Douglas County’s lone animal control deputy, Lee Bartholomew, drives about 250 miles each shift. One morning last month, Bartholomew had to get to Oakland for a dog chasing goats; then to Riddle, where senior services was concerned about the welfare of an elderly couple’s dog; then to Yoncalla for a pit bull that bit a 15-year-old girl; then Myrtle Creek for a report of dogs terrorizing humans on Chickering Street. By the time Bartholomew got to Myrtle Creek, the dogs were gone and another call from elsewhere in Douglas County (5,134 square miles) had come in. The Animal Control division …
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