The Bizarre World of Florida

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.


Argument over women’s rights ends in the most Florida way possible, with a rabbit being punched July 2, 2014

BUNNYPUNCHER_17340Police say a Boynton Beach man argued with his girlfriend over women’s rights, then violently attacked her rabbit when she said she wanted to end the relationship.

Boynton Beach police responded to the 1000 block of Lake Terrace at 11:38 p.m. Friday for a report of a disturbance.

According to an arrest report, when the woman retreated to a bedroom to end the argument she heard a high-pitched screaming coming from the apartment’s living room. She told police she went to the living room and saw her boyfriend James W. Wertz, 28, abusing her pet rabbit by squeezing and punching it. She said he was hitting the rabbit so hard that blood was coming from its face.

When the woman tried to get Wertz to stop, she said he became enraged. She tried calling 9-1-1 and he threw her across the room, she said. He then grabbed a shirt and left, according to the report.

Police searched for Wertz but were unable to find him. The woman left the apartment for the night because she told police that Wertz has keys and she was afraid he would return after police left.

Police report the rabbit survived the beating and is recovering.

Wertz was located and arrested a few hours later. He remained jailed Tuesday on battery and animal cruelty charges.



Man jailed after pulling police dog’s tail June 3, 2014

sfl-flduh-police-dogs-tail-20140602-001A 60-year-old homeless man was arrested after he reportedly pulled the tail of a K9 officer on Sunday afternoon.

Police and paramedics were called to a wooded area in the 1100 block of Northwest First Avenue to a report of a man suffering an apparent heart attack. The man was one of the several living in a transient camp in the woods, according to Ocala Police Department reports.

During the incident, Daniel Claude Rosselle walked up to the police dog, Kilo, and said, “puppy, puppy, puppy,” and tried to pet the animal. Kilo’s handler told Rosselle the dog was working and could not be petted.

A short time later, Rosselle reportedly approached the dog again and made a similar attempt, but this time screamed “puppy, puppy, puppy.” The dog began to bark and tried to go after Rosselle, reports state.

The man was once again told to stay back from the dog. After the ill man was taken away by paramedics, officers were talking to members of the camp informing them they were not allowed to stay on private property, when Rosselle reportedly approached Kilo and his handler from behind.

An officer saw Rosselle reportedly pull the dog’s tail, which resulted in the dog again trying to go after the man, according to reports.

This time Rosselle was arrested and booked into the Marion County Jail on one count of obstruction/offenses against police dogs. He was being held on Monday in lieu of $500 bail.



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