Happy ending for shelter dogs

Animal control officer Phil Angell was pleased to report this week that all of the dogs mentioned or pictured in the article that appeared on the front page of last week’s Chronicle have been adopted.

“I think the article helped raise awareness,” said Angell, “and it was nice to find these dogs homes.”

Karyn Felt enjoys a moment with Izzy, the pup she adopted from the shelter in Lovell last week.

Angell received many calls about the puppies, and all were adopted out fairly quickly. A truck driver who was passing through town and happened to see the article in the paper, adopted one pup. The pup will have a permanent home in West Virginia, but will most likely do a lot of traveling with its new owner.

Karyn and Jim Felt of Lovell adopted another puppy.

“I saw the picture of the puppy that was in the paper,” explained Karyn. “By the time we called Phil, it had already been adopted. We were so disappointed until Phil told us that there were two more puppies that were siblings of that one.”

Karyn sent Jim into the shelter because she was afraid that her “soft heart” would lead her to adopt all of the dogs that were in there. So, sight-unseen she requested the dark colored one, which was black and white with a little bit of brown color.

They were told the pup was a male and decided to name him “Ozzy.” After a day of calling him by that name, they realized that he was actually a she and changed her name to “Izzy.”

“We are so happy with our new puppy,” said Karyn. “I think it’s all going to work out really well for us. So far, Izzy has been really good and she seems to learn fast.”

“We’re excited that so many were adopted,” said Lovell Police Chief Nick Lewis. “The last thing we want is to have to euthanize animals. We would rather see them re-united with their owners or in new homes.”

Lewis noted that it is much easier to reunite lost dogs with their owners if they are wearing a collar and tag as required by local ordinance.

“The nice thing about the tag is that we can look up the owner of the dog by looking at the number on the tag and let them know their lost dog has been found,” said Lewis. “When the dog is registered and receives a tag from us, we are also keeping a history of the dog’s rabies shot information, so, if someone is bitten they don’t have to go through painful rabies shots.”

According to local ordinance, all dogs must be current on their rabies vaccination and must wear a collar and special license in town. The license can be purchased at the Police Dept. in Lovell for a nominal fee of $2.50 for dogs that are spayed/neutered and $10 for intact animals. Nearby towns have similar ordinances.

For more information about how to adopt animals from the shelter, or to make an appointment to view the animals, contact the Lovell Police Department at 548-2215.

By Patti Carpenter