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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.

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.

St. Johns County Pet Center to be Closed on Friday, August 26th

St. Johns County Pet Center to be Closed on Friday, August 26th

The St. Johns County Pet Center will be closed on Friday, August 26th for routine maintenance and in-service staff training. Normal operations will resume at 9:00 am on Saturday, August 27th.

Pet Shelter Packed with Animals Their Owners Can't Afford

Pet Shelter Packed with Animals Their Owners Can't Afford

One by one, the work trucks pull up to the St. Johns County Animal Control Pet Center, often filled with pets whose owners no longer want them.

Animal Control Division Chief Paul Studivant described the pet center as "inundated" with pets the owners can't afford. "It's due to the economy and unemployment. We're hearing every story you could possibly hear," Studivant said.

Some people are abandoning pets, but Studivant said it appears more are giving up their animals this year, surrendering them to the center.

There are so many owner-surrendered pets at the center, there's little room for strays.

According to St. Johns County Animal Control, between January 2010 and July 2010, there were 2,118 surrendered pets. During that same time period, the number jumped to 2,403.

Today, a young woman dropped off a little dog named Buster. 

Sea Turtles Nests Cover St. Johns County Beaches

Sea Turtles Nests Cover St. Johns County Beaches

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Tara Dodson inspected a set of fresh sea turtle tracks this morning on Crescent Beach.

"Isn't it cool?" Dodson said.

The tracks are made when a sea turtle comes ashore to lay her eggs.

Dodson is the habitat conservation plan coordinator for St. Johns County, and this year she has a lot of sea turtle nests to get excited about.   

"We're actually doing better this year than we were just three years ago," Dodson said.

Currently, there are 318 nests in St. Johns County. 

This time last year there were 383 nests, however last year the county saw a record number along the beaches. Dodson said the numbers this year are still great; just two years ago, there were only 250 nests all season long.

"Biologists are still trying to determine why the increase occurred. We're the only county in Florida that saw a 360 percent increase in nesting," Dodson said.