Tales from the Morgue: Resignation not accepted

2014-03-13T09:45:00Z 2014-04-28T06:13:05Z Tales from the Morgue: Resignation not acceptedJohanna Eubank Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 13, 2014 9:45 am  • 

The song "Take This Job and Shove It" was not yet written when the dog catcher tendered his resignation, but one could imagine him singing it nonetheless.

Even though he resigned, he was called back into service almost immediately to go after another dog.

From the Arizona Daily Star, Thursday March 5, 1914:

 

CITY DOG CATCHER COULDN'T QUIT JOB
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Resigned Yesterday Morning but Was Called Out to Catch Rabid Dog
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Handing in his resignation at 9 o'clock in the morning because he had been deprived of his usual fee of 75 cents for the capture of a dog, Lawrence McCormick, city dog-catcher and poundmaster, was called back into the city service at seven o'clock last evening to catch a dog that had bitten a person at 124 North Sixth avenue. He will make a formal demand for salary next Monday.

McCormick captured the dog Tuesday and when the owner of the dog, a woman, appeared Wednesday morning and claimed it at the police station the matter was argued before City Recorder Cowan, who decided finally that the capture was not a bona-fide one, and that the dog should be returned to the owner. McCormick threw his star on the table and declared that he was through with his job.

McCormick stated last evening that he was authorized by the city ordinance to catch any dog which was running loose without a license. The woman claimed that the dog was from a ranch out of town, and that McCormick had no right to touch it. McCormick stated last evening that he could not tell whether a dog came from a ranch or not, and he stated that this was a favorite excuse with persons who had dogs captured by him.

The other dog captured last evening will be examined today to determine whether it was mad or not.

Well, one can hardly blame the dog catcher. One assumes based on this article that ranch dogs were exempt from the license ordinance. Without a collar and tag to show the dog is licensed, McCormick certainly would not be able to tell if the dog escaped from a ranch unless the dog told him, in which case he would likely run off to the circus with said dog.

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"Tales from the Morgue" is a way for the Star to share stories from the treasure trove of information held in its old files.

Johanna Eubank, aka the Morgue Lady, was a research assistant in the Star Library — also known as News and Research Services — for 18 years before becoming an online content producer. She has had her share of sneezing fits after digging into dusty old files, so she's sure to find a few old stories to re-examine.

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