By AMY GAREIS        News-Herald Staff Writer

CADIZ – As part of a recent appellate court case, the Harrison County Commissioners have been ordered to repay fees for the opposing party’s attorney—but at a significantly lower cost.

Following a brief executive session with county Assistant Prosecutor Michael Washington, commissioners said Wednesday that they would pay $2,895 to John Bell, attorney for the Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The payment was the final portion of a two-year battle over conditions at the county dog pound.

Washington said Bell had sought nearly three times the amount, but the Seventh District of the Ohio Court of Appeals lowered the figure.

“He asked for $8,000 for attorney’s fees and I made a filing with the court,” Washington said, adding the court approved the nearly $3,000 price.

Commissioner Barbara Pincola said a check would be sent to Washington for submission to the opposing counsel and Don Bethel commended Washington for saving about $5,000. Leaders also increased appropriations to the dog pound fund by $300 to assist with the payment.

Details  of the case are available in this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.