The Bizarre World of Florida

Key West: Man tried to sell duct-taped live iguanas hung from his bicycle March 19, 2015

A Key West man didn’t have the luck of the Irish Tuesday when he allegedly tried to sell a woman live iguanas that were hog-tied with duct tape.

n-JEREMY-DUGAS-large570Jeremy Dugas, 35, is charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty for carrying the three reptiles “upon his bicycle [that] were hanging from the handle bars by their legs, which were tightly bound behind them in a cruel and inhumane manner,” according to a report from Key West police officer Frank Betz.

Betz wrote that he and officer Scott Standerwick were on bike patrol on Duval Street about 2 p.m. when a woman flagged them down to tell them Dugas tried to sell her the bound iguanas to cook for dinner.

They found him sitting on his bike in front of the Banana Cafe at 1215 Duval with the iguanas hanging from the handlebars. The animals “had their front and back legs taped with duct tape, with a metal wire running to each set of legs, acting as a handle.”

Dugas told Betz he intended to eat the iguanas, which he said he caught at the Key West Golf Club on College Road on Stock Island. Betz wrote that Dugas said he asked the woman if she wanted to purchase the nonnative invasive animals “in order to make her leave him alone.”

Two patrons at the Banana Cafe confirmed the woman’s claims, telling Betz they heard Dugas trying to sell the iguanas, Betz wrote.

Mitchell Smith, an officer with the Florida Keys Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, was called to the scene and told police that Dugas’ method of transporting the iguanas is considered cruel.

“During the removal of the tape, the iguanas remained completely still as though in shock,” the report reads. The iguanas were placed in cages for transport to the SPCA animal shelter and Dugas was arrested.

Dugas reportedly told Betz that “he did not believe there was a problem with what he was doing but also acknowledged the public outcry from several passers-by who saw the condition of the iguanas.”

Bond for Dugas, a line cook, to get out of the Monroe County Detention Center on Stock Island is $5,000. It’s not known if he gave the woman iguana-cooking instructions.


Victor Solano Hanged His Pit Bull Because It Made A Mess In His Trailer March 9, 2015

Victor Solano has been arrested after Polk County deputies say he hanged his dog from a tree for making a mess in his trailer.

Jose-Orta-SantanaSolano had initially asked his neighbors to borrow a gun so he could shoot the 18-month-old pit-bull for making the mess. This, as we all know, being the standard method of disciplining animals when they misbehave.

When neighbors refused to let the Solano have a loaded firearm, he tied a rope around the dog’s neck and hanged it from a tree, killing it. Solano then tied the rope to an ATV and dragged the dog to a local pond where  he dumped the body.

Investigators were able to recover the dog’s body and delivered it to Polk County Animal Control. Solano was arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty and unlawful disposal of a dead domestic animal.

This isn’t Solano’s first brush with the law. He was released from prison in March 2013 and had been arrested on previous charges of burglary, larceny, carrying a concealed weapon, battery domestic violence, and violation of parole.

Hanging dogs is a pretty popular topic on DD. We have multiple stories involving people killing dogs in this fashion, for a variety of reasons, including the man who hanged TWO dogs from a tree, the woman who hanged a dog in a garage for barking, and the 12-year-old boy who hanged a dog just because he wanted to see it die.



Manuel Gonzalez Arrested After Wife Catches Him Having Sex With Family’s Chihuahua February 10, 2015

A bizarre case of animal cruelty has surfaced in Palm Beach County. Authorities say sadly it’s part of a bigger problem that doesn’t seem to be going away in South Florida.

Marc-GonzalezManuel Ramon Gonzalez, 61, of Wellington pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and sexual activity with an animal.

Investigators say he was engaging in sexual acts with the family dog—a Chihuahua—when his wife caught him on their home security surveillance cameras.

Officials have also seen other bizarre cases, like a caged dog with its mouth duct-taped shut, dogs with burns and hoarders with dozens of animals.

Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control says it responds to about 30,000 calls a year and about about half of them are possible abuse cases.

“We do see a lot of it. A lot of times we wish there was more we could do. We wish there was stronger laws. We wish people would immediately go to jail and stay there,” said Capt. Dave Walesky, Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control.

In 2007 The Humane Society of the United States says almost 65% of animal cruelty cases involved dogs, 18% involved cats and 25% were other animals.

