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Apr 8, 2010

Several weeks ago the 4 ferals at my job were attacked by 2 pit bulls. One cat was injured,I have been nursing him back to health. These dogs belong to a man who lives on the street behind the store. He knows his dogs are a problem. He even knows they attacked a young boy some months ago and if I had not seen the boy might have been killed. The cats have been living on the store property for several years. Our customers like them and sometimes donate food or money to help care for the cats. They only come out early morning and late evening to eat. They hide in the woods behind the store. The woods are also part of the store property. After the cat was injured I called Animal Control and made a complaint. Basically they did nothing except tell the guy to keep his dogs contained. All these weeks later,here comes Animal Control. He filed a complaint about me feeding strays. That's against the law in Marion County Florida....who knew? So now they are threatening to fine me and they intend to trap the cats and kill them. That is illegal as the store is private property and unless we give them permission they cannot. The "officer" acted as if I was some hardcore criminal for feeding cats! But they do nothing about two bad tempered pit bulls threatening people and harming animals on store property. It seems to me the law makers need to focus on reality. Dogs running loose can hurt people and animals. Feeding strays who live and stay on the property hurts no one. Words like ethical,humane,compassionate,kind,etc. have no place in Marion County Florida. What delusional world do these people live in? This does not balance out in my mind,but then again.....I'm a criminal....I fed stray/feral cats on the job. Cats in Marion County are treated badly in general. I guess this should not surprise me. The law does not serve the truth as it should. 

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Posted: Thursday April 8, 2010, 3:30 pm
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Geri Fowler
female, age 56, single, 3 children
Silver Springs, FL, USA
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