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GOING BATTY? A MESSAGE FROM ANIMAL CARE & CONTROL ABOUT BATS 

If you're wondering whether bats are dangerous to humans or pets, you should know that the short answer to that question is “not if they are left alone.”  Contrary to popular belief, bats are not blind.  In fact they can see almost as well as humans. However, at night, their ears are more important than their eyes - they use a special sonar system called 'echolocation,' meaning they find things using echoes.  Because of this, bats have evolved into nocturnal (active at night) mammals.  During the day, bats are typically roosting in trees, rock, caves and buildings.  They prefer to avoid natural light.  If you see a bat during the day, it is best to leave it alone and let it snooze. At dusk, it will fly out to hunt for food which consists of insects such as beetles, moths and mosquitoes - which actually makes them our friends!  A bat can eat up to 12,000 mosquitoes in one hour!

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While it is true that most cases of rabies being transmitted are due to bats, a low percentage of bats actually carry rabies.  Each summer, Animal Care and Control (ACC) receives many phone calls about bats.  Typically, these calls are referred to the Health Department to determine if the bat should be left alone or captured and tested.  If the bat need to be captured, the Health Department will request ACC catch it.  Less than 10% of captured bats test positive for rabies.

People who are unvaccinated for rabies and untrained to handle bats should refrain from doing so. If you find an injured bat, do not attempt to help the animal yourself or touch it in any way. If the bat is in your house, close off that room and call the Health Department.

To help Washington pets and people stay healthy, state law requires all dogs, cats and ferrets, regardless of indoor or outdoor status, be vaccinated. If your pet does not have a current rabies vaccination, please contact your veterinarian to update their shot.

About ACC
Wenatchee Valley Animal Care and Control (ACC) is a separate LLC of Wenatchee Valley Humane Society and is a government contracted agency.  Its mission is to help protect the safety and well-being of the citizens and animals of our jurisdictions through compassion, education and law enforcement. ACC is contracted to provide services for the Cities of Cashmere, Chelan, East Wenatchee, Entiat, Rock Island, Wenatchee, the Town of Waterville and Chelan & Douglas Counties.

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FOURTH OF JULY SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUR PET

WENATCHEE- The Fourth of July can be a fun day, sunshine, barbeques, swimming, music and, of course, fireworks. It isn’t necessarily fun for all members of your family though. Many pets are frightened by fireworks and escape from homes, yards or kennels due to panic.

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Each year, Wenatchee Valley Animal Care and Control (ACC) sees a significant rise in lost animals around the days leading up to the Fourth of July and days immediately following the celebration.

Dawn Davies, Executive Director for Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) reminds pet owners that a current pet license and identification tags is an important part of reunited lost pets and their owners. “Our licenses are now on PetHub digital pet ID tags and, as long as the owner has registered the tag with PetHub, can help anyone contact a lost pet’s owner.”

Since the Fourth is ACC’s busiest day of the year, Davies says this is extremely helpful for all involved. “These tags give community members the chance to help which means pets get home faster and never have to come to the shelter.”

Davies notes that the Fourth is a holiday best celebrated with pets left at home. “It’s a stressful day. Crowds, heat, and sudden loud noises are all things that can cause even the friendliest, relaxed dog distress. And distress can cause animals to react negatively or panic and run.”

To help combat the amount of pets that go missing in our community, pets will not be allowed after 3 p.m. at the ‘Let’s Have a Blast’ celebration in Walla Walla Point Park.

WVHS offers the following tips for keeping your pet safe and stress-free for on the Fourth:

  • Make sure pets are in a secure space with something soft to curl up to and music softly playing.

  • Secure doors and windows.

  • Do not bring pets to any outdoor festivities where they cannot be secured and safe.

  • Ensure all tags or identification is up to date (if you have a 2019 PetHub license, make sure you’ve registered it for free with them).

  • Take your pet for a nice walk or have play time. A tired pet, is a relaxed pet.

