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28 February 1999 Issue

A Different View

In the February 1st issue of Alert For Action! we brought you an article en-
titled "Goats and Sheep Impounded", which told about a Ms. Linville who had
her animals impounded by the Animal Control in West Palm Beach, Florida.
We have since found that there is another side to the story.

We have received information from both Animal Control and the Animal Rights
Foundation of Florida (ARFF) that the animals were removed from Ms Linville's
property in an animal cruelty seizure case because they were suffering from
malnutrition and starvation in her care. She was not providing them with food,
water or shelter.

Palm Beach County currently has custody of the goats, as awarded by the
courts. Animal Care & Control has worked very hard to improve their medical
and physical condition. Many of the goats are still undergoing significant
veterinary treatment with approximately 30 of the goats still on medication.

As of this date, the courts have not determined the final means by which the
goats will be released or auctioned to new owners. Animal Care & Control
does a background check on each person to which animals involved in a
cruelty case are released. Additionally, each person to which an animal is
released must sign a legal document mandating that the animal be given a
humane existence.

The Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control Division has also indicated
that they appreciate everyone's concern in this matter, and that they feel that
"it would appear that we are all working toward the same cause, the health
and welfare of all animals".

There are often two sides (or more) to a story, and in fairness to all parties,
we at Animal Rights Online endeavor to give you, our readers, the information
you need to come to your own conclusions. For all who wrote to Animal
Control, the District Attorney, and/or other government officials, be assured
that your comments made it quite clear that these animals do have advocates
and that we are all watching and concerned about their welfare.

Go on to Help The Animals In Your Town
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