Fourth of July is a holiday full of so many wonderful things – warm weather, pools, barbecues, and fireworks. But many of these same things can be dangerous for our pets. Here are ten safety tips that will help you and your pet have a fun and accident-free Independence Day.
Friends of the Bay Village Kennel,
Thank you so much for the “spring cleaning” of the kennel! The extra attention you gave the kennel is very much appreciated by both the City and the dogs we may find it as a temporary home. I am grateful that all of you have such a love of our pets and took your time to make the kennel that much better.
Please do contact me again in the fall for another cleaning. In the meantime, if you noticed any building related issues that we need to be aware of, please send me an email so we can review.
Thank you all!!
Mark A. Spaetzel
Chief of Police
Six of us spent about three hours at the kennel on Saturday and gave it a very thorough cleaning. Everything was taken outside, cleaned down, hosed off and dried. The kennel itself was hosed down and the floor sanitized and cleaned. Cabinets were cleaned, everything was organized and replaced. We recovered one dead mouse and many, many droppings. Just the nature of things, I guess, but we don’t feel that your cleaning service personnel are doing a very thorough job. The kennel was very dirty.
We also carried all of the worn-out or broken crates and carriers to the dumpster and threw them away. Same for the refrigerator which the fire chief said couldn’t be used any longer due to frayed wiring. We set it next to the dumpster, we hope that it can be disposed of properly.
Several new plastic bins were provided for all the food stuffs and other items so that pests could not get them. All-in-all, it was a very productive several hours.
We would like to do another cleaning in the fall before snow flies. We will be in touch later in the year to coordinate a time.
We thank you for your cooperation and interest in the kennel and the welfare of the animals that need to be housed there.
The Bay Village Women’s Club has also offered to assist us with purchases or labor if needed.
Thanks again, Chief Spaetzel.
Friends of the Bay Village Kennel
FRIENDS OF THE BAY VILLAGE KENNEL HAVE CLEANED THE KENNEL!
It is functional for emergencies and temporarily clean of rodents and other debris.
Due to the generosity of our supporters and communty items of need have been replaced and replenished.
THESE PICTURES ARE BEFORE THE CLEANING AND REFLECT THE BUILDING AS IS.
A big THANKS to the following:
RUTH AND JOHN GLASMIRE
TOM AND JANET KAUKER
BVFD FOR THE FIRE ALARM
BVPD FOR THE SUPPORT AND PATIENCE AND ALLOWING THIS SECOND ANNUAL EVENT TO HAPPEN.
FOBVK IS ALWAYS ACCEPTING DONATIONS OF ITEMS, IF WE CANNOT USE THEM WE WILL PASS THEM ON TO OUR PET RESCUE PARTNERS.
PLEASE REFER TO OUR WEBSITE OR CONTACT BVPD.
THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT ALL YEAR LONG.
We hosted Mr. Jeffrey Holland, Animal Law Expert this week. Mr. Holland has prosecuted animal cruelty cases in 42 of our 88 counties and recently wrote the legislation for Goddards Law. The event was very well attended and the feedback was positive. In addition to residents and non residents, law enforcement along with other noted professionals attended.
FOBVK will be doing their 2nd annual major cleaning of the current dog kennel mid June. This is because if a disaster should impact our community, FEMA mandates that all animals must be provided shelter. Also, should a dog go there for any amount of time, we want to make sure it is clean, comfortable and as rodent free as possible.
FOBVK continues to assist animals, residents and the BVPD with multiple requests. We also still have the support of a benefactor ( a resident) that would like to build a brand new kennel. Hopefully centralized in the city, making it user friendly for the police and residents. We have requested that city council put this matter on a public agenda for public input and discussion to insure transparency.
The support of our community, rescue partners and other resources is greatly appreciated. We are willing and able to help if you know of a situation in need. You can contact us via our website. Friendsofthebayvillagekennel.com or work with the BVPD.
Due to a recent horrific dog attack that occurred in our city we have requested that city council review our animal ordinances since some have not been updated since 2002.
Please remind all you know to spay, neuter and support rescue!
Tuesday May 26th, 7pm-9pm
at Bay Village Middle School
Free to the public
(that means you!)
Jeffrey Holland, a highly respected animal attorney of Holland & Muirden, Attorneys at Law will be presenting to the general public and anyone interested in learning more about animal welfare and laws regarding animals. There will also be a question and answer session following the lecture. Topics will primarily cover laws relating to animal cruelty and neglect. This is a free event and open to anyone who would like to join us.
