FWC long-term investigation, fish and wildlife being sold on black market

FWC long-term investigation, fish and wildlife being sold on black market

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) investigation led to the arrests on Friday, Aug. 9, of three suspects in Levy and Pinellas counties for violating state laws pertaining to illegally harvesting and selling various fish and wildlife. Fifteen additional suspects were served with a notice to appear citations in Levy, Orange, Pinellas, and […]

Cat declawing could be banned in Florida

Cat declawing could be banned in Florida

Florida — Democratic Senator Lauren Book has introduced a bill that would ban the declawing cats in Florida, unless medically necessary. Like New York, if the bill is passed, veterinarians would face a $1,000 fine if they declaw a cat without having a medically necessary reason. Medically necessary reasons would be if the cat has […]

Owners of dog wanted for questioning

Owners of dog wanted for questioning

Marion County — Marion County Animal Services is seeking the public’s help in finding the person(s), who, on Friday, left a dog at MCAS. As you can see from the picture, the dog was in very bad condition. The dog was also wearing a Ninja Turtle t-shirt. Article continued below After a thorough medical assessment, […]

Free pet adoptions, four days only

Free pet adoptions, four days only

Marion County Animal Services is offering free pet adoptions from July 2 to July 6. Typically, the adoption fee for dogs and cats is $50. All animals are spayed/neutered and vaccinated. For more information call 352-671-8700.   Please follow and like us:

Chickens now allowed in city, regulations attached

Chickens now allowed in city, regulations attached

The City Council on June 18 voted in favor of residents to have backyard chickens. The vote passed 3-2 — Council members Brent Malever and Jay Musleh voted against the ordinance. Ocala residents will now be allowed to have up to six chickens as long as, what most call ridiculous legal requirements, are met. Chicken […]

Previously announced recall of animal feed products, expanded

Previously announced recall of animal feed products, expanded

Due to receiving a number of adverse event reports, Cargill is expanding the scope of recall of select Southern States® feed due to aflatoxin levels that exceed FDA’s action levels. These reports are currently being investigated to determine if they are related to the recalled feed. This is an expansion of the recall initiated May […]

Dogs, venomous snakes removed from Ocala home

Dogs, venomous snakes removed from Ocala home

Summerfield — Marion County Animal Services served a search warrant at 14255 Southeast 100th Avenue following an anonymous tip. When investigators arrived, they found 38 dogs and several diamondback rattlesnakes, at which time the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was notified. Officials said that Tyrone A. Terry, 41, does not have the proper permits […]

Man arrested after he mounted horse

Man arrested after he mounted horse

A Citra man was arrested Monday after a witness reported that she saw the man having sex with a miniature horse named Jackie G. According to Marion County sheriffs detectives, other witnesses came forward during the investigation. During questioning, Nicholas Anthony Sardo, 21, admitted to having sex with the horse multiple times. Sardo stated that he had […]

FWC seeks input on invasive species rules

FWC seeks input on invasive species rules

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is requesting public input as staff improves rules for non-native species. The potential changes will affect rules related to the importation of high-risk species and include possible additions to the Prohibited Species list. Staff will also work on clarifying language in existing rules. People can provide input […]

Baby miniature donkey stolen from yard

Baby miniature donkey stolen from yard

Mrs. Amyotte, a resident of Ocala, said that on August 25, under the darkness of night, someone stole her family’s baby miniature donkey from her yard. “The baby is only two days old and needs its mother,” said Mrs. Amyotte. The donkey was stolen from the area of Southwest 80th and 16th Street, Ocala. The […]

PETA demands all FFA programs be removed from schools after raccoon drowning

PETA says FFA sends a dangerous message to teens.

PETA demands all FFA programs be removed from schools after raccoon drowning

TeachKind, the humane education division of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) based in California, is now using the drowning of two raccoons and an opossum at Forest High School earlier this month to push their agenda. FHS teacher, Dewie Brewton, was accused of drowning two raccoons and an opossum in an agriculture […]

Rabies alert: Raccoon tests positive for rabies

Rabies alert: Raccoon tests positive for rabies

Marion County — The Florida Department of Health in Marion County stated Thursday that a raccoon in the Sparr/Anthony area tested positive for rabies. The raccoon was tested for the rabies virus after an interaction with a domestic animal on May 14, 2018. Residents who reside in the Sparr/Anthony area should maintain a heightened awareness […]

Superintendent: Forest High School teacher who drowned animals should be fired, statement released

Superintendent: Forest High School teacher who drowned animals should be fired, statement released

School Superintendent Heidi Maier says that the Forest High School agriculture teacher, Dewie Brewton, who enlisted students to help him drown two nuisance raccoons and an opossum, should be fired. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is still investigating the incident. On Wednesday, Marion County Public Schools Public Information Officer, Kevin Christian, said, “Our school district […]

Forest High School teacher on paid leave following animal drowning

Forest High School teacher on paid leave following animal drowning

Law enforcement officials are investigating a Forest High School teacher, Dewie Brewton, who allegedly drown two raccoons and an opossum in an agriculture class. The incident was made public after a student showed his mother a video of the animals being drowned. Brewton apparently drowned the animals because they had been killing the class’ chickens. […]

Firefighters save two cats from fire

Firefighters save two cats from fire

Summerfield, Florida — The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a mobile home fire Monday that left four adults without a home. The American Red Cross has since stepped in to help. Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR) was dispatched to the 17000 block of Southeast 96th Court, Summerfield, after a neighbor reported smoke and flames emitting […]

FWC charges 3 in connection to shark dragging video

FWC charges 3 in connection to shark dragging video

  Following a four-month-long investigation, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), along with the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office announced charges against three fishermen in connection with a video of a shark being dragged behind a boat at a high rate of speed. During the investigation, officials said they also learned of other […]

New Critical Wildlife Area in Volusia County

New Critical Wildlife Area in Volusia County

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) today approved a new Critical Wildlife Area in Volusia County. The small island, known as Port Orange Colony and now approved as a CWA, shelters hundreds of brown pelicans during nesting season. It is less than 2 acres but is one of the largest breeding sites for […]

“Man” arrested after cutting tails off kittens

“Man” arrested after cutting tails off kittens

Anthony, Florida — A 68-year-old Anthony man was arrested for cutting the tails off of five kittens. James Steele Reid committed the heinous crime in September but was not arrested until Monday, November 27. Reid, who volunteers at a family farm, was allegedly involved in a verbal altercation with the farm owners. During the altercation, […]

“The most American thing I’ve seen today”

“The most American thing I’ve seen today”

An Ocala resident noticed two bald eagles mating in her backyard Friday and was able to capture a photo without disturbing them. “This is the most American thing I’ve seen today,” Fran Robins told Ocala Post. Robins, who lives in the 5100 block of Northeast 25th Avenue said that the two lovebirds have been in […]

Three-year-old was living with feces and urine throughout residence

Three-year-old was living with feces and urine throughout residence

Marion County Officials said they removed 56 dogs from a home, located at 931 Northeast 12th Avenue. Ocala Police said that a three-year-old child had been living in the urine and feces-filled residence. On October 5, OPD received a call in which the caller reported that there was a foul smell coming from the residence. […]

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