December 22, 2016

Pet owners are turning to cannabis-based products to to help their animals with ailments including anxiety, cancer, seizures, and arthritis.  In 2013, Auntie Dolores, an Oakland Company that originally made cannabis edibles for human consumption, launched Treatibles, blueberry- and pumpkin-flavored hemp chews shaped like dog bones.  Treatibles are sold in dispensaries, pet stores, and online.  These pet-friendly edibles contai...

December 22, 2016

Malorie Ruiz allegedly showed up at Park Animal Hospital seeking a prescription for Alpazolam (a form of Xanax) for her dog, Tony Montana.  At first she did not raise suspicion.  But she immediately called back to request a refill, offering inconsistent stories for why she needed it so quickly.  According to the owner of the pet hospital, Ruiz "called and said that she was going out of town and they dropped the drugs in the to...

December 22, 2016

In 2012, the Florida Legislature enacted a law allowing therapy dogs to assist in judicial proceedings.  Shortly thereafter, the nonprofit organization Companions for Courage was founded.  The organization provides therapy dogs to witnesses who may have difficulty providing in-court testimony.

In a recent Orange County case, a mentally disabled witness was coupled with Karl, a therapy dog from Companions for Courage.  Alth...

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