I would like to compliment the Bradenton Herald on backing Carol Whitmore to keep her position as the Manatee County commissioner in the District 6 At Large position. Watching her over the previous years, you see a very stong and persuasive woman who usually gets all the commissioners to listen and come to similar conclusions in the best interest of the people they represent regarding various changes affecting all things in Manatee County.
Several years ago several animal rescue organizations petitioned the commissioners to visit Animal Control in Palmetto, the thought of them seeing the conditions and the amount of highly adoptable animals being killed for space would get them to understand what a problem the pet overpopulation was becoming.
While at Animal Services transferring a highly adoptable dog a week later, I first caught sight of Commissioner Whitmore touring the facility. I might add she was the only commissioner who visited this facility promptly to address its problems and see first hand what these organizations were talking about.
A week after her visit, she got most of the organizations for animals in this county to a meeting to fix the issues regarding all the animals in this county. Month after month we all went to meetings to discuss animal issues and to get our county to become the first "No Kill Community" in Florida.
Without Carol Whitmore bringing attention to this problem in our county and her expertise in getting everyone to work together, Animal Control would never have reached a save rate of over 90 percent. She has managed to continually communicate animal needs with her hotline and can always be reached for any needs in this community.
Carol Whitmore has earned my admiration for all she does for the animal community and should retain her position on the Board of Commissioners, in my opinion.
Mary Lupi, President, Safe Haven Animal Rescue, Inc.