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Blue, the pit bull/lab, above, joined other HSOV dogs for outdoor time Tuesday while the shelter was closed to the public in order to install soundproofing in the main dog room. Staff members hope the work will be finished in time for the shelter to reopen Wednesday.
(Photo by Nancy Taylor)

Blue, the pit bull/lab mix, got to shake the dust off his paws and get outside for a change of view Tuesday at the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley.

It was a sunny, 40-degree day on Mt. Tom Road and he and the other dogs at the HSOV were temporarily relocated so the humans could stay inside and install soundproofing panels in the dog housing area.

The soundproofing is meant to help humans and dogs alike, according to Kennel Manager Rachal Merrow.

“Sometimes in here, it is really, really so loud with the barking that you can feel it in your ear,” Merrow said. “And dogs have good hearing, so this is going to cut down the noise they hear and help them, too.”

In the meantime, the shelter announced the building was closed Tuesday to accommodate the construction activity. It is hoped the work will be finished today and the shelter can reopen. Workers were about halfway through the project Tuesday afternoon, Merrow said.

Blue, the pit bull/lab, above, joined other HSOV dogs for outdoor time Tuesday while the shelter was closed to the public in order to install soundproofing in the main dog room. Staff members hope the work will be finished in time for the shelter to reopen Wednesday.
(Photo by Nancy Taylor)

“We bought the panels a while back with money from a grant we received. We’re doing the work right now because this is the first time the numbers have been low enough to temporarily empty out the main dog room.”

The dogs will get moved inside if the weather gets too cold, but for the moment, Merrow said, “they’re enjoying it.”

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