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Update on Animal Shelter Activities

By Staff | Feb 3, 2016

Rosy Cozart, of the Wetzel County Animal Shelter, appeared before the Wetzel County Commission with an update on shelter activities.

Discussion was held on the need of upgrades to shelter facilities or, perhaps, even the purchase of property for a new shelter. Cozart described the land that the shelter is on as “swampy.” She further discussed drainage issues at the shelter. Cozart noted that after cleaning the back of the shelter, shelter workers had to wear masks because of fumes made more apparent by the poor drainage.

Cozart also requested additional indoor kennels, which would be helpful on colder nights when the dogs are brought inside the shelter.

Commissioner Don Mason noted that the county needed to seriously look at a new front office for Cozart, as well as a new drainage system for the shelter. “That place needs major improvement,” he noted of the shelter.

No decision was made that day but the commission advised Cozart to return within the next couple of months, when warmer weather returns and will allow for easier work.

The following is the monthly animal shelter report for the month of September: dogs euthanized, 0; cats euthanized, 0; dogs adopted, 1; cats adopted, 6; dogs to rescue, 13; cats, 0; dogs returned to owner, 1; cats returned to owner, 1; dogs taken in, 18; cats taken in, 18; dogs in approval/foster, 0; cats in approval/foster, 0; present impounds (dogs), 0; present impounds (cats), 0; present quarantines of dogs, 0; present quarantines of cats, 0.

The following is the monthly report for October: dogs euthanized, 0; cats euthanized, 3; dogs adopted, 2; cats adopted, 3; dogs to rescue, 18; cats to rescue, 0; dogs returned to owner, 1; cats returned to owner, 0; dogs taken in, 15; cats taken in, 9; dogs in approval/foster, 0; cats in approval/foster, 0; present impounds of dogs, 1; present impounds of cats, 0; present quarantines of dogs, 0; present quarantines of cats, 0.

The following is the monthly report for November: dogs euthanized, 1; cats euthanized, 1; dogs adopted, 4; cats adopted, 2; dogs to rescue, 7; cats to rescue, 3; dogs returned to owner, 1; cats returned to owner, 0; dogs taken in, 17; cats taken in, 1; dogs in approval/foster, 4; cats in approval/foster, 0.

The following is the monthly report for December: dogs euthanized, 2; cats euthanized, 0; dogs adopted, 6; cats adopted, 2; dogs to rescue, 11; cats to rescue, 0; dogs returned to owner, 2; cats returned to owner, 0; dogs taken in, 13; cats returned to owner, 1; dogs in approval/foster, 2; cats in approval/foster, 0; present quarantines of dogs, 0; present quarantine of cats, 0.