February 23, 2014
The president of the Gallipolis City Commission, David K. Smith, asked people not query about the incident that happened Feb. 14 at the Gallia County Animal Shelter? Why not? Smith said it is an ongoing investigation and cannot release any details. I think there are plenty of details.
Also, why does Smith think the letter from the Ohio SPCA’s attorney were threatening? Smith said the county commission is obligated by Ohio Revised Code. This code is Ohio Revised Code Section 4729.532, Subsection A&3. It clearly states the animal must be unconscious at the time of euthanasia. According to an employee of the shelter, this was not the case, so the law was clearly broken.
Smith also said the names on the petition did not mean anything since they were not all from Gallia County. Why not? If you live outside of the county, you are not allowed your right to speak?
The warden and the assistant warden should both be relieved of all duties without pay pending the outcome of this investigation. For all concerned, this matter will be kept alive until such time it is resolved according to the law.
I write this on behalf of those innocent 11 dogs.
Point Pleasant, W.Va.