Puppy left in canal not ready for adoption
The injured puppy that was fished out of a canal last week is slowly recovering, while authorities continue to search for the person who mutilated him. The black and white pit bull mix, named Wilson by Pasco Animal Services staff, was found last Thursday with one ear amputated and the other severely cut. Now recuperating at Suncoast Animal Hospital in Lutz, Wilson has recovered from hypothermia but tested positive for the parvo virus. He is receiving treatment for that, as well as frequent cleanings to prevent his ear wounds from becoming infected. John Malley, Pasco's interim animal services manager, said it will be at least a month before Wilson might be ready for adoption, and even then, "he'll need continuous care." Still, as Wilson's story spread through media outlets across the country, hundreds of people have called to inquire about adopting him or supporting his treatment, Malley said. Anyone with information about who might have hurt the puppy may contact supervisor Kevin Mallory at Pasco County Animal Services at (727) 834-3216.
Council maintains property tax rate
Property owners won't see an increase in their city taxes for the upcoming fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. The City Council voted unanimously Monday night to maintain the city's 5.9999 millage rate. That would mean property owners would pay $5.99 in city taxes for every $1,000 of taxable property value. The city initially faced a shortfall of up to $1 million, but new city manager Jim Drumm presented a balanced budget, in part by cutting 11 full-time and three part-time positions, most of them vacant. If the council approves that plan, three employees in positions that will be cut will be offered transfers to other city jobs. The City Council will hold a budget workshop at 5 p.m. Monday in council chambers. A public hearing on the millage rate will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 12. The City Council will take its final vote on the budget Sept. 27.
• Ronald Gramling pleaded no contest to a charge of vehicular homicide for a 2008 crash that killed a local woman. A headline Saturday gave an incorrect charge.
• Cobb Theatres Grove 16 and CinéBistro's second annual Back to School Bash will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 13 at 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel. Calvary Chapel Worship Center, 6825 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey will host a Backpack Giveaway at 8:10 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 11:20 a.m. Aug. 21 , first-come, first served. Sunday's Back to School section listed incorrect dates for both events. In addition, the Aug. 6 "Back to School Bash" at Just Kidz Preschool has been canceled.
• Take Stock in Children program coordinator Rosanne Heyser may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. A feature on volunteering in Sunday's Back to School section gave an incorrect e-mail address.
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