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Although local activists and residents have been reporting neglect at the Harrison County Dog Pound in Cardiz, Ohio since at least 2008, it is only recently that the appalling conditions at the facility started to receive national attention.

News footage and photos show filthy kennels and a facility with no exterior walls to protect animals from the freezing Ohio winter. Dogs suffer from frostbite and from diseases like the deadly parvovirus, and they don't get vet care. 

The county's solution to the news coverage was to euthanize the dogs; ten animals were saved only by the intervention of the national media and out-of-state advocates, including Alyssa Milano and The Gentle Barn sanctuary.

Despite years of complaints, there has been no action from local officials. Instead, activists are shut out of meetings and silenced by the county commissioners.

Help the animals of Harrison County and the residents trying to save them by calling on the County Prosecutor and the Attorney General to stop the suffering and prosecute those responsible to the full extent of the law.

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Letter to
Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray
Harrison County Prosecutor T. Shawn Hervey
I am writing to call your attention to the appalling conditions at the Harrison County Dog Pound and to urge you to seek justice for the animals who have suffered and for the taxpayers who have been footing the bill for this substandard, inhumane facility.

The law says that the county must operate a suitable facility that is sufficiently staffed. Neither of those conditions are being met in Harrison County, where residents and activists report that the facility is rarely staffed, making it difficult for people to look for lost dogs, to adopt, or for rescuers to help save lives. News footage and photos show filthy kennels and a facility with no exterior walls to protect animals from the freezing Ohio winter. Dogs suffer from frostbite and from communicable diseases, and they allegedly are not given proper vet care.

The county's solution to the news coverage was to euthanize the dogs; ten animals were saved only by the intervention of the national media and out-of-state advocates.

Harrison County should have an independently operated animal shelter, instead of running a cruel dog pound. The current facility violates the trust of the dogs who suffer there and the taxpayers who count on their government to show compassion for the community's animals. This inhumane situation is the impression that the nation has of Harrison County, Ohio.

Since 2008, Robin McClelland and other residents have been reporting neglect and abuse at the Harrison County Dog Pound, but there has been no action from local officials. Instead, the citizens are shut out of meetings and alienated in their efforts to help the animals.

I urge you to investigate the Harrison County Dog Pound, and the County Commissioners for their involvement in allowing these substandard, inhumane conditions to persist, and to prosecute all parties found responsible to the full extent of the law.

Thank you.