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Published: Monday, 2/23/2009

Konop wants probe into killing of dog by deputy dog warden

BY IGNAZIO MESSINA
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Lucas County Commissioner Ben Konop called for an investigation Monday regarding the killing of a 10-pound dog in Point Place earlier this month by a deputy Lucas County dog warden.

One of the questions I have is if it is proper to shoot a tranquilizer dart at a 10-pound dog, Mr. Konop said.

He said he decided to investigate the matter after receiving nearly two dozen e-mail complaints.

Chad Snyder, of 2500 110th St., said his family dog named Princess was killed Feb. 10.

My dog was literally cornered on my own porch, Mr. Snyder said. I think they viciously executed a non-vicious dog.

He said the two-year-old dog was a gift two years ago for his daughter, who is now 4.

The dog, a Pomeranian beagle mix that was unlicensed, escaped from the Snyder home when a back door blew open, Mr. Snyder said.

Lucas County Dog Warden Tom Skeldon could not be reached for comment Monday morning.

Mr. Konop said he wants a yet-to-be formed dog warden advisory panel to review the incident.



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