Column: Kurt Hildebrand
August 17, 2003
Tom Blomquist donned shorts and a tuxedo and started hitchhiking in order to make the point
that Lyon County needs to make an effort to advertise outside the county to hire a new animal control officer.
that he successfully made his point, Tom is back trying to find homes for dogs.
"We still have two golden retriever, German wire-haired pointer pups we're trying to place," Tom said in
a message Wednesday. "I found a book of dog heraldry and, in Latin, these dogs have a coat of arms, non disputar illegitimus."
Latin is pretty rusty, but it sounds like these dogs may have a little trouble tracing their lineage.
Blomquist calls Lyon's job search `unacceptable`
Wearing shorts and a tuxedo, Tom Blomquist set out to hitchhike from Mound House to Yerington City Hall Friday to call
out Lyon Countys failure to hire a new Animal Services supervisor.
Blomquist, director of the Silver Springs Spay-Neuter Project, claims Lyon County officials arent doing enough to fill
the position vacated in April when Dan Rodgers resigned.
We need someone with the training and background to bring this animal control department up to par, Blomquist said.
Acting animal services supervisor Rick Smith, a candidate for the position, said he has been advised to refer all questions
to the county manager.
But he confirmed that, to the best of his knowledge, the county had advertised only in two local newspapers and one national
publication an effort Blomquist called unacceptable.
Thats not my idea of advertising, he said.
But County Commissioner Phyllis Honeywell said commissioners already have asked County Manager Stephen Snyder to do a more
We got quite a few phone calls from people that have voiced the same opinions as Tom, so we wanted them to know were listening,
We asked the manager at our last meeting to be more extensive in his search and look outside the immediate area. I dont
know how far hes gotten with that or what the application deadline is, but we were advised there are quite a few people whove
contacted us from outside the county, she said.
Snyder could not be reached Friday.
Blomquist, a full-time banquet waiter in Reno, said he and his wife Lee started the Silver Springs Spay and Neuter project
Blomquist said he also is upset with the handling of stray dogs. State law requires any dog 4 months or older be spayed
or neutered prior to adoption a practice he claims is not consistently followed in Lyon County, he said.
They are ignoring the spay-neuter laws. We need someone who understands the NRS statutes. If I knew my catechism as well
as I know my NRS 574, Id be the Bishop, he said.
If I tell them theyre violating the law, they need to listen to me. I lobbied for that law. If a dog escapes, it breeds,
To demonstrate his sincerity, Blomquist said he is selling memorabilia from his personal collection to help the county
with advertising costs including an autographed copy by former President Richard Nixon of his book, Six Crises a Confederate
$10 bill and a Civil War powder horn.
Lee Blomquist said Friday evening that her husband got a ride as far as Silver Springs about 20 miles but had to forego
the remaining 40 miles due to an emergency involving a trapped cat.
When you have an animal emergency, there really isnt a choice as to whats more important, she said.
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Tom Blomquist called and said he managed to give away eight of 11 puppies at PetSmart last week.
says he still has three of the half AKC golden retriever dogs.
For $125 anyone adopting the dogs will get two months
free insurance, spay or neutering, training by Guy Yeaman, a microchip and registration and a few added benefits.
guaranteed improvement in people's blood pressure and a cure for baldness," Tom says. "These dogs are so smart that they practically
house train themselves."
Anyone interested can contact Tom at the Silver Springs Spay-Neuter Project at 577-3518 or
e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org
It's all about the animals for veterinary technician
One thing many people will be able to claim at some time or another in their life is the title of pet owner.
When their lovable animals become ill or injured, it is only natural that people rely on professionals like veterinary
technician Lee Blomquist for help.
Describing herself as an animal R.N., Blomquist has officially been on staff at the Yerington Veterinary Hospital since
Licensed by the State of Nevada, some of her duties include administering shots, cleaning instruments, trimming toenails
and preparing animals for surgery.
I get to do a lot of stuff the normal layperson couldnt do, she said.
Also, she is qualified to handle lab work; however, in the absence of an onsite lab, she has not had the opportunity to
practice this skill since her vet tech work in Carson City.
Born and raised in Jackson, Calif., Blomquist says the desire to work in a veterinary office stems from childhood; however,
she joined the army out of high school where she achieved the rank of staff sergeant stationed in Washington, D.C.
She later spent 20 years working for the U.S. Postal Service before receiving her opportunity to become a vet tech.
Although she has been practicing as a vet tech for seven years, her license has been official for only about three after
the state began requiring licensing for the profession.
Along with her work in Yerington, Blomquist works with her husband of 11 years, Tom, co-directing the Silver Springs Spay-Neuter
project in their hometown.
Also, she is currently chairman of the Lyon County Animal Control Advisory Board.
In fact, it was by query of a fellow board member, Lisa Hayden, where she found her new job at the Yerington Veterinary
When not at work, she enjoys quilting, weaving, reading and even pet sitting. Some of her quilts are given away in drawings
and she contributed two squares to a Sept.11 memorial quilt.
As for the future, Blomquist plans to remain in the area. The politics and friendliness of the people remind her of her
childhood town, she said.
Those who would like to reach Blomquist in reference to the Silver Springs Spay-Neuter Project, may call (775) 577-3518.
Patrick Abanathy is a staff writer for the Leader-Courier and the Mason Valley News, sister Gannett newspapers.
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Animal activist takes issue with county over numbers
By Jill Keller, Appeal Staff Writer
A Silver Springs animal activist hopes the Lyon County Animal Control Advisory Board
will listen to his concerns about county practices Wednesday.
Continuing his quest to have county animal-control practices
reviewed, Tom Blomquist, owner of the Silver Springs Spay-Neuter Project, said numbers provided recently to the county about
stray dogs are incorrect.
He also claims the county is not following state law when it allows dogs to be adopted before
they are spayed or neutered.
County animal control officer Nonie Higley said that since the county began letting residents
adopt dogs with the requirement that the pets be fixed within two weeks, the county has had to euthanize 86 percent fewer
"Everything is done completely to the letter of the law," Higley said. "When you bring in six dogs a day and
only adopt out two a day, something has to give somewhere."
The county system allows the shelter to "find warm, loving
homes, instead of putting them to sleep," Higley said. Written paperwork is required from veterinarians and new owners following
the adoption within two weeks.
Blomquist is not convinced the shelter is following the law and has asked the county
district attorney for an explanation. He has not yet received a written explanation, he said.
Blomquist plans to attend
the advisory board meeting Wednesday to ask them to audit the animal control department.
"Myself and many other people
are very uncomfortable with what's happening out there," Blomquist said.
The advisory board lacks the power to call
for an investigation, but makes recommendations to county commissioners, said board member Johnye Saylor.
What: Animal Control Advisory Board of Lyon County regular meeting
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday
McAtee Building, Fort Churchill, Silver Springs
By Kurt Hildebrand
January 19, 2003
I have to acknowledge the only person to consistently navigate my voice mail to leave me
regular reports about the Silver Springs Spay & Neuter Project.
Tom Blomquist calls me once a week with items of
interest from Silver Springs. This week he said a litter of puppies, which he suspects to be
genuine Nevada trailer
dogs, will be fixed and get all their shots for $50.
Rosie the Rottweiler has undergone her last surgery and may get
back out in public soon. Anyone who can help with the project should contact Tom at 577-3518.
is former managing editor of the Nevada Appeal. Reach him at 887-2430, ext.402 or e-mail him at email@example.com.