97 starving dogs seized from woman’s double-wide trailer August 21, 2013
91-year-old man recovering from brutal duck attack. “I thought I was walking past them, but first thing I know I had a duck on my back” August 10, 2013
Wilmer Neumann was walking with his grandson at Ferry Park when he noticed a male duck “quacking and carrying on,” he said Friday.
“I thought I was walking past them, but first thing I know I had a duck on my back,” said Neumann, who lives in Fort Walton Beach. “He flew up but on the way back down he got a talon caught on my left calf.
“I’ve had both knees replaced. I don’t walk fast,” he said, adding that the duck may have been frustrated by his pace. “It was his way of retaliating, I guess.”
Muscovy ducks have sharp talons on their webbed feet and can weigh up to 15 pounds.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission does not handle complaints about the birds, which are not a native species.
Burglary suspect accused of trying to kill K-9 August 3, 2013
After scaling an 8-foot barbed-wire fence, then sprinting through thick brush and black muck to chase down a burglary suspect, Seabee, an Orlando police dog, had a brush with death, police said.
Seabee, a two-year-old German shepherd, cornered Landon Barnes in a swampy area near the Audubon Park neighborhood after the suspected burglar fled a home on Chelsea Street on Thursday, according to an Orlando police spokesman.
When the 18-year-old suspect ran into water that was so dark that police could not see below the surface, Seabee followed.
That’s when police say Barnes attacked the dog, dunking Seabee’s head into the water at least three times, forcing thick, mucky water into the dog’s lungs.
Barnes “held the dog’s head there attempting to drown and kill the K-9 dog,” spokesman Sgt. Jim Young said Friday.
Although Seabee was able to get away, when he emerged from the swampy area, he “began to convulse, displayed an unknown illness and was taken to receive treatment,” Barnes’ arrest report said.
Seabee, who has been with OPD for about 18 months, spent the night recovering in an animal hospital. He was released Friday with a high fever, Young said, and will be monitored to ensure he was not exposed to infection.
Seabee and his handler, Officer Tim Stanley — who also scaled the high fence in order to stay with his K-9 partner and ultimately apprehend Barnes — will be off duty for three days, Young said.
In an interview with police after his arrest, Barnes said he was drinking water from a resident’s hose, but never admitted going inside her home.
Homeowner Barbara Sills, however, had a different story.
She has been a victim of burglary in the past, Sills said, and when she came home to check her mail at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday, she heard a back door slam and saw Barnes running away.
She chased Barnes until he jumped a fence, Sills told the Orlando Sentinel. At one point, she said, she was almost close enough to grab him by the shirt.
“I’m glad (Seabee) polished off what I started,” she said.
Barnes was bitten at least once in the struggle, Young said.
After a brief stay at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Barnes was booked into the Orange County Jail on charges of burglary, resisting an officer with violence and injuring a police dog. He is being held on $5,300 bail.
A 52-year old St. Johns County Sexual Predator was arrested for the second time in a week on additional charges of cruelty to animals, sexual activities involving animals and failure to register as a Sexual Predator. The suspect, identified as James Lee Lyons, 52, 7548 U.S. 1 South, was served an arrest warrant this (Thursday) morning and was booked into the County Jail on bonds totaling $61,000.
Last Friday, Lyons was arrested on charges of animal cruelty and sexual activity involving an animal after a neighbor discovered injuries to one of his dogs. A Veterinarian examined the dog and was highly suspicious for animal abuse and bestiality. Evidence led Special Victim’s Detectives to the suspect who was then arrested on a warrant. He was released that evening after posting $11,000 bond.
One of Lyons pretrial release conditions that was ordered by a Circuit Judge was that he not have any pets at his residence. Animal Control Officers responded to the U.S. 1 South residence and removed two additional dogs that were inside the suspect’s residence. The two dogs were taken to another vet office (Matanzas River Animal Hospital) for examination. A Pit Bull belonging to the suspect did not show any injuries, however, a 42 pound Terrier mix female, that the suspect claimed was a stray, had sustained injuries according to the Veterinarian. Dr. Nicholas stated “The injuries to this dog’s genitals were appalling.” He added, “There is no doubt that this dog suffered a great amount of pain…The suffering that this dog endured and continues to endure during the healing process cannot be overstated.”
Following treatment, the Terrier mix (photo attached) is being cared for by County Animal Control and will be offered for adoption and/or rescue at a later time. The Pit Bull will also be available for rescue.
Lyons was also charged with failure to register as a Sexual Predator. Evidence obtained by detectives during the initial investigation revealed that he had been staying at the U.S. 1 South residence on numerous occasions since the beginning of the year. During this time he was registered at a St. Augustine Shores address (437 Gloria St.). It was only after his arrest last week that he registered the temporary address.
Two men accused of having sex with their pooches August 1, 2013
Two Lee County men have been cited for allegedly engaging in sexual acts with their animals.
