Animal neglect


Most people have probably heard the old joke that someone “couldn’t get elected dog catcher.”

Well, in Columbiana County, the dog warden isn’t elected, and it’s a bad joke for several reasons. Any official who refuses to investigate legitimate cases about dogs doing damage to property or livestock and even refuses to return phone calls can’t be worth the money that we as taxpayers are paying them.

For those of you who own livestock in this county, you may not know that the commissioners have a program that will pay $500 for animals that are injured by dogs, but only if the dog warden investigates. If she refuses to investigate, you are not eligible for the fund, or worse, any help with the problem.

The county commissioners are aware of the situation and have obviously chosen to ignore it. A logical person would conclude that the commissioners are far more concerned about the money that is being pumped into and out of this county than they are about the people who live her. And, oh yes, the people who elected the commissioners to office.

Susan Gregg