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Humane society to cut officer jobs

Says mission is not animal control

April 2, 2013

PARKERSBURG — The Humane Society of Parkersburg has notified Wood County commissioners as of July 1 it will eliminate three humane officer positions, thus effectively taking it out of the animal......

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Apr-03-13 5:44 PM

How very sad it be that animals have to depend on human beings who either don't give a rats a--, or don't have the knowledge on how to form some kind of program for their protection, and adoption out. Seems like money is being used for areas in the city that most people don't care about. But animal control and care is necessary. I am not in favor of euthanization, but it would be more humane then these poor animals getting hit by cars, people leaving them in boxes and bags on the highway to freeze, or just roaming around starving to death. I am so sick of hearing how some people treat their animals, makes you wonder if they treat their kids the same way? Too bad someone in authority won't step up and take on this responsibility!

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Apr-03-13 1:51 PM

Wow. Please folks, educate yourselves first and foremost on what the actual contracts state regarding the responsibilities of all involved parties. Many may be when you have nothing better to do but listen to your scanner and hear that HSOP won't be responding, ask yourself if perhaps it's outside of the scope of what they are contracted to do...for instance picking up a stray dog that is contained on a wk end is NOT a contracted service. Picking up cats unless sick or injured never happens. Why you ask? Likely your city&county officials haven't included it in said contract...HSOP when performing animal control services are just an agent of your officials and THEIR your homework!!

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Apr-03-13 12:47 PM

Diablo, Your child like rhetoric speaks volumes.

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Apr-03-13 12:44 PM

Haters Gonna Hate

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Apr-03-13 9:20 AM

This HS acts like they would rather NOT let people adopt animals. They are RUDE and haughty. The Marietta facility has MUCH better personnel.

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Apr-03-13 12:36 AM

Why does this seem to be only about dogs? There are many other abandoned, unwanted animals that need protection, too. What is really needed is a no-kill shelter.

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Apr-02-13 11:44 PM

The buffet of buffoonery continues.....

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Apr-02-13 11:38 PM

Also, I'd like to mention that there are enough people in this area who are out of work that the local government - city and county - could get together, purchase two trucks, and hire two people to each be on 12-hour "on-call" shifts. While it would be nice to see additional people hired for weekend duty, the nature of this work would mean that - although the employees would have to make themselves available 12 hours each day - their actual hours of work would be low, on average, so it would not be out of the question for them to be on-call seven days per week (motor-route newspaper deliverers work seven days per week, all year long around here). Especially if you assigned the trucks to the employees so that they were with them at all times (and, of course, required them to sign an agreement that they would be liable for any damaged which was determined to be from their negligence). In fact, I would be happy to work at such a job if it came with a long-term contract and a l

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Apr-02-13 11:31 PM

I listen to a scanner now and then. While I don't think I can divulge the specifics of any particular call I hear, I believe that it is legal for me to mention that, considering the MANY times that both city and county police officers have asked for a person from the Humane Society to respond and have been unable to get one to come out... That our local Humane Society does not deserve to have this contract! Whether they have been legally negligent or not in fulfilling their contractual duties is something that I, not being a lawyer, do not know. But I would think that the mayor, having been a police officer in the past, knows what I am talking about since this has been going on for a long time - and that every local police officer (especially if he/she has worked the night shift) knows the frustration of being unable to get a response or to even be allowed to speak with an actual animal control officer.

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Apr-02-13 10:57 PM

Note to the County Commission: find another shelter, like the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley to provide the services. Don’t tell the Humane Society of Parkersburg or anyone else until June 30th. Then let’s see whose bluffing. PS. Pothole Bob needs to take care of his own messes and not worry about the County Commission’s business. Why did we need his 2 cents worth anyway?

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Apr-02-13 2:40 PM

Why did God command Noah to include two of each animal in the ark? Because he valued every single creature!Visit the shelter and watch a 12 yr. old dog who's been dumped whine and cry when their owner leaves. See the scared and confused looks on the animal's faces.The HS does their very best.They contract with rescues to transport animals to other parts of the country where overpopulation isn't such a problem.They have numerous people who foster the hundreds of puppies & kittens that come in every year.See how other counties treat their animals.Some shelters in WV put their animals in gas chanbers!HSOP door's are always open for review.They allow volunteers, which other shelters may not.The spay/neuter clinic will help cut the stray population.Wood County has it great compared to other counties! Man up County Commission! Prayers go out to the officers who will lose their jobs.

