Zephyrhills (WTFF) – A Florida man was arrested for allegedly shooting a dog after the pooch pooped in his house on Sunday evening. Full Story »
This case is about being held accountable for your actions. What Dewie did was illegal. His actions violate FSS 828.24. The FWC guidelines set by the AVMA explicitly prohibit drowning as a means for euthanizing an animal. There were other options, including release in a safe area outside of the school.
Morally, of course, there will be disagreements, but many farmers do side with us, even and especially ones who are familiar with the often cruel nature of reality. Animals kill other animals, and make them suffer. Humans are supposed to be more intelligent than animals, therefore we should do our best to not only recognize suffering, but try to create as little suffering as possible for us and the living creatures around us. Death is a part of life, but we should never allow or facilitate a slow and tortuous death. Full Story »
Ocala (WTFF) – A teacher at Forest High School reportedly drowned two raccoons and an opossum in a large bin while students were forced to watch and assist. Full Story »
Written by: Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda Maha Thera
From the book: What Buddhists Believe (Download PDF)
Animals are said to be conscious only of the present. They live with no concern for the past or future. Likewise, little children seem to have no notion of the future. They also live in the present until their faculties of memory and imagination are developed. Full Story »
On trial today at 9:00 am for various animal cruelty charges are:
Michael Wenzel, 21, of Palmetto
Robert Lee Benac, 28, of Bradenton
Spencer Heintz, 23, of Palmetto Full Story »
Orlando (WTFF) – A Florida man was arrested after allegedly kicking swans at Lake Eola park for “karate practice.” Full Story »
Tallahassee (WTFF) – A new law in Florida makes it easier for pet lovers to reunite with their lost furry friends, and imposes stricter punishments on animal abusers. Full Story »
A bikini-clad Miami woman rode a horse into Mokai Lounge in Miami Beach Thursday, March 8, 2018. The animal slipped (metal shoes and slick dance floors are not a good combination), throwing her off. Video by Leeza Marie Juelle via Facebook. Full Story »
Miami (WTFF) – Worldwide Primates is a controversial South Florida company that imports monkeys for biomedical research. Full Story »
Giselle Taylor allegedly shot her 2-year-old boxer after her fiancé refused to crack her back, according to Tarpon Springs police. Full Story »
Michael Lee Britton, a 56-year-old Florida Man from Ocala, threw an Australian shepherd into oncoming traffic in 2016, according to The Miami Herald. He’s been in jail for more than a year, and will now serve two years probation.
The Ocala Star Banner reports that two vehicles hit the dog, “Yoshi,” causing internal injuries but no broken bones. Yoshi was able to run off after the incident.
Britton was living on the streets at the time. He told police that he saw an arrow in the dog’s side and he wanted to mercy kill the animal so it wouldn’t suffer anymore. An arrow wound was never found. Full Story »
(WTFF) – A 53-year-old Polk City woman was arrested near Lakeland on charges of DUI and animal neglect.
It was right around 1:30 pm on a Thursday afternoon in Polk County.
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Almost 30 animals had to be removed from a Florida home that authorities say was covered in feces and urine.
The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office was called Tuesday by the Department of Children and Families to check on the home in Spring Hill, just north of Tampa. Full Story »
A formal decision from the 12th Judicial Circuit State Attorney is expected by mid-August as publicly announced by assigned Assistant State Attorney Andrew Van Sickle to the shark dragging incident. But still NOTHING has been done. Four men allegedy dragged a shark going at super high speeds while the still-live black tip sharks body was beating against the unforgiving waves. This story has gone viral in numerous media outlet all around the globe. A few of these animal abusers doing this sick shit for mere entertainment have had a history of wildlife and animal abuse. Yet they are still not locked up, fined, or prosecuted. It is time to demand justice once again as our peaceful weapon is information. We want answers as a community. We want answers now!!!
Below are four Letters addressed to our State Attorney by county. PLEASE PRINT AND MAIL TO THE CORRESPONDING ADDRESS. (You can also copy and paste this letter and email it using the link below)
DESOTO COUNTY LETTER
Thank you to a fellow animal advocate who penned the above letters. I will keep her anonymous as per request. However, please do modify and personalize as you wish. Thank you warriors!
