Sound Off

Sound Off: What do you do about lost or stray dogs from 5 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Monday when no one in animal control is working? Why can’t there be someone on duty to come pick up an animal when they need to be picked up?

Megan Gilliland, the city’s communications manager, provided this answer: The city employs three animal control officers who staff the division seven days a week, eight to 12 hours a day. Additional on-duty hours are covered by the staff on Fridays from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., city holidays excluded. If there is only one officer on duty, the duty hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is an officer on call during off-duty hours for emergency situations. Contact dispatch, 832-7509, to report an animal at-large.


none2 1 year, 5 months ago

A bit off topic...

I want to commend the man in a silver pickup who picked up a cat who had been ran over. About a couple of weeks ago westbound traffic on 6th between Kasold and the road just east of HyVee was moving really slowly. It turned out that up ahead there had been a black cat who had been ran over. This gentleman got out, stopped traffic, and went across all the lanes to pick that cat up. I seriously doubt the cat survived the night, but the fact that this man picked it up with his own bare hands and held it, and put it in his pickup tells me that he is an example of the best in human kind. Thank you. I'm sure that cat and whomever was his/her owner would have also been forever grateful for that random act of kindness.

Now back on topic...

I agree with roadwarrior. Why is it that some cannot seem to function unless there is a governmental entity to take care of their needs? Has society gotten so lazy and/or calloused that we expect our government to be a good Samaritan on our behalf? Unless the animal was a acting mean or like it might have a disease such as rabies, I don't see why someone cannot see that the animal is taken care of at the moment of need.


roadwarrior 1 year, 5 months ago

Here's what you do...ready ? you give them water, food, a warm place to curl up and maybe a toy to chew on and cuddle up with. Offer them comfort and acceptance and train yourself to stop being a selfish little twit. geez.


blue73harley 1 year, 5 months ago

Just chain that dog down and have another Grey Goose until the appropriate people respond. WOOF!


bearded_gnome 1 year, 5 months ago

ummmm, ... back to the original question ...

the answer has a problem in it, "on call for emergencies" for the holidays and off-times.

"emergencies almost certainly don't include simple "dog at large."

now, if you've got a big long ugly black snake in your attic, that's another story ...

so, LJW, what does the wisdom of the appropriate authorities tell us to do with a dog at large at those times when they won't call in the on-call animal control officer?!?

please don't just shoot or abuse a dog you see loose.

if you can't help return him or her to the hopefully loving home where owners are missing him or her, then contact the shelter, they're good people there.

my dog is not a service animal, but he is most definitely a family member and beloved. he contributes much to our family and he does some jobs. if you hurt him, you hurt me.

people who enjoy cruelty to animals need to get help anyway.


wilson42 1 year, 5 months ago

Strays always seem to wonder up to our house, maybe because we own dogs and they can tell we love animals. We always make sure and go above and beyond to find the owner. We work full time but we've even kept one over night and kept searching until we found it's loving owner which was a handicapped man who was very greatful that we had found his best friend. Just because a dog gets loose doesn't mean the owner is not doing everything they can think of to keep it from getting out. Our labs love to run just like all labs do. If they get out we figure out where they got out and fix it, but they love to try to find a new way out.


patkindle 1 year, 5 months ago

it is easy to own a pet , and not accept responsibility for it. blame it on the weather. if a dog gets loose, it is because the owner desnt care enough for it to keep track of it, but folks let their kids run wild, why not thier pets, let some one else care for them ...i particually dislike the folks that let their dog bark for hours on end, what a nuisance, all they ever say is,,WHAT?


GUMnNUTS 1 year, 5 months ago

Does the guy with the button have the day off?


shanep 1 year, 5 months ago

Just because someones dog gets loose doesn't mean they are a negligent or poor pet owner mistreating their dog. It also doesn't make the dog vicious or poorly trained. They are dogs, I don't know about yours, but my old hound dog will take just about any opportunity to go explore the neighborhood. How about being a little more understanding folks? It's not ok to shoot or otherwise harm someones dog just because it found its way loose! Also, weekend is not hyphenated. It's just the weekend.


patkindle 1 year, 5 months ago

oopsie, poopsie got loose................. so sad,..............i dont feel sorry for some ignoramus that feels the need to be a pet owner, but wont accept the responsibility of owning one, they only blame the pet , when it is thier fault it does not behave. they proabably blame the school for their kids being ill behaved, and mcdonalds for making them fat


Liberty275 1 year, 5 months ago

Here's an idea. Catch the dog, call the animal shelter and leave your number and walk it around the neighborhood, If the dog wants to go into a yard, it is probably his house. Knock on the door and ask. Continue until dogs house is found.


oldbaldguy 1 year, 5 months ago

no I don't. running loose dogs are a problem, for the dog, the neighborhood and the driver of the vehicle that hits one. if you are out in the county, chasing livestock is a big problem. my dog used to get out all the time. i installed an electric field fence. it works great.


consumer1 1 year, 5 months ago

Question: What do you do about lost or stray dogs from 5 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Monday when no one in animal control is working? Why can’t there be someone on duty to come pick up an animal when they need to be picked up?

Better Question: What do you do about pet owners whose animals get loose because they don't take precautions to ensure their beloved pet are kept secure and safe? Why can't there be someone on duty to go around and make sure each pet owner is not an idiot, who shouldn't own a pet if they are incapable of keeping it secure and safe????

Another question: If a dog is vicious and hurts people and other pets. Is a bullet to the head cruel? What about the person or pet who was attacked by the vicios animal? Where do their rights go?


jhawkinsf 1 year, 5 months ago

People who think being cruel to animals is funny are sick. Rocks, ammo., Kansas River, .22. etc. Sick.


alcoholbliss 1 year, 5 months ago

Rocks, ammo, and the Kansas river available 24/7.


catherine99 1 year, 5 months ago

I thought there were 30 animal control officers working 24/7. My dog who likes to sneak out and run with the wind has been nabbed a dozen times. I wish they had less staff - it's cost me a fortune.


kernal 1 year, 5 months ago

Obviously there wasn't anyone on duty during the week-end the submitter called Animal Control, otherwise this question wouldn't have been submitted. Several times over the years I've also called Animal Control on a week-end about a stray or injured dog and was told they don't work week-ends. When did they add staff to cover week-end days?


somebodynew 1 year, 5 months ago

Well, don't ask Megan. Unless you want a rambling, polical no-speak answer.


Steve Swaggerty 1 year, 5 months ago

What do we do about whiners who have NO LIFE from 12:00am to 12:00pm Monday through Sunday?


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