August 28, 2014

Elyria
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A dog reprieve?

County looks to arrange kennel space in Cuyahoga for adoptable canines

ELYRIA — Some dogs’ days may no longer be numbered.
County Commissioner Lori Kokoski wants to give dogs set to be euthanized another chance by transporting them from Lorain County to the Cuyahoga County Animal Protective League for adoption.
“It’s just another avenue to save as many other dogs possible,” she said.
Kokoski said the killing of a Chihuahua on its first available adoption day in March served as the impetus to find other adoption avenues for local pups.
The commissioners voted unanimously in May to prohibit dogs in the county Dog Pound from being euthanized on the fourth day after their capture, which is the first day by state law the dogs are available to the public for adoption.
County Dog Warden Jack Szlempa Sr. said the Friendship APL in Elyria is as overwhelmed with animals as the county’s kennel, but the Cuyahoga County APL has available kennel space that can be utilized.
“They have more cities with offshoots for animals,” he said. “So they have more kennel space.”
Szlempa plans to meet with the Cuyahoga County APL on Monday to discuss the matter and said he will let the commissioners know whether the transfers are possible.
The manager of the Cuyahoga County Animal Protective League was not available for comment.
Kokoski said additional costs would be limited to the vaccinations of the animals, and they would be covered by county accounts related to the kennel.
“It’s not like the dog kennel is hurting like the general fund is,” she said. “I don’t think (the money) will be an issue. I’m not going to let it be an issue.”
Contact Stephen Szucs at 329-7129 or sszucs@chroniclet.com.