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Thieves on bikes are posing a larger threat

Isn't it about time laws for these hoodlums on bikes were more strict? They no longer snatch your bag and kick you in the head, as WFLA-Ch. 8 reported, but, as was done to me, knock you flat on your back with such force that your head bangs on the sidewalk. Since June 6, my left arm and the back of my head have hurt. I use a cane and here they go after us more.

My friend, who was with me, had her bag stolen too, but they (four boys on two bikes) were unable to knock her down. Therefore, she was able to use the phone of a man on Fourth Avenue. He said many do not report these muggings.

Another trick these hoodlums have is to ride an inch away from you on the sidewalk.

The officer on "Patrol Operations" did his best for both of us and seemed so caring. But what could he do, alone on a Sunday assignment and no help and the four teenagers on two bikes miles away in a jiffy?

Ruth G. Turner, St. Petersburg

Pinellas County's stray animal

population is out of control

Re: Euthanasia is not the way to control the pet population, guest column, June 3.

For decades, we have been helping stray cats. After having them spayed and neutered, at great personal expense, we find good, responsible homes for them.

Each time we find another homeless stray cat, we realistically have nowhere to turn. For years, the SPCA of St. Petersburg has refused to accept any stray cats or dogs.

Friends of Strays has never been willing to accept or help any of our strays.

With Pinellas County Animal Control, the sweet stray kitties we find face a 90 percent probability of being euthanized.

The Humane Society of North Pinellas, the only good, caring animal shelter in our county, cannot accept cats or dogs from lower Pinellas County (i.e., St. Petersburg).

We are weary. As the pet overpopulation problem grows worse each year, we are acutely concerned.

Pinellas County desperately needs a responsible breeding ordinance, similar to the

King County, Wash., ordinance.

Patricia W. and Thomas S. Barrick,

St. Petersburg

Thank you for publishing the very informative and factual article on the above subject. I am in full support of the writer's position on the problem of pet overpopulation as it exists in Pinellas County. I agree that the action taken in the case of King County, Wash., would serve as a model for our pet problem.

I sincerely hope that the appropriate public officials of our county will take note and act urgently to better control this ever-increasing problem of pet overpopulation.

W.

E. Dohnal, Safety Harbor

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