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Byline: Laura Higgins STAFF WRITER
When Hurricane Georges threatened the Southwest Florida coast in September, Fluffy and Fido were not welcome at any of Sarasota County's 37 public evacuation shelters.
The policy was strict: No dogs or cats allowed.
It was exactly that situation that worried Venice veterinarian Michael Reinhart. A few weeks before Georges arrived, he had made a plea to Sarasota County commissioners, asking them to create animal-friendly evacuation shelters.
"How are you going to take a 70-year-old woman on the beach in harm's way and all she's got is a dog? How are you going to tell her she has to leave and leave her dog there?" Reinhart had said. "It's not a fair thing to do to people who have animals."
His simple request …