This letter is in response to the opinion rendered by the Morning Journal in the Sunday edition.
Any involvement Humane Agent Jan Palmer has with the "Break the Chain Gang" in Wellsville is on her personal time and based on her personal beliefs and opinion. Agent Palmer lives in Wellsville. According to our information, she is not "spearheading" the movement and would not be permitted to do so in her official capacity.
Her official role as the humane agent for the Humane Society of Columbiana County is to investigate concerns of cruelty and neglect, act on the evidence and to educate the public and pet owners on proper animal care and the need to spay and neuter.
Although HSCC has great concern about the fact that Ohio has grossly weak animal welfare laws, at present it has no formal involvement in any legislative agenda in any municipality in the county nor in a countywide action. However, HSCC does support legislation that would address and improve the standards by which an animal is housed and cared for.
Sadly, many animals are ejected from life inside of a home due to correctable behavior issues. Thus, HSCC encourages individuals who currently own pets that are chained outside for behavioral reasons such as destruction of property and possessions or inappropriate urination to call for assistance and training recommendations at 330-332-2600. At present HSCC cannot afford personnel to answer the phone live 24/7. Messages will addressed within 24-72 hours.
Jenny R. Pike