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Apr-02-13 2:27 PM

I have yet to to hear or read an article about what is the real problem between the county, city and the humane society. Is it all about who is responsible for the funding or about the management of the shelter? What is the real problem?

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Apr-02-13 1:47 PM

@ihatechristyfore: By generating income, if you are referring to the HS, (i.e. they would be generating income for themselves by charging irresponsible dog owners to get their dogs back), it won't work. Irresponsible dog owners don't care, and would not pick up their dogs, in which case the HS costs would just go up.

I maintain that the city and county have enough money to come to an equitable solution, they just don't want to, and that s***s!

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Apr-02-13 1:30 PM

Check and Checkmate. Gee this sounds just like our D.C. representatives. We simply need to remove all these politically inclined folks and staff them with common sense minded people that are respectful and have not lost their integrity of why they are there. What ever happened to "OATH OF OFFICE'?

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Apr-02-13 12:13 PM

Get busy generating income and by this I mean that the ity should stop using its police officers to write someone a ticket for going 5 miles over the speed limit and start imposing severe fines on irresponsible dog owners.

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Apr-02-13 11:47 AM

This is all so unfortunate. The Humane Society's humane officers have no power when it comes to animal control. They respond to calls but have to call a deputy if the problem is within a home. They can't just pick up dogs with tags on them. They're prohibited by law. The county would be better off to hire an officer and use the shelter to take in the dogs they pick up and care for them. That's a win for both sides. And where in the world is a humane society treated like public enemy #1 ??? So many people trying to do the right thing on a limited budget. And these people will not turn away cats...their animal lovers. The commission can't expect them to do that. Everyone needs to calm down and work for the best result. It is all very sad.

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Apr-02-13 11:43 AM

Hmmm...perhaps HSOP should wash their hands of the County&City entirely and not provide housing for strays since the ignorant Gainer believes "We are not required to provide a shelter..."

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Apr-02-13 10:07 AM

Well here we go again. The majority of the animal control calls comes from Parkersburg. Bob Newell and his yahoo commission group (I mean why would we expect Mr. Couch to pay for anything since he does not even pay his taxes) do not want to pay for the services. May the force be with you people of Parkersburg. Proving once again the wrong inhumane people are sitting on the council. And may be prayers be with the persons losing their jobs. Making 20k to be bitten, pooped on, vomited on is obviously for the love of animals.

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Apr-02-13 9:25 AM

Now listen up, commissioners. This is the final ultimatum, the last one and this is it, we were just bluffing on the last ten ultimatums, but this will be the final one. We mean it this time. Really.

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Apr-02-13 9:22 AM

So the chess game continues.

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Apr-02-13 8:31 AM

Left to the defenses of the county/city "administrators", there won't be a 4 legged creature left in the county. They will come up with an automatic euthanization of any dog or cat brought in to the shelter for any reason.

It's obvious to me that they want to keep any money they have for their playthings, like an expensive vehicle for the sheriff. I believe the city and county are money wasters, who don't give a tinker's****about animals.

If I had it to give, I would give the HS the $2200 they need, and then some.

If you want to see animals euthanized en masse (sp), take control away from the shelter. :(

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Apr-02-13 6:59 AM

Just a short congratulations to our own "spiderscats2" and "Denver" for making this weeks cover of Time magazine. Way to go guys.

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Apr-02-13 6:23 AM

Paid dog tax for years never used the service, where did you spend the money?Got my last dog from the shelter,paid what they ask ,they did there job and I went home with the best dog in the world.To bad I can't get the same service from the county comission.

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Apr-02-13 6:10 AM

This is but another way to violate the contract given to the county. The county sheriffs office must be required to enforce the laws, and stray and mis treated or licenses fall under his control. That includes the cities in Wood county. We have the enforcement in place, we just need a place to keep them until homes can be found. This should also be a no kill facility, unlike the humane society.

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