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Today's Letters: Bar abusers from adopting pets again

Published October 7, 2007


Re: Women arrested after death of dog story, Sept. 28

May I suggest that we take the two women who caused this abuse, put them in a similar environment and wait?

Also, let's make a nationwide database so that anyone doing this is never again allowed to adopt from any legal, organized shelters or rescue groups. They need some major education and maybe many hours of well-supervised community service.

To other caring neighbors in similar situations, don't wait, especially if you are dismissed by cruel fools. Fortunately, these good people, the Travises, are responsible for saving one of the dogs. Emergency response should be as fast for four-legged creatures as it is for those with two.

Robyn Dalton,Largo

Re: Women arrested after death of dog story, Sept. 28

Faster action may have saved dog

Again we have to read about the death of an animal due to negligence and intentional abuse by an irresponsible dog owner.

While I commend Joy and Tom Travis of Largo for their part in trying to save these animals, every minute counts when pets are left in hot weather without food or water, especially when they are locked in a (black!) cage.

Pets should not be left outside, period. This is Florida. Can you imagine being locked in a small cage in the sun for hours? There are so many news articles concerning pets and hot weather that it is almost beyond belief that a sane person would do such a thing.

I urge you, as compassionate people, to do whatever it takes to remove an animal from a dangerous situation. Call authorities immediately. If an owner has decided to leave their pet in such a state, why bother calling the owner?

The dachshund may have survived if someone had acted sooner. Is it trespassing when you know a crime is being committed? I would be the first person to trespass on someone's property to ensure the safety of a dog or any living creature, for that matter.

As I have said before, all we can hope for is that these two women, Shannon Nichols and Rachelle Jamison of Largo, have their feet held to the fire, and, if convicted, receive the stiffest penalty available to ensure that they cannot commit such a terrible act again.

Nancy Dively, Tarpon Springs

Re: Traffic calming? Not for her story, Sept. 27

Landscaped medians need to go

As a resident of Tarpon Springs and frequent traveler of Pinellas Avenue and Tarpon Avenue, I agree 100 percent that the so-called landscaped medians are nothing more than ill-conceived and poorly thought-out expensive road hazards and lawsuits in the making.

As mentioned in your article, city officials should nip this in the bud. Remove them now. They serve no purpose and do nothing to improve curb appeal.

Wait till the snowbirds and others experience the obstacles.

The area is low lying and probably flood prone. So let's imagine the roads flooded and these medians under water and not visible. Doesn't seem like safe road conditions to me.

U.S. 19, with its many center U-turns, can keep tow trucks busy enough.

Ken Obuch, Tarpon Springs

Re: Country club must cater more to public editorial, Sept. 27

Come enjoy country club

Thank you for highlighting Dunedin Country Club's reopening.

We are very proud of the $300,000 investment our members made to regrass our greens and we invite the public to share in our grand reopening celebration. Special events, including golf clinics and twilight golf events, are planned throughout October. The public can visit the Upcoming Events page on our Web site ( for information.

Area residents are fortunate to have this facility available to them and we encourage them to take advantage of it. The course, the former home of the PGA, was designed by Donald Ross, a world-renowned golf course architect. And it's open to the public at very reasonable rates. Tee times can be made by calling (727) 733-7836.

As custodian of this city-owned property, Dunedin Country Club is committed to the "new attitude" you referenced in your editorial. We encourage everyone to come experience it for themselves.

Jane Baird,secretary, Dunedin Country Club

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