GALLIPOLIS — An elderly Gallipolis woman had her rat terrier dog returned to her Wednesday after believing all her animals were stolen from her home.
“I had a call from adult protective services that they had removed an owner from (her) home,” Laurie Cardillo, Gallia Couty dog warden, said. “They sent me down there to get a mama dog and three pups inside. I get down there, a deputy and I go, and Jasper was sitting on the front porch.”
Jasper, Nancy Seacrest’s rat terrier, was the animal that Cardillo discovered on the porch. Cardillo said she had to use a catch pole to capture Jasper and carry him to the truck as he was stressed and not willing to be handled. She put him in the truck and then said the dog escaped from her in the process of trying to kennel him.
“A week later, these people over on Kemper (Hollow Road) said they caught a rat terrier in a live trap and asked if I could come and get him,” Cardillo said. “I thought that had to be Jasper, so I went around and got him.”
Cardillo said she agreed to hold Jasper until Seacrest found a new apartment.
“Any dog we have like that is usually for a senior citizen. To (assist them), what I’ve been doing to make sure that their dog is registered with their tag, I sponsor a tag to make sure that I know they have registration. I just go ahead and pay for it so I know they have a tag,” Cardillo said. “(Seacrest) saw (Jasper) and had no clue that we had her dog. The mama dog and three pups vanished. Someone had gone in and taken the mama and three pups right out of the inside of her home. The reason they didn’t take Jasper was because (the suspected thieves) couldn’t get their hands on him. When she saw him, she was very emotional because she wasn’t expecting to get any of her dogs back.
“She was a very sweet lady,” Cardillo said about Seacrest. “I guessed Jasper to be about four years old. He was maybe 10 pounds. The way he came in here (the shelter) versus the way he left, you wouldn’t think he was the same dog. He was very calm. We (shelter workers) kinda hated to see him go. We sorta got attached to him.”
According to Cardillo, she first encountered Jasper around Aug. 5 and encountered him again in the live trap on Aug. 15.
The earliest historical record of rat terriers is often regarded to have been found on the flagship of Henry VIII, an English king. Supposedly, the ship was sunk in 1545 and recovered in 1982. Records suggest the dog’s ancestors were brought over on British migrant ships to help control pest problems because of the breed’s speed and tenacity for chasing small game.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.