Mason County Mutts completes soundproofing at animal control

January 29, 2019

The hearing of dogs and cats at the Mason County Animal Control building — as well as those of employees and volunteers — will be protected thanks to Mason County Mutts.

The local nonprofit animal advocacy organization recently finished lining the walls of the MCAC kennel room with sound-dampening panels.

It’s a project that Mason County Mutts President Sara Lutz and Vice President Teresa Swist have been working on since October 2018, when the Mason County Board of Commissioners approved their request to make modifications to a county-owned building.

The project has been in the planning stages much longer, however.

“This has been something we’ve wanted to tackle for years,” Swist said.

Sound levels in the building can reach up to 125 decibels in some areas, according to Swist, who said permanent hearing damage can occur starting at 85 decibels.

Since the volume is enough to damage human ears, it could be even more harmful for dogs and cats, she said.

The washable and contamination-resistant panels that now dampen sound in the kennel room are made of a composite material by a Pennsylvania company called Sound Proof Cow.

Swist and Lutz installed the panels themselves, with help from Mason County Animal Control Officer Sarah Colbrook.

“We used 37 panels. We worked on them as time allowed,” Swist said. “One day we got a handful up. Another day we got over half put up. We started putting them up the first week of December and put the last ones up last week.”

Read the full story in Monday’s print or e-Edition of the Ludington Daily News.

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