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Franklin County Dog Shelter director fired after investigation

Dog at play
Dog at play
Photo by Bruce Bennett

The Columbus Dispatch reported on Friday that the director of the Franklin County Dog Shelter has been ousted.

Joe Rock, director of the shelter, was placed on administrative leave earlier this month. Rock had worked at the shelter for almost 15 years. He served as director since 2011.

According to Erik Janas, deputy county administrator, a routine review of operations after the shelter was placed under his office in March lead to an investigation. Questions were raised about shelter policies and procedures. After which Rock was fired.

Complaints against the shelter include that animals are not treated humanely, that sick or injured dogs are allowed to suffer for hours or even days without receiving medical care, and that the number of dogs put down is high.

A search for a new director may begin next week.

Click here to see the dogs listed on Petfinder at the Columbus, Ohio shelter.

Franklin County Dog Shelter also has a page on Facebook.

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