Hocking County Dog Shelter employee says she lost job after complaining about conditions

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LOGAN, Ohio — For three years, Anna Wright says she took complaints of conditions at the Hocking County Dog Shelter to county commissioners, including no air conditioning and heating.

"Every year they said that they didn't know and they said that that was absolutely ridiculous and the dogs needed heating and cooling and something would be done about it immediately," she said.

Still, Wright says nothing was ever done. Until now.

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In a statement sent to 10TV from the Board of Commissioners, it says "Commissioners have taken the recent public attention concerning the Dog Shelter seriously and have taken these necessary steps to ensure that the impounded dogs are treated humanely and are housed in a safe and hygienic environment."

In order to do this, commissioners voted to cease all operations at the shelter and give all the animals to the local humane society for the immediate future.

"But, I do not think that their facility's equipped to handle county dogs on top of the animals that they already had," Wright said.

The vote to stop operations also stopped jobs.

The statement from commissioners says, "The unfortunate result of the reorganization of the Dog Warden and his duties is the abolishment of all positions associated with the Dog Warden and the Dog Shelter."

"I wasn't in it for my job," Wright said. "I was in it to increase the welfare of the dogs and help their lives."

The former Dog Warden and Wright, who served as the kennel technician, have both been laid off. The Hocking County Sheriff has assumed all duties of the warden, according to commissioners.

The statement also says "Commissioners would like to thank the conscientious citizens who brought forward their concerns regarding the dogs."

Wright says that conscientious citizen was her, and it cost her her job.

"I brought all this to public attention because I felt that the dogs deserved more," she said.

Wright says she will now take her non-profit, Save-A-Pup Shelter Care, which focuses on getting kenneled dogs vet care, and continue to fight for the same cause that cost her her job.

"It doesn't make me go away," she said. "Taking my job isn't going to make me stop because I don't believe the humane society has what they need to give these dogs a better life."

In a statement from the Hocking County Humane Society, it says it took the county animals under emergency conditions and they will be housed at their facility and kept in conditions that are required by the Ohio Revised Code. The humane society is also looking to build an addition to its facility to help accommodate both county and humane animals. They are also seeking volunteers for the business after that addition is complete.