Monday, April 23, 2007
Sun staff writer
September 24. 2006 6:01AM
Ray Sim calls pit bulls "the national dog of Alachua County" for good reason - lots and lots of them live here.
But as director of Alachua County Animal Services, Sim knows that yes, they are popular, but they are also difficult to find homes for. They take up kennel space at the shelter and drive up costs.
Veterinarian Debbie Cottrell of West End Animal Hospital in Jonesville realized the same thing and came up with an idea to cut the pit bull population - Operation Pitnip.
She began offering free spaying and neutering to any pit bull or pit mix - a service that typically costs about $150 at her clinic. Her efforts have been rewarded with $20,000 in grants to keep the program going.
"Now we can start pushing more and try to reach these people who don't understand or are unaware that they are contributing to the problem," Cottrell said. "At least two or three times a day people come in with pit bulls and when I start to talk about spaying or neutering, they say, 'Oh no, we're going to breed her because she's special and all my friends want a puppy.' They are completely unaware that that is the problem. Nationwide, close to 40 percent of all dogs euthanized at shelters are pit bulls."
No More Homeless Pets of Alachua County - a coalition of veterinarians and animal advocates - donated $5,000 to Cottrell to pay for surgeries for 100 dogs living in low-income families. No More Homeless Pets several years ago landed a multiyear grant from the nonprofit Maddie's Fund to try to end euthanasia of healthy cats and dogs at the county shelter.
Meanwhile, another $15,000 was awarded to Cottrell from Florida Animal Friend - the organization that administers money raised through the sale of spay/neuter license plates.
University of Florida veterinary professor Julie Levy, president of the coalition and board member of Florida Animal Friend, said the grants are well-deserved and should help reduce the population of unwanted pit bulls.
"(Cottrell) was very farsighted and saw that we need to nip the problem at its source, which is reproduction, rather than trying to deal with this huge number of animals after the fact," Levy said. "They are trying to save adoptable animals at the (county) shelter and there are so many pit bulls. Even though they are technically adoptable, nobody wants to adopt them. It's a burden on the shelter, it's a burden on the community, it's a burden on the Maddie's project to try to find homes for all of these dogs that nobody wants."
Pit bulls are either reviled or adored. They are a breed so associated with dog fighting and maulings that many communities nationwide ban them. Florida now prohibits such breed-specific laws, but an ordinance that was already in place in Miami-Dade County was grandfathered in.
Yet others say that with proper training pit bulls are loyal, family-friendly pets with a clownish, loving personality.
Sim said some county shelters in Florida will not put pit bulls up for adoption, euthanizing them instead. Alachua County evaluates pit bulls to determine if they can make a good pet in the right hands and tries to find homes for them.
"They are hard to adopt and I think a lot of that is the stereotype of a pit bull. They are a powerful dog. Are they always a bad dog? Definitely not," Sim said.
Jerri Sullivan said her six pit bulls are wonderful dogs. She had all six sterilized by Operation Pitnip, giving the program a $250 donation for its efforts.
Sullivan said she found a pit bull in her yard when she moved into a rural High Springs home. Despite her prevention efforts, it bred with another dog. Eventually one of the puppies had a litter. Sullivan was able to give most of the puppies away, but got some of them back because the owners couldn't take proper care of them.
Operation Pitnip was a godsend for her."It was great to get it done, and I donated because there might be another family that can't afford it, as well. It was a whole lot cheaper than the regular veterinarian," Sullivan said. "It would be taking me another year to get all of the dogs done if Dr. Cottrell didn't have this. It's very expensive."
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Friday, April 06, 2007
Last update: April 06, 2007 – 5:21 AM
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. — Morrison County commissioners have approved a permit that allows Gary McDuffee to open a dog-breeding operation with up to 500 adult breeding dogs.
Commissioners did attach 13 conditions to the permit, which cuts 100 dogs from the number McDuffee had been allowed under an earlier permit.
The permit also requires McDuffee to set aside one-sixth of his indoor space as an exercise area for the dogs, says he must not debark the dogs or use shock collars and must plant trees along part of his property to cut down on noise.
The county added conditions to the permit after the Minnesota Court of Appeals ordered the board to revisit the issue following public complaints.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Monday, April 02, 2007
I've volunteered to Walk with my Fellow co-workers in support of Walk America.
"Premature birth is the #1 cause of newborn death. It has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S., endangering the lives of more than half a million babies. And it's growing at an alarming rate. That's why we need you to participate in WalkAmerica."
I've set my personal goal at $500. I'll be walking in support of Company's overall goal of $7,500. We walk here in Manassas on the morning of April 22, 2007 beginning at 9AM. So far, we have 14 members to our team all doing their part in support of this wonderful attempt at saving little lives!
If you are interested in supporting my Company's team let me know and I'll provide you with the link to donate.
