In 2012, City of Gillette Animal Control Officers filed over 1,100 lost and found reports. The 4,024 calls for service in 2012 averaged 11.2 calls per day and 1,118 lost and found reports filed. With consistently warmer weather on the way and many animals about the spend more of their time outside, it is a good time to assure your pets are prepared for a safe summer. Animal Control Supervisor Phyllis Jassek says the first step is proper tagging.
"Make sure you license your pets, its a yearly thing. You can do that at the animal shelter with proof of rabies shots.'---Jassek
Another good tip is to check your animal's perimeter. If you have not walked your yard in a while, snow drifts or high winds may have damaged the integrity of your fence. Jassek says checking your fence should be a weekly thing. She recommends looking for things such as loose boards or holes that have been dug.
Sometimes even with the basic tips being followed, a family pet will go missing. Lisa Durgin and her family have been searching for the family's medium sized chocolate lab since the morning of March 25th. Maizee (pictured) who has golden eyes and a missing front tooth, was last seen in Antelope Valley. The family believes the dog may have been stolen and is offering $1,000 for information leading to Maizee's safe return.
Jassek says they don't often deal with animals being stolen from yards, but often times animals are found and there is a lack of effort by some people to find the animal's owner.
"Don't keep a lost pet. If you want to hold the animal until we have found the owner that is alright, but you should contact the animal shelter. That way, if the owner calls us, we have the information. Even if you don't see a tag, the animal may have a microchip that will assist us in getting the animal back to the owner."---Jassek
Jassek says if your pet is lost, the first thing to do is to contact the animal shelter. And if you do believe the animal was stolen, a police report should be made. Jassek says another step that is sometimes overlooked is to contact your veterinarian. For more information, visit your local animal shelter. http://ci.gillette.wy.us/index.aspx?page=122