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Local APL Coming To Rescue Of Lost Pets On State's Doggie Death Row

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland chapter of the Animal Protective League is coming to the rescue of some lost pets in Morgan County who might have otherwise been shot and dumped into mass graves, Scott Taylor reported in a story only seen on Action News.

Taylor was the first to tell you about hundreds of dogs being shot and dumped into mass graves in Ohio's killing fields of Morgan County. Now, before a stay of execution runs out for the animals, the APL in Cleveland made a move.

It's hard to imagine that anyone would shoot a helpless little puppy dog, but Morgan County has shot and killed more than 700 dogs in the last two years.

The APL saw the Action News exclusive investigation, and they decided to rescue the dogs in Morgan County and bring them to Cleveland for adoption.

"I anticipate in the next 10 days we will do our first pick-up," APL spokesperson Jeff Kocian said.

Last year, Morgan County's animal shelter shot 600 dogs and only adopted out 16.

"It is about money," Morgan County Commissioner Ron Moore said. "It's not about expediency or anything like that."

When Taylor informed Moore that Vinton County officials decided to stop shooting lost dogs after Action News approached them last week, Moore had a positive reaction.

"That's absolutely a good move," he said.

But when Moore and his other fellow commissioners had a chance to do something about stopping the violent practice in Morgan County, they balked, choosing not to bring the issue up for a vote during their board meeting on Thursday.

The Morgan County Animal Shelter's low rates of adoption could be linked to several things, including the fact that the barn or animal shelter has no routine posted hours. Plus, the animal shelter or barn doesn't even have a sign outside identifying it.

At the APL in Cleveland, however, it is a different story.

"We really started advertising 10 years ago," Kocian said.

That likely explains why people in Greater Cleveland, like Ewing Hicks, know where they can adopt their next pet, which might now come from Morgan County's doggie death row.

"For this APL to do something of this nature, it's commendable," Hicks said. "God bless them."

Morgan County still has to vote on whether or not to continue to shoot the lost pets. Action News asked them to stop and they have agreed, but they said that a final vote on the issue wouldn't happen for at least another two weeks.

If you would still like to apply some pressure on Morgan County before the vote is conducted, you could contact Morgan County Commissioner Ron Moore at (740) 962-3183. You could also send him a message via e-mail at ron_moore@mnp.net.

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