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Vet removes dog’s eye without owner’s consent October 30, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Controversy,Interesting,OK Then .....,Sad Story,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:31 pm

A dog owner got a call on Monday that shook her to the bone.

“I got hysterical,” said dog owner Kimberly Hayden. “I was like what are you (the veterinarian’s assistant) talking about? She was there for a follow up. And she goes, ‘no, we extracted her eye.'”

Hayden has owned 13-year-old Chloe her whole life.

“You weren’t authorized to do any of that what do you mean you have taken my dogs eye out. And she (the veterinarian’s assistant) is like hold on minute we have more than one Chloe here today maybe I have the wrong file.”

The Tyrone Banfield Animal Hospital had the right file – but performed the wrong procedure on Chloe. On Friday, Chloe’s left eye looked like it was tearing up and irritated. Kimberly took her to the hospital.

“They said she had an abrasion on her eye. And the first thing they said was bring her tomorrow (Saturday) morning and have her eye removed. I said no what are other options?”

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She went with a medicine only option hoping to avoid removing the eye. So she went with eye drops and other medication for over the weekend, then brought Chloe back in Monday just for a “follow-up” so the vet could watch her eyes throughout the day to see how the dog was doing. Then after Hayden was done with work that day she would pick Chloe back up.

Hayden said she was happy to see the medicine looked like it was helping by Monday morning.

“Then next thing I got was a call saying my dog was recovering well from surgery,” said Hayden.

The hospital sent us this statement admitting they failed to get permission for the surgery but say it was necessary.

Kimberly has posted her story on Facebook and reached out to media such as the Bone radio show with host Mike Calta. Calta talked with 10 News and provided us with Hayden’s name so we could reach out to her. Hayden said she was glad that he did that because she wants to warn everyone she knows about the Tyrone Banfield Animal Hospital inside the Petsmart.

She said she will never take Chloe back there again even after the manager’s apology.

Below is the statement the hospital provided:

“At Banfield Pet Hospital, we are committed to partnering with clients in all decisions regarding their pet’s care. In the instance of Chloe, although the care provided was medically necessary based on the severity of her condition and lack of response to therapy, we did fail to get surgical authorization from the client on the day of the procedure. However, we had previously discussed the need for surgery with the client—we also communicated that surgery was critical to alleviate Chloe’s pain and potential for infection. We apologize for the lack of clear communication and will continue to attempt to reach Ms. Hayden in an effort to further resolve her concerns. In the meantime, we wish Chloe a speedy recovery.”

 

Man tries to kill his wife with a stun gun. “I thought it would work” October 29, 2014

A Deerfield Beach couple had argued about money before a middle-of-the-night stun-gun attack led to an attempted murder charge against the husband, an investigator said.

“The couple had fought over finances before the alleged assault,” said Broward Sheriff’s Sgt. Aimee Russo.

The agency was called to the 5200 block of West Lakes Drive at 2:44 a.m. Saturday in response to a disturbance.

fl-deerfield-attempted-murder-20141027-001-thumbnailJohn Talbot, 65, had knelt next to Nadette, 62, his wife of 28 years, while she slept, deputies said.

He used a stun gun on her multiple times in an attempt to incapacitate her and pressed a white plastic bag against her face to try and suffocate her, according to Deputy Louis J. Bonhomme’s report.

“She told investigators that ‘”he looked weird, as if he was not himself,’” Russo said.

The weapon is called a drive stun Taser, meaning it didn’t have prongs attached to wires, like those used by police, said Russo, who works in the special victims unit.

Nadette Talbot said she was able to stop the attack by “‘Fighting like a b—–!'” Bonhomme wrote.

She was never unconscious and was not injured, according to Russo.

On Monday, Talbot appeared in Broward County court for the charge of attempted premeditated murder. When arrested Saturday night, Talbot had been charged with aggravated battery causing bodily harm.

Russo said the second charge, attempted murder, was added after investigators had a chance to talk further with Nadette Russo.

“We were still looking at more evidence that included her supplemental statement,” Russo said. “She was just better able to explain what happened in terms of the plastic bag and Taser.”

Assistant Public Defender Brian Reidy said Monday that he could not comment on behalf of John Talbot because they had not yet met. Reidy could not be reached Tuesday.

