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DOG OWNERS

Dog licenses are required for all dogs age five months and older. You are required to obtain the license by March 31 each year. If you are licensing your dog for the first time or the certificate on file has expired, you must present proof of rabies vaccination (available from your veterinarian) when purchasing the license along with the proper fee. The fees for licenses are $5.00 for spayed or neutered dogs, and $10.00 for unspayed or unneutered dogs.

Write a separate check for dog licenses payable to the Town of Dale. Mail the proof of rabies vaccination, check, and stamped self-addressed envelope to Sandy Noffke, Town of Dale, P.O. Box 83, Dale, WI 54931.

Licenses not purchased by March 31st are subject to a $5 late fee per dog.

                                                                                                                                                         

 LOST YOUR PET?

Check the following places:

Lost Pets of Greenville Facebook or Lost Pets of Dale Facebook

Call Outagamie County Non Emergency 832-500 or

Fox Valley Humane Association 733-1717

                                                                                                                                                         

 

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Constable Corner Spring 2016

Mootch: The Community Cat

Mooch, an orange and white male cat showed up about six years ago in residential Dale.  He began mooching off of generous animal lovers who gladly fed him because of his friendly nature.  Lawrence and Linda in the apartment complex especially enjoyed his company.  Of course, if there is one stray cat in the area, fellow feral friends will appear for handouts. Soon enough, Linda called me and asked if I could take a batch of kittens and re-home them.  There were too many cats!   Through the generosity of Neenah’s, Orphan Animal Rescue, (OARS) Mooch and Gypsy Doe (the mother of the kittens) went through the Trap-Neuter- Return (TNR) program for free.  Both cats also received rabies and distemper vaccinations, and had their left ears clipped which is the universal sign that a cat has been through TNR.  The four kittens were put up for adoption at OARS.  There were 3 other ferals who I trapped and found funding to put through a TNR program and Linda agreed to feed after they were released.   This was before Fox Valley Humane Association (FVHA) started receiving grants from Pets Mart for free TNR. Unfortunately there were other feral cats in the area that I took to FVHA to be euthanized.  TNR does not work unless a cat colony caregiver agrees to feed and provide some shelter from the elements for the outdoor cats.   

Fast forward four years, to last summer, when I received a call from the Rhiannon, the mother of four year old Ashton, who got bit on the ear by an orange and white community cat. Ashton, an animal lover, was in his backyard petting and holding the cat, perhaps a bit too tight, or too long and the cat wanted out, so he bit the boy.  Rhiannon called Outagamie County Sheriff Department who responded to their home, made out a bite report and suggested the cat be held for a 10 day quarantine to ensure it was not rabid.  Bite wounds should always be taken seriously as rabies can be fatal if not treated.  Meanwhile, the orange and white cat had disappeared from their yard. I assume Rhiannon washed out the bite wound (it is recommended to wash with warm water and soap for 10 minutes). Then she consulted with her pediatrician.  Rhiannon also called me.  I told her if we could not find the cat Ashton may have to endure the series of rabies post-exposure prophylaxis, but she should work with her pediatrician. Another option, if the cat returned, would be to contact Outagamie Health Department who at no cost would send the cat’s head to Madison for testing.  If it was found negative for rabies, Ashton would not have to have the ouchy shots!   Neither of these options sounded pleasant. The final, costly option, if the cat showed up, would be the ten day quarantine.  If he did not show any signs of rabies (which are basically any changes in behavior or health) the cat could be revaccinated and released back in to the community and Ashton would not need the rabies shots.  I frantically looked through my records to pinpoint when an orange and white male cat in that area went through TNR and had his rabies vaccinations.   That’s when I connected Mooch to Ashton’s bite.   Ryeannin did some networking also and discovered that the cat was being fed by Jerry in apartment #8 a few blocks from her home.  I contacted FVHA and inquired about the quarantine.   Because Mooch was a community cat FVHA would cover the cost. I picked up Mooch at Jerrys and explained the bite situation and quarantine to him. Jerry couldn’t believe Mooch would hurt anyone and admitted to letting Mooch spend cold nights in his apartment. Mooch was great company. I explained that if Mooch remained healthy after his stay I would return him to Jerry.  I stopped by Rhiannon’s to let Ashton confirm that it was Mooch who bit him.  Ashton was full of love the Mooch, despite being bitten. Ashton tried to pet Mooch through the bars of the kennel.  At that point I knew it would break my heart if Mooch would not be coming back.

  After ten days, I was so excited to pick up Mooch. I called to make arrangements, but the news wasn’t good.  Despite Mooch being the picture of health and having behaved purr-fectly, so well in fact, even the employees took a liking to him; Mooch was going to be euthanized!   According to policy, he had a bite history!    It was a misunderstanding; a huge controversy.  Also the cost of $424.00 for the quarantine, $102.10 reclaim fee and the updated rabies vaccine fee would need to be paid by the owner if FVHA were to consider releasing Mooch.  Where would I get the money???  I pleaded Mooch’s case to FVHA. Deb Lewis, the Executive Director, who bless her heart, understood and said FVHA would cover the cost and Mooch could go back home.  The experience was indeed a learning curve for everyone, especially me.  I’m so thankful that FVHA is there for our community as well as the other animal organizations that I work with.   Below is a helpful link which includes an after animal bite flow chart and facts on the seriousness of rabies. 

At this time FVHA (733-1717 ext. 115) is offering TNR for $25.00 to anyone with outdoor cats. Let me know if you need to borrow a live-trap as you need one when you take a cat in.  TNR is making a difference in our Town!

Its spring and time to begin flea and tick treatment,  update all my critter’s vaccinations,  deworm, trim hoofs, brush the horses as they shed out their winter coats and wait for chicks and ducklings to hatch.   Enjoy your animals.  As always, feel free to call me with any animal related questions or issues.  

Sandy Gadamus

920-850-4910

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/rabies/index.htm