbus Channels... Wonder WHY??? This seems to be a big Cover Up.. to US. PLEASE keep us posted on what you find out...

Random Felines said...

we live here too and mom has said before that things are kinda fishy over there. she has dealt with the shelter director and he was an @ss to her. and without getting into details that might get people in trouble, she has heard about this vet too.... we hope that the commissioners take this seriously

Sagira said...

Our rescue works with the shelter and we have never had a problem with any of the staff. The only problem we have is most of the dogs we take in from their have to be treated for kennel cough. :(

Bocci said...

Sagira, it's not the staff that is the problem-it's the staff who filed these complaints against the head veterinarian and the director.

Mr. Pip said...

That's awful. Hope the vet and director are promptly removed ...

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