Sarasota News Leader

06/28/2013

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S.O.S. FOR S.O.S. Owls peer through the wire of their cage at Save Our Seabirds on June 26. Photo by Norman Schimmel FORMER VOLUNTEER MAKES DISTURBING CLAIMS ABOUT THE CONDITIONS AT SAVE OUR SEABIRDS By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor Within weeks of coming home from a military According to an affidavit he will be presentdeployment in Afghanistan last July, Greg Para ing to the Sarasota City Commission Monday, found himself out at Save Our Seabirds — the July 1, Para spent between four and six hours City Island nonprofit dedicated to rescuing, a day at the facility. But that all ended this rehabilitating and releasing injured birds that March, with the departure of SOS founder took over the old Pelican Man property in Lee Fox. Now, Para charges, SOS is a mess, 2008. Para, an avian specialist with a lifelong and he is organizing a rally outside the facililove of parrots, calls ty Saturday morning to his time at SOS "pet bring attention to the therapy." This has been my life's work for situation. "I was there six days a week, just healing and helping out and volunteering," Para says. 27 years. Lee Fox Founder Save Our Seabirds Para's affidavit makes a number of disturbing claims — arguing that SOS does not have any

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