If your pet becomes lost or you find a lost pet, contact ACC to file a report at 509-662-9577 or file one online, where you can also view photos of found animals. A visit to the shelter on July 5th, to see if your pet was brought in by ACC or a concerned citizen is also recommended.

'DOGS IN HOT CAR’ REPORTS INCREASE AS TEMPERATURES RISE

As temperatures increase, Wenatchee Valley Animal Care and Control (ACC) is responding to an alarming number of reports of dogs left in hot cars.  Numerous calls are received daily regarding this issue and, in some cases, dogs were removed from vehicles to prevent brain damage or death.  With temperatures now well above the seventy degree mark, people should consider leaving their dogs at home.  The interior of a car can quickly become an oven within minutes.  Leaving windows cracked or down a few inches is insufficient and will only result in a two to three degree difference to the vehicle’s interior.

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“We all love the companionship of our dogs, and most dogs love to go for car rides.  Sometimes, we just have to love them enough to leave them at home,” notes Dawn Davies, Executive Director of Wenatchee Valley Humane Society.

Per Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 16.52.340, animal control officers and law enforcement officers are authorized to enter a vehicle or enclosed space to remove an animal without liability to any damaged property.  It’s important to note this law only covers animal control and law enforcement officers, not the general public, and concerned citizens should call ACC or law enforcement if they see an animal who may be suffering or is in danger.

To report an animal in a vehicle who may be suffering, please call ACC at 509-662-9577 opt 1.

ABOUT ACC
Wenatchee Valley Animal Care and Control (ACC) is a separate LLC of Wenatchee Valley Humane Society and is a government contracted agency.  Its mission is to help protect the safety and well-being of the citizens and animals of our jurisdictions through compassion, education and law enforcement. ACC is contracted to provide services for the Cities of Cashmere, Chelan, East Wenatchee, Entiat, Rock Island, Wenatchee, the Town of Waterville and Chelan & Douglas Counties.

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SEEKING INFORMATION ON DOG SHOT IN THE HEAD, LEFT TO DIE

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WENATCHEE- At approximately 9:30 PM on June 5th, 2019 a man found a severely injured dog on the side of the road near Bee Hive and Mission.  He brought the dog to Wenatchee Valley Humane Society where an Animal Care & Control Officer transported the dog to Countryside Veterinarian for emergency care.  X-rays confirmed that the dog had been shot at least three times by what looked to be a hollow point round from a small caliber pistol.  The three shots were to the head, neck and shoulder.  The dog is currently being treated by the WVHS veterinarian with pain medication and antibiotics.  It is not clear if the dog will survive.  The dog is a large adult male, American Pit Bull/Terrier mix, silver/white, neutered and has a previous abdominal scar, indicating that he has an owner.  When found, the dog was not wearing a collar and was without identification or microchip. 

If you have any information please call Wenatchee Animal Care & Control at 509-662-9577, Option 1.

About WVHS
Founded in 1967, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) is a private non-profit organization with a mission is to serve the community through education, protection and pet adoptions. We continue this mission by caring for displaced pets, rescuing injured and lost animals, providing a low cost spay/neuter program, hosting a pet food assistance bank, offering a Pets for Life program, investigating cruelties and finding homes for the orphaned animals. If you would like to volunteer, donate, or more information on how you can help, email wvhs@wenatcheehumane.org or call (509) 662-9577.

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ANIMALS AT WENATCHEE VALLEY HUMANE SOCIETY BEGIN TAKING DAILY BREAKS

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WENATCHEE, WA- Beginning Monday, January 7, 2019, Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) is changing its weekday hours of operation to implement a new ‘Quiet Time’ for the animals at the shelter. When the program launches Monday, the shelter will begin closing for an hour on weekdays, from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

The new ‘Quiet Time’ will give animals at the shelter a much needed midday break. Currently, shelter animals begin their day at 6 a.m. and live in a constant state of stimulation, with approximately 12 hours of disruption, including: kennel cleaning, feeding time, medical checks, dog walking, behavior modification, socialization with volunteers, and potential adopters visiting.

