Manatee County shelter dogs happy to get out for a walk

July 10, 2014 

Alfie, a lively and affable chihuahua, was one of the dogs available for adoption at Manatee County Animal Services in Palmetto last week. Animal Services' main shelter at 305 25th St. W., Palmetto, is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Information: 941-742-5933 or www.mymanatee.org/pets. PAUL VIDELA/Bradenton Herald

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I am writing in response to Joanne Lindsay's letter to the editor about the dogs at Manatee County Animal Services.

Ms. Lindsay states that she is an animal lover and had gone to the shelter to volunteer to walk the dogs there. She further states that it was a big mistake and dangerous.

I have been volunteering at the MCAS shelter for quite some time, going to work with the "Picture Them Adopted" group who take good, relaxed photos of the dogs available for adoption.

It is true that the dogs bark and it is noisy in the shelter; that is just what happens when you have a large number of dogs all vying for attention!

In all my time at the shelter going in to strange dogs' cages and taking them outside have I ever been scared, attacked or otherwise intimidated by these "vicious" dogs! Yes, they are all excited to come out, they are so happy to be out of that loud environment they live in.

Once we get them outside, most all of them settle down and are wonderful dogs. Many of them are pit bulls or pit bull mixes of some type; through no fault of their own they are in the shelter but they are all deserving of finding their loving forever homes.

I guess my point in all of this is that Ms. Lindsay's letter in no way truly depicts the dogs at MCAS. In my opinion she has done a disservice to all of these fantastic animals who have found themselves at the shelter and who desperately want love and attention and to be able to live their lives in a loving home. I urge anyone looking for a new pet to bring into their family to give the dogs at the shelter a chance.

Janie Finck

Bradenton

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