There’s so much love for canines around Lindale City Hall these days that a popular joke among staffers is on new job applications – in fine print at the bottom – potential hires have to take home a dog from the city’s impoundment facility.
Obviously, it hasn’t come to that but City Manager Carolyn Caldwell, Code Enforcement Officer Kristi Freislinger and Director of Planning and Development Steven Lloyd are indeed looking for ways to make sure the pooches in their care either find new homes or can be returned to their owners.
“It’s obvious when we get someone’s pet,’’ Caldwell said. “You can tell that someone has cared for them. But it’s so sad when we don’t know who to call.’’
Freislinger has the task of capturing dogs in violation of the city leash law and safely installing them in the impoundment facility. She isn’t simply a dog catcher – she truly cares about each dog in the facility and would be happy if it was empty all the time.
Along with providing advice and guidance to the city’s dog owners, Freislinger keeps the animal control Facebook page (www.facebook.com/lindaletxanimalcontrol) updated.
“It’s important for everyone to know that we don’t pick up dogs outside the city limits and we are not an owner surrender facility,’’ she said.
Owners can help ensure their dogs are returned by making sure the animal has a microchip embedded just under the skin, she added. Local veterinarians can perform this service for a small fee.
“We have the tools to ID these dogs if they are micro-chipped,’’ she said. “We had one recently that was from Dallas and because of the chip we were able to locate its home.’’
There’s no easy explanation as to how a dog from Dallas more than 100 miles, but the microchip made it simple matter to get him back to his owner.
Having a Facebook presence is also another handy tool, Freislinger said. The site has up to date photos and information concerning all the dogs in the city’s care.
Residents can find contact information regarding missing or found animals, ask about dogs available for adoption or rescue or if they would like to register a complaint.
She also feels spaying and neutering your dogs can help keep the unwanted puppy population down.
“Once you neuter your dog they are more likely to stay home instead of wandering off to find a female,’’ she said, adding that spaying the female works to keep male dogs away.
The Lindale impoundment facility isn’t likely to have many purebreds, but Freislinger believes the mixed breeds are just as lovable and make great pets.
“You have to look past the breed and understand a great pet can be (a mixed breed),’’ she said.
When owners and future owners visit the facility, Freislinger provides them with a list of Lindale area veterinarians as well as facilities that offer low cost spay and neutering services.
ANIMAL HOSPITAL OF LINDALE
2717 S. Main Street
HIDE – A- WAY SMALL ANIMAL CLINIC
14114 Hwy 849
LINDALE PET HOSPITAL
12677 CR 472
LINDALE VETERINARY CLINIC
16366 FM 16 W
LOW COST SPAY/NEUTER
ANIMAL PROTECTION LEAGUE
Mineola Location via Mobile Unit @ Tractor Supply Co
1451 South Pacific St
SPCA OF EAST TEXAS (SNIPPET)
3405 ENE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75708
DEHART VETERINARY SERVICES
Mobile Unit with several locations
903-590-7722 or 903-312-6422
18513 US HWY 69 N, UNIT F
Also, the Tyler Animal Shelter, 4218 Chandler Highway (903-426-7317) will embed a microchip in your dog for $10. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.