During ‘Quiet Time’ adoption halls will be closed to any activity with lights out and music off.  Recent research presented at the ASPCA Learning Lab shows that pets in shelter and kennel environments benefit tremendously when they are allowed at least one hour of downtime during the day. The break helps calm the animal, reduces illnesses and helps overall demeanor.

Animals also need enrichment to keep them curious and reduce boredom while waiting for a new forever home.  “Our awesome volunteers love to make and hand out enrichment items like stuffed Kong toys, bark boxes, toys and frozen pup cups,” says WVHS Executive Director, Dawn Davies. “The goal is to provide shelter animals a healthy balance of enrichment and socialization while reducing over-stimulation, which can have a negative impact on their behavior and health.”

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Davies demonstrated the need for ‘Quiet Time’ to shelter staff and board of directors by asking each of them to sit in a dog kennel for five minutes while normal every day activities went on around them. “It sounds silly, but the experience really helps to build empathy for the individual needs of each animal in our care.”

Shelter staff will also benefit from this change, utilizing the allocated time to take uninterrupted breaks, participating in meetings, trainings, and updating animal records. Davies says she also sees this time as a way to reduce the overall staff stress of handling constant, emergent situations.

Animal Care and Control (ACC) can be reached during this ‘Quiet Time’ by phone at 509-662-9577, option 1, however the lobby is closed for licensing and other ACC-related business during this hour.

Shelter hours of operation are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (closed 1:30-2:30 p.m., beginning January 7, 2019), Monday through Friday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The shelter is located at 1474 Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee.

About WVHS

Founded in 1967, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) is a private non-profit organization with a mission is to serve the community through education, protection and pet adoptions. We continue our mission by caring for displaced pets, rescuing injured and lost animals, providing a low cost spay/neuter program, hosting a pet food assistance bank, offering a Pets for Life program, investigating cruelties and finding homes for the orphaned animals. If you would like to volunteer, donate, or more information on how you can help, email wvhs@wenatcheehumane.org or call (509) 662-9577.

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Shelter Open House Gives Local Shelter a Chance to Share New Happenings

WENATCHEE- Join Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) on Saturday, October 6, 2018, as it participates in the 7th Annual Statewide Shelter Open House, hosted by Pawsitive Alliance. WVHS will be joining over 25 shelters in every region of the state for this exciting event that gives shelters across Washington the opportunity to host an Open House and bring community members in as honored guests.

“This year many of the shelters involved are choosing fun, new activities to get their community involved and to showcase their animals”, says Amy Ferguson, Executive Director of Pawsitive Alliance.

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WVHS will have great adoption specials for the event selected by a spin of the wheel, insightful observation of our dog play group, fun giveaways to new adopters thanks to PetSmart in East Wenatchee and, as a Hill’s Science Diet partner, will have sample food bags to send home with every adopted animal! It’s sure to be a fun day, so come visit the shelter and see what’s new and maybe find a new addition to your family!

Pawsitive Alliance would like to thank their sponsors for this event: Martha Faulkner--RSVP Real Estate, Canine Behavior Center, Petcurean, Good Neighbor Vet, Pet Connection Magazine, and DML Insurance. For more information on Washington State Shelter Open House, visit Pawsitive Alliance’s website, www.pawsitivealliance.org, or the Shelter Open House Facebook event page and follow #shelteropenhouse during the event for exciting shelter updates and heartwarming adoption stories.

To take advantage of the adoption specials and fun, visit WVHS on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 11-3 p.m. at Wenatchee Valley Humane, located at 1474 S. Wenatchee Ave. in Wenatchee.

