Pet owner turns over every rock for return of pet turtle

Published: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @ 8:06 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @ 8:06 PM

More than a week of signs, newspaper ads and a pet detective paid off Tuesday for an Oakwood woman searching for a missing 10-year-old turtle.

An open sliding patio door allowed Nike, a 10-inch long Red-Earred Slider Turtle, to escape her Oakwood home on July 22, according to Nike’s owner, Samia Borchers, a local dermatologist. “My husband opened it slightly for air,” Borchers said. “He did not calculate that the turtle could go through sideways, which is what happened. The turtle fell about four feet to the ground and took off from the balcony.”

Borchers took out ads, offered a $100 reward, and hired a Cincinnati pet-tracker - who charges around $600 for his services, not including travel time - to come to Oakwood and follow Nike’s trail. All, until Tuesday, for naught.

Then Jonathan Patterson, 27, of Kettering called. He found the turtle while driving on Far Hills Avenue on July 23. “I wanted to stop and help this turtle before it got ran over so we stopped traffic. Held everybody up, went and got the turtle,” Patterson said.

He contacted Borchers on Tuesday evening after an acquaintance told his stepmother about the lost turtle ad she saw in the Dayton Daily News. The stepmother then called Patterson.

“I’m an animal lover. Animal, people, life,” Patterson said of why he stopped for the turtle. “If somebody is in need I can’t really help but stop and do what I can.”

Borchers was already moving through the grieving process. “I was just starting to accept the fact that someone nice picked her up,” she said Tuesday. “I was hoping that a nice person either kept her as a pet or put her in a lake. I just can’t believe it. The chance of her making it back home, is unbelievable.”

When Patterson met Borchers at her house she called him a hero and told him he would receive a $100 reward. “I just did what anybody would do for a hurt creature. I took it in and helped it. I don’t know if that’s heroic, but I am glad I could be a hero for somebody,” Patterson said.

Samia Borchers husband, William, said his wife had not spoken to him for days because of the missing turtle.

“She’s thrilled to have her turtle back. I’m thrilled too for her,” William Borchers said.

“I’m surprised that (the turtle’s disappearance) upsets me as much as it did,” Borchers said prior Nike’s return. She admitted that some might find her actions to get Nike back as a waste of time, but they are mistaken. “You can think of a dog and a cat that way. I feel like I have always taken care of this turtle. I just feel like its not getting cared for right now.”

Borchers went so far as hiring Jim Berns of Pet Search and Rescue to help find Nike. “In five years, we’ve had no calls for turtles and in the last month, we’ve had two,” said Berns, a pet detective based in Cincinnati. He used a coon hound and then a blood hound to track Nike’s scent to Far Hills Avenue.

Nike was a gift from a family friend in Florida who drove the little turtle to Ohio 10 years ago. At the time, Borchers was seeking a turtle for her daughter after two previous ones had died.

Borchers even took the turtle on walks in the neighborhood, sometimes turning him sidewides so people would think she was a purse. She feared if she didn’t, they would stare.

When asked if hiring a pet detective to search for a turtle was going to the extreme, Berns said, “Love doesn’t make any sense. When you are attached to your pet, it becomes a member of your family…(My clients) are really really attached to their pets.”

Red-Earred Slider Turtles cost about $15. They are regulated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and owners must pay $25 each year to renew their permit to possess once, since it is a native reptile, said Ron Ollis, ODNR’s Law Enforcement Program administrator.

Clouds increase tonight, cool temperatures return this weekend

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 4:41 AM
Updated: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 3:47 PM

A cooler day is expected Saturday, but warmer temperatures return next week in the Dayton area.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Increasing clouds late tonight
  • Isolated sprinkle early Saturday
  • Cooler and dry to finish the weekend

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

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DETAILED FORECAST

OVERNIGHT: 

Clouds will be on the increase overnight tonight. It’ll be a mild and breezy night with temperatures dropping into the lower 40s.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

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SATURDAY: Lots of clouds around for the morning and with a chance for a passing sprinkle or light shower, but most will likely remain dry. Temperatures will climb from the 40s to near 50 degrees by midday, then fall after the cold front moves through. It will become breezy at times, delivering a wind chill in the upper 30s to low 40s through most of the day. Some clearing is expected into Saturday night with temperatures turning colder. Overnight lows drop into the upper 20s by morning, but feel colder with a light breeze still around.

SUNDAY: High pressure returns to the Miami Valley, bringing sunshine and a few clouds. A seasonal afternoon expected with highs in the upper 40s. Still a very light breeze in place will result in wind chills around five to 10 degrees cooler at times.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny and milder for Monday with highs in the lower 50s.

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy, breezy and milder for Tuesday. Temperatures will climb to nearly 10 degrees above normal into the middle 50s.

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WEDNESDAY: Morning sun gives way to clouds throughout the day. Another mild day with highs in the lower 50s. There’s a slight chance for showers into the evening or night. 

