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. […]

Rabies alert for parts of Marion County

Rabies alert for parts of Marion County

Official Press Release — Ocala, Florida — The Florida Department of Health in Marion County has issued a rabies alert for Northwest Ocala/Marion County. This is in response to a bite from an infected cat on July 31. This rabies alert is for 60 days and includes the following areas: North U.S. Highway 27 to […]

Spiny lobster regular recreational and commercial season

Spiny lobster regular recreational and commercial season

FWC – Today, spiny lobster regular recreational and commercial season begins. The two-day sports season last week successfully wrapped up, and lobster lovers everywhere are now getting ready for the regular recreational and commercial season, which starts Aug. 6 and runs through March 31, 2018. This economically important season generates more than $1 million through […]

Women beware, con man on the prowl

Women beware, con man on the prowl

A con man who preys on women is on the prowl. Several victims, who do not want their identities revealed, have come forward. One of the women resides in Marion County, Florida. Ocala Post was able to interview four of the women. As with an unrelated 2016 case in New York, Walter Ravon Dawson, 49, […]

Dog was sold to help pay for funeral then stolen back

Dog was sold to help pay for funeral then stolen back

An Ocala woman was arrested after she snatched a dog from its owner and fled the area. Police say, Colby Parsons, the brother of Tara Mae Swindle, A.K.A Tara Parsons, died and the family could not afford to pay for his funeral. According to reports, the girlfriend of the deceased sold a Chihuahua, which originally […]

Marion County Animal Center, Neuter Commuter, routine closure

Marion County Animal Center, Neuter Commuter, routine closure

The Marion County Animal Center and the Neuter Commuter will be closing for quarterly cleaning, training, and maintenance. They will close on April 26, and reopen on April 29. The Neuter Commuter will re-open on May 4. While closed, anyone looking for a lost pet can view stray animals online at http://www.marioncountyfl.org/animalservices. Residents who wish […]

Confirmed: Suphan cobra on the loose in Ocala

Confirmed: Suphan cobra on the loose in Ocala

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has confirmed that search efforts are underway for a missing suphan cobra in the vicinity of the 900 block of Northeast 9th Street, Ocala. According to a FWC press release, residents in the area, especially if walking a pet, should use caution until the snake is captured. FWC […]

Ocala woman will appear on Judge Judy

Ocala woman will appear on Judge Judy

Ocala resident Kimberly Parker will appear on Judge Judy today to duke it out with another resident, Sarah Albers. Parker says anyone who has purchased a puppy from Albers might be interested in watching the show. It is scheduled to air today at 4:30 p.m., on Fox 35. More information will be available after the show […]

Man threw dog in front of several moving vehicles

Man threw dog in front of several moving vehicles

[Last updated on November 30, 2016, at 2:45 p.m.] UPDATE – Nov. 30, 1:36 a.m. The dog was located and is currently being treated at UF Pet Emergency Treatment Services in Ocala. Ocala Post spoke with UF, however, citing confidentiality laws they refused to provide any information about the dog’s condition. UPDATE – Nov. 30, 2:45 p.m. On Wednesday, the […]

Volusia County Sheriff’s Office K-9 shot and killed

Volusia County Sheriff’s Office K-9 shot and killed

A Volusia County Sheriff’s Office K-9 was fatally shot Tuesday evening while chasing down an armed suspect who had fled and fired at deputies in Deltona. K-9 Forrest was rushed to DeLand Animal Hospital following the shooting. He passed away shortly after arrival. According to a press release, Forrest was shot at about 7:16 p.m. near […]

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