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RDNO Dog Control helps Wildfire Evacuee by Temporarily Housing 14 Puppies

Posted Friday, August 27, 2021

On August 23, 2021, RDNO Dog Control received multiple excessive barking complaints at a house in Vernon. Upon investigation, they found that the yips were coming from 14 puppies and their mom. Dog Control was able to contact the owner and learned that he had been evacuated from Westside Road and was staying with a friend while trying to balance keeping his dogs safe and still attending school. Instead of issuing the owner a ticket, Dog Control Officers recognized that they could help and got creative by offering to open their doors at the dog control facility and house all 14 puppies and momma!

“Our mornings have changed in the facility – that’s for sure!” said Dog Control Officer Daryl Riva. “We show up in the morning to 15 wagging tails, lots of licks, and a lot more dog hair floating around than usual.”

The shepherd-mix puppies are around ten weeks old, and the owner accesses the facility throughout the day to feed and visit with the pups.

“I am so grateful for the generosity and collaboration that the RDNO Dog Control Officers have shown to me and my dogs. During such a stressful time, they have helped take one thing off my plate while I wait to return home,” said the dogs’ owner, Alex.

Dog Control Officer, Ashley Sissons, in the cutest dog pile possible!