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Fair Fireworks Scare Shelter’s Dogs

By Staff | Aug 18, 2010

At this week’s Wetzel County Commission meeting Rosy Cozart, Becci Loy, Carol Pefferman, Pam Ferrell, and Debra King were in attendance to voice their concern over the fireworks display that terrified the animals at the shelter. “The dogs were frightened to death,” Cozart said. Other present discussed having to take a few of the dogs inside to help them and getting in the cages with the dogs, holding them to try to calm their nerves. Don Mason said he suspected the Town and Country Days board would not do it again. Bob Gorby added the board chose to have a fireworks display as part of the 50th anniversary celebration. Cozart and the others said they understood the circumstance but hoped that in the future the board would consider a laser show or some other extravagant but less traumatizing attraction to help the dogs cope with the already boisterous atmosphere during the fair. Additionally, Cozart brought up the complaint that fair goers often blocked the shelter’s driveway although signs were posted. The commission said they’d pass the concern on to the Town and Country Days board and figured staking the area off would take care of the problem in the future.

Also during the animal shelter’s appointment, Cozart presented two estimates for tree cutting and trimming needing to be done at the shelter. One estimate was very thorough but the other was not and the commission then requested Cozart to meet with the second company and figure out a more detailed plan of action and the estimated cost. Cozart will report back with the final figures once they are made clear.