Saturday, May 26, 2018
News Roundup

Euthanasia of cat prompts policy change at Pasco animal services

The euthanasia of an unidentified injured cat later discovered to be a family pet has prompted Pasco County Animal Services to change some of its euthanasia policies for severely injured animals found outside the county's shelter.

The cat, which was found and held in a garage in Wilderness Lake Preserve, was euthanized July 6 before being taken to the shelter after an officer said it appeared to be severely injured and could not find a micro chip or tag identifying the owner.

Afterward, a nearby neighbor claimed the cat as Peggy and said it limped because it had only three paws. County officials investigated and determined that the officer acted within county policy, which allowed for euthanasia of animals in the field if they were severely injured and officers cannot identify an owner.

However, the incident prompted officials to review their procedures and make the following changes:

• No animal will be euthanized outside the shelter.

• Officers will try to locate an owner in the area before taking an animal to the shelter.

• If the owner can't be found, the officer will take the animal to the shelter to be evaluated or to a nearby veterinarian.

• The remains of animals that are euthanized at the shelter will be held for seven days.

The county will try out the new policies for 90 days before evaluating them further and will train staffers on the changes

"We would also like to use this sad experience as a teaching moment to remind all pet owners to tag, microchip or tattoo their pet, to help ensure they can be reunited if they are separated," county spokesman Ed Caum said in a news release.

County officials also plan to invite all Pasco County veterinarians to a forum to discuss creating a network of emergency care for when injured strays are found. County officials say the shelter remains overcrowded and they hope to re-open the dog shelter, which was closed recently due to a parvovirus outbreak, on July 23.

Comments
Carlton: Sometimes taxpayers pay for not doing the right thing

Carlton: Sometimes taxpayers pay for not doing the right thing

I may have cracked the code. Found a way to sell doing the right thing. Discovered a method of persuasion in certain matters of fairness, conscience and the greater good.Like giving our fellow Americans a second chance.When morality-based arguments d...
Published: 05/26/18
Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

By Joey JohnstonTimes CorrespondentST. PETERSBURG — Rays LHP Ryan Yarbrough deserved better Friday. But the offense didn't offer much, allowing the Orioles to escape with a 2-0 victory before an announced crowd of 11,354 at Tropicana Field."It ...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

ST. PETERSBURG – In January, sure.In July, absolutely.But, now?And, once again, for someone who they hope helps in the future.The Rays made a shocking trade at a surprising time of year Friday, dealing All-Star closer Alex Colome and Tampa...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Steve Yzerman’s summer plans: Make the Lightning better

Steve Yzerman’s summer plans: Make the Lightning better

TAMPA — Captain Steven Stamkos said the Lightning's window for contending for a Stanley Cup championship is not closing."I think it's wide open," he said Thursday, one day after the Lightning lost Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final to the C...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Editorial: Welcome Bayshore changes still can’t stop bad judgment

Editorial: Welcome Bayshore changes still can’t stop bad judgment

It’s human nature in following any tragedy to imagine: How could this have been prevented? On that score, the city of Tampa responded appropriately to the deaths this week of a mother and her toddler whom police say were hit by a teenage driver racin...
Updated: 9 hours ago
In federal trial, jury finds Hernando deputies’ actions justified

In federal trial, jury finds Hernando deputies’ actions justified

TAMPA — Michael Bratt told a story.He said that Hernando County sheriff’s deputies attacked him in his home early one morning eight years ago, beat him severely on his front lawn, and continued the assault as they took him to a hospital.But another s...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Police: Driver in fatal Bayshore faces new charge in child’s death

Police: Driver in fatal Bayshore faces new charge in child’s death

The 18-year-old who was arrested this week after police said he was racing when he fatally struck a young mother pushing her stroller across Bayshore Boulevard was back in jail on Friday night.Cameron Herrin, 18, was arrested on a second count of veh...
Updated: 9 hours ago
The Bucs’ influence inside the Vegas Golden Knights’ runaway success

The Bucs’ influence inside the Vegas Golden Knights’ runaway success

The Stanley Cup final begins Monday in the unlikeliest of places: a city new to major pro sports and suddenly the center of the hockey world, Las Vegas, whose Golden Knights could become the first first-year expansion team to win a championship.And t...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Did the NFL really need a national anthem policy?

Did the NFL really need a national anthem policy?

Before we even get going, let me be clear about something.This is not a column making an argument about whether or not NFL players should be able to kneel in protest during the national anthem.That topic has been debated repeatedly, loudly and passio...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

The Rays made a major trade Friday afternoon, sending All-Star closer Alex Colome and OF Denard Span to the Mariners.The return is two minor-leaguers, RHP Andrew Moore and RHP Tommy Romero. The Rays also sent cash to the Mariners.Span, a Tampa produc...
Updated: 11 hours ago