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.


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.]

Anna hamilton July 15, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Hi Andrew, thank you for your support of Murals for Mutts, but in the defense if the Patch, they really only used what we posted on our Facebook page to make this article. On our Facebook post I did omit the fact that I would be relocating the affected animals. The post was to let people know that there was to be painting done next week and some animals would be affected. I felt it my responsibility to the legacy of the animals and the people who have supported our mission to make it public. Once we figured out which ones would be affected I could contact the owners and get them a photograph until I was able to relocated them, either in a different location on the existing mural or on another mural in Dunedin. Repainting the animals will take time but they all will find new homes. We are working with the owner to keep the number of animals minimal. The building needs to be repainted, I will be out there cutting in around all of their little heads and bodies but the fact is, it is not possible to repaint the building and keep all of them where they are. Back to the Patch article, yes it is not quite the whole story they would have got if they asked me first, but they did take what we made public on our Facebook as reference. Stay tuned to the follow up. Thanks
Mine Opine July 15, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Thanks for the kind words Larry . . .and your open-mindedness. You sound like a real "peach." :)
luanne haver July 15, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I'm sorry this misleading article has created such a storm. I am going to let Anna the artist do all the work we need. The town trusted her before and I only wish they would again. The negativity that's being written is not doing the public art movement any favors. I have agreed to keep these murals and still reading so much hatred. I will be meeting with a Patch reporter tomorrow. Maybe if everyone gets the full plan from him we can put this controversy to rest.
Mine Opine July 15, 2012 at 06:09 PM
By the way Larry, as a long-time Dunedin resident, property owner, community volunteer and donor I'm pretty sure I do "get it." Dunedin is wonderful little community that has worked hard gaining a national, if not worldwide reputation for "tolerance" and "freedom." However, there seems to be a handful of "intolerant" thugs making financial threats against one of our local businesses who want to exercise their own "freedom" by updating their business decor.. Sounds kind of crazy, doesn't it . . .
jasminetea July 15, 2012 at 06:37 PM
I totally agree with Bill. Some of these comments are downright cruel. It's hard enough to keep a business in this economy let alone take the gamble and take one over. Wishing you guys the best of luck and welcome to Dunedin.
jasminetea July 15, 2012 at 06:45 PM
You have to be kidding. Never met them and haven't been in there shop. But as a business owner in Dunedin, will support them in their decision about their business. This is a free country.
jasminetea July 15, 2012 at 06:53 PM
J Parsons July 15, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Yes...Buy Larry a bottle of wine....NOT from Sterling
J Parsons July 15, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Larry, I have a list for you!
J Parsons July 15, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Maybe the new owner can just pay us all to have our pets located to another wall since she is removing us...Mine Opine...Watch your language
J Parsons July 15, 2012 at 07:49 PM
J Parsons July 15, 2012 at 07:50 PM
You are comparing new owners to Osteen...Enough said...YUK!
J Parsons July 15, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Cant you tell by this comments shes blaming everyone....she doent care...
J Parsons July 15, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Anna-How much to move our pets..Dont want to be associated with Sterling
Mathew J. Eberius July 15, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Wow, 62 comments... all because a business owner wants to make improvements to their new business. This is America, no? I'm surprised the Commission hasn't tried to enact some ordinance about this already.
jasminetea July 16, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Unbelievable isn't it! This might actually scare other people away from opening businesses in the area. This is all sounding like a lynching. What a shame.
jasminetea July 16, 2012 at 04:05 PM
It would be very interesting to find out how many of the "nasties" actually patronized Sterling Winery! I'm just sayin'.
Albert P. July 16, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Not a good way to endear themselves (shop) to the people of Dunedin! It is also our right to disagree and not support a business.
Mine Opine July 16, 2012 at 06:53 PM
J Parsons, The business owner has agreed to keep the murals, yet you continue to re-ignite the torch on this witch-hunt. Why the hostility and intolerance for a local business exercising their freedom? Please stop attempting to utilize "bully tactics" to impose your opinion on this matter. Do you own a home? Do you own a Car? How about a business? I have a feeling that your affection for this artwork would rapidly diminish if you were faced with the sole responsibility of displaying them on your property.
Anna hamilton July 16, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Hello everyone, there will be a follow up story with the complete details coming tonight or tomorrow. Please don't judge the new business until you read it. I am working with the new owner on this, trust me to continue the work I have been doing. I have and always will have the best interest of the animals in mind when doing the changes. The actual changes really are more minimal than people are envisioning. Thank you. Please contact me at muralsformutts@gmail.com if you have any specific questions.
Lynn Thorn July 16, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Hi Luanne, I sell Celtic dog gifts (collars & bandanas) at my shop - Celtic Shop of Dunedin. I have bought doggie cookies at your shop in the past & my dog loves them. I was told you were going to phase out the doggie gifts. Is this not true?
Bert Halle July 16, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Hello Luanne, I am so sorry for this unwelcome and rude experience you have had from Dunedin and feel ashamed of Dunedin for all the negative comments directed toward you. I have lived here most of my life and feel this is a warm city with loving people. You did nothing wrong by investing your efforts and life here, unfortunately some people have an axe to grind because they are just unhappy people, so they blame others. I hope the best for you :)
Luanne Haver July 16, 2012 at 10:36 PM
I have met with Anna and invited the Dunedin Patch to our store today so please expect a thorough follow up story that explains the entire plan. It was never my intention to paint over dogs, Anna has some wonderful ideas and I trust her, I hope everyone else does too.
Katie Dolac July 17, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Thanks, everyone, for your comments, concerns and questions! We just published a follow-up to this breaking news story. It may help answer many of your questions. Here's a link to the update: http://patch.com/A-wfWN
robin July 17, 2012 at 02:34 AM
as I have seen in alot of posts your going to linch the new owners in one post of the patch. quit dogging (no pun intended) the new owners they are working with the artist to move each and everyone of the animals. they will all be there, just give it time. Welcome new owners to dunedin !!!!
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
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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