animal welfare

MIKE STOCKER / South Florida Sun Sentinel

That spiffy county pet shelter that opened three years ago isn’t so spiffy these days.

That’s according to an out-of-state expert sent in to do a surprise inspection of the $16.5 million shelter by Mark Bogen, mayor of Broward County.

“The conclusion … was that our shelter was filthy, dirty, poor ventilation in some of the rooms and certain protocols and standards need to be implemented,” Bogen said in an email to one animal activist.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

A Florida Keys inmate decided to rid Key West of one more iguana. He fed it alive to an alligator at the sheriff’s petting zoo, police said.

His fellow inmates ratted him out for the killing.

Dr. Amir Khalil and his rescue team reached the King Hussein Bridge between Jordan and Israel at 6 a.m. on April 4. It was the first of three borders Khalil needed to cross that day, and his second attempt to do so in a week. With him were three trucks and the tools and medicine necessary to evacuate 47 animals — including lions, wolves, baboons and ostriches — from a struggling zoo in the city of Rafah, in the Gaza Strip.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that it's putting an end to a controversial research program that led scientists to kill thousands of cats over decades.

Since 1982 the USDA's Agricultural Research Services division had been conducting experiments that involved infecting cats with toxoplasmosis — a disease usually caused by eating undercooked contaminated meat — in order to study the foodborne illness. Once the cats were infected and the parasite harvested, the felines were put down.

California voters will soon decide whether to ban the sale of meat and eggs from farm animals raised in cages. A November ballot measure, Proposition 12, would require more spacious digs for pigs, veal calves and egg-laying hens. It applies to animals in California and to those raised elsewhere for products sold in the Golden State.

If you're experiencing a bit of déjà vu right now, it makes sense.

For the second time in 2 years, Leon County Humane Society Executive Director Lisa Glunt says her organization has taken in 4 dogs resuced from certain death in a South Korea dog meat farm.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

A horse that arrived in South Florida emaciated and covered in sores five months ago is now enjoying retirement in Key West.

Trigger was confiscated from his owner in November in Miami. The owner reportedly rode him 700 miles from South Carolina with no money to feed the horse or himself, according to a press release from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

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Should chimpanzees -- humanity's closest living relatives in the animal kingdom -- have the same rights that you do?

A South Florida attorney says they should.  And while Steven Wise hasn't gotten a judge to agree with him yet, he did get a New York State Supreme Court justice last week to admit that the idea was "extremely interesting and well argued."  

Step into Peta 2’s iChicken box, and step into the shoes of a chicken on its way to a slaughterhouse.

Miami-Dade Starts Building Bigger Animal Shelter

Aug 22, 2014
Wilson Sayre

  Stray animals in Miami-Dade county will soon have a new home come fall of 2015. County Animal Services broke ground Friday on a new facility that would double the amount of space it has now.

Every year, Animal Services cares for more than 27,000 homeless dogs and cats, but that volume has pushed the current facility to its capacity.

Getting to this point, though, has been a bit of a battle.

www.sabalchaseanimalclinic.com

05/21/147 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupkee of Kendall’s Sabal Chase Animal Clinic. Also with us is canine behavior and training expert Edel Miedes of ​K-9 Advisors. We’ll take your pet questions of course . . .

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You can get a good deal on a lot of items this Black Friday, including a new pet.

Broward County’s animal shelter is letting potential adopters name their own price on a dog or cat between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday.

According to Lisa Mendheim, who is the public education coordinator for the shelter, you really can name any price—even a penny.

“We’ll take it,” Mendheim said with a laugh. “We usually have people a little more generous than that. We’ve had people give hundreds of dollars for a pet and then others give what they can.”

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11/25/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition with Dr. Ian Kupkee of Kendall’s Sabal Chase Animal Clinic. We’ll also have Edel Meides, K-9 Advisors.  He specializes in dog training and behavior issues.  With the holidays upon us, experts want people to avoid giving pets as “surprise” gifts.

How The Zimmerman Verdict Was Decided

Jul 19, 2013

Days after the jury’s decision, South Florida – and the nation – still struggles to understand the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin. 

Was it Stand Your Ground or other self-defense laws that determined the outcome?  One juror who spoke with CNN said:

Pet Care and Animal Welfare

May 29, 2013
Bonnie Berman

05/29/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” Edition, with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupkee, of Kendall’s Sabal Chase Animal Clinic. He’ll take calls about pet care and animal welfare, and cover issues involved with housecats who are seldom—if ever--taken for a vet exam. Also with us is dog trainer and behavior specialist Edel Miedes of South Florida’s K-9 Advisors.