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Pledge would help dog pound expand

Published: Thu, October 6, 2011 @ 12:10 a.m.

By Peter H. Milliken



A Boardman philanthropist has pledged to give $100,000 toward the planned Mahoning County dog pound expansion if the county commissioners will commit $400,000 in public monies toward the project.

“I love animals. Tony and I think we would like to make the living conditions at the pound better for the animals there,” Mary Lariccia of Boardman said Wednesday, referring to her husband, Tony.

“An animal has no voice. Somebody has to think of them,” added Mrs. LaRiccia, who also is a donor to Angels for Animals and Animal Charity.

The Lariccias donated $50,000 a year for salary and benefits to keep a humane-agent employed at Animal Charity.

Matt Ditchey, county dog warden, hopes ground can be broken next spring for a $715,000 expansion of the county dog pound, 589 Industrial Road, that will provide more space for dogs and people.

Rather than the current system, in which dogs are confined in cages, the expansion would allow dogs to live in kennels.

Most of the 55 new individual kennels would be 31/2 to 4 feet wide, 14 feet long and 6 feet high with a cover. Half of the 14 feet would be indoors and half outdoors, Ditchey said.

John A. McNally IV, chairman of the county commissioners, said the commissioners recognize the need for more pound space and that the commissioners met with Ditchey and Olsavsky-Jaminet Architects to view pound expansion plans about two months ago.

Ditchey said he hopes to fund the project through a combination of local public money, private donations and grants from the state or federal governments or from animal-welfare organizations.

Ditchey said the project could be funded in part from the county’s dog and kennel fund, which is derived from fines for dog-law violations and from dog license and adoption fees.

That fund, which is dedicated solely for the use of the dog warden’s office, now contains $917,425, according to the county auditor’s office.

An Ohio Attorney General’s opinion requested by the Richland County Prosecutor’s office said Ohio law permits county commissioners to use the county dog and kennel fund to pay for dog-pound expansion and renovation.

Besides the new kennels, the planned expansion here would provide a new service-counter area to facilitate dog adoptions and dog-license purchases; a conference room; a handicapped-accessible restroom; an isolation room for dogs that may be ill; a euthanasia room; storage space; a dog-bathing area; a separate area for mother dogs and their puppies; and two enclosed outdoor play areas for the dogs.

The pound will have another dog adopt-a-thon from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 15. Fifteen dogs were adopted at the pound’s July 30 adopt-a-thon.


1MARGEOMATIC(128 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Lariccias are awesome ! Youngstown needs more people like this ! Our city is plauged with animal abuse- When reports of dog fights at a frat house that resulted in animals tied to a side of the house beaten with boards did not even merit any concern-intervention- such under-reaction about savage behavior could only end with the death of a human..Sadly in Youngstown sub-lects continue to stage parades- plant tree's and create hero-status for thugs that eye witnesses reported - had left dogs tied to the porch starving -injured after vicous fights for party funds - only months before a tragic shooting. INDEED ANIMALS DO NOT HAVE A VOICE- IN youngstown ONLY ANIMALS Living off of PUBLIC FUNDING FOR SCHOOL - boasting 100 pair of high end athletic shoes had a voice. Not so much anymore.Duhhhh

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2SPAYnNEUTER(1 comment)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Thank you Lariccia's! Now if something could be done about the kennel worker who leaves the dogs sitting in their urine & feces...without water. The same person who posted not only on HIS own facebook page, but the MAHONING POUND facebook page an animal cruelty pic of him spraying down a dog with a high powered hose to prove a point to the volunteers who feed the dogs without "his" permission. REALLY???

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3taxpayer1001(274 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

These people are amazing! Thanks for all you do!

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4lilgandee(103 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Thank you all who want to be a voice for the forgotten animals. Breeding has got to stop. When I get a dog I make sure it is spayed/neutered before finding a new home. So sad all the stories. A better pound with happier dogs brings good homes, hopefully. Thanks to all trying to get this done.

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5kimk1957(21 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

This wonderful couple has also generously donated to the wonderful Cat Ladies Society...the only 'no-kill' cat shelter in the Mahoning Valley. That should have been mentioned too.

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6lilgandee(103 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Oh that is a wonderful place, Cat Ladies Society. Never heard of it but am so pleased cats have a sanctuary like that. What a great family to help so many causes. what will become of those places if Obama's jobs bill goes threw. It has to be squashed. Pay fair taxes-like more than your employees but not so much because if not for them there would not be a secretary being paid. Charity donations need to be a tax relief, or what happens to them? As for SB5 they unions need overhauled anyway. As welfare and the like. if you get benefits then do ANYTHING to earn the money other than having more children!!!

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