Dog warden: Leave ‘Mamma Dog’ alone

By Lindsay Kriz -

POMEROY —Meigs County’s new Dog Warden, Coleen MurphySmith, and Assistant Dog Warden Dee Cummins are spreading the word about a stray dog in the Pomeroy community.

According to the duo, “Mamma Dog,” is a female dog who lives near 124 Mart at the intersection of state routes 124 and 7. The pair said they receive calls hourly about this dog, in reference to people wondering why she has been not been collected by the Meigs County Dog Shelter or brought there, and what is being done to help her.

According to Dee Cummins, “Mamma Dog” was at the shelter last year and was taken to a foster home for some tender loving care when she escaped. For about nine months, she’s lived at the intersection, Cummins said. The two said they are well aware of the situation and that a process is in place to retrieve her. However, this requires the community’s cooperation, MurphySmith said.

The duo ask that those in the public who see her do not feed her, as 124 Mart employees are doing so. This way, “Mamma Dog” develops a routine of going there and feeling safe. The two also ask that no one approach her, as MurphySmith and Cummins are trying to get her into a comfort zone so that she can be approached. Currently, Cummins said, many have tried to approach her and her “flight” sense kicks in, with no one able to reach her in time. However, this also traumatizes her and makes it more difficult for people to catch her. If this were not the case, the shelter would’ve had her by now, they said.

And while they are trying to set up a specific time pattern, the two say there is no specific time in which they’ll attempt to get “Mamma Dog” again.

“Dogs don’t work on a schedule, so patience is required,” Cummins said. “Because several well-meaning people approached her and had her cornered, we haven’t seen much of her since. Kind of imagine her as … (having) strange beings coming toward her who thought they could get her. Everyone thinks they could get her, everyone tries, but it just increases anxiety.”

MurphySmith concurred.

“Let us do what you pay us to do,” she said. “Be patient. I can’t emphasize enough that we appreciate everyone’s concern, truly.”

Unrelated, the two said that the new shelter will be open in the next few weeks. They said the spay and neuter program for the county that began in August has seen 82 dogs spayed or neutered since its conception, with 20 dogs spayed and neutered this year alone.

They also reminded the community that adoption fees are $100, which includes the adoption, the license, rabies shots, spay or neutering, other shots and deworming. Dog tags still needed are $24, unless you purchase a new dog, in which you have 30 days to get a dog license, or purchased any dog that’s coming of age over three months. In those two cases, MurphySmith said the cost is still $12.

For more information, visit the Meigs County Dog Shelter Facebook page or call 740-992-3779.

By Lindsay Kriz

Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2555.

Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2555.