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Hello, Hamilton County July 2005

Providing the best and most responsive county government in America.

West Nile virus detected in Hamilton County

Is your dog the “Best In Show”?

Harold Dates, County Dog Warden

Health officials have confirmed that mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus have been detected in the county. The mosquitoes were trapped in Madeira, along Dawson Road.

Have you ever wanted to enter your dog in a dog show, but you don’t have a pedigree? No matter! You can enter your dog in spca cincinnati's second annual “Best In Show” dog talent show on Saturday, August 13, 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

In 80 percent of bites from infected mosquitoes, West Nile virus causes no illness. Most who do get ill won’t suffer more than a fever. In rare cases, ill- ness can include comas and life- threatening brain swelling.

Compete with other dogs, purebreds and mutts alike, for a chance at prizes and local fame. Dozens of dogs will be showing off their special tricks, costumes and distinctive looks. Categories include a “mini-me” owner dog look-alike contest and a “most magnificent mutt” competition. Be- cause last year was so much fun, this will be an annual event. Of course, the best part is that all proceeds go to spca cincinnati.

Tim Ingram, the county’s health com- missioner stressed that, “the chances of anyone developing severe symptoms from West Nile virus remain small.”

Adult registration is $25 and the new Junior Handler competition (10 to 16 year olds) has a registration of only $10. If you just want to watch, it’s $5 per person or $15 per family. Kids under 10 are free!

Health officials surveyed a half-mile radius near where the mosquitoes were trapped to look for areas of stand- ing water, apply larva-killing chemicals, and advise residents on ways to pro- tect themselves.

For more information, call 946.7832 or go online at www.hamiltoncountyhealth.org.

We want to hear from you. Send an article telling us what’s happening in your department. (Next deadline is August 4.) Send articles to sharon.booker@hamilton- co.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

Adult Handler Categories 1. "MINI-ME" OWNER/DOG LOOK-A-LIKE: Do people often confuse you with your dog? The owner who looks most like their dog wins! 2. MOST ASTOUNDING PET TRICK: Does your fido have a flair for the dramatic, a spe- cial talent or unbelievable trick? Let your talented canine take the spotlight and shine! 3. BEST DOGGY DUDS AND BLING-BLING: This category is for the Dior dachshunds, the Prada poodles and the Chanel Shihtzus. That's right, if your hound is a slave to fashion, then this is their runway opportunity! 4. BEST HAIR DAY: Curly, shaggy, coarse or silky, it doesn't matter. The dog with the best coat wins! Hair may be adorned or styled in any way (so long as it isn't physically or mentally painful to the pup). 5. MOST MAGNIFICENT MUTT: Some dogs just have "it". The judges have all the say in this category. This is truly a moment to celebrate the mutt! 6. BEST IN SHOW: All category winners will compete for The Big Prize!!! The canine that gets the most applause from the audience wins. (Make sure that your dog brings lots of fans!)

Junior Handler Categories (ages 10-16) 1. "THAT'S MY BABY": If you've been working hard with your puppy (6-18 months old) and want to show off just how well they've done in kindergarten, this is your category. You can show off those walk, heel and sit commands! 2. "MINI-ME" OWNER/DOG LOOK-A-LIKE: Do people often confuse you with your dog? The owner who looks most like their dog wins! 3. MOST ASTOUNDING PET TRICK: Does your fido have a flair for the dramatic, a spe- cial talent or unbelievable trick? Let your talented canine take the spotlight and shine! 4. MOST MAGNIFICENT MUTT: Some dogs just have "it". The judges have all the say in this category. This is truly a moment to celebrate the mutt! 5. JUNIOR BEST IN SHOW: All category winners will compete for The Big Prize!!! The canine that gets the most applause from the audience wins. (Make sure that your dog brings lots of fans!)

For more information, visit spcacincinnati.org and click the “Best In Show” link on the front page, or call Carol at 489.7392. spca cincinnati is located at 3949 Colerain Avenue and is open 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. seven days a week. The Sharonville location at 11900 Conrey Road is open for adoptions only from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Call 541.6100 for general shelter information.

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