Thursday, December 17, 2009

Puppy's story stresses need for responsible pet ownership

Puppy's story stresses need for responsible pet ownership

“People portray Animal Control as being the bad guys, but in reality the bad guys are irresponsible pet owners.”

"The U.S. Humane Society discourages people from giving pets as gifts this Christmas, because the recipient may not be ready for the commitment. The Humane Society encourages adoption from a local animal shelter, where the recipient can be involved in the selection process."

December 16, 2009

By Jay Jones or 770-483-7108 Ext. 249

The Rockdale Citizen

969 South Main Street

Conyers, Georgia 30012

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Conyers, Georgia - In biblical origins, “Gabriel” was an archangel known as the messenger of God, and that seemed to fit a little stray puppy being nursed by Lori Todd.

“He really is a miracle puppy, and it was a blessing that he survived,” said Todd, who is a teacher at Young Americans Christian School.

Gabriel, along with two siblings, was found when just a few days old by Rockdale Animal Care and Control. The puppies were stuck under a tool shed on wooded property in north Rockdale County.

Gabriel’s siblings did not survive, and there was not much chance of Gabriel making it, either, without his mother or finding someone who would bottle feed him.

Animal Control Shelter Manager Ciji Baker contacted Todd, who is a co-founder Hometown Animal Rescue Inc., a local rescue organization.

Todd said the puppy had not yet opened his eyes when she took him in. She did around-the-clock feedings in the beginning and took the puppy to school to make sure he was well fed.

Her students took to the little puppy and named him Gabriel Susej. “The last name is Jesus spelled backward, because dog is God spelled backward,” Todd explained.

Gabriel is now 4 weeks old and full of energy, just like any other puppy.

And as the Gabriel in the Bible was God’s messenger, Todd said the little puppy also has a message to tell.

“I hope his story helps to educate people to think before they get a pet and about the obligation that is involved,” she said.

Gabriel’s mother is a stray dog that the property owner discovered several years ago, but never could capture her to bring her to Animal Control.

“It turned into a nightmare of having puppies, and the ones he was able to catch, he would get rid of, but he could never get all of them at once,” Baker said. “So the female would get older, get pregnant and have another litter.”

Gabriel’s mother remains elusive, as Animal Control officers and the property owner are still attempting to capture her, Baker said.

Todd said her fear is that pets will be given as gifts this Christmas without much consideration of the responsibility of pet ownership. Consequently, the pets will either be abandoned or dropped off at Animal Control.

“Within the week after Christmas, Ciji is going to get tons [of them] back in the shelter. Then about the June time frame, people will have a 6-month-old puppy that nobody has taken the time to train, and those will show up in the pound, too,” Todd said.

“People portray Animal Control as being the bad guys, but in reality the bad guys are irresponsible pet owners.”

The U.S. Humane Society discourages people from giving pets as gifts this Christmas, because the recipient may not be ready for the commitment. The Humane Society encourages adoption from a local animal shelter, where the recipient can be involved in the selection process.

Both Animal Control shelters in Rockdale and Newton counties offer pet adoption.

Rockdale County lists animals available on its Web page at under the Emergency Services Department section.

Information on pet adoptions at Newton County [Georgia] Animal Control can be found at or by calling the shelter at 770-786-9514.

Copyright 2009, The Rockdale Citizen.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Traveling by plane with dogs or cats

Traveling by plane with dogs or cats: Southwest Airlines Travel Policies - Animals and Pets

(Important Note: This posting at Tips2UsSaveThem is not to be construed as an advertisement or testimonial for Southwest Airlines. It is posted in order to help readers learn "what is out there" in the way of information regarding airline travel with pets.)

"P.A.W.S. - Pets Are Welcome on Southwest"

Pet Policy

For a list of key topics please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for Pets!

[Note: One of the Questions / Answers: Does Southwest Airlines accept pet crates/strollers as checked baggage? Answer: Customers traveling with a pet will be allowed to check a pet stroller/crate without charge (this is in addition to the regular free baggage allowance).]

Official Southwest pet carriers now on sale. Get one for your furry friend today!

General information on traveling with pets:

Southwest Airlines accepts small vaccinated domestic cats and dogs.

All in-cabin pets must be carried in an appropriate carrier, as indicated below and are subject to a $75 Pet Fare each way per pet carrier.

The pet carrier counts as the Customer’s carry-on bag.

Reservations for small cats or dogs can only be booked by calling Southwest Airlines at 1-800-I-FLY-SWA (1-800-435-9792).

Pets will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached.

The Pet Fare must be collected at the ticket counter and is nonrefundable and may not be applied toward future-date travel if unused.

Customers traveling with a cat or dog must check in pet at the airport ticket counter and pay the Pet Fare before going to the departure gate.

