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The Hamilton County Commissioners are expected to decide in about a month how the county's dog warden functions will be handled. They'll be looking for a new option after the SPCA Cincinnati said it will not be providing those services in 2020.  

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Despite complaints from animal advocates, Hamilton County commissioners approved a new one-year contract with the SPCA for dog warden services.

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Hamilton County commissioners are putting off a decision on the dog warden contract for a few more days. Commissioner Todd Portune wants an opportunity to speak with the warden before voting on the program's future.

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Critics of the way Hamilton County contracts with the SPCA for dog warden services have been arguing for several years that there's a lack of transparency and results. Now, after decades of the doing things the same way, County Commissioners are considering changes.

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Ohio is America's second largest puppy mill state according to the Humane Society of the United States. These large-scale breeding facilities are considered by the Humane Society to put profit above animal welfare, housing dogs in overcrowded, unsanitary conditions, and breeding females with little recovery time.

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With Easter next month, many parents may be considering the purchase of a pet rabbit as a surprise for their kids. 

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Flying Pig Marathon organizers are adding pets into the mix with the first "Flying Fur Run."

The 2-mile dog/owner run will be held on Saturday May 3 beginning at 1:30 p.m. near the Purple People Bridge.

Communication Manager Jason Taylor says this event "could be a warm-up for marathon participants."

For every dog and owner who sign up, IAMS will donate 1 large bag of pet food to the Cincinnati SPCA.

You can register for the IAMS event here.