BRADENTON -- About 300 animal lovers flocked to downtown Bradenton late this afternoon to urge the Manatee County Commission to preserve funding for animal adoptions provided by the county animal services department.
The demonstrators, most of whom are wearing green shirts, were waving signs with slogans and with photos of pets they found at the county's adoption center. There were also photographs of animals they say had to be destroyed because they were not adopted.
In response, the some motorists crawling by on Manatee Avenue West honked their horns in support.
As commissioners consider the county's next budget, there have been suggestions that the county slash funding for adoption services, which are not required under state law. Animal advocates say that would undercut their efforts to make Manatee a "no-kill" county where any eligible animal will be kept in a shelter until it is adopted, instead of being euthanized.
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Funding for animal services was expected to be discussed during the commission's public hearing on the budget later this evening.