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Dog shelter statistics continue to stagnate

Athens County Commissioners got updated statistics from the county dog shelter Thursday.

The Athens County Commissioners approved a variety of agendas Thursday afternoon, including leasing leased property, donation of county property to the city and health insurance incentive resolution.

The meeting started with October statistics from the Athens County Dog Shelter in Chauncey. The shelter saw 91 less rescues and 30 less redemptions compared to September, to go alongside 25 rescues and two redemptions.

The shelter has been embroiled in a budget crisis lately, as dog tag sales have sagged.

The shelter saw a decrease in take-ins, too. A total of 864 dogs have been taken in so far this year, which is 162 less dogs compare to this time last year.

The commissioners also examined the issue of moving a 911 tower that is located in private property.

Sam Grim, of Athens, complained how the Athens County 911 Director Dan Pfeiffer didn’t keep his word that the tower would be removed. Grim said Pfeiffer continually told him the tower would be removed “next week.”

“It’s been five years,” said Grim. “Someone is going to get hurt or murdered if this doesn’t get fixed.”

During general discussion, the commissioners approved Personnel Plus’ request to recognize its new internship program with the dog shelter, which is designed for people with developmental disability.

Upon requests from DLZ Engineering and the Ohio Department of Transportation, the commissioners granted an easement for county property as the city proposed a spur that will take the bike path over the Hocking River to Columbus Road on the north side of Athens.

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