Posted: Wed Nov 16, 2005 5:25 pm Post subject: Dog wardens pull pup
LIMA 11/15/2005 ? It was a lonely sight; a young dog, caught on a sandbar of lime the consistency of quicksand, 100 feet from solid ground, another 100 feet below the rim of the quarry.
Actually, it started as two dogs, but one was able to scamper away as rescuers got to the shoreline. The other merely sank, until only its head was visible from most angles.
Yet the team of dog wardens wasn?t deterred by the fact that they couldn?t get within 20 feet of the dog without sinking themselves. They weren?t put off by the fact that the dog was likely a stray. They just did what they had to do to bring the puppy ashore.
?I haven?t done any rescues, anything like this. It was just frustrating, trying to get out there,? said Glenn Bloomfield, standing in the darkness on the shore as the puppy huddled in a blanket.
Workers with the dog warden?s office and others spent more than two hours working to free the dog from a quarry along North Street, just across the street and the Ottawa River from Lima Senior High School. The dog was pulled free at about 7:45 p.m. Monday
The Lima Fire Department provided the boat and lighting for the rescue.
Bloomfield and fellow Deputy Dog Warden Nate Music took a rowboat out onto the sand to retrieve the dog. They rowed where the water was deep enough, but over much of the quarry, thick lime sand settled into thick bars.
People on the shore, including a third deputy dog warden, Andre McConnahea, pulled them across the sand in other areas, first to get the two men to water, then to get them to the dog and back in.
The stakes were clear; the top of a telephone pole protruded from the sand about 10 feet away from the dog.
?We don?t even know at this point if it?s a feral dog,? Allen County Dog Warden Julie Shell-hammer said as she watched the effort.
The only open water in the quarry was on the far side and on the left side from where the rescuers were working, but they could only walk the boat so close to the edge of deeper water without sinking. From there, people on the ledge above had to drag the boat to water, then watch the two row further out.
Music and Bloomfield had to wait for more rope once they realized the 100 feet they had wouldn?t do the trick. Then they had to half-pry the boat down a narrow stream in the sand, finally lining themselves up to where they could be dragged past the dog.
?Believe me, we looked at all the options. We couldn?t get into that stream,? Music said. ?That whole thing is lime out there.?
Don Kaufman, who drives a cement mixer, said one of his fellow drivers spotted the dogs and called police. They in turn called Lima Park Ranger Kris Leland, who brought in the wardens, Leland said.
Kaufman stayed to help haul the wardens across the sand. Shellhammer?s husband, Rick Shellhammer, also helped.
Julie Shellhammer said she would check the dog over to see what care it needs. The dog, an Australian cattle dog mix, weighed 30 to 40 pounds and was less than a year old, she said.
?From what I can tell through this muck, it appears to be a female,? Shellhamer said. ?We?ve done a lot of water rescues, but nothing with this sort of terrain.?
Posted: Thu Nov 17, 2005 4:45 am Post subject: Rescued puppy recove
LIMA ? The puppy rescued from a quarry Monday may have had human contact in the past, and if no one claims her, should be easily adopted.
Allen County Dog Warden Julie Shellhammer said the 7-month-old Australian cattle dog mix, which hasn?t been named, is handling human contact just fine. She?s still skittish after spending several hours trapped in quicksand at the bottom of a quarry along North Street, however.
?We got her bathed up last night, and some of the food was gone this morning,? she said. ?She may have an owner out there. She looks like she?s fat and has been taken care of by somebody.?
Despite the first cleaning with a hose, stubborn deposits of limestone sand clung to the puppy?s fur Tuesday at the county dog pound on Seriff Road.
?She settled down after an hour or two,? Deputy Dog Warden Andre McConnahea said.
His fellow deputies, Nate Music and Glenn Bloomfield, took a rowboat around the quarry to the far side, then were dragged back across the sand by people on the shoreline to reach the dog. Music said he got all the way out of the boat to reach the dog because she was stuck so firmly.
The puppy will stay at the pound for at least 72 hours, the allotted time for any owners to make their claims. Her behavior is being evaluated to see if she can be adopted by someone after that, and so far, she?s doing well.
?We want to observe her behavior and make sure she?s adoptable,? Music said. ?I don?t think we?ll have any trouble finding somebody.?
I thought lime had caustic properties that would make it burn skin on contact. I did not see that mentioned in this article.
I did some research in the online dictionary:
1 : BIRDLIME
2 a : a caustic highly infusible solid that consists of calcium oxide often together with magnesium oxide, that is obtained by calcining forms of calcium carbonate (as shells or limestone), and that is used in building (as in mortar and plaster) and in agriculture -- called also quicklime b : a dry white powder consisting essentially of calcium hydroxide that is made by treating quicklime with water c : CALCIUM <carbonate of lime>
Interestingly, birdlime is defined as "something that ensnares."
Limestone is calcium carbonate (CaCO3), and although alkaline, does not burn the skin on contact.
Lime is calcium hydroxide (Ca(OH)2), and is also alkaline. It CAN burn the skin on contact. It is made by baking limestone to drive off the carbon dioxide (CO2), to make calcium oxide (CaO), also known as quicklime, and then hydrolyzing with water.
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