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Marton nixes Fallen Timber takeover

| Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, 12:46 a.m.
Angelo, a 3-year-old Shih Tzu, was rescued on Friday by White Oak Animal Safe Haven volunteers from a backyard breeder in a neighboring county, where his living conditions were deemed neglectful. Volunteers said he lived outside, chained in a dirt run with limited access to food and water. The White Oak-based Pretty Pets grooming facility donated its service to wash Angelo, shave his matted fur and remove fleas and ticks. 'The Safe Haven's goal is to save as many animals as we can from neglected and abused situations and get them fully vetted and adopted to approved forever homes,' founder and president Ina Jean Marton said.
Angelo, a 3-year-old Shih Tzu, was rescued on Friday by White Oak Animal Safe Haven volunteers from a backyard breeder in a neighboring county, where his living conditions were deemed neglectful. Volunteers said he lived outside, chained in a dirt run with limited access to food and water. The White Oak-based Pretty Pets grooming facility donated its service to wash Angelo, shave his matted fur and remove fleas and ticks. 'The Safe Haven's goal is to save as many animals as we can from neglected and abused situations and get them fully vetted and adopted to approved forever homes,' founder and president Ina Jean Marton said.

Although Western Pennsylvania Humane Society has made much of White Oak Animal Safe Haven's proximity to the soon-to-be-closed Fallen Timber Shelter, that's about as much of a connection as the White Oak shelter cares to have.

On Monday, White Oak Animal Safe Haven president and founder Ina Jean Marton said there was “no interest” in acquiring the Fallen Timber property.

“We're staying in White Oak,” said Marton, the borough's mayor. Her shelter is approximately 9.5 miles from the Fallen Timber Shelter in Elizabeth Township, which is to close on Sept. 30.

“We will welcome volunteers,” Marton said.

Marton said she does not expect to take any animals from Fallen Timber.

“We're a small shelter,” she said.

In announcing the closure, the humane society said its board of directors is working to determine future uses for the shelter property.

Since The Daily News published stories last week about the closure, some supporters of the Fallen Timber Shelter have expressed their concerns.

“I donated $500 to Fallen Timber,” Andy Grese of Elizabeth Township recalled on Monday. “I told them I wanted my dog to be mentioned (as the donor), that my dog is donating to her friends.”

Grese said a picture of his dog hangs at the Elizabeth Township shelter.

“I blame everything on the management,” Grese said. “If I thought (my donation) was going to Pittsburgh (where the society has its other operation) I wouldn't have given it.”

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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