Customers can still secure their boarding pass online, at curbside check-in, the airport kiosk, or the ticket counter.

We maintain the right to refuse acceptance of a cat or dog exhibiting aggressive behavior or any other characteristics that appear incompatible with air travel.

The following guidelines apply to Customers bringing a cat or dog:

Southwest Airlines does not accept pets (cats or dogs) traveling without a Customer.

Pets are not permitted to travel with Unaccompanied Minors.

Please note: These requirements do not apply to assistance animals or emotional support animals accompanying a person with a disability.

For more information about assistance animals or emotional support animals, please visit

All pet carriers are subject to being searched by the Transportation Security Administration, other airport security authorities, as well as searches by Airline personnel.

Note: When passing through security, Customers will be asked to hold the pet and walk through the screening device while the carrier is x-rayed.

In-cabin Pet Kennels:

Southwest Pet Carriers for Sale: Available for purchase at all Southwest airports, or online through our Freedom Shop:

Soft-sided and hard-sided carriers specifically designed as pet carriers are acceptable. The carriers must be leak-proof and well ventilated. The pet carrier must be small enough to fit under the seat in front of the Customer and be stowed in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations.

Southwest Airlines allows only one pet carrier per ticketed Customer.

The carrier may contain two (2) cats or dogs and must be of the same species per carrier.

The cat or dog must be completely inside the pet carrier and be able to stand up and move around the carrier with ease.

Pets must be secured in the pet carrier at all times while in the gate area, during boarding / deplaning and they must remain in the carrier for the entire duration of the flight. Failure to follow this requirement may result in denial of transportation of the pet onboard Southwest Airlines.

The under-seat dimensions are as follows:

Window Seat: 19"L x 14"W x 8.25"H

Middle Seat: 19"L x 19"W x 8.25"H

Aisle Seat: 19"L x 14"W x 8.25"H

However, please keep in mind that some seats might be slightly smaller in width.

In-cabin Pet Restrictions:

Customers traveling with a pet may not occupy an Exit Seat or a seat with no forward under-seat stowage.

Southwest Airlines will only carry pets in the cabin; pet carriers are not permitted as checked baggage.

Advanced pet arrangements must be made by calling Southwest Airlines Customer Support and Services at 1-800-I-FLY-SWA (1-800-435-9792).

There will be no more than five (5) scheduled pet carriers per scheduled flight. However, from time to time, circumstances may allow for more (or fewer) than five (5) pet carriers per scheduled flight.

Cats and dogs must be at least eight (8) weeks old for travel.

The animals must be harmless, inoffensive, odorless, and require no attention during flight.

Cats and dogs must remain in the carrier (including head and tail) and the carrier must be stowed under the seat in front of the Customer (Owner) during the entire duration of the flight.

Southwest Airlines will not be responsible if a Customer misses a flight due to the need to take the cat or dog to an outside relief area. Flight departures will not be delayed or held in order for connecting Customers to take a pet to an animal relief area.

If the pet becomes ill during the flight, oxygen or other first aid procedures will not be administered.

In the event of an emergency, an oxygen mask may not be available for the cat or dog.

Southwest Airlines assumes no liability for the health or wellbeing of carry-on pets.

Southwest Airlines will not accept pet remains in the cabin of the aircraft.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (definition)

Large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (Large CAFO) – An AFO (Animal Feeding Operation) is defined as a Large CAFO if it stables or confines as many or more than the numbers of animals specified in any of the following categories:

700 mature dairy cows, whether milked or dry;

1,000 veal calves;

1,000 cattle other than mature dairy cows or veal calves.

Cattle includes, but is not limited to, heifers, steers, bulls and cow/calf pairs;

2,500 swine, each weighing 55 pounds or more;

10,000 swine, each weighing less than 55 pounds;

500 horses;

10,000 sheep or lambs;

55,000 turkeys; 30,000 laying hens or broilers, if the AFO uses a liquid manure handling system;

125,000 chickens (other than laying hens), if the AFO uses other than a liquid manure handling system;

82,000 laying hens, if the AFO uses other than a liquid manure handling system;

30,000 ducks (if the AFO uses other than a liquid manure handling system);

or 5,000 ducks (if the AFO uses a liquid manure handling system)

[40 CFR 122.23(b)(4)] – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Glossary

(Note: There is currently no definition for "Factory Farm" within the parameters of .gov.)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

the dog - poem

the dog

they promised me they'd take care of everything

feed her & care for her I said I didn't want one

as though we ever know what it is we want

in two years they were gone

& I had Simba all alone though really Simba had me

on the end of a leash almost every afternoon or evening

in a right-hand tug-of-war with the untamed feminine

more than once even knocked down

& in my left sometimes at night the jiggledy hodge-podge

curiosity of a hand-held light purposefully searching

for a way into darkness at the gravel edge of the world

the wind scowling stars blotted out

in the black hole heart of an incoming storm

walking the dog that's when I too grip

how strong's the bond between fetch & toss

bark & song

- art goodtimes, san miguel county, colorado

Monday, October 19, 2009

Cold Weather Tips for Pet Owners

It's that time of year again when water bowls left outside can fill with autumn leaves or freeze. Doghouses need "winterizing," cleaning and replacing bedding to stave off the chill of autumn and winter. Doghouses should be up off the ground with at least a pallet/skid between the floor of the doghouse and the cold/damp/frozen ground.

