Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Bethany Helwig
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Who let the dogs out?

From the Editor


I love dogs. Always have and probably always will. Certain dog owners on the other hand,not so much.

Over the last couple of months, I’ve encountered six stray/loose dogs, all of them without identification. Four of the five were also wandering across roadways, with the obvious risk of getting hit by a car. I most recently was followed by a jolly brown lab mix on the Munger Trail. I tried to do what I could, from calling the police department, to wrangling it, and attempting to get it to my car. I wasn’t able to hold onto it but did send a picture of the dog to Lost Pets of the Northland to see if anyone could identify it.

Each time I come across a stray animal, it just makes me more upset. I want to help, but there’s basically nothing I can do about it. The police don’t have the manpower to handle the stray animals. There’s not a dedicated shelter in the area. And without identification on these dogs, I have no way to contact the owners. It doesn’t even matter if the dogs are chipped. I’m not able to pick up every strange dog, hope they do well in a car, and drive somewhere to check the chip.

If you are going to own an animal, please, please be responsible for them. I understand that some pets manage to slip away despite the owner’s best efforts, but have a tag on them with contact information.


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