Pet Care

Time to prepare for warmer weather and outdoor pets

According to county records, there are currently 1,075 licensed dogs in Bay Village this year. From April 2013 until April 10, 2014, Bay Village police responded to 692 animal calls. That averages to 58 calls a month. 

Calls for assistance with animals will rise like the temperatures as our four-legged family members are now able to enjoy the warmth of the sunshine and fresh smells. Bay Village police remind residents of the importance of contacting them at 440-871-1234 for any and all animal incidents. It is important and helpful to document this activity and to provide the correct guidance and/or interaction as needed and if available.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:23 AM, 04.15.2014

Safe ways to keep fleas at bay this season

Spring is just around the corner and if you have pets who venture outdoors, it is time to start thinking about flea and tick prevention. Until recently, that meant purchasing a chemical flea/tick preventative from your veterinarian. But, just as the over-use of antibiotics has led to strains of bacteria that are resistant to many of the antibiotics in the medical arsenal, the persistent use of pesticides has created fleas that are immune to the effects of nearly every chemical (spot-on treatment) on the market. What can you do? Fortunately, there are many new, safer, natural alternatives.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:32 AM, 04.01.2014

Helping to curb the feral cat population

In 1928, Wanda Gag wrote and illustrated the children’s book, "Millions of Cats," in which an old man goes to find a kitty for his wife and comes across a mountain covered with millions and billions and trillions of cats. It sounds like Bay Village, and the fall kitten season is just beginning. 

This week, a starving adolescent male kitty turned up in Cahoon Ledges, and a mom cat with kittens established her family under the hostas in a garden in central Bay. A second mom cat and litter are living outdoors in downtown Bay. All of the shelters are full.

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Volume 5, Issue 18, Posted 10:32 AM, 09.04.2013

Five cats abandoned in Reese Park

At about 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, Nancy Brown, proprietress of Hot Diggity Dog Inc., pet care business, received a phone call from Bay Village policemen. They had found a small pet carrier designed for a single pet in Reese Park stuffed with five cats. It was unclear how long the cats had been in there; they were traumatized and covered with excrement. 

Compassionate people, the police officers did not know what to do. Bay Village abolished its animal control officer two years ago, and police regulations prohibit using the decrepit former city kennel for any purpose other than holding dogs on a short term basis for pick-up by the Cuyahoga County Kennel.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 9:58 AM, 08.20.2013

Keep waste out of waterways by picking up after your pet

Pet waste left on sidewalks, streets, yards or other open areas is not only unsightly, it is also an environmental pollutant. Waste that is washed away and carried by rainwater into storm drains to nearby rivers, lakes and streams can cause many problems.

The Clean Water Campaign has released information on the harm that is caused to the environment by pet waste:

  • Pet waste decays, using up dissolved oxygen and releasing compounds that are harmful to fish and other animals that rely on water.
  • Pet waste contains nutrients that can cause excessive algae growth in a water river or lake, upsetting the natural balance.
  • Pet waste contributes to bacterial contamination of our rivers, lakes and streams. Pet waste contains harmful bacteria such as E. coli and fecal coliform. Waters that contain a high amount of bacteria such as E. coli are unfit for human contact. A single gram of pet waste contains an average of 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, some of which can cause disease in humans.
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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 10:52 AM, 04.16.2013

'Friends' donate pet oxygen masks to Bay Village firefighters

Friends of the Bay Village Kennel purchased specialized pet oxygen masks and donated them to the Bay Village Fire Department on March 25.
Chief Lyons graciously accepted the brand new and updated accessories, which are now on a fire truck.
"We hope we never have to use them, but just like humans, pets can be overcome by smoke and other particulates in a fire.  These are custom made to fit the snout of an animal and give them the correct flow of oxygen similar to what a human might need.  The Bay Village Fire Department is extremely appreciative of this donation."

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 10:50 AM, 04.02.2013

Plan ahead to protect pets in event of disaster

Bay Village was very blessed to have no loss of life during superstorm Sandy. However, another disaster could strike tomorrow without warning. Are you and your pets prepared?

Other forms of disaster include mudslides, blizzards, broken gas main, building collapse, chemical spill, earthquake, explosion, fire, flood fuel leaks/spills, hurricanes, lightning strikes, tornado, long-term power and water loss, terrorism and more.

Pets, like children and others, do fall into the vulnerable class as they depend on us for their safety. Bay Village has had many warnings to prepare, educate and communicate. Are you ready? Clearly communication failed during Sandy.

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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 10:23 AM, 02.05.2013

Five cheap cat toys you (probably) have in your home

Cats are simple creatures, easily amused, and not to be taken seriously. When it comes to entertaining them, well-intentioned cat owners often get distracted by the brightly-colored, jingly toys available in the pet store. A little secret: Those toys are not made to entertain your cat. They are made to entertain you.

