Miami, FL Pets & Animals

Rabbit Shot In Face With Blow Dart, Successfully Healed, Released Back Where He Was Found

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A heartwarming ending to a story we brought you last week about a rabbit that had been shot in the face with a blow dart. When Misty Baniewicz saw the rabbit in front of her Parkland home, she thought a yellow spot near its mouth was a flower that the rabbit was eating. Taking a closer look she realized she was very wrong, it was a dart that went through the rabbit’s cheeks. Baniewicz got the word out right away and neighbors Mariana and James Symecko grabbed their net and raced to help. They were able to capture...
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Rabies alert issued for portion of Weston after fox tests positive

WESTON, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Broward County issued a rabies alert Sunday for a portion of Weston after a fox tested positive on Friday. The health department warns residents and visitors to be aware that rabies is present among wild animals and pets are at risk if they are not vaccinated.
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Experts Warn of The Deadliest Insects in South Florida

Insects are insects, right? They're tiny and unthreatening. So what's the big deal with this list of insects in Miami? Well, these insects happen to be very dangerous. If you live in Miami or planning on visiting Magic City anytime soon, maybe you'd like to know about all trouble that you may encounter in Florida's top destination. Of course, the subtropics like South Florida are swarmed with insects, so it's better to know what's around when walking down these magic streets.
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Bond not reduced for Sunrise woman accused of hoarding dozens of cats

SUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) - A Broward County judge opted not to reduce the bond of a Sunrise woman charged with multiple counts of animal abuse after, police said, she hoarded and neglected dozens of cats inside her home. Michelline Toulouse appeared in bond court Friday morning. Broward Circuit Judge Tabitha...
Miami New Times

Birds Are Crashing Into Windows Because Miamians Won’t Turn Off Their Lights

Two days each week, Florida International University senior Jennifer Quintero starts her day with a morbid task. On Tuesday and Thursday mornings, the environmental-science and public-administration student surveys the ground around the buildings near the university's nature preserve in search of dead birds. She snaps a photo of each feathered fatality, writes down the species name, and records the date, time, and location where she found the creature.

Weston Residents Concerned After Coyotes Spotted Roaming Neighborhoods

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Some Weston residents are expressing concern after several coyotes and gray foxes were spotted in several neighborhoods in recent days. Antonio Vallejo, an amateur videographer, recorded a large coyote prowling the banks of a lake. “We encountered two coyotes and like three days after, we encountered another coyote,” he said. Vallejo tells the same story that many in western Broward tell, ‘wiley’ coyotes are everywhere. Vallejo said he knows, “A guy who was walking his dog at (Peace) Mound Park and Indian Trace Road and they are all over the place. During the day, at night”. WATCH: Coyotes Caught On Camera...

Osprey slowly recovering after being shot at in West Miami-Dade

WEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. – An osprey that came in to a Miami-Dade County rehabilitation center a few weeks after being shot at was supposed to be released Thursday morning. However, the poor injured bird is still not fully recuperated. According to officials, the osprey was found in a West Miami-Dade...

Florida dog to reunite with owner after missing 3 years

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. – A dog living in Port Charlotte is being reunited with its owner, three years after disappearing in Miami. Wednesday’s rain turned out to be a good thing for a dog missing from its owner. Brian and Danielle Torney from Port Charlotte are fostering this dog through the Boston Terrier Rescue of Florida.

Pets of Miami Lakes

Say hello to Rita! Shes a 5-year-old Labrador and hound mix, owner Jenny Onega says. Last November, Rita joined the Onega family -- Joseph and Jenny and their children, Lucia, 2 months, and twins Amelie and Sara, 11 -- in a community that is north of the Royal Oaks Plaza shopping center in Miami Lakes.

AGT’s Puppy Pals bring their doggone stunt show to South Florida

Showbiz is going to the dogs. At least if Wesley Williams has anything to say about it. The Weston resident is the trainer/producer of “Puppy Pals,” which he bills as a “comedic stunt dog show.” Last year his canine cast made it to the quarterfinals of the reality TV competition show “America’s Got Talent.” But now Williams — who is also the “One Wheel Wonder” circus unicyclist — is back home ...

Animal Feed Store Sees Uptick In New Customers Looking To Treat COVID With Ivermectin, A Dewormer ‘Meant For A 1,200-Pound Horse’

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – “Never use medications intended for animals on yourself or other people.” That’s an actual sentence written on the Food and Drug Administration’s website. It’s there because of all the people who keep spreading the myth that a horse drug called Ivermectin can treat COVID in people. This has become a problem in South Florida, just like it is in other parts of the country. “It removes parasites and it’s in a paste and it’s meant for a 1,200-pound horse,” said Cheryl Capo of Finish Line Feed. Despite being made for horses, it hasn’t stopped many in the community from going to local...
NBC Miami

Animal Rescuer Facing Cruelty Charges for Cats Found in Filthy Sunrise Home

An animal rescue worker is facing animal cruelty charges after dozens of cats had been found living in deplorable conditions in her Sunrise home, authorities said. Michelline Joy Toulouse, 36, had custody of the 63 cats that were left in her abandoned home for several months, leading to the "excessive suffering and cruel death of 9 cats and the excessive, repeated infliction of unnecessary pain and suffering to the remaining 54 cats," the arrest report said.

Amazing Catch At College Football Game Saves Falling Cat’s Life

Fans attending the Miami Hurricanes-Appalachian State football game at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium came to see connected passes in the endzone, but spectators wound up witness to a catch of a completely unexpected kind as well. This catch saved the life of a cat and set the stadium to unified celebration.

Miami’s real dolphins need our help to survive

MIAMI – Biscayne Bay is still reeling from a second fish kill in as many years as marine life continues to struggle with the degradation of the watershed. And though it’s mostly bottom-dwellers and slow-moving fish that have died during these catastrophic events, scientists are worried about the impact being felt by all life in the bay.