There has been a lot of finger-pointing about what does or does not go on at the Lucas County Dog Pound.
We should look at the irresponsible dog owners who create the situation, rather than at the warden who cannot adopt or euthanize her way out of this crisis.
Prevention is a major component to resolving this problem and one that Planned Pethood has been advocating for more than 30 years through education, surgical discounts to members, and financial assistance to those who need it.
We have helped thousands of people spay and neuter their animals.
For those who have ignored the importance of sterilization, Litter Patrol is offered to people who run â€œfreeâ€ puppy and kitten ads.
It means that all animals will be spayed or neutered, especially the young as well as any adult pets in the household.
If we can, we will offer to take young animals into our adoption program. In addition to grant money we secure specifically for spaying or neutering, a significant part of all funds we raise goes for spaying or neutering-subsidies.
Dog Warden Julie Lyle has brought a refreshing approach to the pound. Let her do her job.
Stop second guessing her or any other animal rescuers in the area.
You too can lend a hand by discussing the need for prevention and the resources to make it happen with family and friends.
Let's all make a difference by putting our hands to work on needs rather than pointing fingers at each other.
President, Planned Pethood Inc., Glenwood Avenue
Solve a problem: Adopt a dog
I was impressed by the cleanliness at the dog pound and by its hard working employees and their genuine care about the welfare of the animals.
Although we already had a dog, we adopted a second one â€” whose picture appeared in The Blade.
The adoption process was easy, quick, and inexpensive. The dog has been a blessing and has brought much joy to our home.
The solution to the dog warden's problem is easy: Lucas County residents need to step up and adopt one of the homeless animals.
It's that simple.
Lucas County gone to the dogs
Other departments in Lucas County government will see a 7 percent to 10.5 percent reduction in budgets and have 70 positions eliminated. The dog warden's budget will increase by 27 percent.
Lucas County really is going to the dogs.
Gregory L. Arnold