Look at them: neon colors, cute designs and pleasantly tinkling bell attachments. Real prey animals consist of dull colors, beady eyes and spine-chilling squeaks and scratches. No one wants to bring that into their home, and they certainly don't want their cat to do so. Fortunately, odds are you already have some delightful cat toy-ready objects lying about your house. Here are five of my own finding, but you are limited only by your own imagination.

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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 10:19 AM, 02.05.2013

Of cats and claws, a simple solution to scratching

Ten thousand years ago, a family welcomed a cat into their home. This first house cat was promptly tossed back outside, upon the missus' viewing the damage done to her newly-upholstered animal hide sofa. From that moment on, mankind has been confronted with a perplexing dilemma: How to have our cats and unspoiled furniture too.

My husband and I were among the most recent additions to this centuries-long struggle this past fall when we adopted an orange tabby, Dash, from a local animal shelter. Within twenty-four hours of coming home, Dash was scratching furniture, carpet and rugs with equal gusto. We attempted to curb this bad habit, but the sprays and strategically placed scratching posts were ineffective. I didn't want to have him declawed, but I didn't want to wrap all my furniture in plastic wrap either. Fortunately I had another trick tucked in my (shredded) sofa cushions: Soft Claws.

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 11:44 AM, 01.22.2013

How old is too old when you are a dog?

Apparently 16 isn’t too old because my dog Nipper, a Border Collie-Husky mix, just turned 16 years old (in human years) in September. That’s 112 in dog years – which may seem old for a dog, but he still runs around the backyard chasing squirrels and our other dogs.

To celebrate his 16th birthday, we invited all of the neighborhood dogs over for a Dog Birthday Party. We invited Ada, Rudy, Daisy, Loudon, Shadow, Buster, Penny and Willis. All the dogs received an invitation to the party. When they arrived, they all received a party hat; but most of their humans wore the party hats because they wouldn’t stay on the dogs.

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Volume 4, Issue 22, Posted 7:38 PM, 10.30.2012

Bay family seeking donations to help save found dog

Sept. 28 was the day that my brother Steven passed away from twin to twin transfusion syndrome 23 years ago. On this day, I was taking a walk with my dog Fluffy and little brother Logan to Porter Creek in Bay Village to skip rocks before we were to go lay daisies down for Steven at the lake. 

There was a hole in the rock wall and I found an abandoned little black poodle shivering and starving within the rock. I took her out and held her. She didn’t bark. She was shocked someone had found her. 

I made the decision to take her to our house. That day, God led me there to rescue this little dog in need of help. I could feel that my brother Steven was congratulating me the whole time. I will never forget that spectacular moment.

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Volume 4, Issue 21, Posted 10:05 AM, 10.16.2012

St. Lads to hold pet blessing Oct. 6

In honor of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of pets, all dogs, cats, and other household animals (and their owners!) are invited to the First Annual Blessing of the Pets at St. Ladislas Catholic Church. The event will take place on Saturday Oct. 6, at 11 a.m. at St. Lads, 2345 Bassett Rd. in Westlake, at the back of the Church near the office entrance. After an introductory service, Bishop A.J. Quinn and Deacon John Travis will individually bless all pets.

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Volume 4, Issue 20, Posted 10:13 AM, 10.02.2012

The 'unsweet' truth about dogs and chocolate

It is almost Halloween and the start of the candy-filled holiday season! I confess, growing up with my miniature poodle Muffin, I gave her chocolate daily! That was her favorite dog treat, specifically M&M’s. One glance at those soulful eyes and the child in me melted. I did not want a candy nearly as bad as she did! We did not know the dangers of chocolate for dogs back then.  

As the owner of a dog bakery/boutique in Westlake, I had to learn the facts to educate my customers on the evils of chocolate and wonders of carob. So here are the “unsweet” facts about chocolate:

Chocolate comes from roasted seeds called Theobroma cacao – which contain theobromine and caffeine, both poisonous to most animals! What matters most are the type and amount of chocolate consumed.

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Volume 4, Issue 20, Posted 10:21 AM, 10.02.2012

Bay Village pet factoids

Today there are over 1,425 licensed dogs living in Bay Village and eight practicing veterinarians that make Bay their home.

In 2011, the Friends of the Bay Village Kennel was formed and secured funding to build a new kennel thanks to a Bay Village family.

In May 2012, Bay Village City Council passed legislation prohibiting breed discrimination.

Bay Village’s existing kennel will soon be demolished to allow for the construction of a salt truck wash station. Since the termination of the position of animal control officer, Bay Village’s kennel has continued to be used as a temporary home for Bay Village’s stray dogs and cats.

