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Bay Village officials to discuss animal ordinances

by Nancy Brown

On Monday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the committee room at city hall, the Bay Village Environment and Safety committee chaired by Councilman Paul Vincent will discuss animal ordinances and make recommendations to make the wording and fines stronger.

Specific topics will be tethering and proper sheltering of outside animals.

The Friends of the Bay Village Kennel ask for your support and participation at this meeting for the animals in Bay Village. You may also provide written communication to Joan Kemper, Clerk of Council, which she will ensure the council members receive. Email letters to

Our animal police logs reflect that these updates are needed. Most importantly the animals need you to speak up for them too! The animal police logs and other helpful information are posted at

– Nancy Brown, Friends of the Bay Village Kennel

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Bay Village kennel advocates renew call for new structure

by Nancy Brown

In 2011, a family from Bay Village offered to donate funds to build our city a brand new kennel. Their offer is still on the table. Friends of the Bay Village Kennel have been advocating since 2011 to have this matter placed on the City Council agenda so that there could be an open public forum allowing citywide input.

We have also advocated for a part-time animal control officer or Bay Village Police Department liaison so that all domesticated pets would have safe harbor. In August 2015 Governor Kasich signed into law a state budget that includes the language that all police officers will be trained on how to humanely engage with all domesticated animals they encounter daily.

The Friends of the Bay Village Kennel support and believe, as does our benefactor, that the best idea is Mayor Sutherland’s recommendation to have a kennel of similar size to the current kennel attached to the back of the police garage.

We have had our credentialed experts visit the location and review all documents that pertain to the landfill and current garage. An annex of similar size with proper containment is legal, safe and possible.The only concern was raised by BVPD Chief Spaetzel about a potential injury from a dog bite if the new facility were to be centralized at the police station.

We are sure many injuries happen in our parks everyday that outnumber the likelihood of an incident in this area as do some directives from the police on what to do if you find a loose, domesticated animals.

The Friends of the Bay Village Kennel are happy to assist the BVPD and residents in some animal issues and volunteer at the kennel. We are appreciative that the service department did minor upgrades to the current facility so it is safer, but the structure is about 25 years old and originally served as a cable building.

For for the safety of our city’s employees and community let’s move forward, let’s do this now and let’s do it right!

Welcome Santa! Cahoon Christmas Captures the Spirit of the Season

Welcome, Santa! That was the way Bay Village captured the spirit of the season as Santa’s annual fire truck ride around town culminated with a festive celebration at the Community House Sunday afternoon, Dec. 6.

Jointly sponsored by the Bay Kiwanis and the Bay Village Historical Society, the Cahoon Christmas brought together a great outpouring of community support.

“It is always a great day when Santa Claus takes time off from his busy schedule to visit Bay Village,” Bay Village Historical Society spokesman Eric Eakin said. “On behalf of the society and Bay Kiwanis, I want to thank all community groups who came out to support this event, and all the residents of Bay Village, young and old, who joined in the festivities.”

Donating wreaths for the gazebo were Friends of the Bay Village Kennel, Bay Village Education Foundation, The Knickerbocker, Friends of the Bay Library, Bay Village Women’s Club, Lake Erie Nature and Science Center and the Bay Village Garden Club. Bay Kiwanis donated the city’s official tree.

Manning booths inside the Community House were representatives from Bay Village Women’s Club, Friends of the Bay Village Library, Friends of the Bay Village Kennel, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Citizens for Bay Village Theater.

Performances by Citizens for Bay Village Theater and the Bay High Choraleers were highlights of seasonal entertainment. And characters from the Bay High Fairytale Foundation showed up in full costume. Village Bike Co Op was also open for crafting and tours.

Rose Hill Museum was in full holiday regalia, and offered cookies donated by Max & Erma’s. Two students won Pizza Hut gift certificates for their gingerbread houses, which were displayed at Rose Hill.

Eakin also thanked the City of Bay Village for donating a firetruck and police vehicle so Santa Claus could tour the city in style.

“Santa Claus mentioned numerous times that he enjoys coming to Bay Village and seeing our beautiful town and meeting new friends,’ Eakin said. “We look forward to welcoming him back again next year on the first Sunday in December.”


  • Westshore CERT hosts emergency animal response training

    by susan murnane
    unnamedVeterinarian Dr. Frank Krupka trains CERT volunteers to interact with animals during an emergency. Photo by John Sanders
    On Saturday April 25, the Westshore Regional CERT hosted a free all-day seminar designed to prepare CERT volunteers to safely and effectively interact with animals as part of emergency preparedness. CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team. It is a community directed program developed by FEMA to prepare a trained corps of citizen volunteers to assist first responders in meeting the immediate needs of the affected population following a major disaster. Tricia Granfors, Westshore Regional CERT Coordinator, and Dr. Frank Krupka, Avon Lake Animal Clinic, co-taught the course.

