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Auditor's office helps find lost friends
Donna Hebdo and her son, Brian Davis, were devastated when their sheltie, Lacey went missing.
Davis was leaving his Grove City home early one October morning and ran back inside for something he forgot. It was still dark. He left the sliding door open slightly. He did not know Lacey ran out.
Hebdo usually wakes up later in the morning. The 9-year-old pooch greets her. That morning, Lacey was nowhere to be found.
“I thought someone had taken her to their home,” recalled Hebdo. “She is so bright; she would have found her way home.”
The mother and son were reunited with Lacey two days later, after finding her posting on the Franklin County Auditor’s Web site.
When most people think of the county auditor, they think of taxes and dog licensing. The auditor’s Web site in Franklin County, has a Dog eBulletin Board. Residents can post photos and information of lost dogs. They can also post photos of dogs that have been found. The site even includes “pupdates” on the lost and found dogs.
“I looked on the Dog eBulletin Board and there she was,” said Hebdo of how she found Lacey.
A local sheltie rescue group was notified when a neighbor found Lacey. They took her and posted her on the site.
“We were really, really happy,” said Hebdo.
Hebdo said she is truly appreciative of the service offered by the county auditor.
The site has included lost and found dogs for about six years. Dave O’Neil, with the auditor’s office said they probably post a dog a day.
“It is growing,” said O’Neil, “I think residents are grateful that something like this is out there.”
The site also offers a service where if a resident were to find a lost dog that had a tag, they could enter the tag number and pull up the owner contact information. The auditor’s office works with the Franklin County Dog Shelter and Pet FBI.
Hebdo believes Lacey ran out the door after a rabbit. She said they are much more careful now when going out the door.
“She’s our only dog and she’s just so loveable,” she remarked. “She is back now and back to being the queen of the house.”
The auditor’s office posts lost dogs because they are responsible for dog licensing. Registration for licensing begins Dec. 1 and runs through Jan. 31.
If you have lost of dog or found a dog, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Dog eBulletin Board or other services by the Franklin County auditor, visit www.franklincountyohio.gov/auditor.
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