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 9:46 AM, 06.12.2012

Pet Safety Tips

Prepare for for emergency situations in advance. Pets are extremely vulnerable and depend on you for their safety. Natural disasters can strike without warning. In order to provide care for your pets during an emergency situation, it is important to a have a disaster plan in place. Visit or for pet emergency information and disaster planning assistance.

Foster an animal and help save a life! Foster pet families provide temporary homes for animals prior to adoption. Providing foster care is a wonderful and personal way to contribute to saving homeless pets. Dogs and cats are the most common pets needing foster homes, but some organizations may also need help with rabbits, birds or even farm animals.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:40 AM, 05.15.2012

Bay Village Animal Control FAQ's

Bay Village has implemented a new way of dealing with issues of animal control. Here are answers to frequently asked questions:

  1. Is the kennel open and will it remain open? Yes, the kennel is open and will remain open, but for dogs only after July 15, 2011.
  2. Are we building a new kennel? Due to an EPA-mandated truck-washing station to prevent road salt, etc. from getting into our creeks, we will need to eventually move the kennel from its present location at the Service Garage and are considering a move to the Police Station. No decisions have been made nor is there a deadline for any such decision or move.
  3. Why is the Animal Control Officer position being eliminated? City Council wanted additional budget cuts due to reduced revenues, state reductions to local government funding, and the impending elimination of the estate tax. Together, Council and the Administration decided that having our own ACO position was a luxury we could no longer afford. We will continue to refer residents to private trapping companies for animal issues not covered by the County.
  4. If my dog escapes, what do I do? First, call the Police Department at 871-1234 and describe your pet. Your dog may be in our kennel or being held by another resident and the Police Department will be happy to facilitate your reunion. If your dog has been missing for 24 hours, the Bay Village Police Department will refer you to the County Animal Shelter as the County Dog Warden picks up strays from our kennel every day, Monday through Friday, as needed. The County will scan for microchips, kennel dogs for 72 hours (three days) and, if not claimed, will put the animal up for adoption.
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Volume 3, Issue 16, Posted 2:48 PM, 08.09.2011

Hobo dog needs permanent home

My name is Hobo, I am the little tan and white beagle/King Charles mix that so many Bay Village residents looked for and tried to catch. Do I look familiar?
I am also the little guy with the healthy set of lungs you would hear in the wee hours of the morning. You see, my pre-genetic disposed instincts would kick in whenever I could corner and terrorize a rabbit.
I must admit the last month, I had great fun running around the middle of the city and being chased by youngsters on bikes, but I managed to keep moving and finding great hiding spots and I am grateful to be telling you my story.

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Volume 3, Issue 14, Posted 7:23 PM, 07.13.2011

Pet's death impacts many

Over the past couple weeks, the media covered a regrettable incident that took place in Westlake. It involved an on-duty police officer and resulted in the death of a family dog. On March 6, a Westlake officer responded to a home security system alarm, and fatally shot Callaway, an eight-year-old yellow Labrador retriever. The patrolman maintains that he was threatened by the charging dog and fired his weapon in defense. 

I am deeply saddened by this family's loss and suffering. I have provided this family's professional pet services for many years, and enjoyed a special bond with Callaway. If I could speak to Callaway, I would say:

“If I could bring you back, I would in a heartbeat, but I can't. I am so sorry that you are no longer with us, but I can say for sure that you are with some other angels that are loved and missed each day. Your life and story have touched so many people.
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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 5:51 PM, 03.16.2010

People food to avoid feeding your pet

Nutrition experts at the ASPCA have put together a handy list of the top toxic people foods to avoid feeding your pet.

As always, if you suspect your pet has eaten any of the following foods, please note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.

Dangerous Foods for Pets:

  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Avocado
  • Macadamia nuts
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Volume 1, Issue 6, Posted 9:35 PM, 10.28.2009

The kennel is full!

The kennel at the Bay Village Police Department is full of cats and kittens in need of forever homes.

Donations of unopened canned and dry dog/cat food, litter pans and gift certificates to animal hospitals are greatly needed and appreciated.

Please spay and neuter your pets and do not let them roam.

Please contact Bay Village Animal Control Officer, Diana Fife at 440-899-3414.

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Volume 1, Issue 6, Posted 9:25 PM, 10.28.2009

Protect the pup on warm and sunny days!

Just like humans, our animals are prone to skin cancers and other consequences of the heat.

“If we feel hot, they even feel hotter!”

According to local veterinarian Stephanie Dean, the main point about dogs and heat stroke is that because of their fur coats and the limited mechanisms of heat exchange (panting and sweating through their feet), if we feel hot, they even feel hotter, especially on those humid Cleveland days.

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Volume 1, Issue 4, Posted 10:23 PM, 09.24.2009