Upgrading animal care is meeting's focus

Published March 27, 2007



Barbara Snow, the Humane Society of Pinellas' executive director, said she will be meeting with representatives from the county's animal services and from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to discuss jurisdiction criteria and upgrading the county's standards of care for all animals. The meeting comes after a spokesman for the FWC said last week that the Humane Society should not have confiscated exotic birds from Robert Liu's pet store, which has operated from the Oldsmar Flea Market for more than 10 years. A few weeks ago, the Humane Society took 22 animals, including rabbits and birds, saying they were in overcrowded conditions and that some were sick. Since then, all the animals except four rabbits, which died, were returned to Liu. No charges will be filed against him. Liu said the birds were returned in bad condition. Snow said that is not true. Snow said the Humane Society was right to take the animals. "Right now our jurisdiction is not limited," she said. "Our charter is in the state of Florida and it's defined to prevent cruelty to all animals." Preliminary necropsy reports show the rabbits died of a bacterial infection, Snow said, but the findings are not yet final.


Ice cream shop robbers sought

Pinellas County sheriff's deputies continued their search Monday for two young men they say robbed an ice cream shop Saturday night. The men, wearing hooded sweatshirts, entered through a rear door of Strachan's Homemade Ice Cream & Desserts at 105 Alt. 19 N at 10:14 p.m., after the shop had closed, authorities said. They demanded money, got an undisclosed amount of cash from an employee and left. One of the men was armed with what appeared to be a screwdriver. Investigators did not have detailed descriptions Monday. Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call sheriff's Sgt. Michael Holbrook at 582-6200 or Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-873-8477.

Fashion show helps Make-A-Wish

Watch Dave Andreychuk, former captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning; local television reporters, anchors and meteorologists; and other celebrities model spring fashions from Stein Mart while you make dreams come true for children facing life-threatening medical conditions. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is offering a spring fashion show and lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 12 at the Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club, 36750 U.S. 19. Tickets, at $60 each, include a gourmet lunch with a silent auction and a raffle. For reservations, visit www.suncoast.wish.org or call Yari Granda at (813) 288-2600.


Palm Harbor club meets for lunch

You're invited. The Palm Harbor Newcomers Alumnae and Friends will meet for lunch at 11 a.m. April 5 at the East Lake Woodlands Country Club, 1055 East Lake Woodlands Parkway. Windy and Sunny and their colorful birds will perform magic. Guests are welcome. The cost is $15. Call (727) 785-6365 and make a reservation by Friday.