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Duval County Sees Increase in Animal Hoarding Cases

Duval County Sees Increase in Animal Hoarding Cases

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Investigating animal hoarding cases is keeping officials with Animal Care and Protective Services in Duval County busy.

The reason for the increase is the change in the county's animal control ordinance, said Scott Trebatoski, the division chief with animal care.

They no longer have to wait for the situation to escalate to an animal cruelty case before investigating, he said. 

In the last three months, since the change went into effect, Trebatoski said an extra 300 animals have been brought into the shelter, because of animal hoarding.

"In some ways (it's) a real burden on the shelter, because we're used to them coming in 75 to 100 a day and then all of sudden when you get 100 more in one day, it kind of throws everything off," he explained. 

Right now, the adoption center is experiencing an uptick in the number of cats and dogs.

Companies Giving More Holiday Parties and Perks This Year

Companies Giving More Holiday Parties and Perks This Year

The economic scrooge may be loosening its grip on holiday cheer in the office as employers indicate their intent to offer more holiday perks (bonuses, parties, gifts) than last year. The nationwide CareerBuilder survey was conducted between August 17 and September 2, 2010 and included more than 3,600 workers and more than 2,600 employers.

St. Johns River Foam - It's Back!

St. Johns River Foam - It's Back!

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The foam found floating in the St. Johns River has returned.

It turns out that the foam never really went away, according to Riverkeeper Neil Armingeon.

He got reports of the foam in July and August, but said it seemed to go away for a while. But more reports started pouring in for some areas along the river in November.

Now, Armingeon said, the foam is back.

In July, the state Department of Environmental Protection ruled that the foam did not contain cyanuric acid, a chemical that's normally used to clean swimming pools.

DEP investigators remain unsure of what is causing the foam.

Haunt Nights: Northeast Florida’s Newest Haunted Attraction at the Adventure Landing Jax Beach

Adventure Landing has announced that they will be hosting a multi-day haunted event called HAUNT NIGHTS.  Haunt Nights is Northeast Florida’s newest haunted attraction and will debut at the Adventure Landing’s Jacksonville Beach location on Friday, October 9th.  Haunt Nights will continue on select dates through October 31.  A complete operating schedule is available by clicking this link:  http://www.hauntnights.com/schedule.html.

Haunt Nights features two unique attractions:

Make A Scene Downtown! Rocky Horror Picture Show & Street Festival

The City of Jacksonville presents the campy cult classic, Rocky Horror Picture Show, at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Oct. 22 at midnight. Rocky Horror enthusiasts will come alive when the street festival kicks off at 8 p.m. on the Northbank Riverwalk directly behind the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts.  The Rocky Horror Tribute Band, a costume contest, food, beverages, activities and fun will all be part of this “strange journey.” Theater doors open at 11 p.m.