The 45th annual Dayton Holiday Festival kicks off today

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 4:22 AM

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The holiday season kicks off in Dayton today with the annual Grande Illumination and Dayton Children's Parade Spectacular in Lights.

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This year marks 45 years celebrating the Dayton Holiday Festival, presented by Dayton Power & Light.

The event will be held at Courthouse Square and surrounding buildings from 4-9 p.m. with the tree-lighting ceremony at 7:45 p.m. and the parade immediately following. Hundreds of thousands of lights will illuminate the 45-minute parade, which will feature a variety of floats, entertainers, animals and several surprises.

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Activities planned include the live reindeer display, musical entertainment, carnival rides and games, holiday crafts and games, horse-drawn wagon rides, the Tike's Shoppe and a gingerbread house contest.

A complete list of festival events is available online, as well as a calendar of other downtown holiday events.

PARADE ROUTE: 

The parade will begin at 7:50 p.m. at Second and Wilkinson streets. It will proceed east on Second Street to south on Main Street, then to west on Fourth Street. When at Fourth and Perry streets, the parade floats will disband and stage for escort to their designated storage area.

Streets to Be Closed for Dayton Holiday Festival:

  • Closed from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m.:  Third Street between Main and Ludlow
  •  Closed from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m.:  Second Street between Perry and Vista View 
  • Closed from 5:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.:  Wilkinson Street between Second and Third,  Ludlow Street between First and Second
  •  Closed from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m.:  Main Street between First and Fifth, Second Street between Jefferson and Perry, Third Street between Jefferson and Perry, Fourth Street between Jefferson and Ludlow, Wilkinson Street between Maple and Fourth, Southbound Red Cross Lane between First and Second, Southbound Stafford Street between First and Second

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The Dayton Holiday Festival, presented by DP&L, is a program of the Downtown Dayton Partnership, the City of Dayton, Montgomery County and the Mrs. Virginia W. Kettering Dayton Holiday Festival Fund.

Police officer shoots suspect while responding to domestic incident

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 6:21 PM

A female police officer shot a suspect multiple times after police said he pointed a handgun at her while she responded to a domestic incident this afternoon.

Colerain Twp. police responded to the 7800 block of Thompson Road around 3:30 p.m., according to investigators.

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When the female officer arrived on the scene the suspect, Gary Sanzone, 66, pointed a handgun at the officer and she fired multiple shots at Sanzone.

Sanzone was taken to a local hospital in unknown condition, police said.

The Cincinnati Police Department will be investigating the shooting, police said.

The officer was not injured in the shooting.

Local pig cruelty allegations: Appeals court rules against owners

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 4:39 PM


            Brian Weltge, President and CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, last year discussing four new projects. STAFF
Brian Weltge, President and CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, last year discussing four new projects. STAFF

A state appeals court has reversed a trial court’s decision to grant a motion to suppress in an animal cruelty case out of Drexel and involving pigs.

Two brothers were charged with seven counts of animal cruelty, a second-degree misdemeanor, after an agent with the Human Society of Greater Dayton seized seven pigs from their property at 6719 Dayton-Liberty Road.

On Jan. 7, Humane Society agent Heather Concannon removed seven pigs from a property that she says “we’re freezing to death,” including piglets whose teeth were chattering and their ears were shaking, according to her testimony in municipal court for the western division of Montgomery County.

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She testified that it was 6 degrees outside, not accounting for the wind chill.

Concannon said there was an ongoing investigation into cruelty to animals at the property since 2015. She testified that on Jan. 3 she heard what sounded like an animal in distress and walked up the driveway where she discovered a pig enclosure, according to documents from the Second Court of Appeals of Ohio for the second appellate district.

The pigs were stuck in cold mud and were at risk of hypothermia, Concannon testified, and she told the property owners they needed to remedy the hazardous conditions of the pens by the weekend. She said the brothers had agreed to fix the problems by the afternoon of Jan. 7.

But Concannon removed the pigs sometime after 12:01 a.m. Jan. 7, which she claims was necessary to save their lives. She testified that a storm was coming in and she had to act quickly.

As a result of the seizure, animal cruelty charges were filed against the brothers.

The defendants argued that Concannon performed unconstitutional searches of their farm property, violating their Fourth Amendment rights. Concannon admitted in testimony that she never obtained a search warrant.

In April, a municipal court judge with the Western Division of Montgomery County granted a motion to suppress the evidence collected and observed by Concannon and the statements the brothers made.

But this week, an appeals court ruled that Concannon’s observation and removal of the pigs were not unlawful.

The state argued that her observations of the pigs and their pen were from the access driveway on a non-residential farm field, which lacks reasonable expectations of privacy. Her observation falls under the open view exception to the warrant requirements, and her observation was not an actual search, subject to Fourth Amendment protections, the court ruled.