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20 Dogs to be Removed from Mural

New business owners taking over Stirling Tropical Wines have plans to remove about 20 dog portraits, according to Murals for Mutts, Inc.

Update: New business owner  says in the comment section of this article that she is working with artist Anna Hamilton to have some of the paintings moved to other businesses in Dunedin. Anna asks that any owners with questions about their pet's portrait contact Muralsformutts@gmail.com.

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Murals for Mutts, Inc., broke the news to its Facebook fans late Friday.

Some of the beloved animal portaits featured in a downtown mural may be lost.

New business owners reportedly told Murals for Mutts that renovation plans at may affect about 20 portraits.

"The animals on the bottom of the wall will remain," Murals for Mutts told its Facebook followers.

, run by managing director Dawn Carney and artist Anna Hamilton, is a group that raises money for nonprofits through public artwork.

The , which is also on the outside wall at , raised money for Dunedin Doggie Rescue. Pet owners paid between $50 to $100, depending on size, for each animal to be painted into the mural. The project began about three years ago.

"As we all know nothing in public art is permanent. Although we expected more time (as promised by previous owners) but this is beyond our control," Murals for Mutts said.

More than 100 pets are painted at the Stirling Tropical Wines mural. 

"We are sorry to be losing any of the animal portraits and know how special they are. We are grateful that the new owner was willing to compromise enough to save some from being painted over," Murals for Mutts wrote.

A professional photographer took photos of the animals and will provide a digital copy to owners should their pet get covered. Owners may contact the group at muralsformutts@gmail.com. The group is posting photos of some of the affected animal portraints on its Facebook page.

This is a developing story. Please stay with Dunedin Patch for updates.

[Last updated Sunday, July 15, 2012 2:05 p.m.]

Luanne Haver July 17, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Lynn, sorry I missed your question to me about the pet items, if you are interested in expanding your pet section that would be wonderful! The Health Department will not allow us to have animals in our store due to the wine. I will send you any and all customers asking for such items, glad to keep this resource available to the locals! Thanks for posting! I will come down and say hello - we have been customers to your shop in the past, I'm Scottish/Irish and your shop sings to me! Glad to know you!
Luanne Haver July 17, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Thanks Robin!
Dawn Catacchio July 18, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Please email us at muralsformutts@gmail.com so we can discuss.
Brynn L August 13, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Update???
Mitzi Pfeffer September 10, 2012 at 02:30 AM
And for the profit of their busines, I guess these new owners would also remove paintings in St Peters Cathedral in Rome too.. Those paintings(dogs and cats) were done to memorailize beloved family members. Not to be removed. Hopefully a lack of green dollars will speak. There are many pet freindly businesses in Dunedin. Mitzi Nabu

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