Two dogs that have lost their loving caregiver need a safe home.

Selfish acts of violence send out ripples in every direction. On Dec. 12, the body of Cynthia Green of Apalachicola was discovered on a beach west of the city. Her daughter later confessed to the killing.

Green left behind family members devastated by the senseless violence. She also left a different kind of family that needs help now.

At the time of her death, Green was feeding and caring for at least eight cats and three dogs. Four of the cats have been trapped, treated for a respiratory infection and were adopted by a caring friend of Greenís. One of the three dogs was elderly and ill and had to be put down.

Two remaining dogs are in need of a home where they can adjust to their sad loss. The dogs are Dennis, a seven-year-old black lab mix and Ralph, a five-year-old yellow lab mix.

Shelter Director Karen Martin said the dogs have not adjusted well because they have come from a quiet sheltered background and are terrified. She would like to see them remain together. Technician Warren Van Bramer has been working with the dogs and said they have made progress. This week, they ventured outside for the first time since they were impounded

Both dogs are neutered and heartworm negative. They are ready for adoption but need a new family that understands the trauma they have suffered.

Ralph and Dennis are currently at the Franklin County Humane Society Animal Shelter. If you can help, call 670-8417 or visit the shelter on CR 65 north of Eastpoint.

Martin said the Humane Society will waive all adoption fees to help quickly find a good home for these deserving dogs.