Animal cruelty concerns considered

Rich Muller, Herald Staff Writer

Barberton City Council returned from its August break to face legislation including strengthening animal cruelty law and changes to the Foundation’s code of regulations.

A proposed change would enable an animal cruelty charge to be brought against a person who confines an animal in a vehicle under dangerous conditions such as high heat. Other restrictions are proposed such as tethering an animal not more than 10 hours during a 24-hour period and if advisories have been issued bythe National Weather Service or a local or state authority.

Kathleen Kelley of New Franklin told council at the Sept. 4 meeting she has twice been to the Giant Eagle plaza when dogs were kept in hot cars showing signs of distress. She said police were called but in one instance the driver left before an officer arrived. In the second, Sept. 3, she said that after 20 minutes she moved a dog, which was in severe distress, to her air conditioned car and all the officer did was return the dog to its owner with no report or no citation.

Barberton Community Foundation Board of Directors Chair Michael Chisnell told council the main purpose of the changes is to align the organization’s regulations with constantly evolving best practices such as the title for Jim Stonkus be president and CEO instead of executive director. Three readings are expected for the proposed changes.

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5 Comments

  1. Deborah Thompson on October 4, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    I live in Barberton, my neighbors just moved out and left their starving cats behind. I’ve been feeding them but I can’t afford to keep doing it. It’s breaking my heart. I’ve already called the humane Society and the animal control. They won’t do anything. Who can I can to come save these poor cats. I already have 4 of my own.

  2. Anonymous on September 8, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    I volunteer as a foster with rescue groups. The animal cruelty dogs need updated badly. I see dogs in hot cars, and have heard several stories of police not stepping up. Same for dogs tethered or left running. The police are supposed to protect the animals as well as people as their job and oath is to serve and protect the “community”.
    I have 3 residents near me that are of concern. 1 leaves their dogs out all day and night on a balcony. Another keeps a small dog tethered to a tree without water all day. Another has a constant mud hole for their animals to eat, sleep and walk in. Police say their is nothing they can do. The warden won’t even come out to look or to set live heart traps for all the Ferrell cats all over the neighborhood. My own neighborhood is falling these animals all around me while I’m trying to save them one at a time!😢

  3. Pamela hastings on September 6, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    Read the last paragraph a couple times, does this paragraph have anything at all mentioned about concerns for animal cruelty? None….let’s work toward at least recognizing barberton concerns…

  4. N/A on September 6, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    How about not letting dogs in the labor day parade..I seen a handful of dogs in the parade this past Monday Sept 3 on a 90 degree day…walking on the hot roads and no water..you take your shoes off and walk the whole parade on the hot road and no water…

    • Anonymous on September 6, 2018 at 9:51 pm

      I highly agree about those poor doggies in the parade. It was scorching hot. I also agree a dog should not be able to spend it’s lifetime tied outside, whether they have a shelter or not.

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