I’d like to thank Jill Purl, Humane Officer at the SPCA (727-423-0774), who kindly called me on April 22 to say that she was investigating. She is a Brit, and I think I just saw her hubby, Steve, on TV. He was the customer of some mechanic’s shop in Pinellas Park where the proprietor blew himself up. I assume it was her husband as he had a British accent and his last name was Purl.
Jill got Linda, the head honcha at Pinellas County Animal Services (727-582-2600) to print a report listing registered dog owners. This report was then provided to Officer Amanda Westerman at the St Petersburg Police Department who I’d also like to thank. She was the first contact with a sworn officer that we had at SPPD. She was muy simpatica.
Officer Skinner of Pinellas County Animal Services was the first official that I spoke to the day of Amy’s beating. She was the one who broke the sad news that they had received a call about a cat being attacked. Officer Skinner came down on her own time to meet us and look around the neighborhood.
Barbara Snow of The Humane Society of Pinellas County (727-797-7722) was very helpful, offering reward money and doing a press release on cruelty to animals, featuring Amy’s story. Twila Cole at the Humane Society wrote the press release.
Marissa Weeks, Media Liaison at the SPCA (727-586-3591) was also very sympathetic and made some helpful suggestions. She said that the Humane Society of the US may be helpful. Nora Hawkins and Beth W (I can’t read my writing) were also nominated as good contacts.
I spoke to Tina at Bay News 9 (727-329-2400). I don’t know if they ever ran the story but she was very nice.
Thanks to Jan at 2134 Burlington Ave for offering some advice and sympathy.
More acknowledgments later.