Shelter Troubles

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The Erie county Ohio Humane Society has stopped accepting cats and may not accept any for the next few months.

In the past the shelter has housed up to 90 cats and as of this past Monday had only 48 in its care.  This decision follows nearly a month of uncertainty of the shelter’s future since the firing of director Amy Porter. The eight-member ECHS board cited “philosophical differences” being the reason for letting Porter go. Shelter workers and volunteers were devastated and confused by the decision. Porter attempted to run the shelter as close to a no-kill facility as possible and some of her supporters speculate board president Dr. Michael Metroka wanted to go in a different direction, perhaps one that was more cost effective. However Dr. Metroka was not the only board member who voted to fire Porter. The board meeting was a secret one which has led to mass speculation between shelter workers and concerned citizens and donors. Also getting the ax was a program that gave underprivileged pet owners free pet food. There will be a moderated public forum Thursday March 24th at local Sandusky High School to discuss the future of the shelter.

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