November 22, 2014

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52 animals rescued from Sheffield Twp. shelter

SHEFFIELD TWP. — All of the animals at the Ohio Pet Placement facility at 2555 North Ridge Road are in new homes — at least temporarily.

Rescue groups from several counties cleared out the shelter Sunday after complaints about the lack of running water, electricity, gas service and trash pickup at the shelter.

In all, 16 cats, 34 dogs and two turtles were removed from the complex, said Lorie A. Wilber of Partners With Paws.

Planning for the rescue took place after veterinarian Dr. Lisa Fox and officials from Friendship Animal Protective League of Lorain County toured the facility Friday. After consulting with the APL, Wilber said she and Kathy Smola of Rescue Railroad began “networking” to find help.

Those participating in the rescue from Lorain County included Fido’s Companion Rescue, Elite K-911 Dog Training, Elyria Friendship APL, Oasis Animal Shelter, Love-A-Stray, 4 Pets Clinic, independent rescuer Peggy Hartman and Shannon Moss, an independent rescuer who also works for Erie Shore Humane Society.

Also helping out were 2nd Hand Mutts from Cuyahoga County and Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary from Ottawa County.

Crystal Luli, who operated the Ohio Pet Placement shelter, said staff was in the process of developing a plan to regroup and possibly move to a new location after receiving an eviction notice.

“I have mixed feelings,” said Luli, who said no one alerted her of what was going on. “There’s relief and frustration in the way it went down.”

The rescue groups paid adoption fees of $60 per dog and $25 per cat Sunday, which will help pay some bills, Luli said. The normal adoption fees were $250 to $400 per dog and $50 to $100 per cat, according to the organization’s website.

Chuck Stella of Elite K-911 Dog Training said he is helping to evaluate some of the dogs for temperament issues following the rescue effort.

“It’s really amazing how the groups came together,” Stella said.

Some dogs were at the shelter for two or three years, but they are all “very people-friendly,” Stella said.

Funds are needed for medical care for some of the animals as well as boarding costs, Wilber said.

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  • Barb Shuman

    When you look at the condition the economy has been in and you compare the rates the shelter was charging for adoption fees, it is really no wonder they were forced to shut down. I understand food and medical is expensive and on top of that there are lights, gas, water, rent, and employees to pay unless they are fully volunteering their time to work there, but when you compare the adoption rates to those of breeders and how much the other shelters set their rates for, they really did not set their rates to be price competitive and instead of making the shelter work, they virtually guaranteed a shut-down at some point.

  • Anne

    What about Charles York’s place at 50501 Middle Ridge in one time over 100 dogs by!

  • D

    Rescue groups should be asking for reasonable donations, not charging $250-$400 to place a pet in need. I looked at a couple of puppies there last year but would not pay that price for a mixed breed that had only been there a couple of days. They also told me that I had to bring the dog back to have it spayed there and not at the vet that I normally use. Very unreasonable and trying to make a profit instead of trying to find the animals a home.

    • Jennifer Mae Costa

      $250 is a very reasonable adoption fee when you take into consideration all of the things that go into caring for the animal. Especially the cost of keeping a pet for 10+ years. If a person can’t swing the adoption fee they probably can’t swing the financial commitment of a lifetime of pet ownership. Rescues not only strive to rescue pets off the street and off death row at a shelter, but also strive to find homes that will keep the pet permanently. People pay a lot more than $250 for purebred pups and pet store pets and they are just as likely to end up in shelters.