Pets

  "Gotcha Day" adoption event a success

Pit bull saves family from fire, tries to carry baby outside by diaper

Search and rescue K-9's undergo extensive training on the Suncoast

United Airlines Updates Pet Policy

New app helps find missing pets

Woman claims American Airlines lost her new puppy

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Dog rescued from mangrove island in Venice

Teacher accused of feeding puppy to snapping turtle

Pet of the Week: Hiro

Sea turtle named Fabio released into the wild for the fourth time

Canine Influenza - Should You Get Your Dog Vaccinated?

Kitten hanging by neck rescued from crawl space

Rescue dog leads the way for blind pup companion

VARINA, VA (WWBT) - Two Great Pyrenees rescue dogs in Varina share a bond unlike most pups raised together.

5 Things You Can do to Keep Your Dog Safe During New Years Eve

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB)- If you have fireworks near your house, and you have pets, here are some tips from manatee county's public safety team:

Pet of the week: Sasha

BRADENTON, FL (WWSB)- This week's pet of the week is Sasha. She is eight and a half years old and she loves to visit nursing homes.

Pet of the week: Pucci

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB)- This week's pet of the week is Pucci! She is an eight year old miniature poodle.

Pet of the week: Benny

Pet of the week: Shark (the cat)

Bubbles The Chimp ... Living Out Retirement on The Suncoast

Westminster Dog Show Local Judge

Pet insurance: Could it save you money in the long run?

PETA complaint causes Westfield Mall to remove vending machine fish tank

Military veterans and dogs help each other in training program

ROCKFORD, IL (WREX/CNN) – Emotions. They get the best of people and their four-legged friends.

SWFL Eagle Cam

FORT MYERS, FL (WWSB) - This famous SWFL Eagle Cam is located on 135 acres of private property owned by Dick Pritchett Real Estate.

Violet the dog recovers from nearly deadly dye job

LARGO, FL (RNN) –Violet, a little five-pound Maltese-mix, got a dye job that nearly killed her.

Cat switches tactics, brings owner leaves when mice don't work

(RNN) – Who says felines are cold and uncaring?

Pet of the week: Mirage

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB)- This week's pet of the week is Mirage.

You can "Adopt An Ape" on the Suncoast

WAUCHULA, FL  (WWSB) -They are some of the most intelligent creatures on the planet, but chimpanzees and orangutans are nearing extinction in many countries due to deforestation and commercial hunting.

Florida woman's Pit Bull attacks a four year old

MELBOURNE, FL (WESH/CNN) - Shaken and still in shock, Mary Lamanna can't believe her dog viciously attacked a four-year-old girl, a child she regularly babysits.

Dog takes herself sledding

SIOUX CITY, IA (WBTV) - An Australian Shepherd took herself sledding and it's something you have to see to believe.

Joker the dog survives 8-day airport, city adventure

DANIA BEACH, Fl. (AP) -- Joker the dog had one heckuva Christmas adventure.

Attorney: Man charged in dog stabbing suffers mental illness

HOLLYWOOD, Fl. (AP) -- An attorney says mental illness has plagued a man accused of stabbing a puppy and leaving it to die in a suitcase in Florida.

Deputies: Florida woman fatally shot misbehaving puppy

CANTONMENT, Fl. (AP) - A Florida woman is accused of fatally shooting a pit bull puppy that she said was misbehaving.

Pet of the week: Linda

This week's pet of the week is Linda from the Akita Rescue of Florida.

Precious puppy plays in record-breaking snow

(CNN) - This pooch in Pennsylvania couldn't resist the temptation to play in the snow.

Pet of the Week: Duncan

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB)- This week's pet of the week is Duncan from Sarasota County's Humane Society.

Puppy reunion on the Suncoast

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - A New York National Guard rescue worker was reunited with her puppy from St. Croix on Wednesday.

Pet of the week: Kilo

Kilo is ABC7's pet of the week!

The sad myth of a presidential pardon for the White House turkey

The President of the United States has been given a Thanksgiving turkey every year since 1873.   The original benefactor of the White House was  Henry Vose, a Rhode Island turkey farmer.    He donated a turkey every year until his death in 1913.

Reasons why not to give your dog a bone

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received around 68 reports of pet illnesses related to "bone treats." These bones are different from uncooked butcher-type bones because they are processed and sold as dog treats.

Manatee County Animal Services in need of artificial turf

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WWSB) - Manatee County Animal Services is in need of artificial turf to improve their facilities. Currently, the animal shelter in Palmetto only has dirt in their front yard areas.

Chewbacca look-alike wins dog show

(RNN) - The National Dog Show champion won on his cuteness and form, but Newton is gaining internet fame for his resemblance to a certain cranky wookie.

