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February 15, 2016

Joining in the unanimous approval of the House, the Florida Senate unanimously approved the "Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety Act," or "P.A.W.S. Act."  The P.A.W.S. Act makes it a first-degree misdemeanor to endanger an animal's well-being by confining the animal t...

February 15, 2016

A family from Alabama plans to sue Disney World after a snake fell from a tree and bit a boy, allegedly leading to the death of the boy's grandmother while the family was visiting Disney's Animal Kingdom.  The family's attorney, Matt Morgan, said the boy's grandmother...

February 15, 2016

When the "Banana Derby"—races between monkeys dressed as jockeys and riding dogs like horses—was featured at the Alachua County Fair in 2015, it created a controversy.  Many people believed that the act was cruel, despite the fact that it did comply with USDA as well a...

February 15, 2016

A new study from the University of Florida has revealed that animal shelters often mislabel dogs as "pit bulls."  The study tested the breed assessments made by employees from four different animal shelters on 120 dogs.  The employees included four veterinarians and al...

February 15, 2016

Livy is a standard poodle and trained service animal.  A Pennsylvania-based organization called Canine Partners for Life placed her with Bruce Hicks, a paraplegic, in 2007.  She moved with him to Florida in 2009.  When he passed away in 2013, Hernando County Commission...

February 15, 2016

Burmese pythons, a species not native to the Florida Everglades, have taken a big toll on native wildlife over the last two decades.  Researchers estimate that there are tens of thousands of these pythons in the Everglades.  As a result, python hunters recently made th...

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