Dog control officer named Granby Citizen of the Year

Gail Callen was named the Granby Citizen of the Year during the town’s annual Family Fun Day last Saturday. She is pictured with Town Supervisor Ed Williamson (left) and Oswego County Legislator Jim Karasek.

by Nicole Reitz

Gail Callen was named the Granby Citizen of the Year during the town’s annual Family Fun Day last Saturday.

She was presented a bouquet of flowers by Supervisor Ed Williamson.

Callen is the dog control officer in Granby and has kept her post since she began in 1988. Callen and her husband, Matt, a member of the town board,  have the town’s only dog kennel on their property.

Callen works part time as dog control officer, but she noted that the responsibilities are full time.

Callen is essentially on call 24/7 and has even picked up dogs on Christmas day.

Currently, there are six strays at the kennel, which need to be fed and exercised daily.

In addition to picking up stray and run-away dogs, Callen also answers complaints.

She tries to keep the peace within neighborhoods and helps people come up with a workable arrangement for their pets. She has also been called to Walmart for dogs that are inside of a car during extreme temperatures.

Callen’s goal is to bring dogs back to their original owners. When that’s not feasible, she has to find new homes for them.

She encourages dog owners to tag their animals with a phone number and name on their collars.

“Even with the best laid plans, a dog can still get loose,” she said. “It would make our jobs so much easier if owners identified their animals.”

On an average year, Callen picks up 30 to 40 dogs in the Town of Granby. Some she recognizes, while others are lost or dumped purposely.

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