County made right move to add dog warden

Washington County has a new dog warden on the job this summer, meaning two deputies are now handling those duties.

It seems to have been a necessary move and a smart financial one.

Responding to the multitude of cases, ranging from loose dogs to animal cruelty to dogs with no tags, had dog warden Kelly McGilton working 10 to 20 hours of overtime each week.

Already this year, McGilton has brought 255 stray, surrendered or neglected dogs to the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley.

Having a second person on the job some of the time will save on overtime expenses greatly.

McGilton earned $34.71 an hour when working overtime. New dog warden Russell Blamble earns $15 an hour and his presence can likely eliminate all or most of those overtime hours.

That’s a much better fiscal option for the county.

The work the wardens are doing is important and necessary.

If there is not enough manpower devoted to these issues and problems go unchecked, there are not only harmful consequences for the animal population but for the community as a whole.

We’re glad to see the county and the sheriff’s office stepping up to address these matters.