6 puppies, rabbit, dog rescued from apartment fire in Lake Worth

A dog, six puppies and a rabbit were rescued from an apartment fire Sunday morning in Lake Worth, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said.The fire took place at about 2:07 a.m. at the Oakwood Apartments complex in the 2400 block of Second Avenue North.When …

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Miami Beach man arrested, accused of shooting stray cat with arrow

A hotel worker has been arrested after he admitted to shooting a stray cat in the head and neck with a crossbow, police said.

Georgios Kollias, 36, of Miami Beach, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of animal cruelty.

The cat, nicknamed Strushie, was found with an arrow through the feline’s head and neck on April 26 outside the Franklin Hotel in South Beach. Strushie had to be euthanized because of the injuries.

According to a Miami Beach police report, surveillance video from the hotel’s security cameras appeared to have been deliberately deleted, so police enlisted the assistance of the U.S. Secret Service to help them recover the footage.

Police said it showed Kollias walking around with a crossbow and aiming it into some bushes where Strushie was hiding.

According to the report, Kollias admitted to shooting the cat twice with the crossbow.

“It is a great relief that we have found some level of justice for Strushie,” Miami Beach Police Chief Daniel Oates said in a statement. “This was a horrific act of animal cruelty. I congratulate our detectives on this arrest and the U.S. Secret Service for the critical assistance they provided to us.”

Police said other arrests may be possible in the future.

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Neighbors shocked when abused puppy is returned to owner

A 20-year-old Jacksonville man seen in a Facebook video yelling at a puppy, smacking her and picking her up by the neck was charged with animal cruelty in March. 

After neighbors were shocked to learn the man paid a $500 fine and got his dog back, they are circulating a petition seeking to have the punishment increased for those who abuse animals.

The video, taken through a fence by Matthew Long’s neighbor, is graphic. The neighbor reported his actions, and her video was used as evidence in court.

That woman and other neighbors were surprised and concerned when they saw the beagle-hound-mix puppy named Fiona back at the Long’s home.

“I truly would rather just beat him instead, because I think that’s more appropriate,” the unnamed neighbor told News4Jax. “I don’t think he understands (that) the dog doesn’t understand.”

Judge Gary Flower’s office responded to questions about his decision to return the dog to Long. A spokesman said that the dog was returned on condition that Long complete an anger-management course, attend obedience classes with Fiona, write a letter of apology to the dog, pay $1,015 to the city for boarding and caring for the dog and violating the animal ordinance.

Misdemeanor animal abuse is punishable by up to a year in jail and a maximum fine is $5,000.

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Long didn’t answer the door when News4Jax tried to talk to him Tuesday. Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services did not respond to a request for a comment.

“Even now, I’m hearing it. (I) absolutely don’t think anyone who treats a dog that we should ever have a dog I don’t think they should have to go to training I just don’t think they should have a dog some people just aren’t made for it,” the unnamed neighbor said.

Founder of a local hound rescue, Swamp Haven Rescue, said the way Long handled Fiona is never useful.

“It’s proven that fear-based training just doesn’t work,” Lindsey Kelley said. “Trying to put fear into an animal, you’re never going to get the response that you want — except they are afraid of you.”

The neighbors are encouraging people to read and consider signing a Change.org petition seeking to “to impose stricter, harsher punishment and penalties in the event of the abuse, torture, and killing of innocent animals.”

 

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Florida Keys woman arrested, charged with choking, killing dog

A Florida Keys woman was arrested Tuesday for allegedly choking her dog to death for biting her on the hand.

Alice Evans, 61, was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals.

The Florida Keys SPCA received a tip Saturday claiming a woman told staff at Fisherman’s Hospital that she had killed her dog.

When Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies investigated, Evans said her Chihuahua, “Big John Evans,” had bitten her on the hand on Friday. It was the third time the dog had bitten her this year.

Evans told deputies she went to bed and choked the dog with his collar at 5 a.m. the next morning, then buried the body in her yard.

Evans did not answer when asked why she did not seek help from an animal shelter.

The dog’s body was dug up and taken to a veterinary hospital for a necropsy where the cause of death was determined to be strangulation.

Evans’ bond was set at $25,000.

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Dog continues to save half her food, despite loss of companion

We’re not crying — you’re crying!

Goodness this story is sweet and sad: Easton Dufur, a filmmaker, had two labs, Stitch and Cookie.

For those of you who wanna see my dogs here they are
(Stitch is on top, Cookie is on bottom) pic.twitter.com/zDK89IP18s

— EasyBreasyBeautiful (@_EasyBreasy_) June 13, 2017

Here they are. Very cute.

“They were like Batman and Robin,” Dufur told Mashable.” They were always together. They always always got along and always were playing with each other and taking care of one another.”

Dufur posted about his dogs on his Twitter page last weekend, saying Stitch recently died, and this is Cookie’s first time alone.

Dufur only had one food bowl for his two Labradors. Ever since Cookie was young, Stitch taught her to only eat half the food in the bowl so that there was enough for both of them, Dufur wrote on Twitter.

“Since Stitch is gone, I’ve been feeding Cookie less food. Well, before I went to bed, I went to check to see if she ate. And so I did, and she still left half of her food there so Stitch can eat.”

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— EasyBreasyBeautiful (@_EasyBreasy_) June 11, 2017

Dufur told Mashable that Cookie is doing well, all things considered.

“We still are making sure that she is getting love and comfort that she needs right now, so she is doing well,” Dufur said.

Quite frankly, Twitter couldn’t handle this story and neither can we.

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