BY TANYA IRWIN
BLADE STAFF WRITER
The story of a small black-and-brown dog named Cheerio that was killed Thursday by the dog warden generated a fevered reaction Saturday.
More than 60 comments about the story were logged on The Blade Web site.
Some of those comments blamed the dog warden for not doing more to save the dog.
Some suggested it would have cost less money to simply give the dog back to its owner than to have kept it for as long as it was kept.
Others pointed a finger at the owner, saying the dog should not have gotten out in the first place, that it should have been wearing its license, and that the owner should have been more resourceful in coming up with the money to free the dog. Others questioned why a rescue group hadn’t taken the dog when it was offered to them.
Although Melissa Cousino bought the 2013 dog license for Cheerio, a beagle mix, she said in an interview Saturday she had not owned the dog for seven or eight months.
She said she had given him away to another resident at the mobile home community where she lives in Holland. She said his first name is Gary, but that she does not know his last name.
The dog was brought in as a stray July 18 to the Lucas County Dog Warden’s Office.
He was not wearing a collar with a license tag, but the department was able to search dog licenses in the area he was found and figured out he was once
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