The Muskingum County Commissioner’s held a meeting Monday morning to discuss options of allowing the Muskingum County Dog Kennel to assist the Muskingum County Humane Society with calls of reported animal abuse.
Muskingum County Dog Kennel volunteer, Doug McQuaid, brought to the commissioner’s attention situations where certain calls to the Humane Society regarding neglected animals were not followed up with, leading to the death of "numerous dogs." Humane Society Officer David Durst, who mans the department on his own, and often receives dozen of calls a week, admitted during Monday’s meeting that he had forgotten to follow up on the calls McQuaid referenced.
"We were very upset," said Commissioner Jim Porter. "We pay him to do his job, he obviously wasn’t doing it and as a result, several animals have died as a result of that."
As a result of the meeting, Durst will now have extra help from the Dog Kennel. If the Humane Society is overloaded with calls, employees and volunteers from the Dog Kennel can now respond to calls of animals being neglected or abused.
"Now we have found out that the dog pound is actually able to go and see to check out the animal situation, as well as if the main officers are too busy and they get a call from the humane officer, the dog pound people may go ahead and take over."
The meeting also resulted in plans for improved communication between both the Humane Society and the Dog Kennel.