Animals get assistance

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Commission approved more than $34,000 in financial aid for the Brooke County Animal Shelter during a meeting Tuesday. Funds came from a grant from Gov. Earl Tomblin’s office and a private resident’s estate.

A resident of Brooke County who recently passed away donated $29,273.67 to the animal shelter strictly for the care of the animals being kept there, according to County Clerk Sylvia Benzo. She said the donor wished to remain anonymous, representatives even refusing to accept the county’s offer of a bench or plaque being made in her honor. The money must not be used for anything other than the care of animals, Benzo said.

“That was a person who truly loved animals,” commission President Tim Ennis said.

Brooke County Animal Shelter Director Donna Dejaro said the announcement of the funds on Tuesday morning was the first time she heard the donation mentioned.

“It was greatly appreciated,” Dejaro said.

She added the shelter will discuss the matter with the county commissioners before taking any action with the money, but she promised it will be used in the best and most helpful way for the animals.

Meanwhile, County Commissioners Norma Tarr and Ennis voted to approve a grant from the Governor’s Community Participation Grant Program to award $5,000 to the animal shelter.

“It’s for updates and repairs here at the shelter,” Dejaro said. “It’s something that we applied for.”

The West Virginia Department of Commerce website describes the community participation grant as a supportive encouragement of meaningful public improvements in communities throughout the state. It is given to local units of government to fund projects approved by the governor.

Dejaro also announced Tuesday shelter officials are looking to hire a new assistant dog warden and kennel worker since losing Tonya Posey, who resigned for health reasons recently. The position is part time, Dejaro said.

Commissioners also voted to approve the hiring of Daniel Posey as the new Brooke County dog warden, effective immediately. Posey replaces Chuck Shreve, who resigned recently. Commissioners congratulated Posey on his new position and wished him luck.