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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 7, 2007

Special adoption process announced for mutilated dogs

Pet lovers interested in adopting Misty or Rocky, the two dogs found mutilated in August in the northeast part of the city, must go through a special screening process.

Misty is a German shepherd/Labrador retriever mix and it is estimated that she is 7-8 months old. Rocky is a rottweiler and it is estimated that he is 2-3 years old.

"Because both of these dogs have been through so much, have special needs and have touched the emotions of so many people across the region, we want to make especially sure they get relocated in homes that will are well suited for their situations," said Lesly Forsberg, manager of the City of Kansas City, Mo., Animal Health and Public Safety Division of the Neighborhood and Community Services Department.

Interested parties must submit an application for adoption and explain why they would like to adopt either dog. Applications can be found online at www.kcmo.org/neigh.nsf/web/animal_c and must be received no later than 5 p .m. on Sept. 14. The application can be mailed or submitted online.

Animal Health and Public Safety Division employees will narrow down the pool of acceptable applicants and contact them to schedule home visits. After the home visits are completed, employees will make a final determination of the best homes to place Misty and Rocky.

The successful applicants will be responsible for the standard $100 adoption fee. The fee covers spay or neuter services, a DHLPP vaccination, a bordetella vaccination, a rabies vaccination, worming and licensing for city residents.

For more information about this process, call Lesly Forsberg, manager of the Animal Health and Public Safety Division, (816) 513-9814; or Don Pickard, assistant manager, (816) 513-9810.

Media inquiries about this issue should be directed to Teresa L. Clark, public information officer for the Neighborhood and Community Services Department, (816) 513-3247.

    
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