Gallia Commission and Sheriff Continue to Investigate Dog Deaths

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The Gallia County Commission and the Gallia County Sheriff's Office continue to investigate the death of several dogs at the Gallia County Animal Shelter.
Commission President David Smith told earlier this week that there are reports that last Friday, a number of dogs were killed at the shelter.

A spokesperson with the rescue group called the Friends of Gallia County Animals tells they believe the dogs may have been put down through a method called "heart sticking" without sedation, a procedure that became illegal about a year and a half ago.

Since the alleged incident, the assistant dog warden has been reassigned to the county's maintenance department until the investigation wraps up.

Commission President David Smith tells that more than a dozen people showed up to Thursday's commission meeting with legitimate concerns about the issue and that the outcome of the meeting was very positive.

Sheriff Joe Browning says his office is working to determine if there were any criminal violations in the euthanizations.

Smith says once the investigation is complete, they will take appropriate action.

The shelter is not a no-kill shelter, but Smith tells they try to keep the number of kills as low as possible.

A decision could be made as early as next week, according to Smith.

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