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May 16, 2016

Within the State of Florida, there are 17 wildlife facilities that have earned accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Within the framework of AZA, partner institutions collaborate on numerous large scale conservation initiatives, one of which is...

May 16, 2016

When most people think of service animals, they think of service dogs.  These dogs are trained to assist people with physical disabilities and are allowed in public places pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act.  They must have proper credentials. Only dogs an...

May 16, 2016

Judge Robert Branning and the Children's Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida are working on a proposal that would allow dogs to provide comfort and emotional support to children involved in difficult court cases.  The proposal would provide for dogs not inside the cou...

May 16, 2016

Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer sentenced Jorge Luis Garcia on four counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty.  Under section 828.12(1), Florida Statutes (2015), "A person who unnecessarily overloads, overdrives, torments, deprives of necessary sust...

May 16, 2016

On May 9th, President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act, symbolically declaring the North American bison the national mammal of the United States.  The North American bison, mistakenly called buffaloes, once covered the American Great Plains.  During the 19th...

May 16, 2016

On May 12, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that an Evansville, Indiana, police officer forfeited his qualified immunity in an excessive-force suit in which a K-9 (canine) officer, Axel, was directed to find an alleged perpetrator.  However,...

May 16, 2016

The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium in Fort Myers desperately needs the financial assistance required to rebuild an aviary which houses a dozen or so injured raptors. Over the last 30 years, the aviary has fallen into disrepair despite constant maintenance. Last O...

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