Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on September 2, 1976 · Page 3
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Garden City, Kansas
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Thursday, September 2, 1976
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'Population'Control; One Solution to Doggy Dilemma? (Editor's note: This is the first of • a two-part series concerning the problem and solutions to animal population control.) ByKATHILOPER That fat, fluffy puppy that greeted your family with a friendly wag of the tail and nosed its way into your life is growing up. You've probably weathered the trying experience of housebreaking with varying degrees of success, and now is the time to turn your attention to another aspect of your puppy's life: sexual maturity. Unfortunately, too few dog owners give any consideration to curbing Fido's love life. They assume that nature will take its course and there isn't much that can be done. Or if they are aware of pet population control methods, myths and misinformation often cloud good judgment. Humane societies across the nation have launched an educational campaign to point out the magnitude of the current pet population explosion. The statistics, although they vary considerably from source to source, are staggering. Current dog population in the United States now stands at an estimated 90 million, give or take 20 million, according to latest figures available through the American Human Assn., at Denver. This figure represents only those animals that already have homes, and doesn't include the feral, free- roaming animals that are born in the wild or "dumped" in the country to fend for themselves. Don Hegg, associate director of information services for AHA at Denver, estimates that an additional 2,000 to 3,500 puppies are born every hour in the U.S. Again, this figure doesn't represent feral animals. Hegg also estimated that between 13 and 15 million dogs are destroyed in public and private animal shelters across the country,'each year, at a cost of some $125 million to private supporters and tax payers. Millions more of these unwanted animals are struck and killed on highways and city streets, or face agonizing death through starvation, shooting and poisoning. But even this tragic form of population "control" isn't enough to remedy the problem. Locally, the situation doesn't carry the impact of national statistics, but it remains a problem nevertheless. Judy Smith, Garden City Animal Warden, spends her days retrieving lost and abandoned animals. Many of the stories at the local animal shelter have a happy ending; many more do not. Smith, a dog owner herself, is concerned by the number of puppies and adult dogs that wind up at the local pound, but she's just as concerned about the number that do not — those that are taken to the country and dumped with hopes that a friendly farmer will give them a good home. "People who take their pups and dogs to the country in hopes that some farmer will give them a home are doing the dogs and the farmer an injustice. Either the farmer loads them up and brings them back to the pound, or he has to destroy them because they are killing his calves or other farm animals because they are hungry," she said. Those who work with the problem daily generally agree that dogs are "dumped" through a misguided sense of kindness on the owner's part. The owners hesitate to take their animals to the local dog pound, knowing .that if a home isn't found for the old family pet within a few days, the dog will be "put down." Instead, they prefer to salve their conscience by turning the animal loose and hoping for the best. However, the dog is likely to fall victim to any number of horrible deaths, or become a nuisance to other animals and people. "Unwanted dogs or pups that survive the elements are a nuisance to the people of the city, in addition to being a health hazard. They usually live out of garbage cans or eat other dogs' food. Because they are unwanted, they receive no innoculations for the various dog diseases, and they spread these diseases about. They contract mange and distemper and spread them to people's pets, and they could create a rabies epidemic. "If they are hit by a car, no one cares to see they receive either medical aid or at least an end to their suffering," Smith said. Feral dogs create other problems as well. Basically dogs are social animals, and, lacking human companionship, will often band together to form packs of "wild" dogs. These dogs have to eat, and hunger brings out their survival instincts. As a result, these packs often prey on domestic livestock such as sheep, chickens or calves. Solitary stray animals usually are disoriented or frightened, and pose an additional hazard to children who might attempt to approach them. Their natural instinct is to protect themselves, and the result could be a nasty dog bite and a nightmare for the child's family as they attempt to determine if the animal has been vaccinated against rabies. If the animal