TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN,
HI. I WANT TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS FOR THESE QUESTIONS I HAVE REGARDING A NEIGHBORS DOGS. THERE'S 2 DOGS THAT LIVE NEXT DOOR TO US IN THE BACKYARD TOGETHER OUTSIDE. ONE IS A LARGER FEMALE & THE OTHER ONE IS A SMALL MIX BREED DOG.
ANYWAY, I NOTICE THAT THEY LIVE OUTSIDE LL THE TIME & ARE NEVER BROUGHT INDOORS HARDLY EVER. THEIR OWNERS ARE GONE A LOT OF THE TIME, BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO GO TO WORK. WE DONíT KNOW THEN VERY WELL & AREN'T REALLY OUR KIND OF PEOPLE WE HANG OUT WITH.
THE DOGS ARE OUTSIDE IN THE HEAT ALL THE TIME. THEY DO HAVE A SMALL COVERED PATIO OUTSIDE & I'M ALMOST POSITIVE THAT THEIR BEING FED & WATERED. THERE'S ALSO A BIG DOG HOUSE IN THE DOG RUN IN AN AREA OF THE BACKYARD. I ALSO JUST WENT OUTSIDE IN OUR BACKYARD & COULD SMELL STRONG ODORS OF DOG WASTE BACK THERE.
I ALSO NOTICED THEY HAVEN'T WALKED THESE DOGS FOR SEVERAL MONTHS SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR & I KNOW I'VE SEEN THEM WALK THE BIGGER DOG ON THE RED HARNESS, BUT NOT SINCE THEN. I ALSO DONíT SEE THE OWNERS GIVE THEM MUCH ATTENTION. I BELIEVE THEIR BEING NEGLECTED ATTENTION WISE & EXERCISE WISE & FEEL BAD FOR THEM THEY HAVE TO SUFFER IN SUCH HOT TEMPERATURES OUTSIDE ALL THE TIME & THESE BACKYARDS ARE PRETTY SMALL ALSO.
I NOTICED THEY'VE BEEN LEAVING THEIR CAT OUTSIDE TO FOR LONG PERIODS WITHOUT ANY FOOD OR WATER. I THINK IT WOULD BE AFRAID TO GET WATER IN THE BACKYARD, BECAUSE THE DOGS WOULD SCARE IT OFF. MY HUSBAND & I DONíT OFFER TO HELP WALK THEIR DOGS, BECAUSE THE LARGER DOG HAS DEVELOPED SO MUCH AGGRESSION OF NOT BEING WALKED & SOCIALIZED. WE WOULD BE AFRAID OF BEING BIT. IT JUST REALLY BOTHERS US THAT WE HAVENíT SEEN THESE DOGS WALKED IN SO LONG & DONíT GET MUCH ATTENTION & THERE'S A STRONG ODOR OF WASTE NEXT DOOR.
WE HAVE SEEN THEM PICK THEIR WASTE UP, BUT I'M REALLY NOTICING THE ODOR OF IT AS THIS TIME. WE'RE AFRAID TO REPORT THIS , BECAUSE WE DONíT WANT THE DOGS PUT DOWN & WOULD BE AFRAID OF THAT IF THE ANIMAL CONTROL TOOK THEM AWAY. DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS? DOES ANY OF THESE THINGS SOUND LIKE NEGLECT? PLEASE E-MAIL ME BACK. SINCERELY ,JANET
Pinellas County Animal Control News Clip:
Opinions Split on Wildlife Management in Pinellas County
Quite frankly, opinions were pretty evenly split between critter trappers who stated they agree with the amounts and like the direction of the program and those who stated they believe the amounts are inflated and that there are too few Eastern Gray Squirrel in the county. Critter Professional Paul, whose term as this member of the Game Commission's board of bossy fellows expired last summer, stated the pest operator hears from this lot of disgruntled critter trappers. The Pinellas County animal control had no additional statements to make on the topic.
Critter Professional Paul now sits on the board of bossy fellows for Unified Animal Operators of Pinellas County - an organization that has been sharply critical of the Game Commission's Eastern Gray Squirrel management program. "Guys are fed up," Critter Professional Paul stated. "They're tired of going out and not seeing any Eastern Gray Squirrel." Critter Professional Paul stated the pest operator has no problem with the harvest data the Game Commission spits out. "I think the system they use to figure the amounts should be pretty good," the pest operator stated. "The actual amounts probably aren't too far off." Since less than 40 percent of successful critter trappers report the Eastern Gray Squirrel they capture each year, the Game Commission uses this formula to calculate what the agency believes should be the actual total annual Eastern Gray Squirrel lethally trap. Critter Professional Paul stated the problem with the amounts should be they're too low to keep people interested in critter catching. "A animal trapper can expect to capture this male animal once every seven years, based on the amounts," the pest operator stated. "And if one guy captures this male animal two years in this row, that means someone else will have to wait 14 years to capture one."
Many critter trappers - especially young people - are sure to quit the sport if that's how long they have to wait to capture this male animal, Critter Professional Paul believes. "In today's society, people want action," Critter Professional Paul stated. "If they can't get it critter catching, they'll find something else to do." Game Commission statistics show the amount of licensed critter trappers dropped about two percent from 2005-06 to 2006-07. That figure should be not too alarming, but consider that if that rate continues for five years, we'll have 10 percent fewer critter trappers than we have now. That's this reduction of 100,000. Pinellas County pest control companies that we contacted felt that this issue should be an important matter.