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Dog turned over to rehab group

Jan 23, 2018

By Xiomara Levsen, The JOURNAL


A dog involved in an attack in November was released to a dog rehabilitation group in Pella.

Washington County environmental director Jennine Wolf discussed this with Washington County Board of Health members at the meeting last Thursday.

“I thought the dog had been euthanized but Wendy Miller called from the [veterinary clinic] and said there was a person by Pella that rehabilitates pit bulls,” Wolf said, “and wanted to do this with this pit bull.”

Wolf spoke with the county attorney’s office and as long as the owner signed a waiver releasing responsibility off of the county for the dog they could do that, she said. She went ahead and asked that the dog be released to the rehabilitation group.

The dog was quarantined at Town & Country Veterinarian Clinic after it bit a 1-yearold’s arm Nov. 24, as reported in The Journal. The dog owner was charged with failure to provide vaccination records and possession of a legal substance under the legal age. The owner signed a waiver for the dog after she told Wolf she couldn’t afford to pay the county for the quarantine fees.

Wolf also mentioned to board members she is working on rewriting the county’s dog ordinance with Washington County chief deputy Shawn Ellingson and one other person.

“I didn’t know if you guys wanted to have drafts and updates of it?” Wolf asked the board members.

Board chairman Cathy Buffington asked Wolf when it would go to the supervisors.

“That will go to the supervisors after it’s [done] where we want it because there’s a lot of things in here that has to be [changed],” Wolf replied. “This is just a first draft.”

They are rewriting it, so it’s stricter when it comes to people being bitten by a dog.

The board members asked Wolf to send it to them when the final draft is done.

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