Follow your own rules regarding the dog pound , provide training for staff.
  • Petitioned donnie bethel

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County Commisioner
donnie bethel
New Herald
Harrison County Ohio County Commissioners

Follow your own rules regarding the dog pound , provide training for staff.

    1. stacy skinner
    2. Petition by

      stacy skinner

      cadiz, OH


The Harrison County Dog Pound continues to be "in crisis." The continuing crisis is not the result of too many unwanted dogs at the pound but a failure of the dog warden to perform her duties.


When the dog warden position became available, this job position was not posted and people were not allowed to apply for it! Shortly after Tina Dewalt’s job appointment it became known that Harrision County Commissioner Barbara Pincola wanted Tina to have this position.


In spring, 2011, the Harrison County Board of Commissioners adopted the Harrison County Dog Pound Operational Guidelines. The dog warden, Tina DeWalt, received a copy of the guidelines and was required to read the guidelines and adhere to them. Unfortunately, she has failed to adhere to the guidelines.


According to the guidelines, the dog warden is to perform her duties in a professional manner and conduct herself in a manner that promotes the goals of the County and increases public confidence in the County.

To the contrary, the dog warden refuses to allow certain county residents to enter the dog pound for the purpose of "buying" a dog or obtaining a county required dog license and has stated that if certain county residents come on to the pound property she will have them arrested. This is an illegal action.


The guidelines also state that the dog pound is a service orientated department in which each employee is expected to display the highest degree of courtesy and professionalism to the public.

The dog warden has failed to adhere to this requirement by consistently refusing to return telephone calls and e-mails to dog rescue organizations wanting to rescue dogs from the pound.


Recently a female black Labrador Retriever, Lady, was brought into the pound. The dog warden stated on the internet that the dog was likely pregnant. A very well respected dog rescue organization specializing in rescuing pregnant dogs offered to take Lady. The dog warden stated that she would take Lady to the vet to confirm pregnancy and then call the rescue. The dog warden has yet to call back the rescue. The rescue groups initial contact was on October 03. This is not a lone incident!


Countless rescues have attempted to assist the dog pound by paying the $30 and taking dogs into their rescues. The dog warden has consistently ignored these rescue offers and as a result many dogs have been at the pound in excess of two months!


At this time there is an unknown number of dogs at the pound. Attempts have been made to get the dog warden to properly list all dogs at the pound yet the dog warden continues to refuse to provide this very basic information. The Dog Warden also refuses the help of volunteers to list the dogs on for her.


Consequently the current "crisis" at the pound is creation of an inept dog warden who needs to be replaced.


At this very moment the prosecutors office in Harrison county is reviewing statements from a family who claim Tina Dewalt entered their property and took a dog without permission, after telling them the day before they could keep it.



Apparently, the Harrison County Dog Warden, Tina DeWalt, does not understand the Standards of Conduct in the guidelines for dog pound staff. She has regularly violated the following:


1. Theft - the dog warden, Tina DeWalt, continues to be under investigation by BCI for not reporting all donations to the pound, including the failure to report properly all monetary donations.


2. Unprofessional conduct - the dog warden, Tina DeWalt, has posted inflammatory, derogatory, and slanderous comments on the Facebook page "Harrison County Dog Pound." Remarks have been deleted by the dog warden but many people have saved screen prints of the comments.


4. Refusing to obey the direct order of a supervisor (insubordination) - the dog warden, Tina DeWalt, has refused to maintain the Petfinder site for the pound after being directed to do so by a County Commissioner.


5. Disrespectful conduct coercion, intimidation, or threats of any kind against supervisors, fellow employees, or the public while on duty - the dog warden, Tina DeWalt has posted inflammatory, derogatory and slanderous comments on the county dog pound Facebook pages during work time. Comments have included false accusations that community members have abandoned dogs and she has included the names of community members.


6. Willfully hindering, limiting, or sabotaging County, Departmental, or agency operations or business - the dog warden, Tina DeWalt, has refused to return telephone calls and e-mails from dog rescue organizations willing to pay the $30 fee and take dogs into their rescues thus hindering and limiting the business of the dog pound.


All of these actions should have resulted in the immediate termination of the dog warden, Tina DeWalt, per the Harrison County Dog Pound Operational Guidelines. The only question now to be answered is why is the dog warden still employed?

And the pound still has no exterior walls, only a thin tarp, to protect the dogs from winter weather. Dogs will have frostbite again and ice on their fur if suitable walls and heat are not provided this winter.

They MUST vaccinate the dogs. As of Oct 19 they have a parvo outbreak and are closed to the public. Dogs have died, adopters were not warned.

Please email the county at, the local newspaper at and BCI at to tell them about this sad situation and demand change.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Reached 750 signatures

      stacy skinner
      Petition Organizer

      more dogs ill and at the vets, despite a source saying they were ordered to be euthanized.


      stacy skinner
      Petition Organizer

      its not just about the cleaning.
      its about freezing dogs and corrupt governments.

    5. Reached 250 signatures
    6. i added they must vaccinate the dogs to the list

      stacy skinner
      Petition Organizer

      currently the pound is closed due to parvo


      stacy skinner
      Petition Organizer

      if they would clean properly and were trained and GAVE VACCINATIONS....this may not have happened.

    8. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • almost 2 years ago

      why is she still there

    • Nathalie Yelle MONTREAL, NY
      • almost 2 years ago


    • Bernice Nylander WEST MIFFLIN, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      I am signing this because everyone needs to be held accountable for their actions and if this dog warden isn't abiding by the wishes of dog owners with regards to what happens to their animals if the owners are deceased, then the dog warder is WRONG and must be REMOVED from his/her post IMMEDIATELY. To do otherwise is a true injustice to animals EVERYWHERE. Commissioner Pincola and Tiny Dewalt should be ASSAMED of themselves!

    • vicki maxwell CADIZ, OH
      • almost 3 years ago

      This is so sad. Someone needs to stick her out in the cold and make her suffer like those poor dogs. How can people be so cold hearted?

    • Kortknee Brautigam CADIZ, OH
      • almost 3 years ago

      Harrison County needs to put their foot down and do something about this dog warden!!!


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