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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.

Abandoned? Neighbors Worry about Dog at Foreclosed Home

Abandoned?  Neighbors Worry about Dog at Foreclosed Home

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --   Animal Care and Protective Services is investigating a case of possible animal abandonment and neglect in Mandarin.

Less than a week ago, neighbors began trying to coax a dog from the backyard of a foreclosed home on Trailing Oaks Court.

The dog is in bad shape, and neighbors wonder if the previous owners of the home left him behind.

"Aww thank you for those kisses," said Alexandria Campbell as the dog licked her hand through a crack in the fence.

Campbell has found a new bond in a dog she and other neighbors have named "Freddy".

"He keeps jumping up here because he just wants to be pet so badly," said Campbell.  "He's very, very sweet.  He doesn't bark or act aggressively toward us at all." 

Ant-Filled Yards Pose a Danger

Ant-Filled Yards Pose a Danger

With summer here and Jacksonville’s current dry spell, fire and pavement ants become a nuisance to gardeners, and even a danger to humans.

It doesn’t take long for ants to take over your lawn and claim residency in a home or business. Experts recommend treating fire and pavement ants as soon as they are spotted.

FWC Extends Alligator-Hunting Hours

At its meeting in St. Augustine Wednesday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) adopted a rule change that provides approximately four additional hours of daylight hunting to the state’s recreational alligator hunting season. The change will be in effect for this year’s season: Aug. 15 – Nov. 1.