Everyone wants a warm place to sleep in wintertime, a place that's cozy, comfy and not drafty

Shorthaired dogs may need extra calories if they spend much time outdoors, because they do not have the thick winter coats of Siberian huskies or Alaskan Malamutes.

Water should be clean, available and in liquid form

Water bowls, unless heated, need to be monitored regularly. When temperatures dip below freezing -- and when they stay that way more often than not -- your outside pets need water that is not rimmed with ice or frozen solid. Eating snow lowers your pet's core temperature. Yes, animals with hair can and do freeze to death.

When snow and ice become a factor, check things like doggie paws (for ice and/or snow that can pack in between the pads and make your dog sore and/or lame). Older and/or less active dogs should receive correspondingly more warm bedding and "care checks."

For those with outside cats -- even though some cats tend to be more self-sufficient than most dogs -- kittens and elderly cats need more groceries and a supply of non-frozen water. A place 'out of the weather' that's kept just for them -- a box with nice, warm bedding -- is appreciated.

Care Checks

For those great-hearted folks that check on and care for homeless dogs and/or cats, a huge thank you! This is the time of year when unplanned, unwanted litters of puppies and kittens suffer most from the elements -- and why spaying/neutering is a lifesaver. Eartips can get frostbitten; a minor summer cold can spell death in the winter months.

Help make this winter an enjoyable, healthy one for the dogs and cats that look to you for their needs!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

List of Dog Wardens, by County (Alphabetical)

List of Dog Wardens, by County (Alphabetical)

(Most recent update: January 6, 2010, to reflect the Columbiana County dog warden's new last name and new email address and Pickaway County's new email address

Ohio County Dog Wardens / Dog Wardens in Ohio, by County / List of Ohio Dog Wardens, by County

Adams County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Paul Hughes, 110 West Main Street, West Union, Ohio 45693. Phone: 937-544-2431. Fax: 937-544-6201. Email: Kennel Manager: Website:

Allen County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Julie Shellhammer, 1165 Seriff Road, Lima, Ohio 45805. Phone: 419-223-8528 Fax: 419-224-2954 Email: Website:

Ashland County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Tom Kosht, 1710 Garfield Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805. Phone: 419-289-1455 Fax: 419-281-6840 Email: Website:

Ashtabula County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Tabitha Hazeltine, 25 West Jefferson Street, Jefferson, Ohio 44047. Phone: 440-576-6538 Fax: 440-576-2344 Email: Website:

Athens County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Jeff Koons, P.O. Box 114, Chauncey, Ohio 45719. Phone: 740-593-5415 Fax: 740-797-8379 Email: Website: and

Auglaize County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Russ Bailey, 209 South Blackhoof Street, Wapakoneta, Ohio 45895. Phone: 419-302-8303 Fax: 419-739-6711 Email: Websites: and Current Dog Listings: (must allow pop-ups to click on photos to enlarge) and Dog Adoption: and Missing A Dog? and More Dog Tag Information (outstanding questions and answers relating to dog tags and licensing!):

Belmont County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Verna Painter 45244 National Road West, St. Clairsville, Ohio 45121. Phone: 740-695-4708 Fax: 740-695-6017 Email: Website: and

Brown County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Reggie McKenzie, 800 Mt. Orab Pike, Suite 101, Georgetown, Ohio 45121. Phone: 937-378-3457 Fax: 937-378-2687 Email: Website:

Butler County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Julie Holmes, 123 North 3rd Street, Hamilton, Ohio 45011. Phone: 513-785-6542 Fax: 513-785-6545 Email: Website: and

Carroll County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Kenneth Ohler, 119 Public Square, Carrolton, Ohio 44615. Phone: 330-627-4244 Fax: 330-627-6656 Email: Website:

Champaign County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Mandy Randall, 1512 U.S. Route 68 South, Urbana, Ohio 43078. Phone: 937-484-1613 Fax: 937-484-1609 Email: Website:A message from Champaign County Auditor Bonnie Warman: "Dear Dog Owner, It is up to you to keep your dog healthy, happy, and safe. Take your dog to a veterinarian. Protect your pet from deadly contagious diseases by simple inoculations and regular checkups. Consider spaying and neutering to prevent the tragedy of unwanted puppies and to protect your pet from health problems. Give your dog regular exercise. A daily brisk walk on a leash can prevent many behavioral problems like chewing, barking, and digging. Help your dog burn up calories and energy in a healthy way. Feed your dog a balanced diet of good food and fresh water. Your dog can't just go fix a snack. You are his chef and server. License your dog. Not only is it the law, but also a Champaign County dog license automatically registers your dog for a free trip home if he gets lost. Remember, call 937-484-1600 if you find a lost dog!"