cannot be located and held for observation, the child will be forced to undergo a painful series of anti-rabies vaccinations. Obviously the problem cannot be solved overnight, and probably never will be totally obliterated. f But there are steps that individual dog owners can take to insure that they are not adding to the burden. Smith recommends that owners of mixed breed females not plan to let their dog have pups unless prior arrangements have been made for suitable homes. Some humane society officials even take this recommendation one step further, and their views are food for thought to persons seriously concerned with animal population control: don't allow your mixed breed female to have pups, period. They contend that for each pup whose birth was planned by the dog owner, one less home is available to pups already living and in need of a home to save them from the "death sentence." However, owning a purebred dog doesn't necessarily guarantee that the pups will be wanted either. The demand for dogs of certain breeds fluctuates with the whim of the public, Smith said. As an example, she noted the popularity in recent years of the Irish Setter. To satisfy public demand for dogs of this breed, breeders began flooding the market with Irish Setters. The local pound, at one time, housed an average of five Irish Setters a week, Smith said. This is an area of great concern for professional breeders across the country, and many -shudder at the thought of "their" breeds rising to the - top of the popularity chart. Now that sounds odd, doesn't it? But there's a reason. As a breed of dog gains in popularity and demand rises, •some breeders adopt an assembly-line, haphazard program to satisfy that demand. They often do not take into consideration the background of their breeding stock, and as a result serious physical and genetic faults are passed on to the pups. These pups may, in turn, be sold to private individuals who feel ' that they must get back the price of the dog by raising and selling a few pups themselves, or offering their male dog for stud service. Unless the individuals know the background of both the male PageS Garden City Telegram Thursday, September 2,1976 and female, as well as the good and bad traits in conformation, temperament and genetics of both parent dogs, producing sound pups is a hit- or-miss proposition. For this reason, a number of professional breeders further recommend that purebred dogs of low quality, and especially those with genetic faults, be neutered. Not all methods of animal population control are permanent, and not all methods are expensive; a dog owner now has a number of options from which to choose. These various methods, advantages and disadvantages and local cost ranges will be outlined in the second part of this series, to be published tomorrow. College Housing: How About Next Year? By RODNEY HOFFMAN Housing problems this semester at Garden City Community College were solved yesterday when rooms were secured for three male students but the question remains, "What about next year?" Harold Kleystuber, Board of Trustees chairman, says additional housing is the top priority at the college and a target date of next fall has been set for the completion of a new dormitory. Housing at the present dorm is limited to 122 students. Men and women live in separate wings of the building. All of those rooms were reserved by mid-May this year. Last winter a housing needs survey was conducted at the college and a committee recommended that the present dorm be converted for male students only and that modular units be constructed for women. Last week the Trustees viewed modular dormitories at colleges in Colby and Goodland. According to Kleystuber, Trustees prefer to construct modular efficiency apartments rather than a building similar to the existing dorm. Their final decision, he said, would probably depend on cost comparisons between the two types. The modular units being considered can accomodate four to eight persons but they havex no kitchen facilities. Kleystuber said students interviewed at Colby and Goodland preferred the apartment-like dorms because it was more comparable to home. During the past year the Trustees have heard two plans from private developers for apartment complexes near campus. Apparently both .have been dropped, Kleystuber said. One plan called for apartments available primarily to college students. The other called for an apartment building to be leased to the college. At the Trustees' meeting next week, they will hear from Architect Michael Gibson about both types of dormitories being considered. Gibson said it's possible to have a new dormitory completed by next fall. At least one college instructor, Ira Mann, says that more students would enroll at the college if housing was available. Two students pre- enrolled in agricultural courses this summer but then entered other colleges because they couldn't find "suitable" housing in Garden City, he said. "I suspect others but they didn't say why they changed," Mann