“Enough Of This Crap”: New Animal Control Officer To Crack Down On Frou-Frou Dogs
For the past 35 years, Chrislip’s dogcatcher was the kindly Chester Montfort. Chester never met a canine he didn’t like, and when a dog or its owner committed a minor infraction, he was likely to look the other way with a wink and a nod.
Since Chester recently retired after choking to death on a dollar menu cheeseburger at Burger King, there’s a new man in charge. His name is Vince Gallarago, and he has definite ideas about how to do the job.
Says Gallarago: “I’ve seen dogs wearing sweaters. This will stop. I’ve seen dogs wearing bandanas. This will stop. The only thing a dog should wear is burrs in its fur from diving into the bush to flush out quail.”
Gallarago, a former Teamster and Vietnam veteran, also has strong feelings about dogs’ names. “They should be called Max, King, Lady or Duke,” he says. “Tinkerbell, don’t let the sun set on you here. And no Rovers or Spots either. Vince Gallarago don’t do irony.”
His philosophy is that dogs mimic the behavior of their owners. “If you act a certain way, so will your dog. That’s why my dog is dignified, loyal, and only licks himself in the privacy of his own home.”