    The first line of defense in planning for the care of animals in an emergency situation is for everyone to have a plan for the care or evacuation of their own animals. Because animals other than documented service animals are generally not allowed in evacuation vehicles or emergency shelters, you should plan to include all necessary animal supplies in a “go kit” to take with you when you and your animals evacuate together. The kit should include your animals’ vaccination certificates, necessary medicines, veterinarian contact information, food and water for three days, bowls, collars, leashes, kennels or carriers, bedding, litter box and litter, and toys.

    Plan in advance where you can go with your animals, make sure all animals have identification tags and/or chips, and their immunizations are up to date. If you must evacuate without your animals, leave them in a safe place indoors with a two week supply of food and water. Raise the toilet seat and block open the bathroom door for additional drinking water. Put a notice outdoors where first responders will be sure to see it, stating what pets are in the house and your contact information.

    Animal response training is an essential part of an emergency plan whether it involves evacuation or sheltering in place. A large number of people have household pets that need to be cared for, some of which may be exotic or dangerous animals, but even well-trained and submissive domestic animals may become dangerous when frightened, disoriented, hungry or in pain, especially if a stranger is interacting with them.
    Some families in the Westshore also keep farm animals that could be affected by an emergency, including poultry, cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and llamas. In the event of a natural disaster such as fire or flood, an emergency response volunteer may even need to care for or contain injured or displaced wild animals. Participants acquired much information that will be useful in daily life, including basic animal behavior, safety considerations when dealing with animals, and techniques for approaching unknown dogs.

    The training session took place at the Westlake Service Center on Bassett Road. Forty-five CERT volunteers and animal advocates from all over northeastern Ohio attended the training, including three members of the Friends of the Bay Village Kennel.

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  • Cold weather dangerous for stray animals

    by Nancy Brown
    Westlake/Bay Village ObservercatThree darling Bay Village cats came very close to being victims of the bitter early cold snap that hit our area last week.Because of the rapid response, compassion and warm-hearted residents, each were rescued by different individuals or families in Bay and all ended up in forever homes.

    Friends of the Bay Village Kennel would like to remind residents to report animal issues to the Bay Village Police at 871-1234. Please remember to keep all pets safe, have identification and provide shelter and food. If you are aware of an animal that does not have the proper shelter, please contact the police or call Ruth Glasmire, president of Friends of the Bay Village Kennel, at 835-8139 for options on how to make or purchase outside housing for animals.

    Per public records requests the City of Bay Village has just over $8,000 in donations under animal control. This is item line 284. These funds are separate from what the Friends of the Bay Village Kennel have been collecting and expending on animals in Bay Village. The city of Bay Village has the potential to still accept a gift of a brand new kennel. The Friends of the Bay Village Kennel have repeatedly asked city council to please put the kennel matter on a public agenda for city wide input and transparency.

    The harsh winter ahead and other unforeseen situations will likely bring more than the three kittens mentioned above needing care and shelter.

    We thank residents for their continuing support in helping the abandoned and injured animals in Bay Village.

  • Helping feral cats and kittens

    by Susan Murnane
    Westlake/Bay Village Observer

    Last month, a Bay Village police officer asked if I could help a Russell Road resident with a kitten. Responding to its cry, two neighbors pulled a kitten from its hiding place in a cluttered garage, and they didn’t know what to do with it. Bay Village offers no animal control services for cats.

    I took the kitten expecting to quickly place it with a rescue organization, but it is kitten season and all rescues were full. Then the county health department called to ensure that the kitten would be held for 10 days quarantine because the kitten had bitten one of its rescuers. While highly unlikely – the CDC reports only two documented cases of rabies transmission to humans from cats since 1960 – all mammals can contract rabies and it is almost always fatal. However, if the animal is infectious it will become ill or die within 10 days.

    This story has a happy ending. Friends of the Bay Village Kennel came to my rescue and paid the kitten’s veterinarian fees. Renamed Liberty because she was born sometime around July 4, the kitten was disease free and thrived. A spot opened at the Animal Rescue Center in Eastlake, where she is available for adoption. But the story raises important questions.

    What should you do if you come across feral cats or kittens? First, do not try to touch them. Although feral cats are the same species as domesticated cats, they have been born in the wild and are not socialized to humans. They will fight as though their life depends on avoiding capture, and their life often does depend on escaping from well-meaning humans.

