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In Brief: October Cruelty and Adoption Reports (WCHS)

(Bowling Green)—The Wood County Humane Society (WCHS) employs a Humane Agent to investigate reports of neglect, cruelty, and abuse from concerned citizens, social services, health departments, and other law enforcement agencies. The following cruelty report was submitted by Humane Agent Debra Loprete for October 2014.

This past month, Loprete handled a total of 39 cases—25 of which she successfully resolved, 14 of which are still pending further investigation. Of the 25 closed cases, 14 were filed with “no reason for concern,” 7 resulted in the administering of additional education, 2 were filed as “unable to locate,” and 2 resulted in referrals to other agencies. Loprete also conducted 37 follow-ups to ongoing and/or closed cases during the month of October.

During the same month, the WCHS took a total of 33 cats and 15 dogs into the shelter. WCHS Shelter Manager Erin McKibben reported the following information about intakes. Of the cats, 23 were strays and 10 were abandonments. Of the dogs, 8 were surrenders, 1 was transferred from the Wood County Dog Shelter, 5 were transfers, and 1 was a return. The WCHS also adopted out 24 cats and 14 dogs during the month of October.

At present, the WCHS is experiencing a high volume of feline intakes. The shelter currently houses 103, with an additional 26 in foster homes off-site and 330 cats on its wait list. To help these animals find their forever homes more quickly, the WCHS is once again sponsoring a name-your-own-price adoption event for all cats and a special $50 adoption fee for all kittens until the end of 2014.

The Wood County Humane Society, located in Bowling Green, Ohio, is a full-service, no-kill shelter providing care for homeless and abused pets and investigating cruelty complaints in Wood County. In addition, the organization assists Wood County residents with its Safe Haven and food assistance programs, spay/neuter transport, and educational presentations. The WCHS provides care for hundreds of animals each year—from dogs and cats, to horses, goats, and pocket pets. For information on adopting and/or volunteering, visit the WCHS’s website at:

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