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Shelter dogs howl in delight

VIENNA — Shelter dogs who are kept at the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County, 812 Youngstown Kingsville Road, now will have a special place to play and exercise as a Howland Girl Scout has created a dog agility course for her Gold Award.

Peyton Carroll, 17, is the daughter of Rachele and Greg Carroll and a member of Girl Scout Troop 80159. Peyton said she learned she is the first Girl Scout to do a major project at the AWL since past projects such as benches and other items were done by Boy Scouts for their Eagle Scout awards.

Peyton, who is a senior at Howland High School, said the AWL has its own outdoor park area known as Frisbee Park for the shelter dogs and members of the Bark Park.

The agility course includes five different obstacles — a dog paws table to sit on for basic commands; a tire jump; teeter totter; adjustable agility poles to jump over; and weave poles that dogs can run through.

“My family got our dog Moose at the Animal Welfare League and I wanted to do a project to give back to them for what they do to help dogs and other animals.” she said.

The agility course officially opened Sept. 14 and is available during hours when the AWL is open.

“This will allow the shelter dogs to get exercise,” she said.

“The first day they brought some of the shelter dogs out. The dogs were excited to be there and had fun,” Peyton said.

Lori Shandor, chief executive officer of the AWL, said what makes the various agility items nice is they are easy to move and can be used inside and outside for the benefit of the dogs.

“We have an indoor play room for the dogs where we can set them up if it is bad weather outside,” she said.

Shandor said the first day the course was open, four shelter dogs were able to use the equipment.

Peyton received materials and assistance from Home Depot for making the course items.

The Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Peyton plans to attend Cleveland State University to study physical therapy.

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