Police Chief Discusses Lost Dog Success Story

On Jan. 17, Hellertown police chief Robert Shupp told Borough Council that the department's newly-established system of caring for and reuniting lost dogs with their owners passed its first test earlier this month.

passed its first test earlier this month, when a lost Shih Tzu was successfully reunited with his owner within a day, police chief Robert Shupp told Borough Council Jan. 17.

Shupp said that after the small dog was found in the vicinity of East High Street he was brought to the borough garage, where he was fed, given water, and cared for overnight. The dog was kept warm during this time, he said.

After the dog was picked up, Shupp explained that and information was posted on the borough's website. Additionally, officers carrying flyers canvassed the neighborhood where the dog had been found.

Ultimately, police determined that the dog had escaped from a residence on Cherry Lane, and a reunion between pup and owner occurred shortly thereafter.

"It all worked out good," Shupp said of the system now in place, which was devised after .

In this particular instance, the lost dog was licensed but lacked identification because he had just been neutered, Shupp said. When a plastic cone was placed around the dog's neck to prevent him from biting his wound, his collar was temporarily removed, which was why he wasn't wearing it when he was found, it was explained.

The owner of the lost dog paid a $50 fee when he was reclaimed--a fee that will help the department recover costs associated with temporarily feeding and caring for him, Shupp said.

"We're not looking to turn this into a money-making process...(but) there's some time and labor involved," he told council, adding that some municipalities charge the owners of stray dogs as much as $150 in order to reclaim their pets.

Council vice president John Bate asked Shupp if the department has considered purchasing a machine capable of scanning pet microchips, which could help identify ownership in some cases.

The chief responded by saying that the department plans to take dogs to for microchip scanning if necessary, since there are several types of pet microchipping systems currently in use.

Bate and councilman Tom Rieger also suggested that some type of promotional flyer encouraging both microchipping and be created for the purpose of educating the public.

Steve Hanner February 03, 2012 at 10:19 AM
I think if the Boro. has an Animal Control Officer, that person should be the one handing out the fliers to neighbors instead of the Officers. They should be doing police work, after all, isn't that why they needed the money from the casino because of the increased crime??
Andrew Wilt February 03, 2012 at 01:49 PM
The Cone of Shame!
GrowUpSaucon February 03, 2012 at 02:11 PM
I mean no disrespect . Why are you saving dogs when our neighborhood has been complaining and placing you on high alert about Saucon Valley School District placing our 11 children in arms reach of a convicted child r@pist? Not to mention the 9 other sex offenders down there? Not even our Township. Should we micro chip the kids? Just saying....
Josh Popichak (Editor) February 03, 2012 at 02:19 PM
@GrowUpSaucon - This happened in Hellertown, not Lower Saucon Township.
GrowUpSaucon February 03, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Josh, does it matter? The kids are in SV school District-Hellertown. We live in Lower Saucon and our bus stop is Bethlehem School District.Yet , we pay Lower Saucon School taxes. This is the problem...our situation is all over the place and NOBODY will do anything to protect these kids. Sad. I mean no disrespect toward you , Josh.. I am tired of everyone passing the blame. All things considered here-can you tell me who is responsible if I child gets "hurt" at in this situation because of all the Districts involved? Nobody wants to be , nobody can be UNLESS one of our children is r@ped.
GrowUpSaucon February 03, 2012 at 02:40 PM
(cont). and YES we do watch our kids, we do take them to the bus stop , as we should. BUT, when a situation happens like it just did -two of the 10 sex offenders were just charged because they were video taping children from their home at bus stops and swapping chilsd p@rn...We need authority to step up.
Rosita February 03, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I think if I lived in a neighborhood with 9 registered sex offenders, I would move. Maybe by not moving the bus stop the school is telling you that you will have to be really vigilant about the whereabouts of your children at all times.
GrowUpSaucon February 03, 2012 at 03:08 PM
First, we are extremely cautious with our children -we can not control the sex offenders video taping from their homes and swapping child p@rn. 2nd, The bus stop is NOT in our neighborhood. The bus stop is in another District.
GrowUpSaucon February 03, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Cont.: I don't feel like I need to defend myself. I did not choose to place these children knowingly near 10 convicted sex offenders when there are definately other options . We have offered EVERY last one to the District. We contacted police MANY times. At the end of the day SV INSISTS this is "the safest" spot for our children. How ridiculous.
svforlife2012 February 03, 2012 at 04:03 PM
We all care about kids but please stop acting like you are 2 years old. There are proper ways of dealing with things... and this isn't one of them. Commenting on stories that have NOTHING to do with LST and SVSD or the situation your in. This is not the purpose of Patch, and you are abusing a amazing community asset. If I was the staff of this paper I would block your IP address and delete your account because from the looks of it no one else is on your side anymore, you can only beat a dead issue so much. For someone who said she wasn't going to stop voicing her opinion at school board meetings you haven't been there since November so maybe its time for you to MOVE to NYC or Allentown or some other "safer location" where you can't go 10 feet without have a convicted sex offender or parole. Lets be honest If you cared enough you would move, because thats what the rest of us parents would do if we felt the same way, you would find a way to accomplish that because after all YOU choose to continue to live there NOT the rest of us. The district has the obligation to provide what it deems is the safest stop to its residents not the more convenient. If a bus would roll or have a accident and during an annual review they switched hats and moved it back, WHO's gonna pay the millions in civil penalties. That's right the rest of us, the stop conforms with the current law. enough said. walk your kids to the bus stop. issue solved time for YOU to Grow Up and act like an adult.
GrowUpSaucon February 03, 2012 at 04:19 PM
(cont): you are just angry because someone challenged you. Now you are going to take it out on children. You have a doctors note about another child with "special health needs" who can not walk to this stop (her siblings need to get there with a parent) but YOU say we should figure it out. You are not willing to compromise on ANY level because you want to be the all mighty. You can be whatever you want, I will be whatever you call me...YOU ARE STILL placing children in arms reach of 10 convicted sex offenders. ...how do you sleep at night? You have very little room to call anyone a two year old.
sandra fellin February 03, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Mrs. Steuer, Please do not assume someone is me and/or leave the impression to others that comments are mine when they are not. I use my name if I feel a need to leave a comment. Thank you, Dr. Fellin
GrowUpSaucon February 03, 2012 at 05:58 PM
MMhhhmmmmm....You & I know better.
Rosita February 03, 2012 at 08:01 PM
It is astounding how you turn EVERY article on Patch into a soap box for your cause. It really is time to let it go. Or if you really feel wronged, talk to a lawyer. But, really, enough!
Josh Popichak (Editor) February 03, 2012 at 08:07 PM
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GrowUpSaucon February 03, 2012 at 09:08 PM
I apologize Rosita. I am not kidding. I understand your frustration. I feel it too. I will keep my little girls near 10 convicted s@x offenders and like every second of it because we all know this IS the safest spot for them. Thank you so much.
GrowUpSaucon February 03, 2012 at 11:45 PM
@Vaughn, you are so right...pedophiles before children. Have a great evening.


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