About Pawsitive Alliance
Pawsitive Alliance's mission is to help end the euthanasia of adoptable dogs and cats in Washington by increasing adoptions, supporting spay and neuter programs, and improving pet retention. To learn more about our life saving partnerships and programs visit www.pawsitivealliance.org. Since 2005, Pawsitive Alliance has helped more than 7,000 homeless pets find loving homes.

About WVHS

Founded in 1967, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) is a private non-profit organization with a mission is to serve the community through education, protection and pet adoptions. We continue our mission by caring for displaced pets, rescuing injured and lost animals, providing a low cost spay/neuter program, hosting a pet food assistance bank, offering a Pets for Life program, investigating cruelties and finding homes for the orphaned animals. If you would like to volunteer, donate, or more information on how you can help, email wvhs@wenatcheehumane.org or call (509) 662-9577.

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KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE ON THE FOURTH, BY KEEPING THEM AT HOME

WENATCHEE- The Fourth of July can be a fun day, sunshine, barbeques, swimming, music and, of course, fireworks. While entertaining for people, it can be terrifying for your pets. Many pets are frightened by fireworks and escape from homes, yards or kennels due to panic.

Every year, Wenatchee Valley Animal Care and Control (ACC) sees a significant rise in lost animals around the days leading up to the Fourth of July and for the days immediately following the celebration.

Shiloh Schauer, Chair of the Wenatchee Valley Fourth of July Committee, said the ‘Let’s Have a Blast’ Celebration at Walla Walla Point Park has seen an increase in frightened and lost dogs during the festival.

“Last year, our event team experienced a significant increase of lost and frighten dogs being turned in throughout the day. These fury friends clearly were not strays, they had just become separated from their owners.” Schauer explain. “We were all shocked by the number of terrified dogs being turned in during the firework performance.”

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Dawn Davies, Executive Director for Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) reminds pet owners that the Fourth is a holiday for pets to stay home. “It’s a stressful day. Crowds, heat, and sudden loud noises are all things that can cause even the friendliest, relaxed dog distress. And distress can cause animals to react negatively or panic and run.”

Davies also reminds pet owners that a current pet license and identification tags is so important. “This year we switched our licensing tags to PetHub digital pet ID tags and, as long as the owner has registered it, can help anyone contact a lost pet’s owner.”

“These new tags give community members the chance to help which means pets get home faster and never have to come to the shelter.” Davies notes this is extremely helpful for all involved, since the Fourth is ACC’s busiest day of the year.

WVHS offers the following tips for keeping your pet safe and stress-free for on the Fourth:

  • Make sure your pets are in a secure space with something soft to curl up with and music softly playing.

  • Secure doors and windows.

  • Do not bring pets to any outdoor festivities where they cannot be secured and safe.

  • Make sure any tags or identification is up to date (if you have a 2018 PetHub license, make sure you’ve registered it for free with them).

  • Take your pet for a nice walk or have play time. A tired pet, is a relaxed pet.

If your pet becomes lost or you find a lost pet, contact ACC to file a report at 509-662-9577 or file one online, where you can also view photos of found animals. A visit to the shelter on July 5th, to see if your pet was brought in by ACC or a concerned citizen is also recommended.

About WVHS

Founded in 1967, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) is a private non-profit organization with a mission is to serve the community through education, protection and pet adoptions. We continue our mission by caring for displaced pets, rescuing injured and lost animals, providing a low cost spay/neuter program, hosting a pet food assistance bank, offering a Pets for Life program, investigating cruelties and finding homes for the orphaned animals. If you would like to volunteer, donate, or more information on how you can help, email wvhs@wenatcheehumane.org or call (509) 662-9577.

