Dog Shootings Have Finally Stopped!

McCONNELSVILLE, Ohio – Action News' Scott Taylor was first to report about the violent way one Ohio county helped control the stray pet population, and now his report has officially forced Morgan County's leaders to stop the shootings of lost dogs.

The county had given its dog warden the right to shoot lost dogs and bury them in mass graves. More than 600 dogs had been executed in this inhumane fashion in the last year alone.

But now, the county's empty dog cages are no longer haunting signs of death. That's because the county's commissioners have voted to stop the shootings, Taylor reported.

The county's lost pets are now finding safe homes. Animal rights groups said that Tuesday's decision is a big victory.

For the past 15 years, Morgan County dog warden Jeff Driggs has been shooting dogs and dumping them into mass graves, and he didn't have much of a problem with it.

After exposing the routine shootings in an Action News exclusive investigation, the county voted to end the shootings and replace the violent process with painless and more humane lethal injections.

Public pressure has been intense since Action News' report first aired earlier this month. The county said that it is also addressing another concern by putting up signs and posting the Morgan County Animal Shelter's routine hours.