An Escambia County jury on Thursday found Bradley Jean Hubbard not guilty of sexually abusing the family dog. Full Story »
We have officially delivered our petition to Ed Brodsky and Andrew Van Sickle of the 12th Judicial Circuit. They refused to meet with us in person, but news agencies filmed as I handed the 250,000+ signatures to the receptionist who agreed to deliver our message. The delivery location was the Manatee County Building at 1112 Manatee Ave W. Bradenton, FL 34206.
I cannot express how much gratitude I have for everyone who showed up. It was wonderful meeting you all as we delivered this monumental document. Thank you Stand Up Bark Back SRQ for your incredible skill in dealing with these situations, and for all the work you do. Thank you to all the media who came out today: ABC 7, SNN 6, Bay News 8, News Channel 8, Bradenton Herald, and more.
Thank you everyone who signed this document, shared articles, called the FWC, and kept this incident under public scrutiny. Our collective energy has broken through the intangible restraints of cyberspace and manifested into a force that cannot be denied. Full Story »
Look, Florida’s f*cked up enough from all these outsiders coming here and desecrating our beautiful state. We don’t need any more visitors… and certainly not more privileged, sexist, racist, spoiled brats who torture animals. Share these photos, and keep the pressure on. One of the guys on the show (the producer’s son) is friend’s with Michael Wenzel, the infamous animal torturer, and was allegedly on the boat filming the incident. He issued a public “apology,” which means nothing really. F*ck MTV and f*ck their stupid show. Let’s not turn the beautiful Siesta Key into another garbage Jersey Shore. Full Story »
I want to present a proposed amendment to our State Legislature for consideration of amending the current animal cruelty laws specifically F.S. 828.12 (2)(a)(b) from a third degree felony to a second degree felony and to impose stricter, harsher punishment and penalties in the event of the abuse, torture, and killing of innocent animals.
Animal abuse is a common thing in Florida, let’s make the punishment more severe.
VALPARAISO — A 26-year-old Valparaiso man is facing multiple charges in connection with the molestation of a horse.
Darius Galloway of Okaloosa Avenue is charged with sexual activities involving animals, burglary of an unoccupied structure and petit theft. Burglary is a felony, while the two other charges are misdemeanors.
According to an arrest report from the Valparaiso Police Department, on April 25, the owner of Athena, a female horse that boards at a stable on Valparaiso Parkway, noticed oil on the horse’s rump. On June 20, the owner again observed oil on the horse, as well as a visible handprint in the oil.
A week later, on June 27, the horse’s owner notified the owner of the stable that she had again noticed oil on the equine’s rump, as well as a white substance she believed to be semen on the horse’s vagina, the report said. A trail camera was set up in the stable as a result. Full Story »
To keep the pressure on, we have decided to start a petition, demanding the perpetrators of this violent act serve jail time and pay 1000 hours of community service to Manatee County, under the supervision and coordination of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission:
Updates (latest on top):
Update September 26, 2017: A month after delivering our petition, we still haven’t received a single reply. No charges have been pressed.
Update August 2, 2017: The Twelfth Judicial Circuit Office of the State Attorney (Bradenton Office) told us that, YES, this is an ongoing investigation, and that the FWC is in fact working with them to build the case. Because it’s an ongoing investigation, they cannot release any details. We encourage our readers to continue being patient as this case develops.
The internet moves at light speed, while the law moves at a snail’s pace… this contrast is causing a palpable frustration. To be fair, the case only opened a week ago (July 26th, 2017). A week on the internet is like a year, and in that week’s time thousands have expressed their concern demanding that justice be served. A week in law is well… like a single second. This is still a very new case, and the FWC needs time to “mind their p’s and q’s” as they fill out paperwork and file an official indictment. If they present the case sloppily, it doesn’t stand a chance in court. As for now, the best way you can help is to email any evidence not yet circulating the net to Tip@MyFWC.com
Update August 4, 2017:
Update August 1, 2017:
We spoke to someone at the FWC and they told us they are building their case and gathering evidence. They are just as upset about this as us. While they cannot officially release the names, they do know who the perpetrators are. We will let everyone know as soon as the FWC indicts them, but please be patient until then.
