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Animal Control Officer to Receive Daily Stipend

On June 4, Hellertown Borough Council unanimously approved paying a $15 daily stipend to animal control officer Scott Ziegler when stray dogs are kept in the borough's canine holding facility for more than 24 hours.

Hellertown's animal control officer, Scott Ziegler, recently went above and beyond to help care for a stray pit bull puppy named Spike, Borough Council was told June 4.

Spike was held in the borough's kennel for 25 days, but has since been adopted.

And Ziegler's efforts to care for him were belatedly recognized when council voted unanimously to begin paying him a $15 daily stipend in future, similar instances involving stray dogs that are temporarily cared for by the borough.

Ziegler will receive the daily stipend in exchange for feeding and exercising dogs that are held at the facility for more than 24 hours, council decided.

If a dog is ultimately claimed by its owner, payment of the accrued amount will be the responsibility of that owner, council also determined.

Owners must also pay a $50 flat fee upon reclaiming their pet.

Councilwoman Gail Nolf recommended that Ziegler be awarded "back pay" for his care of Spike, who spent far more time in the canine holding facility than any other dog has .

"I do agree that he (Ziegler) does a lot and he saves us a lot of money," Police Chief Robert Shupp said.

Shupp said Ziegler--who is also a public works department employee--would visit Spike four times a day in order to make sure that he had food, cold water and an opportunity to relieve himself.

This standard of care was essential on hot days, and "he should be paid for it," he added.

In addition to the stipend, the motion approved by council included the authorization of retroactive pay for the animal control officer's care of Spike, as per Nolf's suggestion.

Ziegler, who was present at the meeting, told council he was pleased to be able to report to them that Spike has "a happy home now."

Stephanie Brown June 13, 2012 at 02:43 PM
What trainning does Mr. Ziegler have to qualfiy him as an animal control officer, especailly veterinary trainning?
Andrew Wilt June 13, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Stephanie Brown - You no longer live in Lower Saucon, correct?
Luke Solosky June 13, 2012 at 05:04 PM
My dog is famous! Haha! Scott did a great job taking care of spike. He was amazingly well behaved from the first day I took him home. Anyone who questions the quality of care that the borough is giving these dogs can gladly come meet spike and see what kind of job they do.
Yea right June 14, 2012 at 01:22 AM
You are an idiot Stephanie! Nobody said he was offering vet care....go play in traffic
Gerry Kranz June 14, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Careful Steph...or he will have to lock you up as a stray!
Earl Mcgregor June 16, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Steph why don't you cause problems in the boro or township your living in now an leave the saucon valley area alone? All you do is make yourself sound like a moron. By the way what kind of spelling training do you have obviously not to much by the looks of your post.
svforlife2012 June 27, 2012 at 09:32 PM
even the SPCA has its standards Vaughn.

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