Animal Welfare League, Trumbull County continue merger talks

Currently, AWL is only using about half of its 45,000-square-foot facility, leaving the rest to build out for the pound

Trumbull County Commissioners met with the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County Board to discuss a possible merger of the AWL and Trumbull County Dog Pound.

VIENNA, Ohio (WYTV) – The Trumbull County Dog Pound and Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County have been in talks for years about joining forces. Now, Trumbull County Commissioners and AWL Board members are asking each other to come back with figures so that they can get the ball rolling on the project.

Trumbull County Commissioner Frank Fuda said both sides are serious about the merger.

AWL Board President Dr. Jeff Williams said there are some questions, however.

“Our board has always been committed. Our biggest apprehension is we do not want to risk the equity that our donors have invested in this building,” he said.

Currently, AWL is only using about half of its 45,000-square-foot facility, leaving the rest to build out for the pound — something that was in the original plans. Ground was broken on the new facility, located at the site of the old ThunderPlex in 2013, and it opened soon after.

County Commissioners and the AWL Board said they are happy with Tuesday’s meeting on the proposal and expect to continue working toward their common goal of getting the County Dog Pound into the facility.

“I think today we made a lot of ground, positive ground in that regard, more so than we have in the past,” Williams said.

But before they meet again, both sides have a little homework to do.

The AWL has to revisit construction estimates and bring back an itemized list when it comes to the cost of finishing the space, and the county has to figure out what money it can give to the AWL for the expected increase in operating costs.

Commissioners and AWL Board members have agreed to meet again in 30 days.

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