Best of Central Florida: Need a spot to board your pet? Look no further
Whether you’re in need of a place to house pets while on vacation, or somewhere for them to go while you are working all day, owners of pets are often worried about what they will do with their furry loved ones when they are away.
Crime and adorable punishment: Unicorn-thieving pup steals hearts, gets new home
Animal Control responded after the fifth incident where the brown-and-white pup stole the unicorn from the Duplin County store, according to CNN. The responding Animal Control officer decided to purchase the toy for the 1-year-old shoplifter before taking him to Duplin County Animal Services on March 21. Sisu and his purple Unicorn at Duplin County Animal Services in North Carolina. Before leaving the shelter in Kenansville, North Carolina Sisu got a photo-shoot with his unicorn pal. Box 950 Kenansville, North Carolina 28349.
‘Miracle’ dog thrown from Volusia balcony becoming service animal for veteran
When deputies went to speak to Murphy, she rushed out and threw the dog over the railing, according to Volusia County Sheriff’s Office records. Rescuers nicknamed the 1-year-old dog “Miracle.”The Miracle pup has been with a foster family since being dropped from the hotel balcony and is a trained service dog. Volusia County Animal Services have identified a new home for Miracle with a military veteran in need of a service dog. “Just like her name that day was truly a miracle that she did not sustain any further injuries,” said Adam Leath, Director of Volusia County Animal Services. It took three months of recovery and training but on Thursday, Miracle went home with Ted and Bridget with a big role as a service dog and companion for Ted.
‘I heard 5 shots:’ Orlando family’s dog shot by Orange County deputies
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – An Orlando-area family claims their dog, Audi, was unnecessarily shot by Orange County sheriff’s deputies, and they are now filing a federal lawsuit against the agency. None of it made sense.”The Orange County Sheriff’s Office told News 6 there were no cameras activated at the time the dog was shot, but they were turned on when deputies accompanied the family to the emergency veterinarian. “Listen, she’s basically saying she’s going to let the dog die unless we give $1,000 right now,” Vanderbilt is heard saying. LaHart filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Vanderbilt and her son against the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and two of the deputies who responded. “If they had done that, that might’ve been a reasonable position for the police to take.”According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the deputies claimed they were trying to protect their police dog when they saw Audi.
Owner of Brevard dog grooming business cited for inhumane treatment of animals
MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. – A Brevard County dog grooming business is still in operation months after its owner was ordered to cease operation by the Florida Department of Health. Brevard County Animal Services cited the then-owner of a dog groomer for inhumane treatment of animals after Lochlan, a Goldendoodle, was severely injured, and the owner failed to seek medical treatment. Brevard County Animal Services launched an investigation and determined Strabley did not seek medical treatment for Lochlan after he was injured. In 2016, a Brevard County couple claimed their dog was mauled to death at Strabley’s business. The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County also revoked her animal care business license and ordered her to cease operation within 24 hours.
Florida bans commercial breeding of iguanas, other invasive reptiles
Commercial breeding of non-native tegu lizards and green iguanas in Florida will end in three years despite the objections of reptile dealers and owners warning of the potential destruction of their industry. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to add 16 reptiles to a list of prohibited species, including several python species, green iguanas and all species of tegu lizards. AdWith iguanas and tegu lizards accounting for about $620,000 a year of the $50 million to $200 million reptile trade in Florida, which includes almost 4,000 species, the commission agreed to allow existing commercial breeding of tegus and green iguanas to continue until June 30, 2024. “Banning these animals is punishing those same people that are out there, putting hours of work removing these invasive species,” Perez said. Marcus Cantos, who has worked for decades with reptiles, asked the commission to delay the vote until in-person meetings could be held.
Orange County Animal Services ‘Spay It Forward’ campaign raising funds for low-income pet owners
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County Animal Services is calling on the public to “spay it forward” and help fund spay and neuter vouchers for pet owners who may need financial help. The Spay It Forward campaign was created last year to help combat pet overpopulation issues within the community. The initiative was grant funded and provided vouchers for eligible low-income pet owners. The prices for a spay or neuter procedure can be as low as $50 for cats at low-cost shelters, according to animal services. [DONATE TO ‘SPAY IT FORWARD’ HERE]Ad“The sheer volume of abandoned and discarded animals coming into our shelter day after day signals a problem,” said Diane Summers, manager for Orange County Animal Services.
Florida puppy schemes up 140% amid COVID-19 pandemic
“We love having dogs,” Morris said with her two dogs sitting in her lap. “And I’m like, ‘Ehh, I’m not so sure about this, because I cannot see them both beforehand.”Red flag number four. Through emails and voicemails, we asked both the seller and Dreamline Carriers if they were involved in a puppy scam. AdThrough a Google search, News 6 also found language copied verbatim from another shipping website, nearly identical in a layout to Dreamline’s website. They have time to raise a puppy.”According to the BBB’s scam tracker, 254 Floridians reported a type of puppy scam last year, compared to 103 in 2019.