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‘DOGS IN HOT CAR’ REPORTS INCREASE AS TEMPERATURES RISE

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As temperatures increase, Wenatchee Valley Animal Care and Control (ACC) is responding to an alarming number of reports of dogs left in hot cars.  Numerous calls are received daily regarding this issue and, in some cases, dogs were removed from vehicles to prevent brain damage or death.  With temperatures now well above the seventy degree mark, people should consider leaving their dogs at home.  The interior of a car can quickly become an oven within minutes.  Leaving windows cracked or down a few inches is insufficient and will only result in a two to three degree difference to the vehicle’s interior.

“We all love the companionship of our dogs, and most dogs love to go for car rides.  Sometimes, we just have to love them enough to leave them at home,” notes Dawn Davies, Executive Director of Wenatchee Valley Humane Society.

Per Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 16.52.340, animal control officers and law enforcement officers are authorized to enter a vehicle or enclosed space to remove an animal without liability to any damaged property.  It’s important to note this law only covers animal control and law enforcement officers, not the general public, and concerned citizens should call ACC or law enforcement if they see an animal who may be suffering or is in danger.

To report an animal in a vehicle who may be suffering, please call ACC at 509-662-9577 opt 1.

ABOUT ACC
Wenatchee Valley Animal Care and Control (ACC) is a separate LLC of Wenatchee Valley Humane Society and is a government contracted agency.  Its mission is to help protect the safety and well-being of the citizens and animals of our jurisdictions through compassion, education and law enforcement. ACC is contracted to provide services for the Cities of Cashmere, Chelan, East Wenatchee, Entiat, Rock Island, Wenatchee, the Town of Waterville and Chelan & Douglas Counties.

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DOG ATTACK REPORTED IN SOUTH WENATCHEE

WENATCHEE- On the afternoon of November 22, 2017, Animal Care and Control received a report of a dog attack. The reporting party stated that a brindle-colored Pit Bull-type of dog attacked her Pomeranian on the corner of S. Mission Street and Antles Street in Wenatchee, between 9:30 and 10:00 p.m. the previous evening. Reporting party states the owner of the Pitbull-type dog was a thin man of average height and ran diagonal towards S. Viewdale St. There were no distinguishing marks on the attacking dog nor was it wearing a collar. Reporting party’s dog sustained serious injuries from the attack.

If you have any possible information identifying this Pit Bull-type dog or its owner, please contact Animal Care & Control at 509-662-9577, option 1.


 

ROVER GOES DIGITAL IN THE WENATCHEE VALLEY

WENATCHEE- PetHub.com, the world’s fastest way to get lost pets home, and Wenatchee Valley Animal Care and Control (ACC), serving Chelan and Douglas counties where an estimated 36% of households have pets, have teamed up to offer four-legged family members a new 21st century ID tag that promises to increase the chances of a lost animal’s return while reducing the number of animals in shelters.

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“96% of animals returned by PetHub are home in less than a day, before they enter a shelter,” said Dawn Davies, Executive Director of Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS). “That’s the kind of powerful tool we want to give pet parents throughout the Wenatchee Valley.” Such results will support ACC in its goal of getting pets back to their families more quickly, and helping to reduce the number of animals in the shelter.

“Over $2 billion is spent annually by shelters in the U.S. to provide food, critical care, and a safe bed to lost animals,” said Tom Arnold, Founder of PetHub.com. “Our goal is to get a lost dog or cat home before it can become injured through fights with other animals, taken in by strangers thinking the dog is homeless, or enter a shelter.”

PetHub’s system links a physical ID tag to an animal’s online profile that can be accessed through an encrypted connection by anyone with a mobile device, whether a smartphone or standard cellular phone. That profile can be updated free-of-charge at PetHub.com to allow the owner to list emergency contact information, including that of anyone who helps care for the animal, such as spouses, pet sitters, veterinarians, and other family and friends. Optional upgrades include “found pet” alerts, GPS notifications, and a way to broadcast a missing pet’s profile to local shelters and businesses (think “Amber alert,” but for pets).

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“We were also excited to learn that when pet parent’s choose to upgrade to PetHub’s optional premium service, PetHub will donate a portion of that revenue back to WVHS which will help us in offering critical services to the animals in our region,” said Davies.

