<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - ]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcmiami.com/feature/all-about-animals http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usWed, 28 Sep 2016 02:52:44 -0400Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:52:44 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Broward Humane Society Adoptable Pets for September 23rd]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:23:11 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/182*120/1+NBC6+new_Duke.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Tiny]]> Sun, 18 Sep 2016 12:25:01 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/232*120/pet+of+week+tiny.jpg

Our pet of the week is Tiny, a Pointer mix, who is looking for his forever home.

Lisa Mendheim with Broward Animal Care stopped by NBC 6 on Sunday with Tiny. She said Tiny is laid-back and friendly.

Tiny would make a great pet for a loving family and gets along well with other pets.

If you're interested in Tiny or other animals up for adoption, contact Broward Animal Care at (954) 359-1313.

For more animal news, visit our All About Animals section.

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<![CDATA[Broward Humane Society Adoptable Pets for September 16th]]> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 05:41:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/182*120/NBC6+new_Cleopatra.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Miami-Dade Animal Services Pets of the Week]]> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 23:17:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*213/Bambi+A1809805.JPG Check out the adoptable pets from Miami-Dade County Animal Services]]> <![CDATA[Manatees Rescued From Florida Golf Course Pond]]> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:44:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/091516+manatee+rescue+citrus+county.jpg

A group of manatees displaced by Hurricane Hermine are heading home.

It's been nearly two weeks since the six manatees were left stranded in a pond at a golf course in Citrus County on Florida's Gulf Coast.

The four adults and two calves were swept in to the pond by flood waters that receded too quickly.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission workers and volunteers showed up Thursday to help move the manatees back into the Gulf, but it was no easy feat. FWC said one of the manatees was one of the largest they've ever seen, weighing in at more than 1,400 pounds.

Each manatee underwent a health assessment before being returned to the water.

Photo Credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission]]>
<![CDATA[Cops Capture Large Snake Outside Homestead School]]> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 16:23:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/091416+big+snake+homestead+senior+high+school+police.jpg

Miami-Dade Schools Police had to wrangle a big snake that was found outside a Homestead school Wednesday.

The snake was discovered outside Homestead Senior High School at 2351 Southeast 12th Avenue, officials said.

After capturing the snake, the officers posed for pictures with it before turning the reptile over to the Miami-Dade Police venom unit.

Photo Credit: Twitter.com/mySchoolCOP
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<![CDATA[Game Day Fun With Pets: Tailgating Tips]]> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:07:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000025479233_1200x675_764447299991.jpg Pet Supplies Plus has tips on how to make the most fun with your furry friends at your tailgating party.]]> <![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Andy]]> Sat, 10 Sep 2016 12:38:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/228*120/pet+of+the+week+andy.jpg

Our pet of the week is Andy, a two-month-old Shih Tzu Terrier mix, who is looking for his forever home.

Laurie Wax with Humane Society of Greater Miami stopped by NBC 6 on Saturday with Andy. She said Andy is playful, and easygoing.

Andy would make a great pet for a family with kids or a single person. Andy gets along great with people and plays nicely with other dogs

If you're interested in Andy or other animals up for adoption, contact Humane Society of Greater Miami at (305)-696-0800.

For more animal news or to view other pets up for adoption, visit our All About Animals page.

Photo Credit: NBC6.com]]>
<![CDATA[County Launches System to Keep Animal Abusers From Adopting]]> Fri, 09 Sep 2016 09:23:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Puppy-Kitten-GettyImages-71919616.jpg

Convicted animal abusers will no longer be able to adopt dogs and cats in Hillsborough County.

The Tampa Bay Times reports county commissioners on Thursday approved a new registry for people convicted of harming animals. Individuals on the registry won't be able to adopt or work with animals, and retailers and shelters will be required to check the registry whenever someone wants to adopt.

Potential adopters will have to sign an affidavit affirming that they have never been convicted of animal abuse. Then, retailers would verify after and notify the county to send animal control officers to seize the pet.

Shelters would run the background check immediately.

