Architect hired for new Mahoning County dog pound

New dog pound

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Mahoning County is a big step closer to building a new dog pound.

The new facility was supposed to have been operational in the spring, but has been delayed by design issues.

The county will build a new facility at the former Jump Stretch building near North Meridian Road and Salt Springs Road in Austintown. Officials originally planned to re-purpose the building, but Dog Warden Diane Fry said it would be cheaper to demolish the building and build an entirely new one.

On Wednesday morning, Mahoning County Commissioners agreed to hire Copich Architects to design the building. The estimated cost of the design work is $250,000.

The current dog pound location on Bears Den Road in Youngstown is said to be too small and out of date for the needs of the staff. Officials said ground could be broken for the new facility next spring.

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