‘They were out here to die’: Trapped animals get relief 5 weeks after crews drained retention pond

5/21/2022 9:40:00 PM

Workers at the Boot Ranch shopping center in Palm Harbor are breathing a sigh of relief after seeing a nearby retention pond filled with water once again.

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Workers at the Boot Ranch shopping center in Palm Harbor are breathing a sigh of relief after seeing a nearby retention pond filled with water once again.

Workers at the Boot Ranch shopping center in Palm Harbor are breathing a sigh of relief after seeing a nearby retention pond filled with water once again.

Various aquatic animals, including large softshell turtles and alligators, travel through a network of underground culverts to nearby retention ponds. When workers began cleaning up the largest of the retention ponds behind the shopping center, they blocked off access to the culverts, cutting off an escape route and important shade areas for animals. 

'Check your pool before diving': 10-foot gator takes a dip in Florida family's poolFWC workers made several visits to the site, removing some turtles, but many more animals, including alligators, were left behind in what Murray and Maldonado describe as an increasingly dire situation. 

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wildlife sightings from time to time, but their neighbors became especially visible when construction workers began to drain the concrete pond in April., outdated, and stuck, which may be a sign that the friends are growing apart.Email PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (WPVI) --"Every time I talk to a foster or rescue organization, a lot of the animals don't get adopted out because their volunteers are not able to make it to an adoption event," said Aparna Srinivasan.Tickets are on sale now for the , happening in downtown Austin on Sept.

  "They started draining down the water and you could actually see some of the wildlife that are dead because they had no water and no food," said Maldonado.  Various aquatic animals, including large softshell turtles and alligators, travel through a network of underground culverts to nearby retention ponds. You feel drained after get-togethers. When workers began cleaning up the largest of the retention ponds behind the shopping center, they blocked off access to the culverts, cutting off an escape route and important shade areas for animals. We're the solution!" Srinivasan founded"SpotOn.  For five weeks they watched as water continued to dry up and several turtles and alligators became trapped in a bleak concrete pit. In friendships that are drifting apart, ending a get-together may feel like a relief. Maldonado and Murray say at least one alligator died. Do you value our journalism? Show us with your support.

Fox 13 crews observed dead birds and frogs on the scene on Friday. One or both friends may feel tired, drained, disconnected, or relieved when the gathering or conversation ends. Later this year, it is expected to roll out to the general public.  READ 'Check your pool before diving': 10-foot gator takes a dip in Florida family's pool "It made me upset. They were out here to die," said Murray. Source: Pexels: APG Graphics 5. Murray and Maldonado say construction workers ignored their pleas to avoid injuring the trapped animals with their heaving machinery and vehicles." Each driver receives an in-depth background check and is also put through the animal cruelty database to ensure safe and high-quality rides for pets. They reached out to Florida Fish and Wildlife. Another sign that friends are drifting apart is that time and distance from that friend feels good.

  FWC workers made several visits to the site, removing some turtles, but many more animals, including alligators, were left behind in what Murray and Maldonado describe as an increasingly dire situation.  Finally, they contacted animal rescue groups for help. Some friendships thrive on only periodic get-togethers. "I was on vacation, so Juliet was with a different foster and she had a medical emergency," said foster parent Colleen Antoon. Wildlife rescuer Fairl Thomas says she was shocked by what she saw when she arrived. READ Unwelcome alligator shows up in Plant City backyard as mating season gets underway "It was just completely dry cement. The ebb and flow of friendships can be extremely painful for those experiencing it. There were some piles of muck, a little bit of water dripping around in the corners, and these animals that were huddled up in the corners desperately trying to get shade or any kind of moisture that they could," explained Thomas. The same is true for Grinch, who has been with his foster parent, Christine Dougherty, for a year.

Thomas says she contacted Shoppes of Boot Ranch property manager Walter Jakubik to ask for help to no avail. Read Next:. "It reached a point where it got argumentative and we were warned that we would be written up for trespassing if we're there around the retention pond and we're not there as shoppers, which obviously I was there to rescue turtles, not shop at Target," said Thomas. "Fortunately, no one came out and told me to leave. The Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT) is also looking to get their pets into loving homes." Jakubik did not immediately return our request for comment. READ Florida wildlife officials help panther reunite with 4-month-old kitten Thomas made two trips to the pond, successfully removing more than 10 large softshell turtles.

  "Had I not gotten the turtles out of there being soft on turtles, they probably would have dried up and not made it very much longer," said Thomas."So, if you're looking for a new pet, you can come here and adopt them.  But she couldn't do anything for the alligators. "It was a very helpless feeling for me, being somebody that rescues all sorts of wildlife, seeing these animals and their suffering and I couldn't do anything about it. So that was when I took to Facebook and called [Fox 13], because I just wanted everybody to know and everybody to pressure the management to put water back in there so these animals would stop suffering," stated Thomas. It worked.

On Thursday, Murray and Maldonado say the pond was filled once again. Advertisement "I'm just so relieved that they're no longer cooking on the concrete anymore," said Thomas. .