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Fort Bend County, At Large
By Cheryl Skinner

This column expresses the personal opinions/views of the writer. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Name can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number.


Hats off to Missouri City Police & Animal Control

Last week I saw an example of professional service, personal attention and individual caring when I learned that the puppy of a little boy injured seriously in bicycle accident, had run away during the confusion of the accident, which occurred near the child’s home. The six-month old part Chihuahua, part Dachshund was apparently lost and out looking for his little master, family members feared.

I called Missouri City Police and Animal Control to alert them. Luckily since the puppy was adopted from yours truly, I happened to have a recent photo of him that was sent to me and I sent that photo and information to everyone from the police chief on down. Within minutes I got a call from Juan, in animal control. Sure enough little Roscoe had been found the day after the accident just a street or two over from his home. He had been in “custody” for nearly five days.

Juan reassured me that a “hold” put on Roscoe, so he could either be picked up by the family or adopted out to a new loving home. And, Ron Echols, the police chief, even called me and provided me with his cell phone number (you’d have to kill me to get it) so he could be contacted after hours, if need be, since all of the family was at the hospital. When I told him how great his agency was and how the personal service was appreciated, Ron said Missouri City PD hadn’t yet gotten so big that they couldn’t, on occasion, do the “Mayberry” thing.

For those too young to know that Mayberry was a long-running television series about a tiny town and the police chief, Andy Taylor. Andy, the police chief, took care of business, delivered chicken soup that his Aunt Bee made for the homebound, routinely put the town drunk in jail so he would have a roof over his head and took his son fishing. Of course Chief Taylor also had to keep watch on his faithful deputy Barney, who was only allowed to carry one bullet—in his pocket. I know a few police officers that should be put in Barney mode, but that is a different story in a different column and none of them work for Missouri City PD.

With the history lesson over, let’s get back to the subject at hand. The thing that really impressed me was that Ron said if I was going to say thanks, that all of the focus should be on the employees in Animal Control and the Police Department because he feels he is “just a figure head.” He then proceeded to tell me what a wonderful bunch of police officers, dispatchers, animal control officers and secretaries he had working under his watch. And, he was sincere—very sincere in his praise of the men and women who serve the citizens of Missouri City. He expressed pride that they were able to do a professional job in a rapidly growing city and still keep that home-town, Mayberry type, interaction and one on one relationship with the public.

Now Ron may really think he is just a figure head and that all of the credit for the smooth operation should be given to those who work outside of the “front office” (he prefers to call it that—guess it has to do with diminishing his role in the department) but I think the chief needs a well deserved pat on the back as well. After all, we all know that most employees who excel and take personal pride in their profession do so, at least in part, a big part, because of the tone set by those in the front offices and because they are encouraged to excel and appreciated by their superiors.

So, this is a personal thank you to all the people who provided such immediate and personal attention to a crisis call—including Chief Ron Echols.

By the way, MC Animal Control officers do their best to find homes for these little furry friends before they have to be put to sleep. They go an extra mile or two or three for these little abandoned or lost fur babies. If your family is thinking about adopting a pet, contact them and I’ll just bet you will find a precious new family member.

As for Roscoe, the last time I checked he was healthy, well cared for and still “in custody” at Missouri City Animal Control. Most likely he will be adopted out to a new home because his former human family will be concentrating on the recovery and rehabilitation of their injured loved one.

In this sometimes dog eat dog world of politics and news reporting every once in a while there is something that makes everything seem worthwhile. Finding the little missing puppy, dealing with caring public officials and getting to put aside political fodder and say thanks was one of those special events.

Thanks again.


Contact skinnerc1@ev1.net, if you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column. Write a SIGNED letter to the editor with valid day time phone number--name can be withheld by request.

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