County dog warden counting on new pound to open next year

County dog warden counting on new pound to open next year

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A big step was taken Thursday toward one day seeing a new facility for the Mahoning County Dog Warden.

Architects unveiled drawings of the proposed facility to Mahoning County Commissioners at their meeting Thursday.

The county has obtained land along Meridian Road to build the $3.2 million facility. It will replace the current dog pound, which was built in the 1970s and is now out of date and far too small to handle the needs of the agency.

Mahoning County Dog Warden Diane Fry said they have been using a garage as an intake kennel where the roof leaks and the floor is collapsing.

“We really have some struggles. We are really hoping to get this moving,” Fry said.

Fry said the current facility sheltered nearly 1,500 dogs last year in a space that was never meant to handle more than 26 at a time. Of those housed at the facility, 97 were euthanized.

Fry hopes ground will be broken for the new dog pound later this year and it will be open by winter 2016.

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