Miami Beach cat euthanized after being found with arrow lodged in head, neck

A beige cat was euthanized in Miami Beach on Wednesday after it was found with an arrow in its head and neck, police said.The cat appeared to have an arrow or date lodged in its head and neck when it was found at about 8:50 a.m. in the 800 block o…

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‘We (were) running for our life,’ Miami homeowner says after house fire

David Rodriguez woke up Sunday morning to flames in his backyard.

“It’s crazy, the amount of fire that was here,” he said.

Rodriguez was home with his wife and son when the fire began at about 2 a.m. near Southwest 18th Avenue.

“We (were) running for our life,” he said.

Although the Rodriguez family escaped the fire, along with their four dogs and four lovebirds, the eight cockatiels the family kept in the backyard died.

“They are very special birds. They are a special mutation. It’s like $500 each bird,” Rodriguez said.

About three homes were damaged as a result of the fire.

“We had a difficult time gaining access to the property, so that delayed our ability to get water onto the fire at that time, but we eventually did,” Miami firefighter Erik Pace said.

Rodriguez said he got rid of his homeowners insurance policy two weeks ago because of high rates.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

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Home goes up in flames in northwest Miami-Dade

A house fire destroyed a home early Thursday in northwest Miami-Dade County, killing the family dog.

The home is located at 9395 Northwest Eighth Ave.

Sky 10 was over the scene just after 6 a.m. and saw flames coming from the roof and windows.

Nancy Cahrier, who lives in the home, said she woke up to a red glow and smelled smoke inside. She said she got her husband and teenage daughter out, but “lost everything inside.”

The family said their small dog that they had for three years died inside.

“We had her for three years. She was little, so I knew she was asphyxiated, because I barely made it out,” Cahrier said. “My throat is burning from it. We lost everything, our clothes, everything.”

The family next door was also able to get out of their home next door, Cahrier said.

“I was trying to get out of the gate so that we could get out, away from the fire,” Cahrier said. “I knocked on the window of the people next door to me so that they would all get out. I didn’t want nobody else hurt, because I know they wouldn’t have noticed it until it hit them.”

The Cahrier family was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Authorities said nine people were affected by the fire at the duplex and are being assisted by the American Red Cross. Cahrier’s home was destroyed in the fire, and a neighbor’s unit was damaged by the smoke.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A GoFundMe account was created to help the family.

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Suspect accused of kidnapping, robbing South Florida man, stealing his dog

A South Florida man accused of kidnapping a man whom he met on a dating app, robbing him and stealing his dog has been arrested.

Vadol Reed, 22, of Boynton Beach, was arrested Wednesday on charges of armed robbery and kidnapping.

According to a Boynton Beach police report, the victim started communicating with Reed last week on Grindr. The victim said Reed invited him to come to his apartment Friday night to watch a movie and hang out.

The victim told police that Reed gave him directions to an apartment at 404 NE 10th Ave., led him inside and told him to sit on the bed. He said they were kissing when two masked men, one of whom was hiding in a closet, barged into the room.

The victim said one of the men was armed with a knife, and the other was armed with a metal pole. He said Reed pulled out a gun and pointed it at him, stealing his cellphone and debit card.

Reed and the men forced the victim outside and into his car, directing him to drive to his home while being held at knifepoint, he told police.

Reed and the men stole numerous items from the victim’s home, including his dog, Coco, and then ordered him to take them back to the apartment, the victim told police. He said the crooks threatened to return to his home and kill him if he reported the incident to police.

After the victim spoke about the incident on a Facebook page for the LGBT community, he received a message from another man who claimed to be the victim of a similar incident at the same location. They decided to together call 911.

Detectives learned that Reed lived in the apartment, and the victim positively identified him from a photographic lineup.

Boynton Beach police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said a second man was questioned by detectives and later released pending further investigation.

Slater said Coco was recovered and will be reunited with her owner.

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About 100 dead ball pythons found in Jupiter woman’s home

A South Florida woman has been cited after authorities said they found about 100 dead ball pythons in her home.

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report said Jupiter police took Jennifer Morrison, 59, into custody for a psychological evaluation Feb. 16 when they were first called to her home.

Morrison was cited March 13 with animal abandonment and given an April 12 court date.

Authorities said the woman’s home was covered in animal feces. Officers found about 30 to 40 plastic bins in a bedroom, each containing two to four dead snakes.

The FWC took photographs of the snake room, bins and snake carcasses.

Two ball pythons were found alive in an aquarium, and animal control officers removed them from the home.

Officers also found alive and removed two dogs, two red-footed tortoises and two parakeets.

An adult ball python can grow up to 6 feet.

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