When pooches go missing, ‘who ya gonna call’

Contributed photoMeet Bailey, a 5-year-old Dutch Shepherd who loves to run! She wants to be the queen of the household as she doesn’t get along with other animals...but she loves her people! Bailey’s favorite pastime - aside from hanging out with CGHS Adoption Counselor Alexa Caunitz - is playing with tennis balls for hours.

As spring blossoms beautifully, not all of our or our neighbors’ pooches understand what “stay in place” means! Below, you’ll find valuable contact information for Dog Control Officers in each municipality across the two counties we serve. If you have a lost dog or have spotted one, these are the folks to call. A reminder that cases of abandonment, neglect, abuse, or cruelty are not under the jurisdiction or authority of Dog Control Officers, and must be reported to law enforcement authorities.

A special note: It is with deep regret that we must send our best wishes to one of our finest Dog Control Officers in Columbia County, Wes Powell, who laid down his official leash and duties at the end of March. The animal savvy, expertise, and caring that he exhibited during his many years of tenure as a DCO for multiple municipalities was unparalleled and appreciated beyond measure. There are so many people who can never be replaced…and Wes, you are one of them! Thank you!

Below the list, you’ll find some new information pertinent to our ongoing services at the shelter during the current restrictions.

Columbia County: Ancram: Richard Prentice, 518-398-7121; Austerlitz, Copake, Ghent, Hillsdale, Taghkanic: Kyle Miller, 845-407-1367; Canaan: Lynne Torello, 518-794-0406; Chatham: Darrell Dutcher, C 518-917-3330, H 518-794-0432; Claverack: Reg Conklin, 518-755-3152, (Village of Philmont: PD at 518-672-4000); Clermont: Desiree Weber, 321-863-3875; Gallatin: Jim Reilly, 845-756-4136; Germantown: Anthony Cidras, 518-821-9197; Greenport: Jennifer Pinkowski, 518-567-7668; Hudson, Stockport: James Delaney Jr., 518-567-6951; Kinderhook, Stuyvesant: Diane Ryan, 518-275-9983; Livingston: Martin Palumbo, 518-929-7891; New Lebanon: Maggie Banker, 518-365-9872;

Greene County: Ashland, Cairo,Hunter, Jewett, Lexington, Windham: Bruce Feml, 518-589-6155; Athens, Catskill, Coxsackie, Greenville: Sherry Vieta, 518-322-9783; Durham: John Van Tassel, 518-947-0963; New Baltimore: Joe Tanner, 518-703-4746; Prattsville: Jeremy Marsh, 518-299-3375

Based on Governor Cuomo’s extended stay in place policy and continued business regulations, CGHS/SPCA’s lobby will continue to be closed to the public. We are making every effort to continue to offer vital shelter services while ensuring a safe environment for staff and visitors. To meet the essential needs of our community, we will continue to offer some services and adoptions in a limited capacity.

The Food Bank will continue to be open 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. If you are quarantined and need food for your pet, please call 518-828-6044 ext. 100 or 108, or email jessica@cghs.org. We are maintaining adoption services. Potential adopters can view animals on our website at cghs.org and fill out an online application to be pre-approved for adoption. Interaction with pets is limited to ensure the safety of staff and the potential adopters. Please call for up-to-date grooming information at 518-828-6044 ext. 103. Since so many of our clients are medical professionals and rely on our boarding and daycare services to care for their dogs, we will continue to offer these services by appointment only. If you have any questions, please call or text 518-610-3232, or email jessica@cghs.org. For up-to-date information on any of our clinics, please call us at 518-828-6044 ext. 100. Donations of pet food and supplies can be left at the front door. If you need a receipt, please call or text Ron Perez at 518-828-6044 ext. 100 or email ronperez@cghs.org.

If you have any general questions, please call Ron Perez, President/CEO 518-828-6044 ext. 100, or email ronperez@cghs.org.

Charlene Marchand is the Chairperson of the Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA Board of Directors. She may be contacted at cghsaaron@gmail.com.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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