Talbot does not have a criminal record in Florida, according to state records.

 

Second man accused of swiping political signs, deputies say October 28, 2014

A second man has been accused of stealing campaign signs in Hernando County, according to deputies.

sfl-flduh-swiping-political-signs-20141027-001Benjamin Moser, 52, faces petit theft charges after a school board candidate found him removing signs from in front of the Spring Hill Library and placing them into his car on Saturday, according to a release form the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.

Moser was found with 37 political signs from nine candidates, deputies said. He told deputies he removed the signs because he thought it was illegal to put them on library property. The Hernando County School Board candidate told deputies he had permission to place the signs on library property and the signs belonged to the library.

On his Facebook page, Moser questioned whether candidates should be allowed to legally place signs on public property.

“Can it really be legal to place partisan political campaign signs on PUBLIC PROPERTY (in this case, a library) or as I have noted before, on the right of way?” Moser wrote on his site, where he changed his profile picture to his mug shot. “The plaintiff says that yes, it is permitted by the board of elections. This is news to me and if true … my question is why can this even be permitted? The only place candidate’s names should appear on public property is on the ballots (my opinion!)”

Last week, deputies investigated John Good, 50, of Spring Hill, after they found 244 political signs at his home. Good told deputies he was tired of looking at the signs and was cleaning up Hernando County. His case was turned over to the state attorney’s office, which was deciding whether to press charges.

Moser is a member of a Facebook group started by Good called “sign sign everywhere a sign,” where members post comments and pictures of signs they believe are placed illegally.

 

Man Goes To Hospital After Chewing On Rat’s Head Found In Golden Corral Chili October 22, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Disgusting,OK Then .....,Sad Story,Scary,Sick,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:22 pm

A diner at a Golden Corral said he received an unwelcome surprise in his chili – a dead rat.

Oh-HiBilly Wilson said it was the restaurant’s healthy options and friendly staff that kept him coming back. But Wednesday night’s chili dinner was his last.

“The first bite I took out of it was a crunch, and at the time I was like, maybe you know sometimes you get a hard bean inside of chili,” he said.

Wilson said what he immediately spat out was a gray rodent, which he thinks is a rat’s head with curly ears and a snaggletooth.

“When I saw it, I just went into the bathroom and threw up,” Wilson said. “I was like ‘ugh.’ I just couldn’t get the taste out of my mouth.”

He said that’s when his friends called the server. He said she called the manager who immediately addressed the complaint.

“He inspected and was like, ‘Wow that is a rat,” Wilson said. “So he took pictures of it, moved it around a little bit, took pictures in different angles. He was like me; he was horrified.”

Wilson said the restaurant comped his party’s meal, but the next day he felt queasy and went to the emergency room at Cape Coral Hospital.

Discharge documents showed Wilson was treated for gastroenteritis and prescribed medications for nausea and muscle spasms. In response to questions of making the story up, he said he would never do that.

“They have cameras in there and everything,” he said. “I’m scared of rats.”

The restaurant said in a statement it’s looking into the matter and has been unable to confirm the alleged incident.

“Normally you get cases like this, people take food somewhere else, open it up and something happens,” said Ray Racila, Wilson’s attorney. “This happened right in the restaurant where there’s no question what happened. The manager is right there.”

Wilson said he wonders what else was in his chili before he chomped on a head.

“Who’s to say that first bite wasn’t his foot,” he said.

 

Semi with 44,000-lbs. of Miller High Life beer swiped

Filed under: Bad Luck,Controversy,Robbers,Sad Story,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:19 pm

A truck driver broke down in tears on Tuesday while telling Channel 9 about the thieves who drove off with his semi full of beer from an Orange County truck stop.

sfl-flduh-miller-high-life-beer-20141021-001The victim’s truck and at least one other were swiped Monday from a truck stop on South Orange Blossom Trail.

Van Thomas was trying to live the American dream. After years as a trucker, he bought a semi three weeks ago and made a company of his own.

Thomas was traveling from Texas to Pompano Beach and was on his last stop before a delivery in Orlando when his entire truck and alcohol cargo was stolen.

“I don’t mean to cry about it but I’m just trying to do the best I can and make a better life,” Thomas told WFTV.

Inside the truck was 44,000 pounds of Miller High Life, which comes out to about 9,700 four-packs.

