Woman thought noises were from an intruder

Woman thought noises were from an intruder

Marion County — A woman snapped pictures of a mother bear and her cubs as they played right outside her door. Charlene D. said that she was inside her home when she heard loud noises outside. “At first I thought it was an intruder,” Charlene said. However, the noises were not from an intruder at all. Charlene […]

Deputy on leave after K-9 left in patrol car, died

Deputy on leave after K-9 left in patrol car, died

  Gainesville, Florida — An Alachua County Sheriff’s K-9 deputy was placed on paid administrative leave after his K-9 was found dead in his patrol car. K-9 Robbie, a Belgian Malinois, was discovered in the back seat of Deputy Tommy Willcox’s car on Friday. According to AccuWeather, it was approximately 94 degrees in Gainesville on […]

FWC: Bear hunting postponed for 2016

FWC: Bear hunting postponed for 2016

Florida — Today, the seven-member Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted to postpone bear hunting in Florida in 2016. Although the framework for bear hunting in Florida remains in place, there will be a zero hunt objective set for 2016, and the Commission could consider future bear hunting in 2017. Nick Wiley, FWC […]

Man, drunk, cut throat of family pet

Man, drunk, cut throat of family pet

Ocala, Florida — A family’s pet pig is dead after a man sliced its throat with a pocket knife. Marion County Animals Services released a more than 20-page document, which included graphic photos, which detailed the slaying of the pig. According to reports, when the family found the pig several months ago, it was in poor health, […]

Former game show host, Bob Barker, helps local animal sanctuary

Former game show host, Bob Barker, helps local animal sanctuary

    Ocala, Florida — Forest Animal Rescue will immediately start construction on the Bob Barker Animal Care Building, thanks to a generous $100,000 grant from the former game show host himself. The grant comes from Barker through the DJ&T foundation. The DJ&T Foundation was named after Barker’s late wife, Dorothy Jo, and his mother, Tilly. The building […]

Hunting dogs found dead in Ocala National Forest

Hunting dogs found dead in Ocala National Forest

Marion County — Authorities are still investigating the deaths of three hunting dogs that were found deceased in the Ocala National Forest this week. According to reports, the dogs were discarded like trash on U.S. Forest Land just inside of the Marion County line. The jurisdiction falls under the Unites States Forest Service. Authorities said all […]

Pet photos with Santa

Pet photos with Santa

Ocala, Florida — Grab the purr-fect or fetching pet photo of the year during Pet Photos with Santa sponsored by UF Pet Emergency Services at Paddock Mall, Marion County’s only climate-controlled family friendly shopping destination. Pet Photos are hosted during regular mall hours and the set gets an extensive cleaning following the event to remove […]

Man accuses FWC of giving back illegal bear killed during bear hunt

Man accuses FWC of giving back illegal bear killed during bear hunt

Florida — Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said they will have to make some adjustments before the next bear hunt. This past weekend, Florida had its first bear hunt in 21 years, and it had to be shut down early because FWC underestimated the success of the hunt. According to officials, 3,778 bear-hunt […]

Teen had poisoned neighbor’s pet in the past

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Teen had poisoned neighbor’s pet in the past

Ocala, Florida — On Sunday, Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 12170 Southwest 43rd street, after a woman reported that her dog had been poisoned. Susan Graham told deputies that she had taken her 10-year-old Jack Russell, Tinker, to an emergency animal treatment center when she found her dog sick and vomiting. She said that […]

FWC: Register for the 2016 Python Challenge

FWC: Register for the 2016 Python Challenge

  Official Press Release – Want to help conserve Florida’s unique Everglades ecosystem? Then sign up for the 2016 Python Challenge™ competition and join the Florida Fish and Conservation Commission (FWC), the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida Inc. and partners to remove invasive Burmese pythons from public lands in south Florida. Starting Thursday, Oct. […]

Dog dies after it was left in Humane Society van

Dog dies after it was left in Humane Society van

Ocala, Florida — The Humane Society of Marion County said that they are devastated over the death of one of their dogs that was left in a hot van. HSMC officials said, “As an organization that works so hard to preserve life, this is devastating to us.” On Friday, September 11, a person who was […]

8-foot King cobra on the loose

8-foot King cobra on the loose

Orlando, Florida — Currently, 10 people are searching a property East of Lake Apopka/North of 50/South of 441, where a king cobra went missing. The cobra is approximately 8 feet long. It was reported missing by its owner, Mike Kennedy, who has a permit to be in possession of exotic the snake. According to officials, a series […]

Family dog bit on face by rattlesnake

Family dog bit on face by rattlesnake

Silver Springs, Florida — Imagine letting your pet outside to go to the bathroom, hearing a yelp, then finding your beloved family member motionless on the ground. That is exactly what happened to Mike Melody of Silver Springs. Melody, who has four inside dogs, let them outside around 4 p.m. on August 26, to do […]

Woman charged with 8 counts of Animal Cruelty-Cause Cruel Death Pain and Suffering

Woman charged with 8 counts of Animal Cruelty-Cause Cruel Death Pain and Suffering

Ocklawaha, Florida — An Ocklawaha woman was charged with 8 counts of felony Animal Cruelty-Cause Cruel Death Pain and Suffering following an inspection of her property by Marion County Animal Services. Animal Control Officer Richard Pratt responded to 16750 Southeast 95th Street Road, Ocklawaha, after receiving a tip that Melanie A. Owen, 52, had been […]

FWC approves bear hunting in certain areas & removal solutions for residents

FWC approves bear hunting in certain areas & removal solutions for residents

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) continued its long-standing, proactive approach to bear management at its meeting in Sarasota on June 24. FWC Commissioners approved several bear-related rules that address a wide variety of tools to manage bears. In summary, Commissioners approved changes to strengthen the wildlife feeding rule. Commissioners also approved changes […]

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