"Sid" and Daniel Knopp of Calvary reunited at Marion County Animal Shelter 

Brandon Robbins leaving Marion County Animal Shelter with his loyal Border Collie, "Mouse". 

Quasi is a German Shepherd (above) with an extremely rare case of "Short Spine Syndrome" who was first brought to Marion County Animal Shelter as a stray in January of 2016 and is now an international celebrity. Watch his video:


and visit his very own Facebook Page!



Letters to the Editor - Feb. 3, 2016

by Gal Looft
St. Francis

Susan Spicer is one of the bravest people I know. Why? Because she goes to bat for the voiceless — animals that are abused and neglected. When people see this “behavior,” like people starving their animals, or confining them without shelter, or throwing them out a car window, they call her to deal with the people doing the harm. Even hearing about what people do to their pets is hard to listen to, much less to speak to them and get them to stop.
Now these are not well-balanced, understanding humanitarians. They are mean. They are defiant. They have guns. And they resent anyone noticing what they are really like. Besides, being a bully is a pleasure and a way of life for people who think it’s fine to pick on anyone who is smaller or incapable of self-defense.

So most people would rather just call her and let her deal with it, which she has on countless occasions for decades. Mean people sometimes get even. It’s been very scary and difficult at times for her, her family and her animals.  I appreciate you, Susan, as well as Jeff and Doc Woodridge, for your years of service.

I appreciate you, Kay, Sheila, Lana and inmates who do the hard work at the Marion County Animal Shelter, for dealing with the legions of homeless animals. I appreciate you, Mary Ann Ohsol, for your unending patience in teaching me how to post pics from the shelter in The Lebanon Enterprise.
I appreciate you, Lebanon veterinarians, for what you do.
I appreciate you, Stevie Lowery, for making room for the pictures of shelter animals in the newspaper free of charge. I am appreciative to everyone who spays and neuters their pets, and to everyone who cares for, speaks up, donates food or money to help animals in any way.

 A Mouse Goes Home 1/9/17

The calls started Saturday morning, January 9th, - two dogs were spotted on Springfield Highway. One was down, looking severely injured and the other was circling him. Before we could be on the scene a third caller said they just couldn't leave the one dog there and would bring it to us. Sadly, the other one had passed away, most likely hit by a car.

Thanks to this wonderful humanitarian, a sweet little dog, whose name we learned was "Mouse" came into the shelter in good condition except for a bloodied paw. Just a few hours later his owner, Brandon Robbins in Marion County, called to see if by chance, we had seen his two dogs. Within 20 minutes he drove up and was reunited with "Mouse".

This is a good story to remind everyone! Just call the shelter if you find a stray dog or an animal in harm's way. And don't forget to call us if you have LOST a dog. Every year we reunite many animals with their owners only because someone thought to call us.

Have a good life, little Mouse!

Daniel FINDS His Best Friend!! 11/25/16

"Sid" and Daniel Knopp of Calvary (above) are reunited the day after Thanksgiving at the Marion County Animal Shelter. Sid, an 11 year old Retriever, Lab mix had been picked up as a stray in Marion County near the Rolling Hills area, almost three weeks prior by MCAS. This well behaved, loving dog, was overjoyed to see his owner. who said that friends of his saw pictures of the dog on Facebook and finally alerted him. ​We are very happy for you Sid!!! ( and for you too. Daniel)  

The Lebanon Enterprise 


By Stevie Lowery
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 

Pictured is Marion County Animal Control Officer Kay Turpin posing for a photo with two

dogs who were on their way to a rescue group in Chicago.

The staff at the Marion County Animal Shelter is saving more animals than ever before. According to last year’s statistics, 447 animals went to rescue groups, 114 animals were adopted and 63 animals were returned to owners.

Marion County Animal Control Officer Kay Turpin and her staff have worked tirelessly to try and save as many animals as possible, and rescue groups all over the country have helped tremendously with their efforts. “The last two to three years have been unbelievable,” Turpin said. “There are more rescue groups out there now and more people are aware.”  Social media has also helped, enabling Turpin to connect with rescue groups all over the country and beyond. “We send a lot of dogs to Minnesota and a ton of dogs to Canada,” she said. “Recently, we’ve been sending beagle hounds to San Francisco.”  Turpin’s brother, Brandon Beavers, has his own airplane and he’s helped transport dogs to rescue groups. Turpin also uses a non-profit organization called “Pilots N Paws” to transport dogs.

Turpin said they try to use local rescue groups, specifically in Lexington, but they are usually slammed with too many animals. “I’m real picky about the rescue groups we work with,” Turpin said. “Most of our rescues are foster-based. When they leave here they actually go to a home, not to another facility.” During the past five years, there have been many success stories, she said. “It is a lot of work,” Turpin said. “But, it’s worth it. It’s so rewarding.” Unfortunately, due to pet overpopulation issues, 412 animals were euthanized last year, and 90 percent of those animals were cats, according to Turpin. “The intake on cats was unbelievable,” she said. “It’s overwhelming. Even if they are barn cats, they need to be fixed. These cats are just reproducing too much.” To help with that problem, Turpin enacted a policy at the animal shelter that requires all pets to be spayed or neutered before they are adopted. “Nothing leaves here unless it’s spayed or neutered,” she said. “It’s not a choice.” Another big problem is the number of pit bulls being bred in the county.  “People think they are going to be able to sell them,” Turpin said. “A lot of them have been tied in the backyard with nothing. Some are malnourished. A lot of times they are aggressive. But, some of them are very sweet.”

Turpin said she is very picky about who is allowed to adopt pit bulls.
This winter the shelter has been overwhelmed with many pit bulls, as well as many other dogs and cats, according to Turpin. “This has honestly been the busiest winter in the six years I’ve been here,” Turpin said. “We find homes for 10 dogs and we get 20 more. But, we give the animals every chance we can.”

Editor’s note: The animal shelter is always in need of old bed sheets, blankets and towels – anything that they can use for dog bedding.

Visit our shelter and you might just FIND your best friend ! 


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