LETTER: ‘I Was Pleasantly Surprised Today When I Called CARES…’
I was pleasantly surprised today when I called CARES, Burien’s animal control agency. First, a person answered the phone, which was unexpected. Second, they responded within the hour and corralled a lost pit bull and returned him to his owners. A situation that could have gone badly, like the shooting of Tyson on Maplewild, ended well for all concerned because of the quick response by CARES.
This morning around 10:30, as I was moving the laundry from the washer to the dryer, I heard the jingle of tags outside the door. I didn’t think it was any of my dogs, and the dog I was taking care of, Karma, was right beside me helping with the laundry. I opened the door to look, and Karma pushed her way out even though I was trying to block her in. She ran out to the driveway where she stood nose to nose with a pit bull mix that looked a lot like her but without the white. Karma is a good-natured dog. She works for Missing Pet Partnership detecting missing cats by scent. She is friendly with dogs and cats, and she is patient and kind. I had no idea of the temperament of the pit bull she was greeting. He seemed okay. He was smelling all the places my male dog had peed while Karma checked him out. I wanted to put a leash on him, but I didn’t have one handy. I took a picture with my cell phone just in case he got away before I could get a leash, and he did trot on down the driveway before I could hook him.
Karma and I hopped in the car and went looking for him. I ran into several people who had seen him, but after fifteen minutes of looking, I couldn’t find him. With the memory of the Tyson ordeal fresh in my mind, I decided to call animal control for help, to try to prevent the pit bull or anyone else from getting hurt. When I called, I was surprised that someone actually answered the phone. That doesn’t happen too often with animal control agencies. I explained about the wandering dog, and I told them I was a volunteer for Missing Pet Partnership, currently out looking for him. The woman on the phone said she would send someone out. Then I got an alert on my iPhone from craigslist that someone in Burien was missing a dog named Roy. He had escaped at 2 AM from 149th and 12th SW, and he matched the picture I had taken. I called the owners, and they drove to Seahurst to look for Roy.
While the owner and I were both looking for Roy, someone from CARES found him at 149th and 18th SW. I don’t know the details of how they caught him, but they returned Roy to his home before 12:30. Roy was fine, and his owner was very pleased to have him home. As far as I know, the owners were not asked to pay a fine or an impound fee or anything. The quick response by CARES, and the fact that they caught him unharmed, led to a fast, happy, and peaceful result. Their actions avoided a potential situation like what happened with Tyson and Bella on Maplewild. This is the kind of animal service I like to see in Burien, and I hope this is a sign of good things to come from CARES.
– Jim Branson
Missing Pet Partnership
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