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52 animals rescued from Sheffield Twp. shelter


SHEFFIELD TWP. — All of the animals at the Ohio Pet Placement facility at 2555 North Ridge Road are in new homes — at least temporarily.

Rescue groups from several counties cleared out the shelter Sunday after complaints about the lack of running water, electricity, gas service and trash pickup at the shelter.

In all, 16 cats, 34 dogs and two turtles were removed from the complex, said Lorie A. Wilber of Partners With Paws.

Planning for the rescue took place after veterinarian Dr. Lisa Fox and officials from Friendship Animal Protective League of Lorain County toured the facility Friday. After consulting with the APL, Wilber said she and Kathy Smola of Rescue Railroad began “networking” to find help.

Those participating in the rescue from Lorain County included Fido’s Companion Rescue, Elite K-911 Dog Training, Elyria Friendship APL, Oasis Animal Shelter, Love-A-Stray, 4 Pets Clinic, independent rescuer Peggy Hartman and Shannon Moss, an independent rescuer who also works for Erie Shore Humane Society.

Also helping out were 2nd Hand Mutts from Cuyahoga County and Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary from Ottawa County.

Crystal Luli, who operated the Ohio Pet Placement shelter, said staff was in the process of developing a plan to regroup and possibly move to a new location after receiving an eviction notice.

“I have mixed feelings,” said Luli, who said no one alerted her of what was going on. “There’s relief and frustration in the way it went down.”

The rescue groups paid adoption fees of $60 per dog and $25 per cat Sunday, which will help pay some bills, Luli said. The normal adoption fees were $250 to $400 per dog and $50 to $100 per cat, according to the organization’s website.

Chuck Stella of Elite K-911 Dog Training said he is helping to evaluate some of the dogs for temperament issues following the rescue effort.

“It’s really amazing how the groups came together,” Stella said.

Some dogs were at the shelter for two or three years, but they are all “very people-friendly,” Stella said.

Funds are needed for medical care for some of the animals as well as boarding costs, Wilber said.

Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245 or

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