Update July 31, 2017:
Update July 30, 2017:
Still awaiting email replies from the FWC and Governor Rick Scott. So far neither have responded to us.
Scott did make a public statement about the incident, but no clear course of action was spoken of. He did indicate that some laws needed to adjusted when he wrote, “I know that FWC law enforcement works to protect all of Florida’s wildlife and we need to make certain they have the tools to ensure Florida has the best fisheries in the world.”
Update July 28, 2017:
Gov. Rick Scott sent a letter to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Friday saying he wants to make sure the state’s fishing regulations and statutes strictly prohibited “such inhumane acts.” (washingtonpost.com)
UPDATE: We were pretty excited to find out that our petition made it to over 2,000 signatures already… especially since we found out via the Miami Herald! Let’s keep circulating this. Thank you everyone who shared and signed. UPDATE: The New York Post also provided a link to our petition on their article. Over 7,500 people have signed so far. UPDATE: Whoah! We got over 25,000 signatures now! UPDATE: 44,136 supporters and rising!!!
LEE COUNTY, Fla. (WFTX) – A Florida man stabbed his girlfriend’s dog, killing it, because he said it always took her side in arguments.
Mike Lado, 26, is facing one charge of animal cruelty, resulting in a death.
According to his arrest report, Lado had been out drinking for several hours and returned home and began arguing with his girlfriend. Full Story »
ORANGE PARK, FL – Jacksonville greyhound trainer Charles McClellan had his license suspended after 12 dogs tested positive for cocaine. He has since lost his job, and is scheduled for a hearing on August 23.
The dogs were racers at Bestbet Orange Park, just south of Jacksonville, in Clay County.
Out of the 19 tracks open in the United States, 12 of them are in Florida. Most other states, 40 to be exact, have outlawed dog racing. Here in the good-ol-boy south we still race dogs… and fill them with yayo just to add that extra Florida edge. Full Story »
A Florida police officer responsible for killing a man’s dog after he entered the wrong apartment in a botched raid committed no rights violations and is entitled to immunity, a federal court has ruled.
According to a federal lawsuit, Officer Michael McBride was one of six Hollywood police officers and two Broward Sheriff’s deputies that were following up on a tip in January 2015 that a robbery suspect might be hiding in an apartment complex.
Unaware that a man inside, David Jimenez, went by the same nick name as the robbery suspect, the cops asked residents if they knew a man named “Flaco.” The officers never mentioned the real name of the man they were looking for, Francisco Quintana. Full Story »
A Lehigh Acres man is facing animal cruelty charges after he hit a flamingo at Busch Gardens with a rock, Tampa police said.
A report by WSTP-TV in Tampa said Julian Antonio Marquez, 19, was identified as the rock thrower.
About 5:49 p.m. Friday, police were called to the theme park’s flamingo display after a report of a man throwing a rock at one of the birds. The bird was struck and seriously injured, police said. Full Story »
Carlos Romero calls Florida ‘backwards state’ for frowning on zoophilia…
OCALA, Fla. – A Marion County farm hand has been arrested after deputies say he had sex acts with a miniature donkey on an Ocala farm, reports WKMG-TV in Orlando. Full Story »
If you were planning on getting down and dirty with an animal, now there’s one more state you should avoid.
Lawmakers have taken an important break from balancing budgets and keeping crime in check by passing a law banning bestiality in Florida.
The bestiality bill bans sexual activity between humans and animals. The bill, championed by State Senator Nan Rich, passed both the Florida Senate and House, reports NBC Miami. Next stop: Florida Governor Rick Scott.
Sen. Rich has been campaigning for a bestiality bill for years after a series of high-profile cases involving humans having sexual relations with humans. One case involved a man who accidentally choked a family goat to death during a sexual act. In another, a blind man was accused of having sex with his guide dog.
Florida has never had a bestiality statute before. The new statute would make sexual acts with an animal a misdemeanor. If signed off, the bill will take effect in October of this year. Full Story »
After a goat was raped and killed in the Panhandle town of Mossy Head, animal activists, cops and citizens were almost as shocked to find out that bestiality isn’t a crime in Florida. Full Story »