New animal advocacy group is created in Columbiana County

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LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) – Animals in Columbiana County will now have more people looking out for their well-being.

A new group called Animals Great & Small Humane Society of Columbiana County (AGS) held a kick-off event Monday night in Lisbon at the Trail Head P. L. & W. Railroad train station.

The public was welcome to attend to learn about AGS’ mission statement, which ended up being presented to about 30 people.

“This is our kick-off meeting so we are just letting the public know what we are doing, give our phases — this is actually phase one. So we are looking for ideas, we’re looking for volunteers,” said Sharon McElroy, founder and president of AGS.

Although their status as a non-profit is still pending, they hope to hire a humane agent by the end of the year, who will be required to take a four-day course and work toward any possible convictions.

“They are going to be seeing some bad situations, so they will have to not react to them. They are going to be investigative and they also have to document everything to make sure if it does go to court, we have documentation,” McElroy said.

This position will not affect the work of the current Columbiana County Dog Warden Office, which is funded by the county. AGS’ humane agent will be paid for solely by donations, fundraisers and grants.

The group plans on having a shelter by 2020.

If you are interested in becoming a humane agent or donating, you can find AGS on Facebook.

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