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Archive for September, 2006

Speak up for victims in cruelty cases

Last week police made arrests in a case that shocked the City of Belle Glade. In late August, a group of boys broke into a home when the owner was away, vandalized the house and killed a small kitten. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Trevor Cayson told the Clewiston News, “They put it in […]

A picture worth a thousand words

Palm Beach Post photographer Paul J. Milette took this image of Martin County Fire Rescue paramedic Sean McCallister and EMT Jason Keane helping a dog who was saved from a burning house in Stuart on Tuesday. (A cat was also rescued from the smoke-filled home.)
Click here for a large version of the picture.
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Lobsters given another chance

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Law Enforcement publishes weekly reports about the work of their officers. Usually the reports are about drunk boaters or the arrests of people caught using spotlights to kill (”poach”) wild pigs or deer at night, but the reports often also include a few unique stories. This […]

ARFF defends animals in laboratories

Earlier this week, an ARFF representative spoke before the Port St. Lucie City Council and expressed concerns about the use of animals by the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies (click here to read a report in the Port St. Lucie News). Torrey Pines recently announced that it will be moving its headquarters to Port […]

Monday’s Naples Daily News featured a story about a  Florida Gulf Coast University study of the health of Southwest Florida’s ecosystem, and in particular, its frogs. Their study found that, “most of the area’s native frogs are in decline, likely because of development.” Too many wetlands, where frogs thrive, are being destroyed.
The Naples News website […]

Earlier this week, media in Palm Beach County reported the arrest of Colleen Nicole Grear on “one count of using a computer to seduce or solicit a child and three counts of sexual assault on a child under age 18.” On Tuesday, Grear was confronted by police at her job at The Scripps Research Institute […]

ARFF observes a dying industry

Last week, the Sun-Sentinel reported on poor relations between the owner of Broward County’s only dog track and greyhound racing kennel owners. When track owners and trainers are fighting, that’s good news!
The owner of Mardi Gras Race Track & Gaming Center (formerly known as the Hollywood Dog Track) told the paper that he is considering […]

Animal shelters need your linens

Local animal shelters are looking for donations of blankets and towels, “now that the weather is turning cold and colder,” noted an article in today’s Charlotte Sun newspaper.
Don’t throw away your old towels (bath as well as hand towels) and blankets. Most likely an animal shelter near you could put them to good use– keeping […]

The Palm Beach Post included ARFF’s objections in an article about the return of horse-drawn carriages to the streets of Delray Beach. The article noted that horses are forced to breathe “car exhaust and fumes” and, “the busy, traffic-congested streets could easily spook the animals.” The article also mentioned that, thanks to ARFF’s efforts, “Other […]

Today’s Vero Beach Press Journal profiled a wonderful program designed to help young children who are struggling with reading.
“Happy Tails,” a program of the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County, pairs children with dogs. The children, who are often too shy to read in front of teachers and classmates, are encouraged to […]

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