The power and the passion of the volunteers, our animal loving community and, in my personal opinion, the power of prayer made for a very happy day on the shores of Lake Erie in Bay Village this past Friday.
Volunteers from Friends of the Bay Village Kennel, Love A Stray Dog Division out of Avon Lake, the Francati family and Baepler families, along with a few others kept social media whirling about the little black Labrador retriever stuck out on the lake. A Bay Village resident opened her home to media for warmth and food as they too monitored the situation. The Bay police and fire departments logged over 100 calls each just on Friday.
Friends of the Bay Village Kennel started reaching out to animal clinics, police departments, rescues, and animal wardens from Cleveland to Lorain County looking for an owner. Love A Stray’s facebook posting made a connection about the missing dog from the east end of Lorain off Lake Road which brought the family to the Bay Village Police Department that escorted them to the location of the dog. She was now 880 yards off shore, dragging a rear leg, moving slowly and laying down and curling up a lot.
In unison from the boat dock we yelled her name over and over again with high-powered equipment, hoping to see a response. We waved family clothing and knew that time and options were running out unless Kimberly would gain the strength and courage to come to shore over open waters, and a 5-foot-high bank of ice.
In addition to broken ice and the frigid water, Mother Nature threw in another challenge – large coyotes and their pups. On a few attempts to come in on her own, coyotes chased Kimberly out on the lake further north. Rescuers believe this why she might have curled up in a ball on the ice during the day – to rest so she could be alert and moving at night and far enough from prey.
On Thursday, the Bay Village Fire Department attempted a rescue, using the opportunity as a training session. The Coast Guard also used this as a training session but would not repeat the exercise on Friday because the conditions had changed overnight with what equipment they had. Avon Lake Fire Department volunteers came before dark, suited up in ice suits as well and each got with in 100 yards with no success as she fled east.
Friday brought hope again as she was spotted very close to the shore of Cashelmara but was spooked again by what was thought to be a coyote and humans. She went back northwest and curled up in a ball, rarely bringing up her head and we all dreaded that the worst had or was about to come.
The Francati family received a call about the air boat dispatched from Sandusky and we made the call to BV police to open the gate at Bay Boat Club to launch. We could hear the boat and the see the boat and the dog never raised her head. “Oh, come on, Kimberly,” yelled her family. “Come on, baby, it is time to come home.”
As the boat approached she rose up and, just like a Disney movie with a happy ending, it all came together – Kimberly jumped in and now rests in the arms of her loving family again.
Family and rescuers fled to the boat club for a woofing reunion and transport to Detroit Dover Animal Hosptial. She got a clean bill of health from the veterinarian.
On a concerned and sad note, a family missing a black Labrador was hopeful it was their dog and others insisted it was their dog and prepared to take the dog right then and there. Luckily, Kimberly’s family had the new flyer they just made, and APL director Greg Wiley as well as the Lorain County Sheriff were there to verify the dog and her rightful owner. The evening ended in dog kisses, tears a media frenzy for one of the luckiest dogs to ever visit Bay Village.
Please hug your pets each day, support animal rescue and thank our safety forces for doing all they can do.
Friends of the Bay Village Kennel would like to send a big thank you to many of the folks who came to the aid of the sweet black Lab puppy Kimberly missing from the eastern end of Lorain:
- BAY VILLAGE SAFETY FORCES
- THE U.S. COAST GUARD CLEVELAND, OHIO
- LORAIN COUNTY SHERIFF, FRIENDSHIP APL & CLEVELAND APL
- VOLUNTEERS FROM AVON LAKE FIRE DEPARTMENT
- THE FRANCATI FAMILY BIG TIME FOR WATCHING 24/7 OVER KIMBERLY AND CHASING AWAY COYOTES!
- ELITE K911 TRAINING FOR TRANSPORTING A HUMANE LARGE DOG TRAP AND SUPPORT
- CONNIE FIELDS WITH LOVE A STRAY WHO COORDINATED A LOT OF HANDS-ON EFFORT AT THE BEACH THAT LAST 24-PLUS HOURS BEFORE THE RESCUE.
- THE LOCAL MEDIA
- KIMBERLY’S HERO…WKYC CHANNEL 3
- ALL THE PEOPLE THAT KEPT UP WITH PICS, PHONE CALLS AND POSTINGS AND NEVER GAVE UP HOPE!