The Coshocton County Beacon February 4, 2021 - Page 19

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February 4 , 2021 The Beacon • 19

Donation helps the animal shelter continue upgrades

By Josie Sellers
For several years the Coshocton County commissioners and the dog warden have been working their way through a list of capital improvement projects at the animal shelter .
“ We ’ ve been trying to do one large project a year ,” said Rusty Dreher , county dog warden .
Some of their projects have included the furnace , parking lot , and security and fire system . Thanks to the generosity of a community member , they also were able to recently update flooring in the building .
“ Joy Wyse contacted us to see what she could do to help ,” Dreher said . “ We took a tour and decided a priority was to start with the flooring .”
The front entrance and office area to the right has flooring made from old barn slate , which Wyse said is very practical .
“ She helped lay that flooring too ,” Dreher said . “ She was right here with one of our maintenance guys .”
Wyse said she often drives past the animal shelter , and that is what got her thinking about helping out the facility .
“ I didn ’ t think it looked like a place you would want to come shop for an animal to rescue , so I wanted to help them out ,” she said . “ I ’ m retired and wanted a project . I ’ m an animal lover too , and the girls here do a wonderful job of taking care of the animals .”
With her help they also were able to upgrade the flooring in the kennel areas .
“ They were cement floors and were hard to take care of ,” Wyse said .
The new flooring is textured to help prevent slips and falls and also helped spruce up the building .
“ We needed better looking flooring ,” said Chris Sturtz from the Humane Animal Treatment Association , the organization contracted by the commissioners to operate the animal shelter . “ When we took
Josie Sellers
Shivonne is pictured standing on the new flooring installed in the kennel area of the animal shelter .
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Rosie , who needs to eat special food , enjoys spending time on Hayley Sturtz ’ s desk chair at the animal shelter .
pictures of the animals , it looked like they were in prison . We are thrilled with how it turned out . This was quite a project , and it really made such a difference . The flooring was chipped , and there were times we skated back there .”
Dreher said they are now currently exploring plans with Wyse to upgrade the front of the building . He noted a fiber upgrade to help improve technology also is being worked on .
“ We certainly appreciate Joy ,” Dreher said . “ It ’ s been a wonderful experience so far , and hopefully we will have more projects to come .”
The animal shelter is located at 21755 Township Road 164 ( Morgan Run ). It is currently only open by appointment due to the
COVID-19 pandemic . However , volunteers are there daily to take care of the animals . For information on the shelter or to set up an appointment , call 740-622- 9741 . Information on services , donating and volunteering also can be found online at www . coshoctoncounty . net / shelter .
Hayley Sturtz , Chris ’ daughter and HATA volunteer , said in 2020 the shelter took in more than 480 dogs and served 1,551 cats . The shelter works with many partner groups to help these animals find their forever homes .
“ I started volunteering here in 1977 , and it ’ s amazing how it ’ s changed ,” Sturtz said . “ We get a lot of support from our partners , and people in the community are so generous .”

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to be Laurice Mans , who joined the department in April 2020 . If Mans were to ever decide to leave the department , the dog would stay with the village .
“ The K9 is property of the village , not the officer ,” Fohl said . “ If the handler leaves , the dog stays with the department and an attempt is made to place the dog with another handler . Sometimes this transition can be done , sometimes not . It depends on the dog and the new handler . I was fortunate enough to handle two dogs early in my career , and the first K9 that I handled came to me from another handler and there were no problems .
“ The only circumstance where the handler keeps the dog is when the dog retires under the current handler . In that event state law dictates that the dog can be sold to the handler for the purchase amount of $ 1 . This allows the dog to live out his remaining days with the handler . All of these issues are covered by state law and are included in our department policies .”
Fohl said they are attempting to raise $ 25,000 to cover all the start-up expenses .
“ Just the dog and the training for the dog and the handler will be $ 14,000 ,”

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