'Cause the municipal officials sure aren't helping. What nonsense. Click on the link to see the photos.
Dog Lovers Outraged When City Official Tears Down Lost Dog Signs
Residents Say Search For Elderly Lost Dog Hindered By Code Supervisor
POSTED: Wednesday, June 15, 2011
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Terry Knight and Gloria Sajnaj have been frantically searching for Sajnaj's 13-year-old dog, Gretchen, since she wandered off last week.
Monday, someone claimed to have seen Gretchen, so with renewed hope, Knight and Sajnaj began papering the area with fliers -- that is, until the supervisor of the city's Code Compliance Division flagged down Knight's car.
"(It was) the supervisor of the code department of the city of West Palm Beach, who tells me that he's taking down all my signs, and I said, 'What do you mean you're taking down the signs?' 'Well, they're against code,'" Knight said.
Knight said she was outraged.
"I said, 'Don't you have something better to do?' And he said, 'No, not really. This is against code and that's what I'm doing today,'" Knight said.
What makes the longtime north end residents particularly upset is having their lost dog signs taken down while there are plenty of more pressing code violations in the area.
"I don't think the mayor will appreciate that he is spending his time tearing down these signs all over the city, rather than going two blocks west of here and seeing how bad it is in the north end," Knight said.
Robert Creston, the supervisor who took down the signs, didn't return Parker's telephone call, but his boss did speak about the issue.
Community Improvement Manager Mark Joyce said putting up signs in the city is illegal, but if it had been a few signs for a couple of days, his office likely would have overlooked it. However, Joyce said he's gotten a lot of residents' complaints about other signs littering the neighborhood.
But to add insult to injury, among the recommendations for pet owners who lose their pets, the county's website urges owners to "Place bright colored flyers in the neighborhood with a clear and current photo of the lost animal."
Sajnaj said she will pay any cost to the city if it helps her find Gretchen.
"If they want $1,000 prepaid, I will give them my Social Security check, which comes next month on Wednesday," a tearful Sajnaj said. "They can have it."
On Wednesday afternoon, Local 10 received the following note from Terry Knight:
"The owner raised the reward to $200, a kind neighbor added $300.00 and yet another $100 by one of that neighbor's friends!