Bestiality, sexual activity between a human and an animal, is prohibited by both Lee County ordinance and Florida State Statute.
Lee County’s ordinance states “it shall be unlawful for any person to molest or penetrate an animal or use the body parts of an animal for sexual gratification.”
Both cases involved witnesses who reported the incidents to authorities.
Dennis Griffin, of 4169 Pine Drop Lane, North Fort Myers was cited by Lee County Animal Services for an incident which occurred in October 2012.
Thomas Linville, a transient, was charged under Florida State Statute for his actions on July 20, 2013.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office issued a search warrant to remove Griffin’s dog from his possession and Animal Services was subsequently awarded custody of the dog.
Linville chose to surrender his dog to Animal Services.
According to Animal Services, one dog has already been adopted but they are still working to help the other.
Animal Services considers crimes of this nature to be particularly cruel and disturbing and will investigate any leads for ultimate prosecution.
Both Griffin and Linville face fines of $500 and $1,000 and if convicted could spend up to one year in prison.
Monday morning, Port St. Lucie police investigated a Comcast worker’s complaint of a foul odor and uninhabitable conditions at a house in the 1700 block of Southwest Cremona Street.
Police found cat feces, urine stains, trash, and numerous cats throughout the house, making the living environment hazardous to the child living inside. They arrested Christa Rupprecht, 54, on child neglect charges and her two sons ages 15 and 17 were taken into a protective custody.
Port St. Lucie Animal Control officers began removing the cats. It’s the second time they’ve responded to the home. In January, Animal Control removed about 30 cats from the house. An exact number being removed Monday was not yet determined.
St. Johns County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 52-year-old James Lee Lyons after his neighbor complained to detectives that Lyons sexually abused his dog.
The neighbor says he let two of his dogs out Monday afternoon before a thunderstorm. The neighbor says one dog returned the other did not. The neighbor says he searched all over for the dog but couldn’t find it.
The neighbor says he later saw Lyons carrying his dog. The neighbor told police he asked Lyons where he found the dog. Lyons reportedly told the neighbor he found the dog in the shed. The neighbor questioned that story because he says he had already checked that location.
The neighbor says he noticed the dog acting withdrawn, as well as injuries to the dogs rectum and vulva.
The neighbor called Animal Control. Animal Control officials urged the man to take the dog to the vet.
Special Victim’s detectives were then called in to investigate.
They arrested Lyons Friday morning on charges of animal cruelty and sexual activity involving an animal.
Lyons was previously arrested in 1998 on charges of attempted sexual battery on a child, and a sexual act with a child while in a familial role.
In that case Lyons made a plea deal and was sentenced to just over 13 years. He was released two years ago in June and had to register as a sexual predator.
Mess with alligator, go to jail: If you’re lucky June 28, 2013
Illegal alligator hunting in the Everglades. At night. Really?
Apparently two Hialeah men were caught earlier this week trying to hook an alligator at the Holiday Park docks in the dark of night.
I realize gators do not have big brains. But this one had to be thinking: Me eat two humans. Soon.
Fortunately the inferior fishing line used by the inept men repeatedly snapped, likely saving them from spending the rest of the evening inside a reptile belly. The men also owe thanks to the off-duty Broward sheriff’s deputy fishing nearby with his son who saw what was going on and called in park staffers.
I’m guessing that conversation went something like this. Dad: Son, don’t ever hunt for alligators at night with a hook. Son: I’m a kid. Not stupid.
Brings to mind another Broward dad, Joseph Welch. In April he pulled his six-year-old son Joey from the mouth of an alligator at the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. The reptile nabbed the boy after he wandered to close to the canal and fell in.
Dad’s response was to jump in the water and punch the alligator. Dad eventually won.
Welch knew something the hapless Hialeah alligator hunters didn’t.
Don’t mess with the gators unless you absolutely must.
Man accused of killing ducklings with broom June 23, 2013
Police arrested 55-year-old Rolando Rives after anonymous neighbors said they saw a man beat eight ducklings to death at George Washington Carver Apartment Complex.
The ducklings were left on the property and in the roadway, police said.
Officers were able to rescue two of the ducklings and take them to the Conservancy of Naples for treatment of injuries.
Veterinarians at the Conservancy of Naples estimated that the ducklings were approximately 2 weeks old.
Rives was arrested on Wednesday and charged with eight counts of animal cruelty.
Florida Keys deer gets head stuck in Doritos bag June 11, 2013
This chip-loving Florida Keys Deer must have thought its chips were down when it managed to get it’s head stuck in a bag of Doritos chips.
This is a special deer which is a miniature subspecies of the white-tailed deer found only in the Lower Keys.
The critter is now breathing, eating and drinking better thanks to a deputy who removed the Doritos bag from its head, according to a news release from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.