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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Animal control officers rescue rooftop dogs

  • With soft voices and offerings of food, Hannibal animal control officers Tim Ledbetter and Bob Stout patiently worked to gain the trust of two frightened dogs, which in recent days have been seen perched on the porch roof at 118 Dowling St. in Hannibal.


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  • With soft voices and offerings of food, Hannibal animal control officers Tim Ledbetter and Bob Stout patiently worked to gain the trust of two frightened dogs, which in recent days have been seen perched on the porch roof at 118 Dowling St. in Hannibal.
    Ledbetter happened to be at the house Tuesday morning when a friend of the family arrived, who had access to the residence. The individual agreed to bring the dogs out of the house to the officers, which saved having to secure an administrative search warrant to gain access to the house.
    “That takes time and effort,” said Ledbetter of securing a search warrant.
    Although the canines will be seen by a veterinarian, the tan pomeranian and black-and-white border collie mix were believed to be in fairly good shape.
    “Their hips are not too bad (skinny), but they sure are hungry,” said Ledbetter, watching as the border collie wolfed down a second can of dog food.
    Both officers worked to calm the animals, which at times would stand and shiver in the presence of their kind-hearted benefactors.
    “They’re friendly dogs. They’re more scared than anything,” said Ledbetter.
    The dogs were being taken to the humane shelter, where they were to be placed on “hold,” meaning they could not be turned over to their owners until after they had spoken with an animal control officer.
    If the owners do not come after the animals they will eventually be put up for adoption.
    Locked up owners
    It could be a while before the owners of the two dogs will be able to make it by the humane shelter. They were incarcerated at the Marion County Jail as of Tuesday afternoon.
    Ardell L. Bainter Jr. and Crystal L. Morse, whose addresses according to information released by the Northeast Missouri Narcotics Task Force are 118 Dowling St., were taken into custody on Nov. 1 during the execution of a search warrant by the Task Force at 1428 Union St. in Hannibal.
    Both Bainter and Morse were charged with Class C Felony possession of a controlled substance. Their bond is $25,000, cash only.
    Reportedly a family member had been asked to feed and water the dogs while Bainter and Morse are in custody.
    House concerns
    The city has concerns regarding 118 Dowling St. The Courier-Post has learned that last month a certified letter was sent to the owners of the property, John and Holly Wealer of Hannibal, to notifying them that the property “has been condemned as a nuisance and dangerous building.” Cited as the cause of the decision is the structure’s porch which has been judged to be “structurally unsound” and “lacks maintenance.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Because the certified letter was not accepted, a notice regarding the property’s condition is scheduled to appear in the Courier-Post on Thursday, Nov. 24.
    According to the notice, the Wealers will have 30 days to “remedy this condition or commence demolition of the building.” If the deadline is not met, the Building Commission will schedule a public hearing regarding the property.
    John Wealer is the former building inspector for the city of Hannibal.

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