Clark County, Ohio, Dog Warden: James Straley, 5201 Urbana Road, Springfield, Ohio 45503. Phone: 937-399-2917 Fax: 937-399-2936 Email: Website: and

Clermont County, Ohio, Dog Warden (Chief Animal Control Officer / Humane Agent): Debra L. Wood, Clermont County Humane Society, 4025 Filager Road, Batavia, Ohio 45103. Phone: 513-732-8854 Fax: 513-732-8855 Email: Websites: and “Save a life: Adopt a Shelter Pet”

Clinton County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Danny DeLawder, 1330 Fife Avenue, Wilmington, Ohio 45177. Phone: 937-382-8388 Fax: 937-382-5678 Email: N/A Website:

Columbiana County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Dawn Croft, 8455 County Home Road, Lisbon, Ohio 44432. Phone: 330-424-6663 Fax: 330-424-5458 Email: Website:

Coshocton County, Ohio, Dog Wardens: Steve Cox and (Assistant Dog Warden) Russell “Rusty” Dreagr, 401 1/2 Main Street, Coshoction, Ohio 43812. Phone: 740-295-0026 Fax: 740-622-4917 Email: and Websites:

Crawford County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Linda Armour, 112 East Mansfield Street, Suite 304, Bucyrus, Ohio 44820. Phone: 419-562-4993 Fax 419-562-3491 Email: Website: and "Dogs are housed at the Humane Society Serving Crawford County: 419-562-9149."

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Dog Warden: (to be announced) business administrator Leslie DeSouza 216-525-4813 Middleburg Heights Dog Warden: Dennis Eck 216-401-5502 (email?) 9500 Sweet Valley, Valley View, Ohio 44125. Phone: 216-525-7877 Fax: 216-901-0169 Email: Website: and

Darke County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Duane Sanning, 5066 County Home Road, Greenville, Ohio 45331. Phone: 937-547-1645 Fax: 937-548-7946 Email: Website:

Defiance County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Randy W. Vogel, 500 Court Street, Suite D, Defiance, Ohio 43512. Phone: 419-784-2335 Fax: 419-784-3268 Email: Website: and

Delaware County, Ohio, Dog Warden: 10 Court Street, 2nd Floor, Delaware, Ohio 43015-1701. Phone: 740-368-1915 Fax: 740-368-1919 Email: Website: and

Erie County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Barb Knapp, 2900 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, Ohio 44870. Phone: 419-627-7607 Fax: 419-624-6441 Email: or Website: and

Fairfield County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Mike Miller, 1715 Granville Pike, Lancaster, Ohio 43130. Phone: 740-653-4582 Fax: 740-681-7457 Email: Website:

Fayette County, Ohio, Dog Wardens: Bob Bushey and Savannah Poole, 1550 Robinson Road, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160. Phone: 740-335-6630 Email: Website:

Franklin County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Don Winstel, Interim Director, and Joe C. Rock, Assistant Director, 1731 Alum Creek Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43207. Phone: 614-462-5606 or 614-462-4361 or 614-462-6699 Fax: 614-462-6658 Email: or Websites: and and

Fulton County, Ohio, Dog Wardens: Peter Skeldon and Brian Banister, 9200 County Road 14, Wauseon, Ohio 43567. Phone: 419-337-9219 Fax: 419-337-9619 Email: Website: Hours: Monday - Saturday: 8-10 AM

Gallia County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Jean Daniels, 186 Shawnee Lane, Gallipolis, Ohio 45631. Phone: 740-441-0207 or 740-339-2986 (cell) Fax: 740-441-0207 (call first so fax machine can be turned on) Email: or Cat shelter in Gallia County: The Perennial Cat 740-645-7275 (cell; leave message)

Geauga County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Matthew M. Granito, 12513 Merritt Road, Chardon, Ohio 44024-1293. Phone: 440-279-2181 Fax: 440-286-8136 Email: Websites: and

Greene County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Harold Brown, 641 Dayton-Xenia Road, Xenia, Ohio 45385. Phone: 937-562-7400 Fax: 937-562-7801 Email: Website: and

