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Canfield Police get pet scanner

January 18, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The Canfield Police Department received a new tool that will help return lost pets to their rightful owner in a short amount of time. The department received a pet scanner, donated from Canfield Rotary last Wednesday.

"This was one of the many projects that were funded through our Fall Market on the Green," said JWL member Nancy Dove.

She said the funds from this year's event, held in September, enabled the Canfield JWL to give each of the four Canfield school buildings $1,000 for the principal's funds, two scholarships for seniors at the high school, $1,000 to hurricane relief through Direct Relief, and $1,000 to Henry's Home Horse and Human Sanctuary.

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Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier

Officers and Canfield Junior Women's League members gathered at the Canfield Police Department on Jan. 10 as the JWL donated a pet scanner to the department. Pictured are Officer Katee Sweeney, JWL members Nancy Dove, Heather Davis, Carla Elenz and Peggy Rowe, and Sgt. Josh Wells.

"Henry's Home rescues horses in Texas and trains them for use with disabled children and veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)," Dove said. "The horses are used for therapy."

The other funded project for 2018 was the purchase of a pet chip scanner for the police department. The device will help get a pet back home a lot faster.

"Our patrol officers and residents come across stray dogs from time to time," said Canfield Police Sgt. Josh Wells. "This could eliminate a call to the dog warden."

He said in the past a found stray dog or cat would be taken to the police department and placed in a pet cage. Officers would either have to wait until a local vet office opened, or would have to bring in the dog warden. If the vet office were open, the pet could be scanned and if it had a chip, the owner could be discovered. If the dog warden came, the dog would have to go back to the county shelter to be scanned.

With a scanner available, officers can now bring the stray dog to the department, scan for a chip, and if found, can find out the owner right away. It will save a lot of time and will get a pet back home a lot sooner.

Wells said his department will still continue to use other resources such as the departments Facebook Page and "Canfield Next Door", the city's phone app. Missing pets are photographed and immediately load to those resources.

To test the new scanner, Canfield JWL member Carly Elenz brought her eight-year-old husky mix, Rusty. The new scanner immediately picked up the chip number and identification.



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