Inmates learn from the farm Sept. 21, article
Candidate misses program's benefit
I am disturbed by the comment of sheriff's candidate Kim Bogart regarding the current inmate agricultural program in Pasco County, "Who's going to leave jail and work on a pig farm?" He fails to recognize the positive benefits of this program.
In addition to feeding the inmate population beef and pork, it saves taxpayer dollars. Caring for the animals gives inmates an opportunity to build character and learn important life skills, which can be applied when released from jail. They learn responsibility and respect for life along with developing a work ethic that serves as a foundation for future endeavors.
The important issue is not that they become pig farmers, but to have them leave the detention center and return to society as productive individuals. By learning to make good choices they will hopefully become good citizens, and that is a far more likely end than sitting idle in a cell.
Lee Pagillo, Holiday
Not enough dogs, cats being saved
Changes have to be made at the Pasco County Animal Shelter. The county spent over $3 million on a facility that spends most of it's time euthanizing dogs and cats rather then making every possible effort to save them.
With a budget of $1.8 million and 32 staff members, there is no logical reason why the kennels aren't kept clean and the dogs walked more often. The shelter also gets free food from Science Diet for all the animals.
Volunteers and rescuers are not treated with the respect and gratitude they deserve for spending endless time trying to save as many cats and dogs as they can. Last year the live release rate was 19 percent. Because of efforts from many dedicated people it's up to 45 percent. That means more than half of the animals don't make it out alive.
A known rescuer to the shelter emailed and said she was coming in the morning to pick up two dogs. She gave them the identification numbers. When she arrived both had already been euthanized. This is not the first time the irresponsible staff have killed an animal with a potential adopter or rescuer coming.
Pasco County Animal Shelter is not a shelter at all. It's a place where animals go to die.
Susan Hudson Squires, Port Richey