PREMATURE BIRTH: THE SILENT CIRIS:Premature birth can happen to any pregnant woman, and no one knows why. The March of Dimes is in the midst of a multi-year, multimillion-dollar campaign to address this growing problem. With your support, the March of Dimes can continue to fund research and programs to prevent premature birth and other threats to babies' health.
Wish I had a few screen shots of it to share. Oh well. Good Flaggers.org, I enjoy using your site!
It would seem the only intelligent one of the bunch below would be Cows.
pdx Flagger.org IS Down for the count BIG TKO § <> 04/01 17:49
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another one bites the dust - yeah! < The-Missionary > 04/01 17:54:47
Pursuant to USC 17 Sections 101 et seq, This site has been temporarily suspended.
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A lot of recent changes < The-Missionary > 04/01 18:03:16
Date: Sun, 01 Apr 2007 10:24:32 -0700
Well guys, you've probably noticed I've not been around here as much. So I hope this is not too much of a surprise...
I might as well be upfront about it. I'm officially resigning from flagging. I know it's a surprise, but all the civil conversations I've had with responsible breeders have made me realize that at the end of the day, maybe part of my passion for the issue, might be that I too, in a sense, want MY OWN children to experience the miracle of birth.
Also I know it sounds cliche, but I have seen that my latest rescue really REALLY wants to have puppies (probably just one litter and then I'll have her fixed). That's a first, now I understand what people are talking about!!
Of course this is about what's best for the dog, and not the money (although I expect it to be somewhat substantial, which I do feel I deserve as my rescue baby seems quite healthy and has a WONDERFUL temperament).
It is the principle -- Maybe the solution isn't about laws and regulations, but instead simply about education, respect, and faith?
So, I would feel like a bit of a hypocrite if I kept flagging other people's sales. I hope you won't judge me too harshly. And of course, out of respect for you guys, my e-friends for the last couple years, when and if I do breed my rescue bitch, I will NOT use CL to sell my puppies. :)
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yeah, and there never was < naked-fat-in-boots > 04/01 18:19:21
any "investigation". . . Why did they shit it down? <> 04/01 18:42
Why did they shit it down? < mom-2-4 > 04/01 18:42:53
It violated another website's copywrite? . . . . ^^^ shit it down § <> 04/01 18:43
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^^^ SHUT it down < mom-2-4 > 04/01 18:44:16
Gawd I don't know how I did that twice!!!
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I love it................. < floppys_bestfriend > 04/01 18:51:46
shit it down!!
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Was that not flaggers.org? < mom-2-4 > 04/01 18:20:59
I thought there was an s on the end
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Oh, I see that has a legal message up now. < mom-2-4 > 04/01 18:25:04
What does it mean? So there was there really an investigation?
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USC 17 Section 101 is copyright law.
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next on the hit parade: < dodos > 04/01 18:32:31
Flaggers Google Groups!!!
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Ah maybe it's just me. It's just that I've < WhenCowsAttack > 04/01 18:51:55
never seen them actually put up a message on a website that's been shut down, it seems odd. Usually it just says the page is N/A. Hopefully they haven't just relocated or something.
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Saturday for me was spent with my sr. gal-pal Kacie and doing the 'Inspection' and 'DMV' thing. Aw gawd, that sucked majorly!! But Kacie was a hit at the Honda dealership! I should have washed the E yesterday, it was sooo nice out.
Sunday we got up and did the trash run and then I went riding again. I was hoping to get pictures this time, but once I got my chaps on and was saddled up and ready, I realized I didn't have a fresh roll of film with me. Darn!! :(
Sunday evening was spent with family and good friends. I groomed Lovely while Joe and Chris worked on a Truck and then a Trackor. Race was on so we were torn between outside and the race. LOL Once done there, we headed back over to Joe's family's place for dinner and good conversation. I love his SIL, she's awesome!
We managed to get through the day without any rain, it was nice! But the storm that hit us last night about 1:30 was furious to say the least. The lightening lit up the house and scared the crap out of poor Angus. The Thunder was just as henou and shook the house and windows and that scared Angus even more. Thankfully, it only lasted about an hour. So I sat up with Angus cuddling him and coo'ing at him to calm him down.
I have to ask myself, was it truly necessary to send him back a 3rd time?! What purpose does his death serve? What purpose does ANY of their deaths serve?
There was a time I would have stood by my President, there was a time that my Patriotic heart would have demanded to fall beside my brethern. But as the years drag on and there is no relief in site, WHY ARE WE STILL THERE? The true villian has illuded us for so long and STILL killing Americans at a whim.
I have to sit and watch as a very close personal friend will be packing up and leaving this June/July on his THIRD trip to Iraq. Ask anyone, and they'll tell you I am one of the most patriotic people they know! But I'm not sure where to stand on this any longer.
Other than stand behind our Men and Woman in the Armed Forces and support them!! Remember, THANK A VETERAN, they are the reason we live the way WE CHOOSE TO! They are the reason this is the COUNTRY to live in!
FREEDOM ISN'T FREE -- LIVE FREE OR DIE