Guernsey County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Dave Robinson, 62824 Bennett Avenue, Cambridge, Ohio 43725-9490. Phone: 740-432-2219 Fax: 740-432-2219 (same as phone number; call first so they can switch on the fax machine) Email:

Hamilton County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Harold Dates, 3949 Colerain Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45223. Phone: 513-541-6100 and 513-946-3647 (24-hour hotline for found dogs only that are wearing Hamilton County tags) Fax: 513-542-7722. Email: Websites: (4-page form); (Hamilton County Dog License Program) and (much information; many questions answered)

Hancock County, Ohio, Dog Wardens: Suzie Ryan and Assistant Dana Berger, 4550 Fostoria Avenue, Findlay, Ohio 45840. Phone: 419-423-1664 Fax: 419-423-9131 Email: Websites: and (dog license information and application) and (1-page printable dog license application) and

Hardin County, Ohio, Acting Dog Warden: Brian Woodard; Deputy Dog Warden Tammy Ervin, 49 Jones Road, Kenton, Ohio 43326. Phone: 419-674-2209 Fax: 419-673-8720 Email: Website: and Hours: 8-5 Monday through Friday; 8:30-10:30 AM Saturday; closed Sunday.

Harrison County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Carl Stewart, 100 West Market, Cadiz, Ohio 43907. Phone: 740-942-4080 Fax: 740-942-4090 Email: N/A Website: N/A

Henry County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Beth Spurgeon, 1853 Oakwood, Napoleon, Ohio 43545. Phone: 419-599-9233 Fax: 419-592-4016 Email: Websites: and Hours: 8 AM - 4:30 PM Monday through Friday; closed weekends and legal holidays.

Highland County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Richard Fulkerson, 114 Governor Foraker Place, Hillsboro, Ohio 45133. Phone: 937-393-8191 Fax: 937-393-5850 Email:

Hocking County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Don Kiger 120 Homer Avenue, Logan, Ohio 43138. Phone: 740-385-2319 Fax: 740-385-1105 Email: (Note: This is a new email address as of August 25, 2009.) Website:

Holmes County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Reagan Tetreault 2 Court Street, Suite 10, Millersburg, Ohio 44654. Phone: 330-674-6301 Fax: 330-674-1009 Email:

Huron County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Bill Duncan, 130 Shady Lane Drive, Building E, Norwalk, Ohio 44857. Phone: 419-668-9773 Fax: 419-663-4908. Email: Website:

Jackson County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Roy Williams, 248 Reservoir Road, Jackson, Ohio 45640 Phone: 740-286-7262 Fax: 740-286-4061 Email: Website:

Jefferson County, Ohio, Dog Warden: William D. Bell, 3463 County Road 26, Wintersville, Ohio 43953. Phone: 740-264-6888 or 740-266-6476 Fax: 740-283-8599 Email: Website:

Knox County, Ohio, Dog Warden / Animal Shelter: Roger Reed, 285 Columbus Road, Mt. Vernon, Ohio 43050. Phone: 740-393-6713 Fax: 740-393-2967 Email: Website: and

Lake County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Rodney A. Shelton, 2600 North Ridge Road, Painesville, Ohio 44077. Phone: 440-350-2640 Fax: 440-340-2600 Email: or Website:

Lawrence County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Bill Click, 1302 Adams Lane, Ironton, Ohio 45638. Phone: 740-533-1736 Fax: 740-533-1736 Email: N/A Website: N/A “Our shelter takes in over 2,000 homeless, abandoned or unwanted dogs each year. We also accept kittens and cats. You can help stop the pet overpopulation tragedy. Please spay or neuter your pets. Here are some tips that will help enable dogs and humans to live together harmoniously: Always keep your dog on a leash when you are out for a walk. When you are walking your dog, keep him/her close to you and steer clear of people walking, running, skating, or biking. Stoop and scoop after your dog, and whatever you do, don’t let your dog relieve itself on the neighbor’s lawn. When you are on your own property, keep your dog in the house, in a fenced-in yard or tie him/her up if you can’t supervise it constantly. Never underestimate your dog’s potential for aggressiveness. Owners of dogs that growl and bare their teeth often say, "Don’t worry; he won’t bite." Be careful! An accident can happen very quickly, so guard against those ‘first-time dog bites.’ Bring your dog indoors if it has been left alone in the yard and is barking. Don’t leave your dog outdoors if you know that it is going to bark all day. Never leave your dog under the supervision of a young child, especially those who are not a part of the family. We reach out to all the tri-state area: Lawrence, Gallia, Jackson, and Scioto counties; the Ironton, Ohio, area, as well as Coal Grove, South Point, Chesapeake, Proctorville, and Portsmouth, Ohio. In Kentucky: Boyd and Greenup counties, as well as the Ashland, Kentucky, area, and Greenup, Russell, Flatwoods, and Cattletsburg. In West Virginia: Cabell and Wayne counties and the Huntington, West Virginia, area.” and (great cat health tips!)