Pet owners could face jail time for leaving dogs outside in cold

PENNSYLVANIA (WAFB) -Shelters and lawmakers alike in Pennsylvania are warning dog owners about a new law as temperatures turn colder. Violators could wind up with a fine or even receive jail time. According to the state's cold weather portion of Libre's Law, a set of newly implemented animal cruelty laws, there are new protections and penalties for cold weather.Dog owners can own get in big trouble if you leave your dog outside in freezing temperatures without adequate shelter for more than 30 minutes.Some of the key components of the new law including improved tethering conditions for outside dogs, no more than 9 hours tethered in a 24-hour period, no more than 30 minutes in below 32-degree weather, and no open sores or wounds on the dog’s body among several others.Fines and jail time are possible for pet owners who don't comply. According to the bill, penalties range from a $50 to $750 fine and up to 90 days in jail for a summary offense.Dog owners could get up to a $15,000 fine and seven years in prison for a third-degree felony. The punishment depends on the condition of the dog as well as if the animal cruelty officer finds neglect or abuse.To read the bill, click here.Copyright 2017 WAFB. All rights reserved.

A Place We Call Home - The Birds of Paradise Sanctuary and Rescue

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Parrots are the third most popular family pet. But they may live up to 100 years. And when their owners are no longer able or willing to care for them, what happens to them?

Pets of the week: Bro and Brooklyn

Bro and Brooklyn are a poodle-Pomeranian brother and sister pair, and yes, they must stick together.

Dog dies of "broken heart" after owner abandoned her at airport

This tragic story is going viral.  At the Bucaramanga Airport in Colombia this dog was apparently left behind by it's owner.   People tried to feed the dog but said over a four week period she ate less and less and finally stopped eating all together.

Pet of the Week: Mae

This week's pet of the week is Mae, from Akita Rescue Society of Florida.

Pet of the week: Santara the cat

Meet our pet of the week Santara!

Meow's the day! Sunday is National Cat Day

Sunday is National Cat Day!

Canine court companions officially sworn in to Sarasota County pet therapy program

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Ruby is spending her retirement like many others on the Suncoast, volunteering. The only difference, Ruby is a seven-year-old bull mastiff. The AKC champion traded in the show ring for the court room.

Pet of the week: Wally

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB)- This week's pet of the week is a three-year-old retriever mix named Wally.

Pet of the week: Chanda

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB)- This week's pet of the week is an 8-year-old Akita from Akita Rescue of Florida named Chanda.

Lost animal scam targets worried pet owners

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - The Better Business Bureau is warning people about a lost pet text message scam. Posting on social media is a great way to let people know about a lost pet. Unfortunately, that same publicity can put you at risk for scams. Con artists comb social posts to find targets who have lost their beloved pets.

Pet of the Week: Bam Bam

This week's Pet of the Week is for our cat lovers!

A Place We Call Home - Fallen Pine Miniature Horse Farm

There are some amazing places here on the Suncoast that you may not have explored yet.

Suncoast Scene - Fun events for the Weekend

If you're looking for a mother's day gift or you want to entertain mom this weekend. head out to the annual Bradenton Sarasota Rose Festival. .

Special Report: Saying goodbye to Fido; How to deal with grief over losing a pet

SARASOTA, FL. (WWSB) - Every owner dreads the day when they have to say goodbye to their furry friends.

Have a Heart for a Heartworm Positive Dog

BRADENTON, Fla. -- You and your family have made the decision to adopt a dog. You visit Bishop Animal Shelter and walk through the dog kennels. You meet a number of prospects, but you’re drawn to a handsome 7 year old Rottweiler mix named Tiny Tim who stands at attention and wags his tail when you stop by his kennel. You watch as Tiny Tim barks with excitement as the shelter employee opens his gate and puts a leash on him. You notice a goofy side of Tiny Tim as you play with him in the lobby and think to yourself “Wow! That’s a special dog!” There’s only one thing: Tiny Tim is heartworm positive (HWP). What does that mean for you, and most importantly, Tiny Tim?

Red tide harming more birds than usual in Venice

VENICE, Fla. (WWSB) -- The Wildlife Center of Venice is currently admitting a higher number of birds than usual due to the current red tide problem in our coastal areas.

Can your playful pet cause you an injury?

If you’re one of the 80 million people who own a dog in America, all the fun you have with your pet could be dangerous. You may not love playing fetch with a ball or toy as much as your dog does, but that time spent together may spell more than just good exercise. It may sound funny, but injuring your hand or wrist is anything but.

September is National Guide Dog Month

September is National Guide Dog Month it is a celebration of the work of guide dogs in the United States and a way to raise awareness, appreciation and support for guide dog schools across the United States. It was established in 2008 as a fundraising drive to benefit non-profit guide dog organizations accredited by the International Guide Dog Federation.

Dog becomes ice cream man's most frequent buyer

The dog days of summer may be over, but that hasn't stopped one loyal Huntsville customer from getting his ice cream fix.