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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.

Animal Care & Protective Services Accepting Adoption Applications for English Bulldogs

Animal Care & Protective Services Accepting Adoption Applications for English Bulldogs

The City of Jacksonville’s Animal Care & Protective Services Division is now accepting applications for the adoption of 13 English bulldogs that were surrendered to the shelter as part of an eviction earlier this month. ACPS is cautioning potential adopters that English bulldogs in general, and these dogs in particular, require special and potentially expensive care.

Storm May Toss Sea Turtles Ashore; How to Help

Storm May Toss Sea Turtles Ashore; How to Help

As waves from Hurricane Irene pound sandy Atlantic beaches along Florida’s east coast, they bring more than debris to shore. Small sea turtles carried from their offshore homes of floating seaweed can be cast up on the beach by the waves.


Green, leatherback, hawksbill and Kemp’s ridley turtles are federally endangered species, and the loggerhead turtle is a federally threatened species. As a result, people wanting to help these creatures should be aware of some requirements so they don’t find themselves on the wrong side of the law.


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) does not recommend going to the beach specifically to search for and rescue stranded sea turtles. However if you are on the beach and see a small sea turtle onshore that is obviously stranded and not attempting to move into the waves, please be aware of the following:

Residents in the Path of Hurricane Irene Urged to Take Pets with Them If Evacuating

Residents in the Path of Hurricane Irene Urged to Take Pets with Them If Evacuating

 

The Humane Society of the United States reminds residents in the path of Hurricane Irene to take their pets with them if they evacuate. Hurricane Irene is currently in the Atlantic Ocean, and is expected to make landfall somewhere along the outer banks of North Carolina late Friday or early Saturday. Irene could hit the U.S. coast as a category two or higher hurricane, with the potential of causing severe wind damage and flooding in areas of Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and areas of Virginia.

UPDATE: Who Killed Parker?

UPDATE: Who Killed Parker?

The police are asking for the community’s help in solving a case of animal cruelty.

A four year old Golden Retriever was found dead in Hopkins Creek. His body wrapped in a tarp, with cinder blocks weighing it down.

Jacksonville Beach Police: Parker's Death an Act of Animal Cruelty

Jacksonville Beach Police: Parker's Death an  Act of Animal Cruelty

One family’s golden retriever, Parker, who disappeared from their backyard sometime between 8:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. July 4 has been found dead.

"Parker was extremely friendly and did not have a history of running away," police said. Two weeks later, Parker’s remains turned up wrapped in a tarp, tied to cinder blocks in a creek off Nightfall Drive, just two blocks from his home.