Changes Proposed To Dog Adoption Contract

by WHIZ Reporter on March 26, 2012 at 7:23 am

The Muskingum County Dog Warden wants to modify language in current dog adoption contracts to better outline the procedures and policies.

Dog Warden Bryan Catlin met with the Muskingum County Commissioners this afternoon, and outlined changes that he believed would clarify what adopters have to agree to in order to adopt a dog.

"A lot of it was just the wording. People were just misunderstanding how our application was, they would think it meant one thing when it actually would meaning the other. So a lot of it was clarifying the terminology, what was supposed to be done, where it’s supposed to be done, what the fees cover," said Catlin.

Current policies require local adopters to pay for spaying and neutering of dogs by the Animal Shelter of Muskingum County.

The contract also allows for a 30-day exchange policy if the adopter wants a different dog.

Catlin said the adoption contract also explains policies for those who adopt outside of Ohio.

"If somebody is coming from a longer distance then they have an option to either go through the same policy or they have it to where they can pay a reduced fee because they’re coming from out of state," added Catlin.

The County Commissioners also approved a measure to buy a new taser for the Dog Warden’s