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Owner of home animal shelter fighting fines

For years, Maleka Sharay has run a makeshift animal shelter out of her home.

For years, Maleka Sharay has run a makeshift animal shelter out of her home.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Owner of home animal shelter fighting fines

Last month, Maleka Sharay received a $12,013 citation for harboring 17 cats and 16 dogs in her New Port Richey home. On Tuesday, Sharay took the first step toward fighting the hefty fine. She pleaded not guilty to 24 counts of violating county code — one count for each animal she had above the county limit of nine. Sharay will have a chance to defend herself at a hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m. June 18 before Pasco County Judge Paul Firmani. For years, Sharay has run a makeshift animal shelter out of her home, taking in hundreds of strays and adopting them out. A county code enforcement officer said he has been warning Sharay since October that she's only allowed to have nine pets. Sharay, 45, was fined $500 for each animal above the county limit, plus $13 in court costs.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Cotee River area is subject of camps

Pasco County Schools Summer Programs are offering summer camps about the Cotee River Estuary and Watershed at the Energy and Marine Center, J.B. Starkey Park and Crossbar Ranch. Camp hours are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $190 per student. A non-refundable $50 deposit is due by Friday. Dates are: June 16-20 for students entering grades 2-3; June 23-27 for students entering grades 4-5; July 7-11 for students entering grades 9-12; July 14-18 for students entering grades 6-8. For information, or to register, go to http://eec.pasco.k12.fl.us or call (727) 774-2312.

Corrections

• Homicide victim Joseph Martell died on March 29. An item Tuesday and another on May 7 list the wrong date of death.

• Margarita Romo is the executive director of Farmworkers Self-Help Inc. Her last name was misspelled in a story Tuesday.

• Joseph Poblick, an applicant for the Port Richey city attorney job, is currently the city attorney in Zephyrhills. Poblick's colleague, Michael Bennett Stein, is not an applicant for the Port Richey position. A story on Tuesday was incorrect on these points.

Pasco deaths

Deeley, Majorie G.

Duane, Richard B. "Dick"

Dyke, Timothy Everett Younge

Gordon, Bruce

Jodoin, Rita

Layow, Ervine A.

Marx, Dennis K.

Masse, William Joseph

McHugh, Agnes

McKale, Elisa Marie

Moore, William

Moss, James K.

Robinson, Ruth Salome

Rodriguez, George W.

Sikora, Elizabeth M.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Owner of home animal shelter fighting fines 05/20/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 2:47pm]
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