Ashland County Dog Shelter

The Ashland County dog shelter, located at 1710 Garfield Ave., houses around 26 kennels for stray dogs. It also serves as the county dog warden's office space.

ASHLAND — City council is considering rezoning a slice of land to accommodate the construction of a new dog shelter and potentially a grooming salon and veterinary clinic. 

Ashland County Commissioners President Denny Bittle said efforts to build a new shelter have been ongoing for years.

It recently got a boost when a group of fellow dog lovers and the community donated $600,000 to the county commissioners to cover some of the construction costs, which have been estimated to be up to $1 million for a new facility. 

The existing facility, located on the east side of the fairgrounds, has been in disrepair for years. The plan for that building involves demolition and creating additional parking for the fairgrounds, Bittle said. 

Rezoning the land, which is located along Baney Road, means the building could house a grooming salon and veterinary clinic. The facility would be roughly 8,000 square feet.

Bittle said the property could one day also house a cat rescue.

He hopes construction will wrap by spring 2022. 

City council will vote on the property's rezoning during its next scheduled meeting, Sept. 21.

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