Advocates say the registry will allow law enforcement to keep tabs on violent individuals.

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<![CDATA[Broward Humane Society Adoptable Pets]]> Thu, 08 Sep 2016 17:13:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/182*120/BrowardHumaneSept9+%2829%29.jpg Check out the pets available for adoption at the Broward Humane Society!]]> <![CDATA[Adopt a Pet, Receive Tickets to See Annie!]]> Fri, 09 Sep 2016 11:57:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/267*120/AnnieArshtCenter.jpg

Join the Miami-Dade Animal Services Hope Express for ArtLaunch 2016 at the Arsht Center in Miami on Saturday Sept. 10 for a chance to receive free tickets* to Annie.

The HOPE Express Mobile Pet Adoption, sponsored by Annie    
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Parking Lot C entrance located on N.E. 2nd Avenue between 12th Street and 13th Street. 

Miami-Dade Animal Services has undertaken a No Kill mission to help save the lives of all adoptable pets abandoned at the shelter. The HOPE Express brings shelter pets closer to the citizens of the community.

Have you been thinking about adopting a cat or a dog?

Come meet some lovable animals looking for a new FURever home and maybe find your new best friend! 

*The first 25 adoptions will get a free pair of tickets to see Annie at the Arsht Center.

<![CDATA[Miami-Dade Animal Services Adoptable Pets]]> Wed, 07 Sep 2016 11:15:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/171*120/Milly+A1805605.jpg Check out the furry friends available for adoption in Miami-Dade.]]> <![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Chili]]> Sun, 04 Sep 2016 11:51:31 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/228*120/chili+dog1.jpg

Our pet of the week is Chili, a two-year-old mix, who is looking for her forever home.

Lisa Mendheim with Broward Animal Care stopped by NBC 6 on Sunday with Chili. She said Chili is very outgoing and loyal, and friendly.

Chili would make a great family pet.

If you're interested in Chili or other animals up for adoption, contact Broward Animal Care at (954) 359-1313.

For more animal news, visit our All About Animals section.

Photo Credit: NBC6.com]]>
<![CDATA[First Confirmed Identical Twin Puppies Born]]> Fri, 02 Sep 2016 11:53:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Twin+Puppies.jpg
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<![CDATA[Puppy Rescued After Fiery Car Crash in Coral Springs]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 23:04:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/2016-08-31+17.35.09.jpg

A puppy escaped a fiery car crash Wednesday with some help from the Coral Springs Fire Department.


Two vehicles collided at the intersection of North University Drive and Riverside Drive.

One of the cars caught fire moments after the collision.

Fire Rescue crews found the puppy on the floorboard of one of the vehicles. The dog was spotted under some debris.

Pictures from the scene showed paramedics embracing the puppy. The dog appeared to be uninjured.

No one was seriously hurt.

Photo Credit: Coral Springs Fire Dept.
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<![CDATA[Broward Humane Society Adoptable Pets]]> Sun, 04 Sep 2016 10:33:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/182*120/NBC6+new_Freya45.jpg Check out the pets available for adoption at the Broward Humane Society!]]> <![CDATA[Miami-Dade Animal Services Adoptable Pets]]> Sun, 04 Sep 2016 13:07:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/172*120/Tiger+2A1357547.jpg Check out the furry friends available for adoption in Miami-Dade.]]> <![CDATA[Zika and Pets]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:08:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Dog+lays+on+grass.jpg

by Dr. Ian Kupkee

Some of my clients are human health care providers. They are knowledgeable,  dedicated, caring, professionals - and they are tired.

"I always thought I was a hard worker," an obstetrics nurse lamented to me last week.  "But since Zika popped up? The testing, the questions, the walk-ins, the non-stop calls and emails - I’ve never worked so hard in my life. People are really scared."

Indeed they are.  But when the calls and emails began coming into my office, I began to realize just how much fear was out there. So is the fear justified? Should pet owners be worried about Zika?