    Feral cats that are brought to shelters are not adoptable and are usually killed. For this reason, the Cleveland Animal Protective League will not accept healthy feral cats. Instead, APL encourages residents to trap, neuter and release (TNR) the cats back into the neighborhood where they were found. While in its clinic, APL also vaccinates the cats against rabies and other diseases. You can identify a cat that has been TNR’d by its tipped left ear. For more information on TNR contact the Cleveland APL,

    Young feral kittens can be domesticated, but that may not be the best thing for them. Caring for young kittens can be difficult and expensive, and socializing them takes time and patience. Once the kitten is ready, a home must be found and there are not enough homes for all of the cats and kittens needing one.

    The experts on feral cats, Alley Cat Allies, recommend that if you want to help a stray kitten, watch it for a while. See whether mom returns, and then watch the family. Feed them so they stay around and learn to trust you, provide shelter if necessary, and when the kittens are old enough, trap them and take them to the APL for TNR.

  • Five cats abandoned in Reese Park

    by Susan Murnane
    Westlake/Bay Village Observer

    One of the Reese Park Cats

    At about 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, Nancy Brown, proprietress of Hot Diggity Dog Inc., pet care business, received a phone call from Bay Village policemen. They had found a small pet carrier designed for a single pet in Reese Park stuffed with five cats. It was unclear how long the cats had been in there; they were traumatized and covered with excrement.

    Compassionate people, the police officers did not know what to do. Bay Village abolished its animal control officer two years ago, and police regulations prohibit using the decrepit former city kennel for any purpose other than holding dogs on a short term basis for pick-up by the Cuyahoga County Kennel.

    Nancy Brown contacted Friends of the Bay Village Kennel who stepped up to the plate. The five cats consist of two adolescent cats about eight months old, one male and one female; and three female cats between one year and three years old. FOBVK is harboring the cats at an undisclosed location, and they are doing very well. They have been vetted and found healthy. The two younger cats and one of the young females will be spayed or neutered next week.

    They are lovely, social and available for adoption. The remaining two females should be spayed and available for adoption soon. To inquire about adoption, or to make a donation to help defray the costs of the cats’ medical care, please contact FOBVK at or FOBVK president Ruth Glasmire at 440-835-8139. FOBVK is a nonprofit organization, 501(c)(3) pending, and contributions are tax deductible.

    This is not the first time that the Bay Village police have asked FOBVK to help in a crisis involving a companion animal. On July 26, a Bay Village resident found an injured golden retriever mix. The resident called the police who called Nancy Brown, and Nancy arranged for the dog to be seen by a local veterinarian at the expense of the FOBVK. The veterinarian opined that the dog’s injuries were consistent with being thrown out of a car.

    Very sweet tempered, the dog soon found a forever home, and we trust that she will live happily ever after. On July 10, a policeman was called to assist a cat which had been hit by a car. The policeman called Nancy Brown who arranged for veterinarian services through FOBVK and assisted the policeman in transporting the injured cat. This story does not have a happy ending, as the cat required euthanasia.

    FOBVK was formed when Bay Village had an animal control officer, and FOBVK has identified an anonymous donor who is willing to finance a new no-kill kennel if the city will commit to maintain at least a part-time animal control officer. In the meantime, FOBVK works to support and educate citizens on issues concerning companion animals and wildlife, and to connect animals in need with local animal rescues.

  • Cuyahoga County kennel staff shortage affects dog care: Animals in the News

    By Donna J. Miller, The Plain Dealer 
    on April 11, 2013 at 9:45 AM, updated April 11, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — A skinny Rottweiler spent four weeks at the Cuyahoga County Kennel gobbling down food but failing to gain weight.

    A 10-year-old poodle-mix named Jacob sat for 11 days at the kennel with pus and fur matted to his inflamed eyes.

    The two dogs, and others, have languished at the kennel because it is understaffed and lacks procedures for tracking health problems, two officials told The Plain Dealer.

    Sandy Smith, president of the Cuyahoga Humane Animal Control Board that advises the kennel, said the kennel’s health care team is focused on neutering dogs so they can be adopted, so dog wardens and volunteer dog walkers are left to notice health problems.

    “They may tell the health care staff about health issues, but there is no formal process — for instance, a form to fill out that triggers veterinary assessment within 24 hours and a treatment plan — and dogs are falling through the cracks,” Smith said.

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    “Until last month, the kennel did not have a functioning scale. The vet and vet tech were guessing dogs’ weights. How could dogs receive the appropriate medicine, and how would staff know when dogs are losing weight?”

