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Animal rights advocates criticize animal services officials for lack of enforcement

Mary Ellen Metro, of Naples and founder of the Golden Rescue in Naples, voices her displeasure with Collier County Department of Animal Services officials and the advisory board during a meeting at the department's headquarters in East Naples on Tuesday evening. Dozens of animal rights advocates packed the Collier County Department of Animal Services Advisory Board meeting on Tuesday night to voice their outrage at the department's lack of enforcement over the years on animal hoarders and breeders like Arthur Perkins, a local dog breeder who surrendered 45 dogs to DAS when he foreclosed and was evicted from his home in July. Tristan Spinski/Staff

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Mary Ellen Metro, of Naples and founder of the Golden Rescue in Naples, voices her displeasure with Collier County Department of Animal Services officials and the advisory board during a meeting at the department's headquarters in East Naples on Tuesday evening. Dozens of animal rights advocates packed the Collier County Department of Animal Services Advisory Board meeting on Tuesday night to voice their outrage at the department's lack of enforcement over the years on animal hoarders and breeders like Arthur Perkins, a local dog breeder who surrendered 45 dogs to DAS when he foreclosed and was evicted from his home in July. Tristan Spinski/Staff

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  • In this 2011 file photo, Mark Dahlberg, of Fort Myers, nuzzles Sammy, a dog used for breeding by a former local breeder, Arther Perkins, until mid-summer 2011, during an advisory board meeting at the Department of Animal Services in East Naples. Dozens of animal rights advocates packed the Collier County Department of Animal Services Advisory Board meeting to voice their outrage at the department's lack of enforcement over the years on animal hoarders and breeders like Arthur Perkins, a local dog breeder who surrendered 45 dogs to DAS when he foreclosed and was evicted from his home.
  • Mary Ellen Metro, of Naples and founder of the Golden Rescue in Naples, voices her displeasure with Collier County Department of Animal Services officials and the advisory board during a meeting at the department's headquarters in East Naples on Tuesday evening. Dozens of animal rights advocates packed the Collier County Department of Animal Services Advisory Board meeting on Tuesday night to voice their outrage at the department's lack of enforcement over the years on animal hoarders and breeders like Arthur Perkins, a local dog breeder who surrendered 45 dogs to DAS when he foreclosed and was evicted from his home in July. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Scenes from the Collier County Department of Animal Services advisory board meeting at the department's headquarters in East Naples on Tuesday evening. Dozens of animal rights advocates packed the Collier County Department of Animal Services Advisory Board meeting on Tuesday night to voice their outrage at the department's lack of enforcement over the years on animal hoarders and breeders like Arthur Perkins, a local dog breeder who surrendered 45 dogs to DAS when he foreclosed and was evicted from his home in July. Tristan Spinski/Staff
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  • From left, Mary Ellen Metro, John Quercia, and Charlette Quercia, all of Naples, spent time with Rose, center, a 12-year-old Golden Retriever belonging to Metro outside of the Department of Animal Services in East Naples on Tuesday evening. Metro adoped Rose from Arthur Perkins, a local dog breeder in 2003. Dozens of animal rights advocates packed the Collier County Department of Animal Services Advisory Board meeting on Tuesday night to voice their outrage at the department's lack of enforcement over the years on animal hoarders and breeders like Arthur Perkins, a local dog breeder who surrendered 45 dogs to DAS when he foreclosed and was evicted from his home in July. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Scenes from the Collier County Department of Animal Services advisory board meeting at the department's headquarters in East Naples on Tuesday evening. Dozens of animal rights advocates packed the Collier County Department of Animal Services Advisory Board meeting on Tuesday night to voice their outrage at the department's lack of enforcement over the years on animal hoarders and breeders like Arthur Perkins, a local dog breeder who surrendered 45 dogs to DAS when he foreclosed and was evicted from his home in July. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Kelly Fox, of Naples and an animal rights advocate, voices her displeasure with Collier County Department of Animal Services officials and the advisory board during a meeting at the department's headquarters in East Naples on Tuesday evening. Dozens of animal rights advocates packed the Collier County Department of Animal Services Advisory Board meeting on Tuesday night to voice their outrage at the department's lack of enforcement over the years on animal hoarders and breeders like Arthur Perkins, a local dog breeder who surrendered 45 dogs to DAS when he foreclosed and was evicted from his home in July. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Mark Dahlberg, of Fort Myers, nuzzles Sammy, a dog used for breeding by Arther Perkins until mid summer, during an advisory board meeting at the Department of Animal Services in East Naples on Tuesday evening. Dozens of animal rights advocates packed the Collier County Department of Animal Services Advisory Board meeting on Tuesday night to voice their outrage at the department's lack of enforcement over the years on animal hoarders and breeders like Arthur Perkins, a local dog breeder who surrendered 45 dogs to DAS when he foreclosed and was evicted from his home in July. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Scenes from the Collier County Department of Animal Services advisory board meeting at the department's headquarters in East Naples on Tuesday evening. Dozens of animal rights advocates packed the Collier County Department of Animal Services Advisory Board meeting on Tuesday night to voice their outrage at the department's lack of enforcement over the years on animal hoarders and breeders like Arthur Perkins, a local dog breeder who surrendered 45 dogs to DAS when he foreclosed and was evicted from his home in July. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • John Quercia, center, of Naples, stoops to pet Rose, a 12-year-old Golden Retriever belonging to Mary Ellen Metro, not pictured, outside of the Department of Animal Services in East Naples on Tuesday evening. Metro adoped Rose from Arthur Perkins, a local dog breeder in 2003. Dozens of animal rights advocates packed the Collier County Department of Animal Services Advisory Board meeting on Tuesday night to voice their outrage at the department's lack of enforcement over the years on animal hoarders and breeders like Arthur Perkins, a local dog breeder who surrendered 45 dogs to DAS when he foreclosed and was evicted from his home in July. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Teri Licastro, left, of Naples, stoops to pet Rose, a 12-year-old Golden Retriever belonging to Mary Ellen Metro, right, outside of the Department of Animal Services in East Naples on Tuesday evening. Metro adoped Rose from Arthur Perkins, a local dog breeder in 2003. Dozens of animal rights advocates packed the Collier County Department of Animal Services Advisory Board meeting on Tuesday night to voice their outrage at the department's lack of enforcement over the years on animal hoarders and breeders like Arthur Perkins, a local dog breeder who surrendered 45 dogs to DAS when he foreclosed and was evicted from his home in July. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Scenes from the Collier County Department of Animal Services advisory board meeting at the department's headquarters in East Naples on Tuesday evening. Dozens of animal rights advocates packed the Collier County Department of Animal Services Advisory Board meeting on Tuesday night to voice their outrage at the department's lack of enforcement over the years on animal hoarders and breeders like Arthur Perkins, a local dog breeder who surrendered 45 dogs to DAS when he foreclosed and was evicted from his home in July. Tristan Spinski/Staff

Dozens of animal rights advocates packed the Collier County Department of Animal Services Advisory Board meeting on Tuesday night to voice their outrage at the department's lack of enforcement over the years on animal hoarders and breeders like Arthur Perkins, a local dog breeder who surrendered 45 dogs to DAS when he foreclosed and was evicted from his home in July.

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