Most pet parents are aware that mosquitoes can transmit deadly heartworm disease to their pets. More still understand that certain pathogens can be passed from animals to humans.  So where does Zika fit in? Let’s take a look at some of the most commonly asked questions.

Is my pet in any danger from Zika?

It is important to note the research on Zika is ongoing.  The scientific community does not claim to know everything there is to know about this disease.  That said, both veterinary researchers and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have stated that illness caused by the Zika virus has not been seen in dogs or cats.  For this reason, Zika is not expected to become a problem within the pet population of the United States.

Even if my pet cannot become ill from Zika, can he still be a carrier for the disease?

Carriers, or more accurately "reservoir hosts" can carry a disease within their bodies without ever developing clinical signs.  These hosts will often carry the disease for long periods of time.  While they themselves do not fall ill, they are nonetheless capable of transmitting the illness to other organisms.  Our most current knowledge of Zika suggests that only humans and non-human primates are capable of carrying a high viral load of of the disease within their bloodstreams.  So even if your your pet is bitten by a mosquito carrying the Zika virus, your pet’s body would not provide an environment which would allow the virus to survive.  The CDC has stated, "At this time, animals do not appear to be involved in the spread of Zika virus."

I have a champion show dog whom I’d like to breed. Should I be worried about birth defects in her puppies? Should I wait to breed her?

Very little official research has been done on this topic, but as of this writing, there are no known cases of Zika-linked microcephaly in baby animals.  This is yet another reason scientists are not convinced Zika poses a risk to our pets - the absence of clinical signs of the disease in puppies and kittens born in Zika zones suggests their mothers are not becoming infected. While more research is needed, it is not likely that pets born in a Zika zone will be born with Zika-related birth defects.

Should I get my pet tested, just to be on the safe side?

Because researchers do not believe that dogs and cats either transmit Zika or fall ill from it, no veterinary diagnostic labs offer Zika testing for pets at this time.  But make no mistake - the scientific community is watching Zika very carefully.  If the virus evolves, protocols may change, in which case, testing could theoretically become available for our pets.  At this point in time, however, officials are not recommending Zika testing for pets.

I’ve been using a DEET-based mosquito repellant for myself. Can I spray that on my pet as well?

Absolutely not! DEET toxicity is a common reason for trips to the pet emergency hospital. Dogs exposed to DEET can exhibit a range of clinical signs from corneal damage, to gastrointestinal upset, to seizures. Cats are at an even greater risk as their first instinct is groom the offending products from their bodies via licking. This results in twice the exposure to the toxin. If your pet has ingested or has been sprayed with DEET, call the Pet Poison Hotline or go straight to the nearest veterinary facility.

What about garlic tablets? Garlic is a natural mosquito repellant!

For dogs and cats, garlic, while natural, is also deadly.  Garlic, onions, and all other members of the allium family cause a dangerous blood disorder called Heinz body anemia when ingested by dogs and cats.  Pets with this condition often require blood transfusions. When left untreated, Heinz body anemia is fatal.

There is still much research to be done on Zika, and scientists are working round the clock to better understand and combat this disease. For more information on Zika and animals, visit the CDC’s website, and keep checking NBC 6 for any news or updates as they become available.


To visit the NBC6.com "All About Animals" section, click here.

Do you have a question for Dr. Kupkee?

Dr. Kupkee is the lead practitioner at Sabal Chase Animal Clinic

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<![CDATA[South Florida Celebrates National Dog Day]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:25:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*160/d0ab57a213e445f5bcfd5fc016cfd759.jpg Share your dog photos with NBC 6 for #NationalDogDay!

Photo Credit: danareasons]]>
<![CDATA[South Florida Celebrates National Dog Day!]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:32:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/Dino+Cute+Dog.jpg

Happy National Dog Day, South Florida!

Started in 2004 by pet and family lifestyle expert and animal advocate Colleen Paige, National Dog Day aims to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and also acknowledges the every day dogs that save lives, keep us safe, help make our lives easier and complete our families.

Besides sharing photos of our furry friends, dog owners and non-dog owners alike are encouraged to support National Dog Day by volunteering time or making a donation to their local animal shelter.

