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CLEdog May 2017

The unofficial start to summer has arrived, and we’re ready to trade in muddy paws for paws on the patio! Pick up your copy of CLE DOG magazine’s official Dining (and drinking) with Your Dog issue starting June 1. Available at 200+ locations: PetPeople, PetValu, libraries, eateries, coffee shops, vet offices and dog-friendly locations.

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No. 2, May 2017

Bay dog attack renews call for animal control

As I write this today, a member of our community is in a day-by-day mode for updates regarding her loving canine companion. Her dog was recently viciously attacked by a neighbor dog in the western end of Bay Village while out on an evening stroll.

The injured dog has been transferred to a specialty clinic an hour away from home and family. He has had multiple surgeries to remove dead and dying skin from his back where multiple deep punctures from the attack have left him with a raging infection, a feeding tube, possible tail amputation and skin grafts, and certainly a long and expensive recovery if he can survive. His owner also sustained injuries.

The attack has caused a flurry of calls to council, city hall and police and brought back to attention Bay’s lack of a part-time qualified and compassionate animal control officer or city liaison for the function.

Myself and others are advocating for updates and changes to city ordinances, along with good and reputable training for all first responders and safety education for our community. I ask for your support to embrace these positive changes.

To learn more and participate please contact me directly at 871-9245. You may also contact Joan Kemper, Clerk of Council, and have current animal legislation and past Environment and Safety Committee meeting minutes provided to you.

Please also reference these helpful websites to understand responsible pet ownership, breed temperament, breed specific legislation, and more: American Veterinary Medical Association, avma.org; American Temperament Test Society, atts.org; Best Friends Animal Society, bestfriends.org.

Have a discussion with educators, family members and animal clinics on what to do and what not to do if an animal attacks you or another animal.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:21 AM, 05.05.2015

Volunteer effort helps dog in need

The power and the passion of the volunteers, our animal loving community and, in my personal opinion, the power of prayer made for a very happy day on the shores of Lake Erie in Bay Village this past Friday.

Volunteers from Friends of the Bay Village Kennel, Love A Stray Dog Division out of Avon Lake, the Francati family and Baepler families, along with a few others kept social media whirling about the little black Labrador retriever stuck out on the lake. A Bay Village resident opened her home to media for warmth and food as they too monitored the situation. The Bay police and fire departments logged over 100 calls each just on Friday.

Friends of the Bay Village Kennel started reaching out to animal clinics, police departments, rescues, and animal wardens from Cleveland to Lorain County looking for an owner. Love A Stray's facebook posting made a connection about the missing dog from the east end of Lorain off Lake Road which brought the family to the Bay Village Police Department that escorted them to the location of the dog. She was now 880 yards off shore, dragging a rear leg, moving slowly and laying down and curling up a lot.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 5:30 PM, 03.21.2015

Scent of family lures dog home

When many Bay Village residents were preparing for and finalizing Fourth of July festivities, family, friends and many with compassionate hearts were pounding the pavement in search of a Bay Village beagle named Brutus. 

Brutus has storm and firework phobia like many other animals and his family, the Pullmans, and rescue volunteers knew that time was of the essence since firework displays were set to go off all around the area. Some said prayers to patron saints like St. Francis, St. Christopher and St. Anthony to please keep this little dog safe and bring him home.

The city was plastered with flyers, email blasts, social media and no sightings. The dog's bed and food were left out on the porch with the light on, and still nothing.  

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Volume 6, Issue 15, Posted 9:41 AM, 07.22.2014

Accommodating barking bikers

With the warmer weather upon us, perhaps you are thinking about taking your canine companions on a bike ride. Here are some healthy safety tips, links and suggestions for doggie apparatuses for your outing. Riding on the sidewalk is the safest place to be for you and your pooch and the highly recommended turf per safety forces.   
 
Options to consider based on the size, age and type of dog(s) include a bicycle dog leash, bike trailer, or a bike basket.
 
Dog trainer and behavior consultant Susan Sarubin penned an excellent article in Whole Dog Journal about bike riding with your dog.  The in-depth article features information on getting started, equipment for the cyclist and dog, initial training, starting to ride, where to ride and cycling for non-athletes.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:13 AM, 06.10.2014

Time to prepare for warmer weather and outdoor pets

According to county records, there are currently 1,075 licensed dogs in Bay Village this year. From April 2013 until April 10, 2014, Bay Village police responded to 692 animal calls. That averages to 58 calls a month. 

Calls for assistance with animals will rise like the temperatures as our four-legged family members are now able to enjoy the warmth of the sunshine and fresh smells. Bay Village police remind residents of the importance of contacting them at 440-871-1234 for any and all animal incidents. It is important and helpful to document this activity and to provide the correct guidance and/or interaction as needed and if available.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:23 AM, 04.15.2014

Five cats abandoned in Reese Park

At about 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, Nancy Brown, proprietress of Hot Diggity Dog Inc., pet care business, received a phone call from Bay Village policemen. They had found a small pet carrier designed for a single pet in Reese Park stuffed with five cats. It was unclear how long the cats had been in there; they were traumatized and covered with excrement. 

Compassionate people, the police officers did not know what to do. Bay Village abolished its animal control officer two years ago, and police regulations prohibit using the decrepit former city kennel for any purpose other than holding dogs on a short term basis for pick-up by the Cuyahoga County Kennel.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 9:58 AM, 08.20.2013

Keep waste out of waterways by picking up after your pet

Pet waste left on sidewalks, streets, yards or other open areas is not only unsightly, it is also an environmental pollutant. Waste that is washed away and carried by rainwater into storm drains to nearby rivers, lakes and streams can cause many problems.