    County Councilwoman Sunny Simon said the kennel is in transition after losing its manager a couple months ago.

    “Things will improve significantly once a new kennel manager is in place, and that will be soon,” Simon said.

    The Rottweiler’s bony condition stunned Amy Beichler, director of the Public Animal Welfare Society of Ohio, which took in the matted poodle-mix in December.

    Beichler rushed Jacob to a veterinarian, who prescribed antibiotics, eye ointment and pain medication. Jacob has fully recovered from the eye infection.

    “It is appalling that dogs are being allowed to suffer for days and weeks at a county facility that the public expects to provide humane care,” Beichler said.

    Smith wants the kennel to work with more rescue groups to move dogs into foster homes.

    She said more groups like PAWS would take dogs from the kennel if the county would waive its “pull” fee of $90, especially when the dog needs veterinary care.

    “If a dog is elderly, or has health issues, or is difficult to place, and a rescue wants it, why can’t we just release the dog to them? Is it better to euthanize dogs than release them to responsible rescues for a lower fee or even no fee?” Smith wrote in a letter sent Tuesday to county officials.


    “Considering that the treatment of many animals at the kennel recently has been neglectful and, frankly, inhumane, I think we all can agree that changes are necessary to ensure the welfare of the animals in the care of the Cuyahoga County Kennel. The animals feel pain and are suffering as a result of the inertia of the kennel staff and Cuyahoga County government.”

    Simon, who founded the South Euclid Humane Society and dog park, understands Smith’s frustration with the time taken to hire qualified workers, but she points to achievements made since the new county government took over in 2011:

    •Pit bulls are being offered for adoption, rather than euthanized.

    •A second veterinary technician was hired, as well as a veterinarian who works as needed.

    •Dogs beds are provided.

    •The kennel is open Saturdays and two evenings to facilitate adoptions.

    •Adopted dogs are microchipped.

    “I will continue to advocate for more staff and better policies for the dogs and for getting them adopted,” Simon said.

    PAWS took the Rottweiler to a Lakewood veterinarian Wednesday to have tests done to determine why he is eating but not gaining weight.

  • Dog Bone Sale a Huge Success

    by Jackson Duffy, Jimmy Hanselman and Jack Mediate, third-graders at Westerly School
    Jackson, Jack and Jimmy with the donation check.

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    In early January, Mrs. Thomas’ and Mrs. Davis’ third-grade classes were hard at work selling homemade “Bark-B-Q” dog bones. Parents volunteered their time to help make dog bones. Making the bones was a messy job. To make the bones, we mixed eggs, water, brown sugar, flour, honey and barbeque sauce together with our own hands. It was a messy job.
    Then we rolled the dough out and used a dog bone shaped cutter to cut them. Finally, we baked them in the oven. We put two bones in a bag and sold them for $1.25. Most of the sales were pre-orders so we got to go to the different classes and deliver them.
    The only thing missing this year were the green Weston Woofs T-shirts to wear during baking, delivering and selling days. We decided that instead of buying shirts with some of the profit, that we would rather donate all our proceeds to the animal sanctuary.
    Our company, Weston Woofs Inc., baked over a thousand bones! The sale was a huge success. We sold more than 400 bags. Some of the sales even came from online when we posted our email address,, in a previous article. Other sales came from the different schools and board office in Bay Village. But most of our sales came right from Westerly students and staff.
    In the end, we had $580 to donate to the Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary. The shelter is very happy! If you want to donate or adopt a dog, you can go It really felt good to help the animals and to raise money for a good cause.

    Bark-B-Q Bones

    2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour1/2 cup cornmeal1/2 cup wheat germ1/2 cup barbeque sauce2 tablespoons brown sugar1 tablespoon honey3 tablespoons corn oil1 egg1/2 cup waterPreheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix honey, oil, egg, water and barbeque sauce. Add to dry ingredients. Roll dough to 1/4-inch thick, cut with cookie cutter and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Makes 1 1/2 to 2 dozen bones (depends on size of cookie cutter).

    Jackson Duffy, Jimmy Hanselman and Jack Mediate, third-graders at Westerly School

    Third Graders at Westerly.
  • Bay family seeking donations to help save found dog.

    (Westlake/Bay Village Observer)
    by Dillon Slaman-Forsythe, age 14

    Dillon, left, and Logan found a black poodle, now named Peanut, near Porter Creek. The dog needs life-saving medical treatment and the family is seeking donations from the community.