The new licensing program launched November 1, 2017 and have been received well in the community. “Effective this month, anyone renewing a pet license online at www.wenatcheehumane.org, or renewing or purchasing a new license in-person at WVHS, will receive the new digital ID tag that is ‘powered by PetHub,’” said Davies. “We are incredibly excited to bring these new, durable, modern and effective pet ID tags into our community.”

Click here for more information about digital IDs and eligible locations.

About WVHS

Founded in 1967, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) is a private non-profit organization with a mission is to serve the community through education, protection and pet adoptions. We continue our mission by caring for displaced pets, rescuing injured and lost animals, providing a low cost spay/neuter program, hosting a pet food assistance bank, offering a Pets for Life program, investigating cruelties and finding homes for the orphaned animals. If you would like to volunteer, donate, or more information on how you can help, email wvhs@wenatcheehumane.org or call (509) 662-9577.

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DOG ATTACK REPORTED NEAR WENATCHEE SCHOOL

WENATCHEE- On the evening of October 30, 2017, Animal Care & Control got a call about a dog attack. The reporting party stated that a very tall, strong looking dog with sleek gray fur came out while she was walking her dog in the 1300 block of McKittrick Street, in Wenatchee.

The unknown dog attacked her leashed dog and would not release it until another witness, in a vehicle, stopped to help and honking her car horn to create a startling noise. The dog ran from both parties, heading east in the direction of the large, fenced field of Foothills Middle School.

The Animal Control officer responding to the call patrolled the area and spoke with a few nearby residents, but was unable to identify the dog.

If you have any possible information identifying this large gray dog, please contact Animal Care & Control at 509-662-9577, option 1.

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DOG BITE REPORTED IN CASHMERE

Wenatchee Valley Animal Care & Control received a call regarding a dog bite that happened on Thursday 07/20/2017 between 9:30 and 10:00 am. The bite occurred at the intersection of Elberta Ave & Woodring St in Cashmere.

The dog owner is described as being an average height, white male that walks in the area on a regular basis with his dogs. The suspect usually walks with a larger, white fluffy dog on a leash and a Blue Healer type dog that is mostly off leash. The biting dog is the Blue healer type dog. Verification of a current rabies vaccination is needed for this dog.

If anyone recognizes this suspect please call Wenatchee Valley Animal Care & Control at 509-662-9577 Ext 1. Thank You.

DOG BITE LAKE WENATCHEE

At around 5pm on Thursday evening a 7 year old boy was bit by an all-black Doberman Pinscher type dog near Lake Wenatchee. The owners of the dog stayed until the ambulance arrived to take the boy to the hospital where he was treated for a bite wound to his leg. The Doberman was on a leash along with along with a German Shepherd. The boy was bit when he ran by the dog. The mother of the boy did not get the dog owners information, but believes that a group of them were staying at Thousand Trails Campground. Thousand Trails believes the dog owners may have left. Wenatchee Valley Animal Care & Control would like to verify that the dog is currently vaccinated for rabies. If you have information about the owners, please contact 662-9577 Opt 1.

REPORT OF A DOG BITE ON SATURDAY, MARCH 4TH

the 800 block of Kittitas Street in Wenatchee.

A homeowner on Kittitas was moving a piece of furniture when a man passed by and offered to help him. The man had a black and tan Miniature Pinscher type dog with him, who was on a leash. The local mail carrier passed by on his route and was bitten on the ankle by the dog. The bite broke the skin, but did not do any severe damage.

Neither the homeowner, nor the mail carrier knew who the man was, though they did gather that his name is Paul.

Animal Care & Control needs to speak with Paul to determine if the dog is current on its rabies vaccination.

If you have any information that can help us contact the dog’s owner, please call Wenatchee Valley Animal Care & Control at 509-662- 9577, option 1.