Wednesday, June 21, 2000

Society organizes cleanup

It aims to make pound inviting to potential dog owners

By The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Animal lovers are invited to a cleanup day this Saturday at the Henry County dog pound in Campbellsburg, Ky.

        The event is being organized by the Gallatin County Humane Society, which is calling for improvements at the shelter. Gallatin, Trimble and Henry counties all send stray dogs to the facility, where most are euthanized by gunshot.

        The shelter is in a weed-filled field and is not usually open to the public. Dede Koenig, a Humane Society member, visited with a reporter and Judge-executive Tommy Bryant on June 7. The shelter's dirty appearance inspired her organization to propose an intensive cleaning.

        Ms. Koenig hopes county residents will come together to make the shelter “a brighter and happier place, even for what goes on there.” The ultimate goal is to make it more inviting for visitors who may wish to adopt animals, she says.

        Currently, nearly all the dogs are euthanized. The pound has no visiting hours for the public, although appointments to see animals can be made with Ted Chisolm, the dog-pound operator.

        A dog described as a “Spuds MacKenzie look-alike” in a June 8 Enquirer story has been adopted as a result of the coverage, Mr. Chisolm says.

        Volunteers are invited to meet Humane Society members at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Campbellsburg exit, No. 34, of Interstate 71. The location is about 25 miles northeast of Louisville and 65 miles southwest of Cincinnati.

        The clean-up group will meet at the Marathon gas station just off the exit. County employees will lead the volunteers to the shelter, about a mile away.

        Volunteers are encouraged to bring bleach, buckets, mops, brooms and rags. For more information, call Ms. Koenig at (606) 567-5590.


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