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Franklin County Dog Shelter under investigation following cruelty claims

Boxer dog Rocky available for adoption at Franklin County Dog Shelter
Petfinder/Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center

Franklin County Commissioners have launched an investigation following reports of animal abuse at the Franklin County Dog Shelter, according to abc6 on Wednesday.

The many complaints against the shelter include inhumane treatment of the animals, allowing sick or injured dogs to suffer for hours or even days without medical care, and the high number of dogs that are put down.

Animal rights advocate Liz Lessner told abc6 "Some of these disturbing reports document incidents of cruelty to animals. Intimidating and threatening animals so they won't pass behavior test. Not allowing an animal out of its cage or even touching the animal before determining it should be euthanized."

Personnel issues and a volunteer program referred to as “non-existent” by one volunteer who stated that the shelter went months without holding any new volunteer orientations add to the disturbing allegations.

On Tuesday, advocates presented their concerns to County commissioners.

Franklin County Commission President Marilyn Brown released a statement, confirming that an investigation is underway. “We have, with our county administration, started an investigation into many issues” Brown said. “And that started before we heard many of these comments.”

The Franklin County Dog Shelter is located at 4340 Tamarack Boulevard in Columbus, Ohio. Click here to see their dogs listed on Petfinder. Photo above is of Rocky, a young male Boxer dog awaiting adoption at the shelter.

The shelter also has a page on Facebook.

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