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Exotic pets can be handed over without penalty

By TIMES WIRES
Published March 20, 2007


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COUNTYWIDE

If you own an exotic pet that's gotten too big or too aggressive, is too much work or came without the proper permit, this week is your chance to turn it in without penalty. Pinellas County's Animal Services and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will accept reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Crest Lake Park, 1556 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater. People can donate their unwanted nonnative pets free with no questions asked. That includes parrots, piranhas, walking catfish, ostriches, snakes and poisonous toads. Officials will try to place healthy pets with an approved local exotic animal caregiver. The Pinellas County Animal Services Animobile will be on site to provide coupons for $1 rabies vaccinations with the purchase of a county license for your dogs and cats. Call Pinellas County Animal Services at (727) 582-2600.

'Wolf pack' patrol makes 9 DUI arrests

Deputies arrested nine people on charges of driving under the influence and issued 139 citations during a "wolf pack" patrol over the weekend. The DUI enforcement effort began at 8 p.m. Saturday and ended at 4 a.m. Sunday. In addition to impaired drivers, deputies were looking for people speeding and driving aggressively. About half of the citations, 69, were given to speeders. Last year, there were 1,631 alcohol-related traffic crashes in Pinellas County, resulting in 39 deaths, the Sheriff's Office said.

DUNEDIN

Experience dance the world over

"Dancing the World Together," a free folk dance performance featuring music from various cultures and dance instruction for all ages and levels, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at the Scottish American Society Hall, 917 Louden Ave., off Main Street. The show is sponsored by the Clearwater Quaker Meeting. Call (727) 372-6382.

EAST LAKE

Team wins its fifth chairman's award

The East Lake High School Robotic Team 79, sponsored by Honeywell, recently returned from regional competition in Orlando where it won the FIRST Chairman's Award for the fifth consecutive year. The Chairman's Award is given to the robotic team that best exemplifies the ideals of FIRST - whose full name is For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology - by teaching students from all socioeconomic backgrounds about science, technology, engineering and math.

Clarification

A benefit concert for folk musician Phillip Terry, also known as Vgo, and Terri Musgrove, who recently were forced to move from their home, is scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Whistle Stop Grill and Bar, 915 Main St. in Safety Harbor. For information, call (727) 726-1956. A March 11 story included the correct times for the event, but misstated the schedule in an information box.

[Last modified March 20, 2007, 00:48:07]


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