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    Sept. 28 was the day that my brother Steven passed away from twin to twin transfusion syndrome 23 years ago. On this day, I was taking a walk with my dog Fluffy and little brother Logan to Porter Creek in Bay Village to skip rocks before we were to go lay daisies down for Steven at the lake.
    There was a hole in the rock wall and I found an abandoned little black poodle shivering and starving within the rock. I took her out and held her. She didn’t bark. She was shocked someone had found her.
    I made the decision to take her to our house. That day, God led me there to rescue this little dog in need of help. I could feel that my brother Steven was congratulating me the whole time. I will never forget that spectacular moment.However, this little dog will not survive without emergency dental care.  She has level 4 dental disease. Please help little “Peanut” stay alive and be herself again by donating directly to the vet. My mom has covered over $300 in vet bills, but we cannot cover the remaining $1,200. DONATIONS CAN BE MADE DIRECTLY TO  CREEKSIDE ANIMAL CLINIC AT 330-825-9556 ALSO DONATION JARS ARE LOCATED AT FRAGAPANES AND JAVA BAY IN BAY VILLAGE. For more information please email: to help little Peanut live.
  • Have your pets blessed Oct. 4 at St. Raphael Church

    Original Article from the Westlake | Bay Village Observer
    by Anne Straitiff

    Are your pets a blessing to you? Then let St. Raphael Church help you bless them in return. The eighth annual Blessing of the Pets will take place on the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Thursday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m. on the front lawn of St. Raphael Church in Bay Village.

    Individual blessings will be given to each animal. Dog treats from Landmark will be distributed and a garden statue of St. Francis will be given away. The event is free and all are welcome!

    The following items will be collected for area animal shelters: canned dog and cat food, dry cat food (no dry dog food), pet crates/taxis, kitty litter, bleach, paper towels, anti-bacterial wipes, cash donations for medical supplies and veterinary visits, gift cards for Landmark, PetPeople, Petsmart, Pet Supplies Plus, or Petco.

    St. Raphael is located at 525 Dover Center Rd., between Wolf Road and the railroad tracks.

    Please note: Dogs should be on leashes; cats and other pets in carriers or cages. The event will be cancelled if it rains.

  • Bay Village Fire Department accepts donation of pet oxygen masks

    April 09, 2013  BAY VILLAGE – Fire Department paramedics now are better prepared to care for residents’ pets that may become overwhelmed by smoke in the event of a house fire.

    Friends of the Bay Village Animal Kennel recently donated a set of pet oxygen recovery masks …

  • Bay Village Mayor Deborah Sutherland hits ‘reset button’ in talks with kennel supporters

    Dec 13, 2013  BAY VILLAGE – Mayor Deborah Sutherland appears to be extending an olive branch to the Friends of the Bay Village Animal Kennel.
    She unveiled a proposal during a council work session Monday …

    Bay Village kennel supporters urge council reconsider actions …

    Oct 6, 2011  BAY VILLAGEFriends of the Bay Village Animal Kennel and their supporters urged City Council during its Oct. 3 meeting to reconsider its 

  • Bay Village hosts Mickey Mouse at Cahoon in June

    mickey at cahoonMickey Mouse and tiny friends.

    Cahoon Memorial Park in Bay Village was the site of Cahoon in June today. Crowds turned out to view antiques, take guided tours of historic landmarks, meet rescue animals, and, of course, visit with Mickey Mouse. In the photo to the right, some of Mickey’s youngest fans, and at least one dad seems to get a kick out of his appearance. Watch for additional photos later on and in an upcoming issue of the West Shore Sun.

    By Bruce Geiselman, Sun News Sun News

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    Jun 24, 2011  BAY VILLAGE Friends of the Bay Village Animal Kennel are urging the city not to eliminate the animal control officer’s position.

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    Jun 11, 2012  The Bay Village Historical Society, Friends of the Bay Village Kennel and nonprofit organization Love a Stray Inc. are teaming up for Cahoon in 

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    Jun 12, 2012  In 2011, the Friends of the Bay Village Kennel was formed and secured funding to build a new kennel thanks to a Bay Village family.

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    Jun 28, 2011  This shocking and stunning announcement came a few days after the Friends of the Bay Village Kennel were asked to meet with Mayor Debbie 

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    Jun 12, 2012  The Friends of the Bay Village Kennel booth will feature Mickey and Minnie Mouse. There will be a pet costume contest with celebrity judges,

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  • Friends of the Bay Village Kennel announce they have enough

    Oct 3, 2011  BAY VILLAGE, Ohio – The Friends of Bay Village Kennel have secured enough funds to completely rebuild the city’s kennel. They attended 

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