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July 27, 2017

Greyhound trainer, Charles McClellan, was cited for a Class 1 drug violation after 12 dogs in his care tested positive for Benzoylecgonine—a metabolite of cocaine.  Under Florida law, it is illegal for a "for an animal to have a prohibited substance" in its system whil...

July 27, 2017

A California man, Robert Roy Farmer, who abducted, abused, and killed at least 21 neighborhood cats over a two-year time frame has been sentenced to 16 years behind bars.  Farmer has been diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder and was reportedly using methamphe...

August 26, 2016

A new unit to help prosecute animal cruelty cases in Orange and Osceola counties was announced in late July.  The impetus to form the unit came after a case, which spanned two years, ended a dog fighting ring, led to the arrest of the 26 people involved, and saw the re...

August 26, 2016

Florida's First District Court of Appeal recently affirmed a jury instruction by which Donald Kervin was found guilty of felony cruelty for failing to prevent the suffering of his dog Chubbie.  In 2012, animal control officers responded to Kervin's residence where they...

April 15, 2016

 

George Wilkinson Jr. faces criminal charges for soliciting sex with an animal on Craigslist's Casual Encounters.  The twenty-one year old Tallahassee man is alleged to have advertised on Craigslist seeking owners willing to let their dog perform sex acts on Wilkinson....

April 15, 2016

Carmenza Piedrahita was sentenced to 30 days in jail when her cat Toby died of complications from a botched "do-it-yourself" declawing.  Prosecutors charged Piedrahita with felony animal cruelty after allowing Geronimo Gonzalez, 72, and Jose Diaz, 56, to perform the un...

February 15, 2016

Nearly one hundred suspects scattered into the woods when sheriff's deputies responded to a wooded area off of Azalea Lane between Hawthorne and Interlachen, western Putnam County.  Deputies responded to a call of nearby barking and yelling.

 

Deputies discovered two dog...

February 15, 2016

Javier Orelly, was arrested for the sacrifice of his dog and a duck.  Neighbors claim that Orelly set up a sacrificial shrine in the front yard of his apartment complex, threw his dog around, and then beheaded his dog and a duck.  When deputies arrived, they found a sm...

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