January 11, 2021

Commissioners appoint dog warden; affirm no-kill goal

BATAVIA, OH — Caleb Peterson today was appointed Dog Warden by the Board of County Commissioners. Peterson pledged to operate the Clermont County Animal Shelter as a no-kill facility.

Commissioner David Painter stressed that Clermont County has “a unique need to ensure that we do everything that we can to save the lives of animals unless it is absolutely medically non-viable, or because of temperamental disposition the dogs can’t be retrained, and after an attempt has been made to be able to rehome these animals.”

“It’s our sincerest aspiration to make sure that every animal that comes into our facility leaves in better condition than it came in,” Peterson answered. “A 90-percent save rate would qualify as a no-kill shelter and that is absolutely the goal and how we intend to move forward.”

Peterson served as Senior Animal Services Officer for the city of Memphis, Tenn., for more than two years before relocating to the area with his wife, who doing a residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He supervised 15 other officers while investigating allegations of cruelty, neglect and abandonment.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from the University of Tennessee.