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people don’t want the dog anymore so they just take off the collar and dump them,” said Sauvé. “You’d be surprised howmany people do that. I got my dog from the pound. I have had the dog for seven years now. No regrets.” Although a dog has the instinct to eat and chase, it doesn’t necessarily have the instinct to take care of itself out in the forest. Most pet dogs are accustomed to being fed and cared for and don’t know how to hunt. When they get dumped, they can become ill, injured, or simply starve. Without being found, the dog is in for a bleak future. Pet dogs have been known to save their owners lives in the case of fires, robbery, or even illness. Some dogs have been trained to detect epileptic seizures, low blood sugar, and even cancer. When a dog is picked up, the pound has the legal obligation to keep it for seven days. After that time, the dog becomes the property of the Township and the pound can do what they like with it. “When we pick up a dog, they take care of it,” explained Sauvé. “They feed it twice a day, and make sure it is ok. It is not very often that we put a dog down. If we do have to put a dog down, we bring it to the vet and they take care of it humanely.”


Dogs have been keeping people company for thousands of years. People have been keeping dogs as pets formore than 12,000 years. Man’s best friend has been helping with chores, keeping us safe, keeping us happy, and entertaining us. The Champlain Township runs two dog pounds. When a dog gets lost, or dumped off, every effort is made to find the owners, or a new home. According to Cecil Robinson of the Vankleek Hill dog pound, this year has been pretty quiet for the dog pounds. He said in 2015, the pound only picked up about six dogs in the Champlain area. “Owners were found for two of them,” Robinson said. “The rest, we found new homes for them.” “If the dog is not sick or mean, we usually find a new home for it,” explained Normand Sauvé, By-Law Officer with the Champlain Township. “Some people are looking for a certain kind of dog, and will call and ask if we have it. When we do, we call them.” Quite often people think that dumping a dog off in the country is a good idea and the dog will be able to fend for itself. “Some

When a dog gets lost or dumped, Champlain Township does its best to find the owner, or a new home. –Sara E. Baxter

Reality Tour coming up quick The next Reality Tour is coming up quick on Saturday, February 20, at Pleasant Corners Public School (PCPS). So far, things are on track but registrations are low. “Registrations are slow in coming in,” said organizer Caroll Carkner. “We need to get the word out.” There are only 100 spots available for this event. Carkner is hoping people will step up and fill the spots before the deadline. The next advisor meeting has been re-scheduled from January 23 to January 31 at 3:30 p.m. – Diane Hunter TO OUR READERS AND ADVERTISERS Please note that starting in February the publication of NOTICE

Correction In last week’s article titled Vankleek Hill resident critizes clear-cutting , it was mentioned that council member Gerald Miner made a comment about neighbouring townships writing a letter to the province in regard to local clear-cutting. However, the name should be Gerard Miner. We apologize for any confusion. – Diane Hunter


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