Prada the dog alerts family of house fire via Ring camera
One dog in Orange County was an extra good girl Thursday when she helped save her family’s home after it caught fire, officials said. Orange County Fire Rescue said it got a call after the dog, named Prada, alerted the family through a Ring surveillance camera. No injuries reported, but this 4 legged hero, Prada, saved the day. She alerted her owners via their Ring camera that there was a problem as she was the only one in the house at the time of the fire. Good girl, Prada!
Attorney-at-paw? Filter makes lawyer look like cat in court
ALPINE, Texas – A West Texas judge has a word of caution to those attending court hearings via Zoom: Always check for filters before logging on. I'm not a cat,” Presidio County Attorney Rod Ponton said. “I can see that,” replied Ferguson, whose district covers five counties in West Texas, including the town of Marfa from which Ponton was calling. The short video clip, which was shared online by Ferguson, ends with others coaching the attorney on how to remove the cat filter. Now I’m famous for appearing in court as a cat,” he told The Associated Press.
Food delivery driver accused of stealing teacup puppy from Florida condo
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – A man was arrested after snatching a puppy while delivering food to a Jacksonville Beach home on Saturday, the Jacksonville Beach Police Department said Sunday. I mean, it was just terrible,” Block told News 6 partner WJXT-TV by phone on Sunday. AdBlock said the food delivery driver was caught on surveillance video walking into an elevator with the dog before leaving in a blue Ford Focus. Jacksonville Beach police say the theft of the dog was captured on surveillance video. We confirmed the individual charged with this crime was not a Grubhub driver and has never been contracted with us.
Condo board suing Florida woman -- for feeding cat
TAMPA, Fla. – A condominium association in Florida is suing a 78-year-old woman over the feeding of a stray cat. The lawsuit doesn't specify the number of cats or other animals Hussey is alleged to be feeding. Hussey told the newspaper she only feeds a black-and-white cat she had fixed years ago and calls Cleo. Last year, the condo association took its case to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation for arbitration, which is a process required before this kind of condo dispute can go to court, the newspaper reported. An order was issued requiring her to stop feeding cats on the property.
Florida ‘Monkey Whisperer’ charged in illegal wildlife trade
TAMPA, Fla. – A federal indictment says a Florida man known as “the Monkey Whisperer” has been charged with illegally transporting and selling primates. The documents unsealed Wednesday said Jimmy Wayne Hammonds, 57, has been charged with conspiracy, trafficking and submitting a false record in violation of a federal law involving the illegal trade in wildlife. [TRENDING: Biden will move to reverse these Trump policies | Here’s how to register for COVID-19 vaccine | At least part-time residency required for vaccine in FL]A Justice Department statement said Hammonds operated a wildlife breeding business through which he tried to sell a capuchin monkey to a buyer in California and also sold endangered cotton-top tamarins. If convicted, he could face more than 30 years in prison. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney.
Young pup shot in face with shotgun near Tallahassee recovering at SPCA Brevard
Benny is recovering at the SPCA of Brevard after he was hit in the face with birdshot somewhere near Tallahassee. (Images: SPCA Brevard)BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – When the puppy arrived Thursday from a small shelter in the rural scrublands outside Tallahassee, his face was peppered with birdshot. On Monday, the year-old hound mix shelter workers have named “Benny” bounded merrily through the grass at the SPCA of Brevard’s Titusville adoption center. The SPCA of Brevard is accepting donations toward Benny’s medical care at spcabrevard.com/donate. If you’d like to foster a cat or dog through the “Home for the Holidays” program, drop by the SPCA of Brevard adoption center, 6035 Sisson Road in Titusville.
16 puppies worth $100,000 stolen from Orlando pet store, deputies say
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. The Orange County Sheriffs Office is asking for the publics help in identifying two people who were caught on camera stealing 16 puppies, worth over $100,000, from an Orlando pet store. STOLEN PUPPIES: Please take a close look at the people in this video. On 5/21, at 3:43 a.m., they broke in and stole 16 puppies from Petland on Alafaya Trail. pic.twitter.com/GfbxuxNOzd Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) May 21, 2020Deputies said two people broke in Petland along Alafaya Trail just before 4 a.m. Thursday morning and stole 16 puppies. According to an incident report, the pair stole six English bulldog puppies, six French bulldog puppies, two yorkie puppies, a dachshund puppy and a poodle puppy.
Orange County Animal Services to reopen after months amid coronavirus pandemic
ORLANDO, Fla. Orange County Animal Services announced the shelter will reopen its doors Friday while still implementing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. OCAS officials said they will offer pet adoptions through an appointment-only system. **REOPENING ANNOUNCEMENT** Orange County Animal Services will be reopening on Friday, May 22 with an appointment-based... Posted by Orange County Animal Services on Wednesday, May 20, 2020Anyone who would like to make an appointment for services at OCAS can click here. Those interested in adopting are encouraged to view the website, ocnetpets.com, prior to booking an appointment to view the available pets," a Facebook post read. "Since appointments are limited, we ask that only those seriously interested in adoption move forward at this time.The shelter said adoption fees will be waived for the remainder of May.