Mahoning County Dog Warden sees influx of dogs as owners return to work

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AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Mahoning County Dog Warden workers are now trying to find homes for the influx of dogs that arrived after pandemic shutdowns ended.

Dog Warden Dianne Fry said Friday there were 72 dogs in their care – more than the 50 to 70 dogs that were there before the pandemic. She said many of these dogs were anxious because they were used to being home with someone all day and now spend much of their day in a shelter full of animals.

Sarah Csepeggi, office manager at the Mahoning County Dog Warden, also attributes the increase, in part, to the end of COVID restrictions.

“Now that COVID is sort of easing, I think people are going back to work, people are getting jobs and the dogs weren’t trained when they had them as puppies during COVID, and now they’re struggling to leave them, then they either drop them or deliver them,” she said.

Csepeggi said when the weather warms up, many dogs also get loose and come stray.

She said potential pet owners should consider whether they have the time or money to care for a pet before committing. If someone is adopting a dog from the shelter, she said she should consider considering proper animal training and socialization to help them overcome their anxiety.

The Mahoning County Dog Warden is located at 1230 N. Meridian Road. He has a facebook page with photos of adoptable dogs, as well as opening hours.

Adoption is by appointment only and adoption fees vary depending on the animal.

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