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    Good Samaritan recognized at #1 dog ceremony

    The Good Samaritan that rescued Winston, a dog found injured on the road last year, was recognized at this year’s #1 dog license presentation. 

    Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith along with Commissioners Debbie Lieberman and Judy Dodge presented the 2014 #1 dog license to Winston during a ceremony at the County Administration Building on Friday, January 24th

    Many will remember Winston as “Crash”, the 2013 #1 Dog that some feared would not survive after being found abandoned and near death.  Winston suffered multiple leg fractures and was forced to undergo emergency surgery to repair his injuries. 

    Present at the #1 Dog presentation was Air Force Staff Sergeant Renee Parcell, the Good Samaritan that found Winston and took him to the Animal Resource Center in addition to spearheading efforts to raise funds for Winston’s medical costs.   

    Auditor Keith presented Parcell with the Montgomery County Auditor’s Seal of Excellence for her effort and fast action.  “It speaks volumes to Renee’s character that she would not only rescue Winston but work to raise money for his care,” Keith said.  “Renee was able to raise nearly $7,000 in donations for Winston from her co-workers.  I am proud to recognize her kindness with this award.”       

    Sympathetic to Winston’s situation, Auditor Keith and his wife Doris adopted Winston as he continued his rehab and made an amazing recovery. “My wife and I want to sincerely thank Renee, the ARC staff, and all those that helped Winston.  The fact that people would donate to an animal in need without hesitation is inspiring,” said Keith. 

    The top three 2014 dog tags were auctioned off at the SICSA Red Dog charity auction in September where the Keith family made the highest bid for the #1 dog tag.  The winning donations, totaling almost $2,000, will go to help SICSA (Society for the Improvement of Conditions of Stray Animals) in its mission to support animal care. 

    The goal of the #1 dog ceremony is to promote dog licensing.  Dog owners may purchase a $20 license for spayed or neutered dogs and an unaltered dog tag for $24, but there are exceptions. The previous deadline to purchase 2014 Montgomery County Dog Licenses was January 31st

    According to Keith, the county has issued over 30,000 dog licenses so far this season, on pace to once again license over 70,000 dogs in Montgomery County.  Over 11,000 of this year’s licenses have been purchased through the Auditor’s website.

    To purchase a dog license online, please go to www.mcohio.org/dogs.  Licenses are also on sale at the Auditor’s Office, Animal Resource Center, Humane Society, SICSA and at other outposts around the county. Please call 937-225-4314 for more information.

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