According to Pet-Abuse.com, Florida is the number one state in the country for the most severe animal crimes.

“It just doesn’t make sense why people do things like that. It’s really unexplainable from my perspective. There’s no reason to justify something like that,” Capt. Walesky said.

“I wouldn’t say that necessarily there’s been an increase in any one area. But we do see enough of it that you know, it’s kind of like enough’s enough. When is it gonna stop?”  he added.


Man charged with illegally catching alligator for Super Bowl dinner February 3, 2015

A DeBary man chose the wrong menu item for a Super Bowl meal when he decided to kill five small alligators for a gator tail dinner, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said Monday.

UntitledRichard Nixie, 30, was arrested Sunday afternoon and charged with possession and taking alligators without a proper tag, Volusia County Branch Jail records show.

According to a report from the wildlife commission, Nixie caught five small alligators — less than 5 feet in length.

Nixie admitted trapping the alligators and then cutting off their tails for “Super Bowl Dinner” at his home at 130 Maple Drive, the report states.

Nixie was released after posting $500 bail but will have to appear before a judge March 3, according to court records and his arrest report.


Couple Accused Of Killing Family Dog, Burglarizing Home To Cover Their Tracks February 2, 2015

A Dunedin couple was arrested after an investigation revealed that they allegedly killed their family’s dog, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.


Deputies arrested Daniel E. Adams, 34, and Lauren M. Curran, 28, on Wednesday after telling law enforcement officials that they, with their child, drove to Daniel Adams’ parents’ Tarpon Springs home to kill the dog.

After killing the 4-year-old Labrador Retriever, Daisy, Daniel Adams told deputies they stole his parents’ iPad to make his parents and police think someone else had committed the crime.

“Adams and Curran both confirmed Curran killed the dog with an intravenous needle filled with an unknown medication,” deputies said in a statement.

Adams and Curran were charged with burglary, cruelty to animals and child abuse.


Woman Drowned Puppy In Airport Toilet After Not Being Allowed To Board Plane With Animal January 27, 2015

After Nebraska airport workers refused to allow her to board a plane with a three-week-old puppy, a woman allegedly went into a nearby bathroom and drowned the animal in a toilet bowl, police allege.

cynthiaandersonCynthia Anderson, a 56-year-old Florida resident, was arrested Friday afternoon at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport in Grand Island. Anderson, seen at right, was charged with animal cruelty.

According to cops, Anderson first tried to board a plane Thursday with three uncaged puppies, but was turned away by airport personnel. After her parents took two of the dogs, Anderson returned to the airport Friday with the remaining puppy (which she sought to conceal in a carry-on bag).

After she was again denied boarding, Anderson allegedly killed the Doberman puppy. A cop summoned to the airport reported, “On my arrival I learned a 3 week old puppy had been drowned in the toilet after a woman tried 3 times to get it on the plane.”

Anderson was arrested after police interviewed her and “numerous witnesses,” including a woman who discovered the dead dog.

Police reported that, “The puppy was taken to the Humane Society and autopsied. It was found to have water in one of its lungs.”

Anderson remains locked up in the Hall County jail on the felony count.


Benjamin Siegel, Owner Of Siegel Reptiles, Accused Of Hitting Employees With Bearded Dragon January 6, 2015

A South Florida reptile store owner is facing battery and animal cruelty charges after authorities say he struck employees with a bearded dragon lizard and put it in his mouth.

Benjamin-SiegelBenjamin Herman Siegel, owner of Siegel Reptiles, was arrested Friday at the business on West Hillsboro Boulevard in Deerfield Beach, according to a Broward Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

Siegel, 40, remained behind bars without bond Monday, jail records showed. It was unknown if he has an attorney.

According to the report, video surveillance captured Siegel throwing the animal in the air and swinging it in the air multiple times. He also hit employees with the bearded dragon multiple times and threw Gatorade on them, the report said.

“The defendant did unnecessarily torment the animal, handling the animal in a cruel and/or inhumane manner and intentionally committed an act to the animal which results in excessive and repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering to the animal,” the report said.

The reptile store made national headlines in 2012 when a man died after consuming dozens of insects and worms during a roach-eating contest at the shop.



Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 20,550 other followers