We want to see pictures of the dogs who bring joy and companionship to your life! Send us a photo and we will post it in a gallery on our website and app, and you may see it on our air!

Share your photos on social media using the hashtag #NBC6. Or upload them using the NBC News and Weather app!

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<![CDATA[Broward Humane Society Adoptable Pets]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:54:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/182*120/NBC6+new_Aphrodite.jpg Check out the pets available for adoption at the Broward Humane Society!]]> <![CDATA[Miami-Dade Animal Services Adoptable Pets]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:26:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/163*120/Tiger+A1357547.jpg Check out the furry friends available for adoption in Miami-Dade.]]> <![CDATA[Therapy Dog Joins Boynton Beach Police Force]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:18:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082416+boynton+beach+police+therapy+dog+harley.jpg

Boynton Beach Police say they're the first municipal police department in Florida to employ a therapy dog.

The department announced Wednesday that Harley, a 3-year-old Beagle mix, has officially joined the force.

Harley has been partnered with Det. Astrel Labbe, a 14-year veteran who specializes in investigations of crimes against children and the elderly.

The therapy dog was trained at the Paws & Stripes College at the Brevard County Sheriff's Office and will continue training with Det. Labbe for the next week.

Photo Credit: Boynton Beach Police]]>
<![CDATA[Pig Gets Lost, Miramar Police Steps in and Saves the Day]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 19:26:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*160/piggetslost.jpg

A pet pig that wandered away from home was reunited with her owner Wednesday and it was all thanks to two Miramar Police officers.

A picture of the pig, named Mojo, being returned home by the officers was posted on the Miramar Police Department Twitter page with the following caption: "We'll get plenty of jokes, but felt this picture still deserved to be posted.‪#‎MiramarPD helped bring Mojo back to her owner."

Mojo appeared thrilled to be back home.

Photo Credit: Miramar Police Dept.]]>
<![CDATA[Broward Humane Society Adoptable Pets]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 16:55:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/182*120/NBC6+new_Freya1.jpg Check out the pets available for adoption at the Broward Humane Society!]]> <![CDATA[Miami-Dade Animal Services Adoptable Pets]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:22:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Ryan+A1804605+%282%29.JPG Check out the furry friends available for adoption in Miami-Dade.]]> <![CDATA[SeaWorld Crews in Texas to Help Rescue Dolphin In Distress]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 07:01:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/181*120/081616+sea+world+dolphin+rescue+5.JPG

Photo Credit: Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network]]>
<![CDATA[Pooches in Pines Opens in Police Department]]> Fri, 12 Aug 2016 05:51:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000024987709_1200x675_742976067817.jpg Pooches in Pines opens up in the Pembroke Pines Police Department.]]> <![CDATA[Miami-Dade Animal Services Adoptable Pets]]> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 15:02:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Carlos+A1801584.jpg Check out the furry friends available for adoption in Miami-Dade.]]> <![CDATA[Broward Humane Society Adoptable Pets]]> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 16:45:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/182*120/NBC6+new_Angelina.jpg Check out the pets available for adoption at the Broward Humane Society!]]> <![CDATA[Stuck Puppy Pulled From Under Storage Container in Homestead]]> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 23:39:11 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/081016+mdfr+dog+rescue.jpg

A stray puppy got a help from some human friends after getting trapped in a tight spot Wednesday morning.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the area of Northwest 11th Street and 4th Avenue in Homestead after receiving a call of a puppy that found his way under a storage container but couldn't get out.

Rescue crews used shovels and other tools to dig out the area around the container. They were able to safely pull the little guy from his cramped position.

The puppy was taken to a local animal shelter where he will be put up for adoption.

Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue]]>
<![CDATA[Zoo Miami Jaguar Undergoes Thorough Exam ]]> Tue, 09 Aug 2016 18:08:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/jaguar6.jpg Veterinarians at Zoo Miami perform an exam on 7-year old male jaguar, Adonis. The exam included an ultrasound, X-Rays, dental cleaning and blood and urine collection. Preliminary results of the exam were positive and indicated that Adonis is in excellent health.

