Ames Animal Control Officer
Tribune photo published April 20, 1954
|Archie Schlarbaum, animal
control officer, found two unlicensed and untagged dogs in one stop on
S. Franklin avenue this morning. Above he is preparing to place them
in the pen in the rear of his truck before driving to the veterinary anatomy
department at Iowa State college where dogs are kept for three days.
ALL DOGS MUST BE LICENSED - City sanitarian Austin T. Getz today renewed his warning to dog owners calling to their attention the city ordinance requiring that all dogs in the city wear an Ames dog license attached to their collar. Getz said some dog owners have been inquiring as to whether a dog that is confined must be licensed. The sanitarian emphasized the ordinance covered all dogs. Getz said the ordinance was designed primarily to protect all residents of Ames against rabies and to minimize the nuisance caused by stray dogs or those not properly cared for.
|COUNTY DOG LICENSE HAS PENALTY MAY 1 - A penalty of $1 will be attached to all dog licenses purchased in the county auditor's office May 1 and after, Harold E. Walter, county auditor, announced today. Fees for male dogs and spayed females are $1. For females that license is $3. These rates do not apply to Ames where dog licenses are issued through city offices.|
|Farwell to freedom, this little blonde dog seems to be saying as Schlarbaum starts the truck and drives off. Owners may reclaim dogs at the veterinary department by furnishing evidence of their ownership, purchasing licenses and paying costs of the dog's keep plus a fee of $2.|
Tribune, March 15, 1956
CITY DISPOSES OF ABOUT 1,200 RATS - The city has disposed of an estimated 1,200 rats in its new campaign. Dr. Austin Getz, city sanitarian, today made that estimate, based on the amount of warfarin bait which has been eaten from 54 bait stations placed in downtown and 4th Ward areas. Dr. Getz estimates about one-third of the rats killed fed at 4th Ward stations, the rest downtown, particularly in the areas abutting the railroad right-of-way.
The estimated total of rats poisoned so far is smaller than was anticipated, Dr. Getz says. This may not mean that the rat population is smaller than was expected, however, he said. Weather was stormy or cold the first couple weeks the stations were out and this may have kept rats relatively inactive. Too, he said, observation of stations in one area showed that it took several days for the rats to become used to the stations (white painted self feeders about 15x6x9 inches).
In the area observed, the rats left the station untouched for several days although there was much rat activity in the area surrounding it. then, the rats investigated and soon were feeding full scale. The warfarin poison is mixed with table quality oatmeal and cornmeal. The poison has no immediate effect on the rat but several feedings produce a cumulative poisoning action that is deadly.
The stations have openings 1½ inches square so bait cannot be reached by dogs or cats. It would not be attractive to them, anyway. Of the 54 stations in service about 15 or 20 are in the 4th Ward areas, the rest downtown. Dr. Getz says they are moved occasionally when areas of new or greater rat activity are noted. At first the stations were serviced every day. Now a once-every-two-weeks schedule of service is used. Archie Schlarbaum, the city's animal control officer, looks after the stations.
Dr. Getz says the stations will be kept operative throughout the summer and that he hopes they will be kept as a continuing city service. the annual cost hereafter, just for bait and station replacements would not be great and would diminish as the long term effect of the campaign is reached.