HOWLAND, Ohio (WYTV) – The Trumbull County Dog Pound received brand new cages on Thursday, in the midst of an improvement project that the warden says is long overdue.
The cages have dividers, which reduces stress for the dogs.
“This is a huge improvement for us and for the dogs,” said Chief Executive Dog Warden Gwen Logan. “We have five dogs in here and we’re able to speak because they’re quiet, they’re calm because they have a nice environment.”
The colorful cages are also equipped with bone-shaped weights, allowing workers to open insulated doggy doors easily. Workers can feed the dogs without having to open the cages.
“It’s state-of-the-art cages for the dogs. It’ll be more comfortable, less stress, something we’ve been working on for a while now,” Logan said. “Ultimately it’s about the dogs, but also for us as well with cleaning and being able to keep dogs safe from one another and quarantined.”
At $20,000 for just 12 cages and an additional $5,000 for installation, the new equipment didn’t come cheap. The money to pay for them came from dog license fees.
“Commissioner Polivka, in particular, has been instrumental in helping us move forward with this project because of his construction background. He was able to help us get exactly what we want and make sure the building was ready for these cages,” Logan said.
“We were able to put together a good team, construction team. There’s gonna be more improvements out here, the entrance, some other improvements at this facility as well as some aesthetic improvements,” Dan Polivka said.
Logan says the cages are sturdy and durable, and can be packed up and moved if the pound gets a new building at some point down the road.