Photo Credit: Zoo Miami]]>
<![CDATA[Jungle Island Welcomes Birth of Two Toed Sloth]]> Tue, 09 Aug 2016 11:58:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*160/jungle+island+sloth+1.jpg

Photo Credit: Jungle Island]]>
<![CDATA[Thunderstorm Anxiety and Pets]]> Fri, 05 Aug 2016 13:01:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/Storm+anxiety+and+pets+Dr+Kupkee.jpg

by Dr. Ian Kupkee

South Florida summers can be tough for pets.  They can be especially hard for one of mine.  At Casa Kupkee, we don’t even need to look for rainclouds to know when a storm is approaching. Our younger dog, Zohan, seems to know when a storm is coming, and he responds to said knowledge by attempting to glue himself to the nearest human body.

If you share your life with a pet like Zohan, you know the routine: shaking, panting, pacing, drooling, destructiveness, and lack of appetite, just to name a few.  Here are some suggestions to help your furry friends - and mine! - weather the storms.

Create a safe space

Like pets who deal with fireworks phobia, storm phobic pets need a safe space to ride out the event.  Unlike fireworks, however, tropical weather can be unpredictable, and often occurs when owners are not at home.  A closet can make for an ideal safe space, as they are dark, cozy, and partially soundproofed with hanging clothes.  A crate covered with a blanket and lined with bedding is also a great choice.   If you are home during a storm, take him to the safe space and stay with him if you can.  If he chooses a different one, that is okay too!  Reward his initiative with lots of praise and positive re-enforcement. 

Cats, on the other hand, will often find their own safe space, will and retreat to it as needed.  If you notice your kitty tends to disappear under a bed, or into a closet during storms, resist the urge to haul her out and “comfort” her.  This is a self-soothing behavior, and should be encouraged.  Do not restrict her access to these places, as this will only increase her level of anxiety.  Watch her carefully for any changes in her litter box habits.  Urinating outside the litter box, blood in the litter, and vocalizing in the litter box are just a few of the clinical signs that can signal the onset of stress-related urinary tract abnormalities. If your cat is showing any such signs, she needs to see your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Invest in a summer wardrobe

Zohan rocks the summer fashion scene with a tightly fitting garment that uses gentle pressure to soothe anxious pets. While not a miracle cure, it helps him tremendously, and many of our clients have also reported substantial improvement. It is available for both dogs and cats. Other wearable options boast linings which claim to help neutralize the charges that accompany electrical storms. This is not an endorsement of these products, but simply options from which you might choose.

Try synthetic pheromones

Synthetic pheromones mimic the pheromones of lactating mother dogs  or cats.  While undetectable to humans, they produce a calming scent our pets associate with feelings of security and safety.  Such pheromones create the sense of well-being and calm felt by puppies and kittens when their mommies are caring for them.  Synthetic pheromones are available as sprays, diffusers, or collars and the best prices can be found on Amazon.com.

Throw storm parties

If you are home with your dog during a thunderstorm, try running him through some basic obedience commands.  Reward him lavishly with lots of praise and high-value treats.  This is where trick training becomes your best friend.  The more tricks your dog knows, the more tools you have to distract him from his fear.  My wife is fond of telling clients that dogs are like us men - incapable of thinking about two things at the same time!  If your dog is focused  on tricks and games, he is less likely to focus on the sounds of impending doom.  

The trick is to get him to focus on you, so when I say high-value treats, I don’t mean dry kibble.  The potential for reward has to be so powerful that he sees his human companion as being more valuable than whatever is going on outside.  Look for training treats that are meaty, chewy, and heavily scented.  Each reward should be small, so he is motivated to do more.  This is not necessarily the time to teach new commands, but rather to go through his existing repertoire.  The feelings of mastery and accomplishment should displace those of anxiety and help to build his confidence.  It can also help create positive associations with storms, which will help him to cope with his fear when he is alone during a storm.  Our older dog, Grendel actually enjoys watching storms from our bedroom window!

