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Fwd: : URGENT: ASAP I need your help to save animals in Pasco County

From: Nina P.
Sent on: Sunday, February 17, 2013 5:34 PM
Sorry if anyone already received this but it is Urgent and want to make sure emails are at least sent to the Commissioners if we cannot attend as I am sure the breeders will show up. Below is my email:

Dear Commissioners,

Thank you for the much awaited and needed Pasco Animal Services Ordinance. I encourage you to vote for the Tethering Section[masked] of the Animal Services proposed ordinance. It will aid officers to enforce it with ease and will help keep both animals and humans safe.

However, I am NOT in favor of passing any language that promotes the sale of animals at Flea Markets. It seems the county's efforts at taking steps to saving 90% of the animals that end up at animal control and shelters will be completely negated by allowing breeders, with no concrete restrictions, regulations and enforcement, to sell animals at will. 

Please DO NOT support or vote for Section[masked] Location Exception/Section[masked] of the ordinance that allows for sales of animals at flea markets. Breeders and selling animals at Flea Markets has a huge impact on our tax dollars that pay Animal Services to kill 25% of pure bred dogs that end up in the shelter. 

There needs to be a limit on the number of litters one dog can have over a 3 year period as well. Right now, there is no limit of litters produced per dog within a time frame. This means, dogs are bred and bred until they can't any longer and living in unhealthy,unsanitary and miserable conditions just for the profit of the breeder. Further, dogs sold at Flea Markets and/or from breeders are not spay or neutered and this certainly has a direct negative affect on the overpopulation of animals being killed every day; healthy, adoptable animals. 

Let's move forward in our efforts to protect animals, reduce the euthanasia rates, lower costs of tax payers paying to kill healthy animals and increase adoption rates. Allowing Section[masked] Location Exception/Section[masked] of the ordinance is moving backwards and all strides made towards progress will be for naught.

Please vote to eliminate animal sales at Flea Markets.

Thank you for your time and consideration,
Nina Perino
League of Humane Voters-FL


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From: marilyn <[address removed]>
Date: Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 2:42 PM
Subject: : URGENT: ASAP I need your help to save animals in Pasco County
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----- Original Message -----
From: marilyn
To: Karen Ankerstar
Sent: Friday, February 15,[masked]:10 PM
Subject: URGENT: ASAP I need your help to save animals in Pasco County

Please contact the below commissions ASAP as they are voting on Tuesday, 2/19/13 at 1:30 pm on a much debated Animal Services Ordinance. (address below). Your help is crucial in getting them to pass as good an ordinance as possible. The breeders will be present at this meeting encouraging them to allow them to sell animals at flea markets as this was recently added to this ordinance. Our  main concern is to NOT ALLOW SALE OF ANIMALS AT FLEA MARKETS. Please stress this!  (Points that I made to the commissioners are listed below at the end of this email. Sorry for this long email.  However, it is of the utmost importance.)
 
 If you cannot possibly be present at the meeting to speak for 3 minutes, please EMAIL, ASAP in your own words on issues listed below. Try and be brief, professional and non emotional in your email.  Taxpayer expense is a priority to legislators who deal with budget restraints.
 
[address removed] <[address removed]>; [address removed] <[address removed]>; Comm. Kathryn Starkey <[address removed]>; [address removed] <[address removed]>; Comm. Ted Schrader <[address removed]>
 
 
Dear Commissioners. Thank you for the much awaited and needed Pasco Animal Services Ordinance. I want to share some of my concerns for your consideration.
 
POINTS TO BE MADE:
 
1. As taxpayers, we  support animal services.  We also pay for the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals while breeders continue to supply the market with animals.  It is well known that about 25% of pure bred dogs end up at shelters.  We keep hearing that "there aren't enough homes" for animals.  Why aren't we then controlling breeding?
 
2. I would like to see a limit on the number of litters a dog can have over a 3 year period when the dames are then "retired". There is no provision in the ordinance to limit the amount of litters produced per dog within a time frame. Dogs can be bred continually until they are too old to no longer breed. I am requesting a limit on the number of litters a dog can have over a 3 year period when the dames are then "retired".
 
3. Dogs sold by breeders are not spayed or neutered before sale thereby potentially continuing the breeding cycle.
 
4. Dogs confiscated from breeders are kept at animal services shelter during protracted legal dealings at taxpayer expense.    
 
5.  In the 9/26/12 Tampa Bay Times article,  (see attachment)  Pasco Animal Services Manager, John Malley has said "breeders at flea markets have occasionally sold dogs with health problems. Also, they sell on weekends, when county staff has limited enforcement capability.
 
"We don't want to affect anybody's business,". But the sale of animals at the flea market is linked to a much greater problem. "The rules are intended to prevent cruelty cases and reduce animal overpopulation.  There are sometimes egregious violations.  What we're trying to do is prevent a problem."
 
Meeting to be held on Tues. Feb. 19, 2013, 1:30 pm.
at:
Government Center
County Commissioners Board Room
8731 Citizens Dr .
New Port Richey, FL
(off Little Rd.)
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My email to the commissioners sent 2/14/13

Dear Commissioners,

I am requesting that you vote for the proposed Tethering Section[masked] of the Animal Services proposed Ordinance. I have read the ordinance and recognize that the language provides for easy enforcement, as well as for the safety of humans and the canines.
 
However, as taxpayers, are we not indirectly subsidizing "for profit" breeders with our tax dollars? Our taxes pay for Animal Services to do the killing of the 25% of pure breeds that end up in our shelters.
 
How will animal services be able to implement and work toward a live save rate of 90% if dogs and cats are easily purchased from breeders at flea markets; while animal shelters are desperately trying to find ways to increase adoptions to reduce killing?
 
I encourage you to not support or vote for Section[masked] Location Exception/Section[masked] of the ordinance that allows for sales of animals at flea markets. The breeders sell on the internet via many sites as well as nationally and internationally. There is no shortage of sale outlets. Can we at least, not allow sales at flea markets?
 
Consumer fraud is easily perpetrated when purchasers are not allowed to purchase at the site where the adult dogs are available for viewing. It is essential to visit the breeder at their home to see the entire litter and the care and conditions given to the puppies prior to purchasing. It also offers a physical place to go to for customer complaints. Conditions of the property and the care of the parent animals would influence my purchase decision.
Please vote to eliminate animal sales at flea markets. Thank you.
Marilyn Weaver, Executive Director
League of Humane Voters-FL
www.LOHV-FL.org

Compassion for all animals both human & non Human
Our vision: A society in which people value and safeguard the lives of animals.


 



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Nina Perino
Tampa Animal Welfare Examiner for Examiner.com
http://www.examiner.com/animal-welfare-in-tampa-bay/nina-perino



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Nina Perino
Tampa Animal Welfare Examiner for Examiner.com
http://www.examiner.com/animal-welfare-in-tampa-bay/nina-perino

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