said. "I think it's probably a bigger problem deaths PUPPIES OF ALL shapes and sizes are irresistable, but they have a habit of growing up into adult dogs. Garden City currently has a problem with dogs allowed to run at large, and the city animal shelter is seldom empty. There are solutions to the problem, however, if owners are concerned enough to practice animal population control. Telegram Photo Brown Elk Dies After Antlers Catch in Fence after the last check at night and before feed rounds at 8 a.m. Fulton said the big elk was one to charge the fence. He said the animal had gotten hung up several times before The big brown elk at Lee Richardson Zoo died Tuesday night. He got his antlers caught in the fence, and officials believe he died from restricted oxygen intake and stress. Park superintendent Bob Fulton said the elk got caught up on the fence sometime after dark — probably in the early morning hours. It was Two juvenile males were returned to the custody of their parents in Beloit yesterday after being involved QfnrP' PharnoH in a hit and run accident and a IV/I on Ic oiore, unargea tadn&v hoaxhere . ivian is County Wreck Story a Hoax — but park employes had always come upon the scene in time and were able to free him. The remaining elk at the zoo include three whites, a brown adult, and two brown babies. There was a death at the zoo Tuesday night, but there was a birth there Wednesday morning. Fulton said a new baby llama was born between 8 and 9 a.m. It was a brown female. Man Caught in Charge Against A 27-year-old Garden City man was charged with burglary this morning after being caught in Gibson's Discount Store after hours last night. ' County Attorney Don Vsetecka has filed charges against Freddie Eugene Niblock, 1906 "B". Police Capt. Jimmy Grenz said police received an alarm at the store, 1303 Taylor, at 9:34 p.m. The manager arrived to open the building for officers, and a search was conducted. Grenz said the suspect was found crawling in one of the store's aisles. Niblock was taken into custody by police and was scheduled to appear before the judge this afternoon. ' Deputy Finney Attorney Mike Quint said he planned to file a petition today so that the matter could be handled in Beloit. Police Chief Richard Colwell said the two 15-year- old boys were involved in a hit and run accident in the 1400 block E. Fulton, about 11 p.m. Tuesday. Some time later, he said, the youths turned themselves in at the police station and told authorities that an armed kidnaper had forced them to leave the scene of the accident. Further investigation Wednesday indicated that the pair had been missing from Beloit since about 5:30 Tuesday evening. There had been no kidnapping, Colwell said. A charge against a 35-year- old Finney County man of taking indecent liberties with a child was dropped this morning in Finney County District Court. County Attorney Don Vsetecka moved to dismiss the charges without prejudice against Frank Earl Swinehart, Eminence Rt. Swinehart was charged after an incident with a two-year- old girl he was babysitting June 5 at the Garden Drive-In Theatre. Although there were several witnesses, Vsetecka said the charge was dropped for lack of evidence. Earlier, Swinehart had been sent to Lamed State Hospital for a mental examination, where it was determined he was competent to stand trial. Ruth Gladys Darnes Ruth Gladys Darnes, 84,902 Lyle, died Wednesday afternoon at St. Catherine Hospital following a nine- month illness. She was a retired Garden City High School and Garden City Community 'College teacher. She taught from 1926 until retiring in 1958. She was born June 5,1892 in Bevington, Iowa, and moved to Harper County in 1907. After graduation from Harper High School, she was graduated from Wichita University and later received a masters degree from Colorado Teachers College at Greeley. Miss Darnes w'f. a member of the First United Methodist Church, Wesleyan Guild, Delta Kappa Gamma teacher's sorority, DAR, AAUW, and the Garden City Retired Teachers Association. Survivors include a sister, Marie Dames, Dodge City. Her parents, a brother and a sister preceded her in death. Funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Leonard A. Clark officiating. Graveside services will be 4 p.m. Friday in Harper Cemetery, Harper, the Rev. Roger Harmon officiating. A memorial has been established with the church in care of the church or Phillips- White Funeral Home. Friends may call at the funeral home until 9 p.m. Thursday. Raymond Bowers Raymond E. Bowers, 83, Pomona, Calif., former Garden City resident, died Wednesday morning at Pomona after a short illness. He was the father of Mrs. J.K. Dunavant, Deerfield. Born Dec. 20, 1892, at Decatur, 111., he was married to Rosalie Stowers Dec. 25, 1914. She died Feb. 6, 1971. Mr. Bowers had lived in Garden City a number of years before moving to California in 1943. Survivors, in addition to Mrs. Dunavant, include a sister, Mrs. Clyde Hurst, Boulder, Colo.; two other daughters, Mrs. Kenneth Webb, Wichita, and Mrs: Ronald White, Pomona, Calif. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Floyd Skaggs DODGE CITY — Floyd Skaggs, 71, former Garden City resident, died Wednesday at Trinity Hospital, Dodge City. than we like to think it is." Last spring enrollment at the college totaled 1,464 students. Of those, 771. came from Finney County. Other Kansas counties supplied 662 and 31 came from out of state. Some people from adjoining counties commute to college classes but those enrollment statistics give a good indication of housing needs, according to Phyllis Holland, information director. Housing problems have always existed, she said, but they are becoming critical because of steadily increasing enrollments. In 1971, there were 784 full time students at the college. "I know of a boy last year who came to school and lived in a camper two weeks before he found a place to live," she said. One student lived in the Windsor Hotel during the first week of classes this fall before finding a permanent place to live, she said. The declining supply of off- campus .housing can be explained, Mrs. Holland says. Because of the growth boom in Garden City, construction workers and others have taken a large number of rooms, apartments and small houses that would normally be used by college students. She also said the local homeowners usually don't need the additional income that can be provided by renters. In the end, there's no way of knowing how many students never enroll because of unavailable housing. There may be an unmentioned reason for the lack of off-campus housing. When a homeowner lists an available room or apartment with the college, those listings are made available to all students despite the homeowners preferences for a specific type student. So in some cases the homeowner will not make available a room to college students if his preferences cannot be met. Gladys Darnes Born March 16, 1905 in Grant County, Okla., he married Rose Breshears, Jan. 12,1927 at Nash, Okla. He was a retired farmer and moved to Dodge City in 1970 after living in Garden City since 1947. For several years, he worked as park custodian in Garden City. Survivors include the widow; a son, Calvin, Yuba City, Calif.; two daughters, Mrs. Vivian Krug, 709 Moore, Garden City, and Mrs. Dorothy Knoll, Borger, Tex.; a brother, Hardy, Nash, Okla.; a sister, Mrs. Virgil Newell, Nash, Okla.; 13 grandchildren and three step- grandchildren. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at First Southern Baptist Church, Dodge City, the Rev. David Doyel officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Cemetery, Garden City. Friends may call Friday and until 10 a.m. Saturday at Hulpieu-Swain Funeral Home, Dodge City. ALL SCOTTS FERTILIZER AND GRASS SEED IN STOCK REDUCED 25% GARDEN HOSE The Markets Wheat $2.78 up 5 Milo $3.75unchg. Corn $2.55 unchg. Closing grain prices furnished by Garden City Co-op. 1 p.m. stocks (The following price quotations are furnished to the telegram by Heinold, O'Connor and Cloonan, Inc. ,276-3244). Allied Supplies ...................... 4% American Cyanamid ............... 26% American Motors ................... 4% American Brands .................. 41 V< Anaconda .......................... 28'/i AT4T .............................. 59% Beech Aircraft ..................... 21V, Bethlehem Steel ................... 41% Boeing ............................. 40% Chrysler ........................... 20% Dillons 32% DuPont 132V< Eastman Kodak 94% El Paso NG 14V4 Ford 56 V4 General Electric 53% General Motors 68% iBM. 11 !'. 0 ! 1 .";";;"".;:""";:".^ International Harvester 31% International Paper 69% National Distributor 25'/i Northern Natural 44 PenEPL 38 Mi Penney JC 53 Phillips Petroleum 60H Proctor Gamble 95% RCA 28% Santa Fe Industries S6Mi Sears 68% Sperry Rand 47 Standard Oil Indiana 51% Standard Oil New Jersey 53V4 Texaco Z7V4 United State Steel 50 Westinghouse Electric 161i Woolworth 23W DOW JONES AVERAGE Dow Jones average of 30 industrials at 1 p.m. was up 2.16 at 987.28. Two Hearings Continued Two unrelated hearings scheduled for Wednesday were postponed in Finney County Court. Hearing for Fred Newberry, 605 N. 13th, was continued until Sept. 16. He is charged with vehicular homicide in the death of Elizabeth Guerrero who was killed in a motorcycle-car accident Aug. 22. Newberry is free on bond. Hearing for Jesse Martinez, 216 Burnside Dr., was continued until Sept. 15. He is charged with first degree murder in the Aug. 22 stabbing death of Enrique Saldana. He remains in jail. Invite Ford, Carter To Kansas Fair HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — President Ford and Democratic presidential nominee Jimmy Carter have been invited to speak at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. Robert Gottschalk, fair secretary, said invitations have been sent to both presidential candidates but no replies have been received. 20% OFF STORAGE BUILDINGS 5 FT. X 10 FT. & 10 FT. X 10 FT. 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