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Unsung Hero #65

“Dogcatcher” is often used as a putdown.

“I wouldn’t vote for him for dogcatcher,” someone says. Or, “It doesn’t matter if you’re a CEO or a dogcatcher.”

But where would Westport be without our dogcatcher? Or — more appropriately — our animal control officer?

Elizabeth DeVoll nominates Joe Saporare for Hero of the Day.

The other day, she was gardening with her 15-year-old, “somewhat senile” dog Quinn. Suddenly, she noticed he had slipped out of his collar. Quinn — who is never far from Elizabeth’s side — was gone.

Quinn

Frantically, she searched the neighborhood. Then she called Joe.

He said he’d just picked Quinn up. The dog was safe and sound at the Animal Control Center, on Elaine Road off South Compo near the boat launch.

Elizabeth rushed down. Quinn was relaxing comfortably. Joe told her he’d gotten a call about a dog wandering busy Newtown Turnpike. The officer was there within minutes.

Elizabeth has met Joe several times before — when she found lost dogs. “He always is kind, and on the ball, when he reunites lost pups to their human parents,” she says.

Joe Saponare, with Quinn.

“Funny how in cartoons, we always think of the dogcatcher as a bad guy,” she adds. “Joe is definitely a very good boy!”

And, happily, our Unsung Hero this week.