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Tiger Shark, Hammerhead Prohibitions Start Jan. 1

Tiger Shark, Hammerhead Prohibitions Start Jan. 1

 

The recreational and commercial harvest of tiger sharks and smooth, scalloped and great hammerhead sharks will be prohibited in Florida state waters beginning Jan. 1.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved the management change at its Nov. 16 Commission meeting in an effort to further protect these top predators.

The Jacksonville Humane Society Reminds Families to Keep Pets Safe on Halloween

The Jacksonville Humane Society Reminds Families to Keep Pets Safe on Halloween

The Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS), a non-profit animal welfare and education organization, is encouraging families to ensure their pets are safe this Halloween.

“Many pets get sick or go missing during holidays like Halloween,” said Denise Deisler, JHS executive director.  “It is important that families keep their pets in a comfortable, safe place, especially during parties and trick-or-treating.”

October is Peak Flea Season

 

According to a recent survey of dog owners in the Jacksonville area, 75 percent of dog owners consider their canine a member of the family, yet only 14 percent were able to correctly identify October as the month when flea population peaks.

Over the past five years, flea infestation in dogs nationwide has increased by 16 percent. Despite the growing flea infestation, local dog owners have limited knowledge about fleas and their potential impact on the family. For example, many pet owners would be surprised to learn that adult fleas represent only 5% of the flea population – the other 95% exist as eggs, maggot-like larvae and pupae hiding in and around your home. And, only 20% of local pet owners are aware that fleas can carry diseases.

Shot, Paralyzed Dog Running Again with Heroes' Help

Shot, Paralyzed Dog Running Again with Heroes' Help

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Found shot in the chest at a Jacksonville gas station, the mastiff mix had little chance of survival, and showed no signs he would ever walk again.

"I thought we were going to end up having to make a decision to euthanize him," said Tammy Scott, a vet tech.

The dog, dubbed Bullet, met his heroes right away. Because he couldn't use his hind legs, Tammy Scott and Animal Care and Protective Services outfitted him with a special wheelchair.

"You don't see the determination very often," Scott explained. "Usually when a dog gets into that situation a lot of them give up, so it's just the strength and the willingness to want to recover, to want to live a normal life."

Soon, Bullet was walking without his wheels, and six months later, he was running like his old self.

We Want Your Pet Pics

"Ziggy the Shar-pei Sleeping" has inspired us to create a new photo gallery, starring your pets! Send your pet pics to mycommunity@firstcoastnews.com.