Licking County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Jon Luzio, 544 Dog Leg Road, Health, Ohio 43056. Phone: 740-349-6562 Fax: 740-323-0126 Email: Website: N/A Within the Newark city limits: Newark city dog warden: Toby Wills: 740-670-7277.

Logan County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Benji Avila, 284 County Road 32, South Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311. Phone: 937-599-7231. If it is about a dog within the city limits of Bellfontaine, call: 937-593-4277 Fax: 937-592-5011. Email: Websites: Printable Dog Tag Form:

Lorain County, Ohio, Dog Warden: John A. “Jack” Szlempa, Sr., 301 Hadaway Street Elyria, Ohio 44035. Phone: 440-326-5995 Fax: 440-326-5999 Email: Website: and

Lucas County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Thomas G. Skeldon, 410 South Erie Street, Toledo, Ohio 43609. Phone: 419-213-2800 Fax: 419-213-2803 or Fax: 419-255-6141 Email: Websites: "Overview: The Lucas County Dog Warden Department is a law enforcement agency enforcing Ohio laws that protect the public from canine-related problems. Our mission is, first and foremost, public safety. As a part of that mission, we endeavor to significantly reduce or eliminate the stray dog population and to make dog owners responsible for their pets." and Responsibilities: Overview: “The Lucas County Dog Warden Department will: Strive to license all dogs over three months of age in Lucas County and to see that licensed dogs always wear their current tags. Attempt to return all loose roaming dogs to responsible owners and educate those owners in their responsibilities and methods of compliance with their unique pets to prevent future problems. Treat people with whom we come in contact with respect and consideration; understanding that to some a pet is like a family member and its loss can be very painful and emotional. Treat all impounded animals humanely and kindly as it is their owners’ neglect, ignorance, or the product of a poor match of personalities that brought them to the pound. Be professional in our dealings with the public and be respectful of their rights and concerns. Strive to adopt all unclaimed adoptable dogs out to caring, committed, responsible families. For their protection, we will make every attempt to make available for adoption only dogs that are of stable temperament and safe around people and to match the owner to the dog to create a lasting friendship between owner and dog. In the event that an impounded dog is unsafe around people or unsound in health, or for some reason not adoptable, make a decision with wisdom, training, and compassion, to humanely euthanize the animal and accept the fact that this must happen to some.” and (licensing your dog) and and “Do you take cats? No, the Lucas County Dog Warden does not accept cats, nor do we pick them up. Due to health concerns, we are not permitted to have cats here in our facility. If you have a stray cat, please call one of the animal shelters in the area. What should I do if my dog is missing? If you have a missing dog, please come to the Dog Warden’s office to walk through our kennel to see if your dog has been picked up. Due to the volume of dogs picked up and the variety of breeds, our office staff will not be able to tell you if your dog has been impounded. You may be required to show a valid driver’s license or state-issued picture ID in some cases. After-hours, we only respond to police calls, so if your dog were lost in the evening, it may still be at the pound. When does my dog have to have a dog license? In the State of Ohio, all dogs over three months of age are required to have a dog license.”

Madison County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Gary Kronk, P.O. Box 558, London, Ohio. Phone: 740-845-1749. Fax: 740-852-7125. Email: Websites: and (to report dog abuse; website form; may remain anonymous) and and and the Humane Society of Madison County (HSMC), 1357 State Route 38 SE, London, Ohio 43140. Phone: 740-852-7387 Fax: N/A Email: Website: Hours: Noon-5 PM Monday-Saturday; closed Sundays and holidays.

Mahoning County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Mike Fox, 589 Industrial Road, Youngstown, Ohio 44509. Phone: 330-740-2205 Fax: 330-740-2499 Email: Website: and

Marion County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Jane Watts, 2252 Richland Road, Marion, Ohio 43302. Phone: 740-386-6150 Fax: 740-386-6619 Email: N/A Website: and

Medina County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Del Saffle, 6334 Deerview Lane, Medina, Ohio 44256. Phone: 330-725-9121 Fax: 330-723-9554 Email: Website: and

Meigs County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Thomas Proffitt, 41790 Fairgrounds Road, Pomeroy, Ohio 45769. Phone: 740-992-3779 Email: Website:

Mercer County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Thomas Powell, 7009 State Route 49, Celina, Ohio 45822. Phone: 419-942-1550 Fax: N/A Email: N/A Website:

Miami County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Patricia Armstrong, 201 West Main Street, Troy, Ohio 45373. Phone: 937-332-6919 Fax: 937-332-7060 Email:

Monroe County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Ronda Piatt, 47137 State Route 26, Woodsfield, Ohio 43793. Phone: 740-472-0300 Fax: 740-472-0300 Email: Website:

Montgomery County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Mark Kumpf, 6790 Webster Street, Dayton, Ohio 45414. Phone: 937-898-4457 Fax: 937-454-8139 Email: Website: and

Morgan County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Becky Thompson, 155 East Main Street, Room 216, McConnellsville, Ohio 43756. Phone: 740-962-6424 or 740-962-3183 (Morgan County Commissioners) Fax: 740-962-2014 Email: Website: N/A

Morrow County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Sarina Atwell, 80 North Walnut Street, Suite A, Mt. Gilead, Ohio 43338. Phone: 419-946-1747 Fax: 419-947-1860 Email: Website: and

Muskingum County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Bryan Catlin, 1500 Newark Road, Zanesville, Ohio 43701. Phone: 740-453-0273 Fax: 740-455-3785 Email: Website: and

Noble County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Chuck Augenstein, 18259 County Road 40, Dudley Road, Caldwell, Ohio 43724. Phone: 740-732-7881 Fax: 740-732-5702 Email: N/A Website: N/A

Ottawa County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Jolynn Hetrick, 8400 West State Route 163, Oak Harber, Ohio 43449. Phone: 419-898-1368 Fax: 419-898-2056 Email: Website:

Paulding County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Mandy Lichty, 115 North Williams Street, Paulding, Ohio 45879. Phone: 419-399-9728 Fax: 419-399-5263 Email: Website: Adoption Hours are from 3 to 5 PM Thursdays or by appointment.

Perry County, Ohio, Dog Wardens: Dave F. Elekes and Matt Everett, 1650 Commerce Drive, New Lexington, Ohio 43764. Phone: 740-342-3795 Fax: 740-342-9052. Email: Websites: and

Pickaway County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Tammy Fee, 21253 Ringgold Southern Road, Circleville, Ohio 43113. Phone: 740-474-3741 Fax: 740-474-6322 Email: Website: N/A

Pike County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Randy Mustard, 2575 Alma Omega Road, Waverly, Ohio 45690. Phone: 740-947-5996 Fax: 740-947-5065. Email: Website:

Portage County, Ohio, Dog Warden: David McIntyre, 8120 Infirmary Road, Ravenna, Ohio 44266. Phone: 330-297-6924 Emergency/After Hours Phone (Portage County Sheriff: 330-296-5100) Fax: 330-298-2053 Email: Websites: and and "Provides dog licenses; responds to reports of stray dogs, unlicensed dogs, vicious dogs, and dog bites. Dogs are available for adoption."

Preble County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Mr. Lee Richardson, 101 East Main Street: Courthouse, Eaton, Ohio 45320. Phone: 937-456-4818 Fax: 937-456-8114 Email: Website:

Putnam County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Mike Schroth, 1035 Heritage Trail, Ottawa, Ohio 45875. Phone: 419-523-8617 Fax: 419-523-6598 Email:

Richland County, Ohio, Dog Warden: David Jordan, 50 Park Avenue East, Mansfield, Ohio 44902. Phone: 419-774-5892 Fax: 419-774-1392 Email: and / or Website:

Ross County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Waneta J. Detty, 2308 Lick Run Road #B, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601. Phone: 740-772-5929 Fax: 740-779-0652 Email: Website (Ross County Auditor: dog licenses):

Sandusky County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Fred Harris, 1950 Countryside Place, Fremont, Ohio 43420. Phone: 419-334-2372 Fax: 419-334-4290 Email: Website:

Scioto County, Ohio, Dog Wardens: Donald Cummings and Tom Thacker, Pam Frowine, Shelter Administrator, 95 Arrowhead North Road Portsmouth, Ohio 45662 740-353-8802 Fax: 740-353-8802 (same as phone number; call first so they can switch on the fax machine) Email: Website:

Seneca County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Kelly Marker, 3140 South State Route 100 Tiffin, Ohio 44883. Phone: 419-448-5097 Fax: 419-448-4483 Email: Website: and

Shelby County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Deputy Lew Warbington and Deputy Cami Frey, 1100 Clem Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365. Phone: 937-498-7201 Fax: 937-498-4591 Email: Website: and

Stark County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Evert Gibson, 1801 Mahoning Road N.E., Canton, Ohio 44705. Phone: 330-451-2343 Fax: 330-451-2350 Email: Website: and

Summit County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Christine Fatheree, 460 East North Street, Akron, Ohio 44304. Phone: 330-643-8258 Fax: 330-643-8034 Email: Website:

Trumbull County, Ohio, Dog Wardens: James Keating, Acting Dog Warden, and Jim Shamrock, Assistant Chief Dog Warden, 7501 Anderson Avenue, Warren, Ohio 44484. Phone: 330-675-2787 Fax: 330-675-2788 Email: Website: and "The Trumbull County Dog Kennel hours of business are 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. We now have NEW Saturday hours of 9 AM to 1 PM. We are closed on Sundays and holidays. We do not schedule evening or Sunday appointments (non-business hours). We are located off of Route 46 in Howland Township. Please contact us on our screen name, for any additional information and updates regarding our beautiful dogs. I personally read all e-mails daily. PLEASE CONSIDER ADOPTING ONE OF OUR DOGS AND GIVE THEM A SECOND CHANCE. You must be 18 years of age or older to adopt. Please stop in and see if there is a dog that catches your heartstrings and give him/her a forever home." Source:

Tuscarawas County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Karen Slough, 441 University Drive NE, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663. Phone: 330-339-2616 Email:

Union County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Mary Beth Hall, 233 West Sixth Street, Marysville, Ohio 43040. Phone: 937-645-3016 Fax: 937-645-3002 Email: Website: and

Van Wert County, Ohio, Dog Warden and Humane Agent: Richard “Rich” Strunkenburg, 309 Bonnewitz Avenue, Van Wert, Ohio 45891-1704. Phone: 419-238-5088 Fax: N/A Email: N/A Website: Hours: Monday & Tuesday 8-4; Wednesday 8-Noon; Thursday & Friday 8-4; closed weekends.

Vinton County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Sheila Brooks, 31479 State Route 93 (by the fairgrounds), McArthur, Ohio 45651. Phone: 740-596-9285 Fax: N/A Email: Website: and and

Warren County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Nathan Harper 230 Cook Road, Lebanon, Ohio 45036. Phone: 513-695-1352 Fax: 513-695-2988 Email: Website:

Washington County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Stephan "Steve" Strahler, 205 Putnam Street, Marietta, Ohio 45750. Phone: 740-373-6623 Ext. 204 Fax: 740-373-2200 Email: Website:

Wayne County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Pame Chastain, Deputy Denise Beall, 428 West Liberty Street, Wooster, Ohio 44691. Phone: 330-287-5410 Fax: 330-287-5407 Email: Website: Hours: Monday through Friday 8 AM - 4:30 PM

Williams County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Pam Stark, 09992 County Road 16, Bryan, Ohio 45306. Phone: 419-636-4659. Fax: N/A Email: N/A Websites: (dog license information) and (dog tag application)

Wood County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Rodney Cook, 1912 East Gypsy Lane, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Phone: 419-354-9242 Fax: 419-354-9802 Email: Website:

Wyandot County, Ohio, Dog Warden: Andy Niederkohr, 7790 State Route #199, Upper Sandusky, Ohio 43351. Phone: 419-294-5408 Fax: 419-294-6427 Website:

Friday, October 9, 2009

Pack of raccoons mauls 74-year-old Florida woman

Pack of raccoons mauls 74-year-old Florida woman

(Note: Although not often considered as such, raccoons and other smaller wildlife are, indeed, wild, and under certain circumstances, can and do defend themselves. Many dogs have learned the hard way that tangling with a raccoon in or near water will find the raccoon on the dog's head, and the dog usually drowns. Other luckier canines 'only' have wounds to show for their experience. Groundhogs, opossums, skunks, etc., can also be tough customers for the unwary who venture too close. Porcupines aren't the only ones that are 'not nice to be near!')

October 5, 2009

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Lakeland, Florida - Animal control officers hope to trap a pack of raccoons that mauled a 74-year-old Florida woman who tried to chase them from her yard.

The sheriff in Polk County, east of Tampa, says Gretchen Whitted fell when five raccoons surrounded and attacked her Sunday. She was taken to a hospital with extensive cuts from her neck to her legs.

"We're not talking about a lot of little bites here," Sheriff Grady Judd said. "She was filleted."

A neighbor called for help after hearing the woman's cries and seeing her covered in blood.

Whitted was treated for rabies, though officials doubt the animals were infected.

Fire crews flooded nearby drains to drive the animals out, but none appeared. Animal control officers hope to catch them using cat food and sardines as bait.

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Woman attacked by raccoons out of hospital

October 9, 2009

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Lakeland, Florida - A Lakeland woman who was attacked by raccoons October 3 has been released from Lakeland Regional Medical Center and is resting at home, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

Gretchen Whitted, 74, was attacked about 5:30 p.m. Saturday at her South Lakeland home. Five raccoons bit Whitted's neck, chest, legs, head and back when she tried to shoo them away from her front porch and fell.

Animal Control officers trapped an opossum, a cat and one raccoon Monday. Two more raccoons were caught in the neighborhood Wednesday.

Wildlife experts speculated the attack was spurred by a mother raccoon that was defending her offspring. Whitted was given a rabies vaccine as a precaution.

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