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Rochelle Animal Hospital saves local strays

Posted: Monday, Nov 19th, 2012

Rochelle Animal Hospital receptionist and kennel manager, Valerie Malone, took “Momma” out of her kennel for attention. When the animal hospital received Momma, she was malnourished and her bones were showing. After two weeks of care, she is healthy and ready for adoption. Malone called Momma “sweet and playful.” (Photos by Emily Bruns)

ROCHELLE—Within city limits it is not unusual for stray and abandoned dogs or cats to be delivered to the Rochelle Animal Hospital for care and safekeeping. Dr. Steve Baker, veterinarian and owner of the hospital, along with animal hospital employees, are always trying to find homes for the abandoned animals the clinic has nursed back to health.

Within the past month, according to vet technician Stephanie McGraw, the animal hospital has taken in seven animals, most of them being cats. McGraw said that these animals are typically picked up by the Rochelle Police Department. When the animals are brought to the vet, the technicians scan the animals for ID chips. If they are not detected, then the animals are boarded for seven days and are considered as adoptable after that. Stray animals from outside the city limits are treated and taken in by Ogle County Animal Control. The areas of Creston, Hillcrest and Flagg fit into this category.

For the complete article see the 11-18-2012 issue.

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