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Officials at shelter must put the animals first

Re: Compassion seems rare at the shelter, Sept. 5 letter

Editor: I read with interest and concern the letter from Derita Haller which told her version of the way she was treated by the SPCA staff.

Since I have devoted 20 years of my life to the SPCA and have served as president and vice president I wanted to hear what our employees had to say. I was informed that Mrs. Haller and her family were at this shelter one day trying to leave what she called a stray dog. When informed that there was no kennel space available and that we were farming out our current dogs to foster homes because the main kennel was being gutted, she was still adamant about leaving the animal.

Our manager invited her into her office so she could explain SPCA policy and impress upon her the fact that if we took her dog in that day, one of our dogs would have to be put to sleep. I was informed Mrs. Haller would not listen to her and stormed out.

I know I speak for the officers and staff when I tell everyone how sorry we are that this affair got out of hand and that Mrs. Haller felt she had to go to the media. We are not uncaring. We have compassion. Our main concern, in fact our only concern, is the welfare of the animals. We will not destroy a healthy animal once it is admitted.

It is not easy working at the SPCA. We see unbelievable cruelty to animals. Until we get into our new building the working conditions will not improve. However, everyone remains remarkably cheerful under these adverse conditions. The thrift shop revenues have fallen drastically. Our customers must not realize that business there is going on as usual. We need volunteers desperately. In fact, we need all kinds of help. What we don't need are people who refuse to be part of the solution. We don't need additional problems.

Joan Weatherall, first vice president

SPCA of West Pasco Inc.

Deed restrictions being

ignored at Driftwood Village

Editor: As a resident and homeowner in Driftwood Village for 12 years, I urge all residents of Driftwood Village to immediately stop paying monthly assesments to Timber Oaks for the following reasons:

The deed restrictions have not been enforced in Driftwood Village for several years.

The lawsuit that is pending has nothing to do with enforcing the deed restrictions. They are written in the covenants and should be adhered to. Timber Oaks and Driftwood Village have a binding contract to enforce all deed restrictions.

Property values may have decreased by as much as $10,000 per house due to the lack of enforcement. Timber Oaks has discriminated against us in Driftwood Village for not enforcing the deed restrictions.

The violators have not been good neighbors. You have brought my property value down. Please clean up your property and move to one that is not deed restricted. You can park your cars, boats, trailers, etc. wherever you wish, throw your garbage out the windows and watch the rats and cats eat it. You can hold your wild parties and you won't have me to worry about. Timber Oaks obviously has no intention of enforcing the deed restrictions.

Margaret A. Drachenberg, Port Richey

Candidate lost the election,

but wins at least one prize

Editor: Cimos Angelis may have lost the election for public defender but he wins the prize for having the most signs left cluttering the roadsides after the election.

Connie Eden, Hudson

County should have

to follow its own rules

Editor: The issue, again, is Mile Stretch Drive. Again it is "Do as I say, not as I do."

If the residents only do half the job, Code Enforcement would still come down on them. Why is Code Enforcement not coming down on Pasco? Why is Pasco allowed to do half the job?

Now that there has been rain, the part that had been mowed is back to where it was. This time, when the county mows the grass, they should do it all. If not, then Code Enforcement should come down on them. Is the county above the law?

Marsha Moseley, Holiday

Subject of article says newspaper should get the facts