“It’s just so devastating to me,” said Thomas.

It’s not the first time a semi has been stolen in Florida. About 180,000 eggs were stolen earlier this year in Fort Myers. A truck with Hershey chocolate was also stolen in December in Volusia County, and a truck with Slimfast was swiped near downtown Orlando.

Just when Thomas thought he lost everything, he received a phone call telling him the truck and most of the cargo had been located.

“Oh, my God. That’s beautiful,” he said.

The call came in from detectives that the truck had been found in Miami.

There’s no word on whether the robbers knew “The Champagne of Beers” was inside at the time of the theft. Detectives are still trying to figure out who stole the two trucks and if they are part of a bigger ring.

 

Jury decides you cannot stand your ground against an unarmed teenager who was playing his music too loud for your tastes October 2, 2014

A Florida jury found a white software engineer guilty of first degree murder Wednesday in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager during a dispute over loud rap music.

ap285158298726Michael Dunn, 47, a software engineer, testified that he was defending himself when he fired 10 rounds at an SUV carrying four black teens listening to music at a Jacksonville gas station parking lot in November 2012, killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

In a February trial, a jury deadlocked on the murder charge but convicted Dunn on three counts of attempted murder for firing at the three surviving teens in the vehicle.

Under Florida’s mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines for crimes committed with a gun, Dunn could face at least 60 years in jail for his February convictions. Sentencing for those convictions was postponed until after his retrial.

Dunn testified on Tuesday he was sure he saw a gun as a teenager appeared to emerge from the SUV making verbal threats against his life. Davis was unarmed, prosecutors said, and no weapon was found in the youths’ vehicle.

During the weeklong retrial, prosecutors argued that Dunn’s actions went far beyond self-defense.

Davis was struck by three bullets while leaning away from the gunfire, an expert testified during the trial. Dunn faced intense questioning as to why he did not call 911, which he blamed on fear and shock.

The trial has drawn comparisons to the case of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder in Florida last year in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, another unarmed, black 17-year-old. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, had said he fired in self-defense.

 

Man went crusin’ on his blind buddy’s credit card September 30, 2014

A South Daytona man is facing criminal charges after an investigation revealed he’d financially taken advantage of a blind Holly Hill man he met in Alcoholics Anonymous, police said.

sfl-flduh-crusin-blind-credit-card-20140926-001Larry Tuttle, 59, was arrested Wednesday and charged with fraudulent use of personal identification information amounting to $5,000 or more, fraudulent use of a credit card more than $100 and grand theft, records show.

Tuttle spent nearly $10,000, which included a cruise to Mexico, at the expense of Jason Derrico by opening three credit cards in Derrico’s name, Holly Hill police said.

Police were alerted to the possible fraud in July, and when they met with Tuttle Aug. 25 he claimed he’d been given permission to apply for the three credit cards in Derrico’s name, according to the affidavit.

The two men met at an AA meeting in 2013 and Tuttle, who claimed he’d been sober 30 years, told Derrico, 36, he wanted to be his sponsor, according to a charging affidavit.

Derrico said he initially enjoyed Tuttle’s company, but he began to grow uncomfortable when Tuttle wanted Derrico to pull away from his blindness support group and made inquiries about Derrico’s finances, according to the affidavit. Derrico told police Tuttle would sometimes yell at him if he did not disclose certain information.

About a year ago, Tuttle told Derrico his trailer had burned down, so Derrico allowed Tuttle to stay the night, during which Tuttle went through Derrico’s financial paperwork and said he could take better care of those matters, according to the affidavit. Derrico told police the two of them would make trips around the county, and once to Fort Lauderdale, where Tuttle would buy gas and make other purchases with what Derrico thought was Tuttle’s own money.

Derrico said he did remember Tuttle asking him to make several purchases, which made Derrico feel like he was being taken advantage of, so he cut contact with Tuttle in January, according to the affidavit. In July, Derrico began getting calls from a financial institution about owing money on a credit card that listed Tuttle as an authorized user.

Derrico closed the accounts, which Tuttle tried to reopen, according to the affidavit. Police said Tuttle made some payments on the accounts to keep them open as long as possible.

Tuttle was being held Friday at the Volusia County Branch Jail on $22,500 bail.

 

 
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