New county deputy dog warden sworn in

New county deputy dog warden sworn in

Image Credit: Dan Starcher

Dakota Snure was sworn in as deputy dog warden by commissioner Sue Smail during a regular commissioners session recently.

Snure will work with the dog warden and staff to enforce dog license laws, impound dogs running at large, and deem dogs a nuisance, dangerous or vicious.

A 2012 Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow graduate, Snure grew up in New Philadelphia and moved to Wayne County at the age of 13. He studied veterinary technology at Brown Mackie College and has been employed by the Wayne County Dog Shelter for two years prior to becoming deputy warden.

“This is a wonderful opportunity,” Snure said about the promotion. “It is very rewarding to be able to make a difference in this area. I love Wayne County, and I want to ensure that residents get amazing service from us.”

One of the lesser-known responsibilities of the office is investigating livestock harmed by coyotes.

“If any livestock is attacked by a coyote,” Snure said, “the dog warden is obligated to investigate that to determine if the livestock owner is eligible for state reimbursement.”

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Dan Starcher is a public communications specialist for the Wayne County government.