Dog Warden: Dog not turned away for flea issue

CALCUTTA – A dog dragged behind a pickup truck was not turned away from the county dog pound because it had fleas as was reported to police, according to dog warden Heidi Pecorelli.

In a report this week, St. Clair Township Police related an incident during which an ambulance crew reported seeing a dog being dragged by a pickup truck on Duke Road.

When located in Calcutta, the driver advised officers she and the man following her in another vehicle had removed the dog from a residence where the family had moved, leaving it behind and that she was unaware it had fallen from the bed of her truck as she was driving.

The police report of that incident noted the dog had been injured and was taken to the county dog pound where employees refused to take it because it had fleas, with the woman advised to take the dog to Angels for Animals.

Pecorelli said Wednesday that was untrue and the reason the dog could not be accepted at the pound was the nature of the injuries it sustained while being dragged by the truck.

She said the injuries to the dog’s feet were not conducive for staying in the pound’s kennel environment, where it is often wet due to being sprayed and cleaned every day.

“We have to keep it sanitary. Wounds have to be kept dry,” Pecorelli explained.

She said when the dog was brought in, an appointment was made immediately by pound personnel for it to be seen at the Community Animal Clinic, with the cost of treatment also paid by the pound.

Afterward, Pecorelli said the people who brought it were asked if they were willing to keep the dog until its wounds heal, and she gave them food from a supply she had on hand for the WAAG organization, as well as flea medication.

“When it’s healed, they were told they could bring it back and we would adopt it out then, and they were fine with that. When it heals, it’s coming back to us,” Pecorelli emphasized.

The dog pound had received negative feedback from the public due to the report indicating the dog had been turned away because of a flea infestation, according to Pecorelli, who stressed, “We go to great extent to care for the dogs we get.”

She noted the pound is currently “so full” that evening hours are being planned to encourage more adopters to stop in, and she said, “We are trying to do everything we can to help the situation.”

Pecorelli also encouraged anyone interested in adopting the injured dog, once it is well and returned, to contact the pound at 330-424-6663.