When police responded to a crime last week, they discovered an eight-week-old kitten in need of food and flea treatment.
Officer Mark Opitz wrapped the tiny feline in a blanket and brought him to The Cat Depot, where the kitten was immediately place under a vet tech’s care and observation. Named Boris by his rescuer, the kitten is available for adoption to a loving home.
“Officer Opitz is a hero to Cat Depot and humane animal-lovers everywhere,” said Shelley Thayer, Cat Depot executive director. “He is the epitome of how a single act of kindness can turn a potential tragedy into a life-saving act.”
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Catch up on the week's most important and most interesting news stories from Sarasota, Longboat Key and East County with FYI Friday.
Sarasota Memorial names new CEO
The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board named former Sarasota Memorial Chief Operating Officer David Verinder as CEO in a unanimous vote Friday. Verinder has served as interim CEO since the departure of Gwen MacKenzie in May.
Preliminary city millage rate stays flat
Despite a $3.6 million general fund deficit, the Sarasota City Commission voted to keep the property tax rate level, opting to explore other avenues for balancing the budget.