June 6, 2015 – Culver City Crossroads Letter in Praise of Officer Corolla Fleeger
I am writing this note to thank Officer Corolla Fleeger for her amazing work. With her incredible dedication and initiative, this week she reunited an elderly, injured dog with its family. She is Culver Cityâ€™s Animal Service Officer, and I wanted to share this story and also to let our Culver City residents know that we have this wonderful resource.
Yesterday morning, my son Sam spotted a confused looking dog wandering in our neighborhood. The dog looked hungry and injured. I tried to approach, but the dog was skittish and kept wandering into the street. Others stopped to help and offer food, but we had no luck luring the dog to us.
I did not know who to call. Fortunately, I remembered Kim King had been an incredible resource when I had found another lost dog many years ago, so I sent her a note. She forwarded the note to Deborah Weinrauch (founder of Friends of Culver City Animals (FCCA)), who contacted Officer Fleeger.
Once Officer Fleeger got involved, the story resolved quickly and happily. She was able to capture the dog and take the dog to the spcaLA while she located the family. I have no idea how she worked this miracle, since the dog did not have a tag or microchip. But I can only imagine how happy they are to be reunited.
Thanks Officer Fleeger for caring so much, and for going above and beyond to care for the animals of Culver City.
May 12, 2015 - The Front Page Online Letter to the Editor
Last Saturday April 25th, we brought home a ten-month-old puppy, an eight-pound fluff-ball. On Sunday at 7AM, about thirty seconds into his first walk, he slipped out of his harness and ran and ran and ran . . . until he got within the barbed-wire fencing of the Inglewood oil fields. We discovered him cowering under a large bush at around 10AM. The next eight hours were spent in fruitless calls to the police and sheriff, equally fruitless pleading with the security forces guarding the oil fields, and our attempting to find a gap in the fence so that we could get to the poor dog, even if it meant getting arrested. We found a little sympathy, but no assistance. However, we had early on contacted the Friends of Culver City Animals, who gave us help and hope.
Around 5PM four lovely firefighters showed up, with a key for the oil field gates and (it turned out) considerable experience in catching hold of very frightened dogs. They surrounded the shrub, cut off his escape routes and, after a couple of near misses, got hold of the trembling creature, who is now lying beside me peacefully. We had named him Romeo on Saturday; at the firefighters’ suggestion, he is now Houdini. So infinite gratitude and heartfelt kudos to the Culver City Fire Department and the Friends of Culver City Animals.