Now more than ever, you are needed to donate your old blankets, towels, and sheets to your local animal shelter. With financial cut-backs, repairs on shelters are often put off, so if it's drafty, the animals suffer. I know my shelter uses rags to stuff under doors. No kidding! Empty out those closets... this is your chance to get rid of stuff and do something useful!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Lucas County Ohio Dog Shelter Sitting on Surplus

With former Dog Warden Tom Skeldon gone, records now show that the shelter has a surplus of almost $900,000 in its coffers. Dog advocates are now lobbying for an adoption wing. New Dog Warden, Julie Lyle, is asking local government officials if she may use the surplus to facilitate adoptions.

via The Toledo Blade (and a special thank you to JC Reindl, who has stayed with this case and kept the public informed about this municipal shelter's activities):

County Commissioner Ben Konop said he just learned of the surplus this week. In a statement, he criticized County Administrator Peter Ujvagi and his two board colleagues for their past statements indicating that money was too tight to make improvements at the pound.

Mr. Konop also made a formal request that Dog Warden Julie Lyle "develop and implement a comprehensive plan to utilize the swelling reserve fund."

"This swelling surplus in conjunction with the continuing rate of euthanasia is an unconscionable misuse of taxpayer revenue, and a prime example of how county government is broken," Mr. Konop said.