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Tom Skeldon awarded 'Dog Warden of the Year'

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TOLEDO (WTOL) - Lucas County Dog Warden Tom Skeldon has been named Dog Warden of the Year by an online group for dog bite victims called DogsBite.org. In the meantime, Lucas County Comissioners approved an advisory comittee to oversee the dog warden.

'Dog Warden of the Year'

The group advocates reducing dog attacks through legislation. In a press release, DogsBite.org say Skeldon has "vigorously worked to prevent horrendous pit bull maulings resulting in serious injuries or death of human beings, their domesticated pets and livestock. As the prevention of these horrific attacks have a clearly higher social priority over other animal issues best addressed by non-profit animal welfare organizations, his tireless focus on the growing dangerous pit bull epidemic, while enduring relentless unfair attacks by organized groups with both open and hidden political pro-pit bull agendas, has earned Tom Skeldon the justifiable reputation as the most effective dog warden in the United States of America."

Oversight committee approved

Skeldon has been criticized by local owners of pitbulls and other breeds, who even petitioned to have him fired. He has been the subject of community meetings with commissioners and residents.

On Tuesday, December 16, the county commissioners approved forming an 11-member advisory committee. Members will come from a variety of backgrounds, including animal advocacy, healthcare, and law enforcement. This is all in response to a petition signed by 3,000 people who say changes need to be made to the dog warden's office.

At a previous meeting to discuss the advisory committee, Commissioner Konop said the dog warden is doing good work when it comes to the public safety end of his job. "The concern is, from a number of groups, that he's not doing enough to adopt out dogs from the pound and that we have the highest kill rate of any major county in Ohio." The committee would be made up of pet advocate groups and public safety officials.

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