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Lake County, Ohio - Dog Shelter




The Lake County Dog Shelter, office of Lake County Dog Warden Rodney Shelton, takes in approximately 500 dogs annually.  The Dog Warden serves the residents of Lake County and seeks to educate them on the responsibilities of pet ownership.  The Dog Warden works to protect lost dogs and attempts to reunite them with their owners.  If your dog is missing, we should be your first phone call!  While state law permits the Dog Warden to dispose of stray dogs, this is considered a last resort and is only pursued when attempts to return or place the dog have failed.  Dedicated to our tasks, the Dog Warden's office operates on a 24-hour basis.  We are authorized to handle only dogs, as mandated by state law.

It is standard procedure, upon arrival at our facility, to vaccinate each dog against distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, parvovirus, leptospirosis and kennel cough.  This helps keep our kennel and dogs healthy.  The animals in our kennel are continuously monitored for signs of illness and are treated with necessary medications, as well as receiving continuous supplies of fresh water and food.  The kennels runs are cleaned and disinfected throughout the day, and more active and larger dogs are exercised out-of-doors.   Our Deputies are trained to handle each dog in the most humane way possible.  After we legally own a dog, it is evaluated for adoptability, taking into consideration age, health, and temperament.

To provide humane education, we can schedule tours through our facility.  We regularly set up booths and tables at community events, fairs, and other locations to help educate adults and children about our duties and dedication to animals.  We want everyone to know that we care for our dogs just as if they were our own!

In 2019, the total number of dogs entering our facility was 492.  Of that number 162 were adopted to new homes, 268 were reclaimed by their owners, 41 were euthanized, with another 9 euthanized at their owners' request.  Our reclaim and adoption records well exceeded Ohio's average, and our euthanasia record was well below the state average.