The Clean Water Campaign has released information on the harm that is caused to the environment by pet waste:

  • Pet waste decays, using up dissolved oxygen and releasing compounds that are harmful to fish and other animals that rely on water.
  • Pet waste contains nutrients that can cause excessive algae growth in a water river or lake, upsetting the natural balance.
  • Pet waste contributes to bacterial contamination of our rivers, lakes and streams. Pet waste contains harmful bacteria such as E. coli and fecal coliform. Waters that contain a high amount of bacteria such as E. coli are unfit for human contact. A single gram of pet waste contains an average of 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, some of which can cause disease in humans.
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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 10:52 AM, 04.16.2013

'Friends' donate pet oxygen masks to Bay Village firefighters

Friends of the Bay Village Kennel purchased specialized pet oxygen masks and donated them to the Bay Village Fire Department on March 25.
 
Chief Lyons graciously accepted the brand new and updated accessories, which are now on a fire truck.
 
"We hope we never have to use them, but just like humans, pets can be overcome by smoke and other particulates in a fire.  These are custom made to fit the snout of an animal and give them the correct flow of oxygen similar to what a human might need.  The Bay Village Fire Department is extremely appreciative of this donation."

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 10:50 AM, 04.02.2013

Plan ahead to protect pets in event of disaster

Bay Village was very blessed to have no loss of life during superstorm Sandy. However, another disaster could strike tomorrow without warning. Are you and your pets prepared?

Other forms of disaster include mudslides, blizzards, broken gas main, building collapse, chemical spill, earthquake, explosion, fire, flood fuel leaks/spills, hurricanes, lightning strikes, tornado, long-term power and water loss, terrorism and more.

Pets, like children and others, do fall into the vulnerable class as they depend on us for their safety. Bay Village has had many warnings to prepare, educate and communicate. Are you ready? Clearly communication failed during Sandy.

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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 10:23 AM, 02.05.2013

Bay Village pet factoids

Today there are over 1,425 licensed dogs living in Bay Village and eight practicing veterinarians that make Bay their home.

In 2011, the Friends of the Bay Village Kennel was formed and secured funding to build a new kennel thanks to a Bay Village family.

In May 2012, Bay Village City Council passed legislation prohibiting breed discrimination.

Bay Village’s existing kennel will soon be demolished to allow for the construction of a salt truck wash station. Since the termination of the position of animal control officer, Bay Village’s kennel has continued to be used as a temporary home for Bay Village’s stray dogs and cats.

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 9:46 AM, 06.12.2012

Pet Safety Tips

Prepare for for emergency situations in advance. Pets are extremely vulnerable and depend on you for their safety. Natural disasters can strike without warning. In order to provide care for your pets during an emergency situation, it is important to a have a disaster plan in place. Visit www.fema.gov or www.uan.org for pet emergency information and disaster planning assistance.

Foster an animal and help save a life! Foster pet families provide temporary homes for animals prior to adoption. Providing foster care is a wonderful and personal way to contribute to saving homeless pets. Dogs and cats are the most common pets needing foster homes, but some organizations may also need help with rabbits, birds or even farm animals.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:40 AM, 05.15.2012

Hobo dog needs permanent home

My name is Hobo, I am the little tan and white beagle/King Charles mix that so many Bay Village residents looked for and tried to catch. Do I look familiar?
 
I am also the little guy with the healthy set of lungs you would hear in the wee hours of the morning. You see, my pre-genetic disposed instincts would kick in whenever I could corner and terrorize a rabbit.
 
I must admit the last month, I had great fun running around the middle of the city and being chased by youngsters on bikes, but I managed to keep moving and finding great hiding spots and I am grateful to be telling you my story.

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Volume 3, Issue 14, Posted 7:23 PM, 07.13.2011

Pet's death impacts many

Over the past couple weeks, the media covered a regrettable incident that took place in Westlake. It involved an on-duty police officer and resulted in the death of a family dog. On March 6, a Westlake officer responded to a home security system alarm, and fatally shot Callaway, an eight-year-old yellow Labrador retriever. The patrolman maintains that he was threatened by the charging dog and fired his weapon in defense. 

I am deeply saddened by this family's loss and suffering. I have provided this family's professional pet services for many years, and enjoyed a special bond with Callaway. If I could speak to Callaway, I would say:

“If I could bring you back, I would in a heartbeat, but I can't. I am so sorry that you are no longer with us, but I can say for sure that you are with some other angels that are loved and missed each day. Your life and story have touched so many people.
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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 5:51 PM, 03.16.2010

People food to avoid feeding your pet

Nutrition experts at the ASPCA have put together a handy list of the top toxic people foods to avoid feeding your pet.

As always, if you suspect your pet has eaten any of the following foods, please note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.

Dangerous Foods for Pets:

  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Avocado
  • Macadamia nuts
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Volume 1, Issue 6, Posted 9:35 PM, 10.28.2009

The kennel is full!

The kennel at the Bay Village Police Department is full of cats and kittens in need of forever homes.

Donations of unopened canned and dry dog/cat food, litter pans and gift certificates to animal hospitals are greatly needed and appreciated.

Please spay and neuter your pets and do not let them roam.

Please contact Bay Village Animal Control Officer, Diana Fife at 440-899-3414.

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Volume 1, Issue 6, Posted 9:25 PM, 10.28.2009

Protect the pup on warm and sunny days!

Just like humans, our animals are prone to skin cancers and other consequences of the heat.

“If we feel hot, they even feel hotter!”

According to local veterinarian Stephanie Dean, the main point about dogs and heat stroke is that because of their fur coats and the limited mechanisms of heat exchange (panting and sweating through their feet), if we feel hot, they even feel hotter, especially on those humid Cleveland days.

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Volume 1, Issue 4, Posted 10:23 PM, 09.24.2009