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Letters to the editor
Rating: 3.5 / 5 (10 votes)  
Posted: 2013 May 17 - 06:18

Help find a puppy

We are asking for the residents of Edgewater to help us find a week old puppy that was stolen from the Edgewater Animal Shelter on Tuesday, May 7.

The mother, Bella, and her seven puppies were in a separate area away from our other animals. We think the puppy was taken between noon and 4 p.m. since we had checked on it before noon and all was well. The thief had to have knowledge of where Bella and the puppies were and had figured out a way to go unnoticed since all the employees were there working until 4 p.m.

What a cruel and heartless crime. A newborn puppy should stay with the mother for at least six weeks.

If anyone notices someone that has recently acquired a beautiful fawn colored female pit bull puppy, please do the right thing and give us a call at (386) 957-3994. We have made a police report in hopes that we can get the puppy back to her mother. Anyone having any knowledge of Bella's puppy please call the shelter at (386) 957-3994 or stop by 605 Mango Tree Drive, Edgewater. If we could get the puppy back, we would be willing to drop the charges with the Edgewater Police Department.

Beverly Cowling, Director, VSAA/EAS Edgewater

Lawmakers extend Early Voting Privilege

On Oct.27, 2012, I, Rev. L. Ronald Durham, as president of the Daytona Beach Black Clergy Alliance, along with the members of mobilized pastors and community leaders including the NAACP, rallied on the steps of the courthouse on Orange Avenue, which was followed by a visit from the Rev. Jesse Jackson to Daytona Beach.

With the passage of the extension of early voting to Florida residents, I and other leaders will hopefully no longer need to amass citizens in protest.

It was extremely gratifying to see lawmakers in Tallahassee recognize the importance of allowing an opportunity for all Florida residents to cast a ballot for the candidate of their choice.

The House and Senate approved legislation to correct the problems of long lines, and reduced days for early voting.

Early voting has been a long standing tradition in Florida, particularly in the African American community, where many pastors led their entire congregations to the polls after church on the first Sunday of voting.

I must admit, I was confident that right-thinking people would prevail in the State House, and restore these privileges to our citizens, and I am extremely hopeful this bill can be the beginning of even more steps to streamline the voting process and procedures.

Dr. L. Ronald Durham, Senior Pastor

Greater Friendship Baptist Church, Daytona Beach

In response to: Kitten season

Yes, this is kitten season and every single female cat out there is having kittens because she is not spayed.

Yes, shelters are rapidly filling up with kittens.

Yes, it is better for the kittens to be with the mother for a variety of reasons.

But I disagree with the writer's solution of leaving the kittens alone.

Instead, all efforts need to be employed to capture the mother cat and her mate and have them fixed and returned to the area where they were found in other words "Trap, Neuter and Return."

Female cats can become pregnant again when the kittens are three to four weeks old.

They can have as many as three litters each year with an average of four kittens per litter.

The kittens can become pregnant at four months and have kittens of their own 63 days later -- kittens having kittens.

Just one female cat and her offspring can produce in excess of 100 kittens the first year.

If just one half of the first year kittens are females they can produce in excess of 600 kittens the next year and those kittens will produce more kittens.

In nine years, a female cat and her surviving kittens can produce more than 11 million kittens.

The only way to break this cycle and reduce these overwhelming numbers is TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return).

The City of Port Orange in a partnership with Concerned Citizens for Animal Welfare started a TNR program in May of 2012.

The program has prevented the birth of more than 1,400 kittens and has saved the city more than $110,000 in impoundment and euthanasia costs if those kittens had been taken to a shelter.

If the writer is truly dedicated to saving kittens, they should encourage their city to follow Port Orange's lead by starting a TNR program.

We have been removing cats and taking them to the shelters for almost 100 years and statistics prove this method does not work as the cat population continues to rise.

Trap/Neuter/Return is the only method that works.

Pat Mihalic, Concerned Citizens for Animal Welfare, Daytona Beach

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