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Two dogs stand at a fence

Two dogs stand at a fence in Billings.

CASEY PAGE, Gazette Staff

When Yellowstone County's animal control officer resigned last week, he left a surprising challenge: maintaining the office's Facebook page, where the public can turn to find their lost pets.

Jeremy Kehrer resigned last week to return to Wyoming. He had been with the animal control office for two years and had responded to dog and livestock complaints as well as posted lost dog photos on Facebook.

Until the county hires a new officer, the sheriff's office patrol division plans to respond to animal complaints, and sheriff's office staff plan to maintain the Facebook page, YellowstoneCounty Animalcontrol.

The plan comes with a caveat: if somebody posts a picture of a dog and identifies it by the wrong breed, be patient, said Sheriff Mike Linder on Tuesday.

Staffers may not yet be as pet-smart or Facebook-savvy as the former control officer, Linder said. That means when a found dog is posted on the Facebook page with the goal of reuniting the dog with its family, the dog breeds may not be entirely accurate.

The sheriff’s office will search for another animal control officer, but the job has not yet been posted, Linder said. The office aims to redefine the job, but it hasn’t yet decided which direction to go.

Before Kehrer took the job, the position was more of a dog catcher, he said.

Kehrer, who had a ranching background, wanted to be more involved and went to Colorado for training on livestock and equine issues, like horse neglect, Linder said.

Until another officer is hired, the sheriff’s office will continue to work with shelters in placing animals and will post photos on Facebook, Linder said.



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