May 23, 2017

On February 1, 2017,  on request of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Justice filed a complaint seeking a permanent injunction against Syfrett Feed Company Inc. of Okeechobee as well as its owner and president.  The complaint alleges that "medicated animal feeds failed to list the name of the active drug ingredients and to include adequate instruction for use on the labels."  Specifically, the labels "d...

May 23, 2017

Starting July 1, 2017, therapy dogs will be permitted to accompany children, victims, and people with intellectual disabilities during testimony in cases involving abuse, abandonment, and neglect.  Presently, the law only permits therapy dogs to accompany victims testifying in sex offense cases or where a child witness has a disability.  The new law also increases support for training dogs to be used in group settings, such as...

May 23, 2017

State officials recently raided the home of John Hazzard, 30—a Miami-Dade angler and poultry buyer—in search of a giant sea turtle skull which Hazzard allegedly offered for sale online.  Officials seized two suspected turtle skulls as well as two suspected turtle shells.  Officials took interest in Hazzard after Hazzard posted pictures of himself with alligators on Instagram, leading officials to fear that Hazzard may be feedi...

May 23, 2017

Hillsborough County has proposed a ban on the sale of puppies, however, its implementation is still up in the air.  The proposal would ban the commercial sale puppies, but exempt the three current puppy stores in the county.  Recently, the owner of one of the remaining puppy stores, Tampa Puppies, was arrested.   The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services arrested the owner because, upon inspection, the store...

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