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December 30, 2012
Morning Journal News


Due to the ongoing confusion about the role of HSCC in your community, I offer this description of our service:

The Humane Society of Columbiana County is a 501c3 non-profit animal welfare organization. We sponsor trained humane agents that are sworn into duty by the probate judge in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code. Currently, we have two agents who investigate concerns for all 532 square miles of Columbiana County on a volunteer basis.

Both agents have paid, full-time jobs outside of their humane agent duties and respond to leads on an average of 30 hours per week. All concerns that are received are reviewed by the agents and prioritized for maximum efficiency.

Our Humane Hotline (330 831 2613) should be utilized to report suspected animal abuse or neglect. All calls must go through central dispatch to maintain an accurate log of calls received. If a call is not answered live, please be sure to leave a detailed description of the complaint and the full street address and city where the concern is located; it is not uncommon for more than one city to have street names in common (i.e. Main Street, Maple Street, etc.) Should you choose to leave your number and we need additional information, you will receive a return call requesting further details. Failure to provide a full address may result in the delay or inability to respond to the concern.

Once calls are given to the agents and an investigation is opened, no details will be released. This ensures that the investigation will not be compromised. Due to confidentiality, agents will not discuss details of any case even with the party that made the report. If the reporter receives additional information, this should be called into the hotline so that it can be dispatched to the agents for follow up. Agents spend their time investigating concerns; doing follow-up visits to help pet owners provide proper care (as define by the Ohio Revised Code); and providing resources, such as straw, food, dog boxes and educational materials to the public. Our goal is to try to help animals remain in their own home whenever possible. The majority of the calls we receive are able to be resolved through education and follow-up visits. If these visits do not yield improvements in care, then by law, the animals may be removed by the agents and charges may be filed against the owner.

With your help, we can work together to improve the lives of animals in Columbiana County.

Heather Jurina

Director of operations

Humane Society

of Columbiana County



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