Zach Gentile, a high school student in Revere, lost his dog Emily on December 19 when his mother accidentally let her out unattended. He searched the neighborhood for many hours but couldn’t find his beloved pet of nine years. The next day, he called Lisa Cutting whose kennel is contracted by the city to house stray pets. Ms. Cutting advised the young man that police had received a call from a man who reported finding Emily, but the dispatcher didn’t bother getting the man’s name or phone number.
Mr. Gentile called the police himself. They told him to call the city’s ACO, which he did. But no one has helped him. He has continued to search on his own and to put up fliers in the area.
Ms. Cutting spoke to the city council a year ago about the numerous failures involving lost and stray pets in Revere. She told the council that healthy, owned pets who had been picked up after getting lost from their homes have been killed by the city due to the lack of police communication with the owners. Nothing has apparently improved in the past year although when confronted with the Emily story by the local newspaper, the police threw them a bone:
Revere Police, upon learning more about the situation, told the Journal that they are revisiting the idea of making a clear policy for lost or abandoned animals – a problem they were told of more than a year ago by Cutting.
While they are revisiting the idea of having a policy, maybe they could help Mr. Gentile look for Emily. Pets are family. Animal services=family services. How sad it is that the Revere police need a written protocol to tell them that when someone calls in to report finding a lost family member, they need to do better than meh.
(Thank you Anne L. for sending me this link.)