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‘Watchdog’ checking out time sheets at the pound; caring for dumped cats



Editor:

According to public records (time sheets), and just as I suspected, Licking County dog pound employee Larry Williams (whom I believe is a Knox County resident) was paid for three hours overtime on a call that he was dispatched on at 10:37 p.m. by the Licking County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) and then DISREGARDED at 10:49 p.m. (because the City of Newark already had their humane officer taking the dog to the veterinarian).

As I mentioned in last week’s Beacon, Williams showed up around midnight at the veterinarian’s office. He had no business acting in any way on this call after he was disregarded by LCSO. The City of Newark and Licking County are totally separate and neither answers to the other.

Also on Williams’ time sheet, on a different day, Williams documents that he worked his regular shift 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. In addition, he writes that he worked two hours overtime between the hours of 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.. As you can deduce, he was already being paid until 4 p.m .and if he really worked until 5 p.m. that’s ONE hour….not two.

Chief Dog Warden David Shellhouse’s (Delaware County resident) time sheets for the past couple of weeks show that he was away more than he was at work. Out of 14 days on one time sheet, Shellhouse worked five days. In my opinion, he needs to be there to supervise some of the overtime responses.

Some reasons listed (on the time sheets of all male employees of the pound) for getting overtime (OT) pay are:

• “Dog came in at end of day from another county.” – half hour OT

• “Stray on way home” – one hour OT

• “late day pickup” – .75 hour OT

• “stray dog intake at end of day” – half hour OT

• “Finishing up reports at end of day” – half hour OT

• “Dog on 16 after hours on way home” – one hour OT

• “Left 30 minutes late.” – half hour OT

From my experience, it is impossible to get the pound to respond to a call for a stray dog after the pound closes (unless the dog is seriously injured). On Sundays, if you find a stray dog, you have to take the dog to the pound before 4 p.m. because they don’t answer the phone even though they are open. I find it hard to believe that they took in a dog from another county since they only take strays from Licking County. It looks like someone needs to get control of these dog catchers. How busy can they be that they have to work overtime when there are only six dogs in the building?!

And for another issue….one day last week, I was just leaving the Buckeye Lake Post Office when I was approached by Buckeye Lake Code Enforcement Officer Rod Riley. He came to my vehicle window and handed me an article that he said he clipped from a magazine he gets and he “just wanted me to read it.” As I started reading the article he said, “No. Take it home and read it.”

I could see the article was titled “Deer Toxin.” I was a little confused for a second but quickly realized it had something to do with cats. Of course! Only a GOB (Good Ole Boy) would go after the crazy cat lady’s cats! Mr. Riley didn’t want to HEAR my response. And since he made sure I couldn’t tell where it had appeared, I can only presume that it is from a deer hunting magazine or maybe ODNR’s Wild Ohio Magazine (which featured a Buckeye Lake cop a few years ago who was busted on 19 counts of poaching)! So, Rod Riley, you can READ my response:

The article states that a study found that a large percentage of the Greater Cleveland area’s white tailed deer are infected with a parasite most likely associated with feral cats. The study “highlights the need for consumers of venison to make absolutely certain that any deer meat planned for consumption is thoroughly and properly cooked.”

First of all, GOB Riley, I am not against hunting for food! I am against hunting for trophies and sport! Secondly, I do not feed feral cats. Don’t get me wrong…I WOULD if necessary. The cats you see on my street most likely have been DUMPED! In fact, someone at the Buckeye Lake Village Office has instructed (probably out of spite) people to bring their unwanted cats to me! Ironically, the day you approached me with your nonsense, I was on my way to the veterinarian with three cats that were getting homes (vet bill was almost $200 for vaccines and health certificate). Two of these were cats that were dumped on my street one fall evening. There were EIGHT of them, all about six months old, all dumped at one time! Try getting the officials at Buckeye Lake to prosecute people dumping cats. That should give you something productive to do! Dumping a cat is immoral and ILLEGAL!!!

It’s a very sad sight to see a dumped cat. They go from being part of someone’s family, inside a home, to being an outside cat in a new place in, most of the time, less than an hour (driving distance from wherever they used to live). They grieve…they’re disoriented…. many of them walk around crying after they’re dumped….. they don’t typically know how to find enough food to stay alive.

But you can’t just feed them. You have to get them altered! It’s an expensive endeavor and I am PROUD to say that I might be broke but I am not heartless! (Incidentally, NOMAD is a low cost, mobile, spay/neuter clinic for cats that I highly recommend. 740-323-0963)

In any species, you cannot allow contamination of food by the feces of another animal. I’m fairly certain there are no crowded deer populations in Buckeye Lake and especially in my area.

But there are disgusting people doing disgusting things to animals. There’s where you need to point the finger! Your cowardly insinuations towards me do nothing positive for this community. So, Rod Riley, cook your deer meat thoroughly and don’t worry about the cats. Some of us are working to clean up this community in more ways than one!

Bonnie Mansfield
Buckeye Lake



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