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New kennels being built at pet shelter

Just weeks after a full reorganization, the new board of the Humane Society Serving Logan County has begun tackling permanent improvement projects intended to increase the overall efficiency of the Top of Ohio Pet Shelter.

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Jim Wolf, vice president of the Humane Society Serving Logan County, excavates a 90-foot tract Monday afternoon that will be used for more than 20 outdoor dog kennels outside the Top of Ohio Pet Shelter. Weeks after a new board has organized, the volunteer group is tackling several projects to improve the condition of the shelter, which is about 15 years old now. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

The most visible of those efforts is the 90-foot long strip of excavated earth just to the south of the building.

Board vice president Jim Wolf and his son-in-law, Rick Tiedemann have been clearing off the stretch in preparation for a new outdoor dog kennel area capable of holding up to 24 dogs and an enclosed dog exercise and play area.

The new kennels should allow shelter staff to take the shelter’s entire population of dogs on any given day outside while the indoor kennels are cleaned, board secretary Bruce Friend said.

“Our goal is to be able to get all the dogs out so we can do the cleaning with no dogs in there whatsoever,” Mr. Friend said, noting that currently only about half the dogs at a time can be moved during the daily cleaning.

“As it is now, sometimes dogs are put in a crate or a dog carrier for up to 45 minutes while they are cleaning. The new kennels afford us the opportunity to have them each in their own space.”

 

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