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January 2, 2018


On August 25, 2017, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law the “Beagle Freedom Bill,” or S.B. 1884.[1] This bill concerned the many adoptable laboratory animals, especially beagles, that research facilities euthanized upon retirement rather than put up...

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...

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....

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

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...

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