If you have a young dog who does not appear to be storm phobic, teach these behaviors anyway.  Storm anxiety generally peaks at three to four years of age, so use this time to build his confidence and acquire the tools you may need later.

If your dog is too frightened to focus on you, do not force the issue.  His fear of disappointing you will only add to his fear of the weather event. Try tempting him with a favorite toy, or encouraging him to chase a ball around the house.  If that doesn’t work either, simply shut it down.  Never scold or punish your pet for being frightened, and never force him to “deal with it” by leaving him outside during a storm.  If none of these techniques work, this next step may be your only option.

Consider chemical courage

If none of the methods above seem to work with you pet, ask you veterninarian about medications that can help your pet stay calm during a storm.

In the past, veterinarians prescribed powerful sedatives to tranquilize pets during storms.  Recent research, however, has shown that while these drugs do a great job of shutting down the body, they do nothing to quiet the animal’s anxious mind.  The more modern approach is to prescribe anti-anxiety medications, many of which are given on a daily basis.  These medications take about two weeks to take effect, and it may take even more time to find the dose that is most helpful for your pet. 

Some of my clients start giving the medications in May, and discontinue them once hurricane season ends.  Since every pet is different, it is important to discuss this option with your veterinarian.  Most importantly, anti-anxiety medications are intended to be used in conjunction with behavioral modification.  When you talk to your vet about medication, be sure he or she also recommends a Certified Professional Dog Trainer.   Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a pharmaceutical fix-all.

To visit the NBC6.com "All About Animals" section, click here.


Do you have a question for Dr. Kupkee?

Dr. Kupkee is the lead practitioner at Sabal Chase Animal Clinic

Do you have a question for Dr. Kupkee? Send him an email by clicking here.

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<![CDATA[8-Foot Alligator Captured on Key Biscayne]]> Thu, 04 Aug 2016 23:25:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/080416+alligator+key+biscayne.jpg

An 8-foot alligator was captured after it was spotted in a parking lot on Key Biscayne Thursday night.

A security guard at a water treatment facility called 911 after spotting the large gator in the parking lot near the Rickenbacker Causeway.

"About 8:53 p.m., I saw a big alligator just appear right there," guard Jean Rousseau said. "He might have come from the water behind the trees looking for food."

Trappers were called in and were able to get the gator, which was expected to be relocated to the Florida Everglades.

Photo Credit: NBC 6]]>
<![CDATA[Miami-Dade Animal Services Adoptable Pets]]> Thu, 04 Aug 2016 15:33:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/171*120/Tuti+A1294387.JPG Check out the furry friends available for adoption in Miami-Dade.]]> <![CDATA[Family Reunited With Family Pet After She Escaped Near MIA]]> Thu, 04 Aug 2016 16:40:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/165*120/080316+naples+family+reunited+with+dog+at+MIA.jpg

A family from Naples was more than happy to make a drive back to Miami after their beloved pet was found near Miami International Airport.

Monday, a dog named Tica hopped out of her family’s car while leaving the airport and heading home, running away before her owners could catch up. After notifying businesses in the area where Tica ran away, the family waited and hoped for some good news.

That good news came on Wednesday when the dog was reunited with her family after she was found near the airport’s Wildlife Management area, roughly two miles away from where she was last seen.

Officials say she somehow got across eight lanes of traffic and dealt with over 90 degree temperatures to get to the location she was spotted.

Photo Credit: Facebook / Miami International Airport]]>
<![CDATA[2 Dogs Drive Car Into West Va. Wal-Mart]]> Tue, 02 Aug 2016 10:15:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/NC_dogcrash0802_1920x1080.jpg Two small dogs left alone in a running car knocked the vehicle into gear, causing it to crash into a West Virginia Wal-Mart. ]]> <![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Kenny]]> Sun, 31 Jul 2016 14:46:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/clear+the+shelters+kenny.jpg

Our pet of the week is Kenny, who is about five to six years of age and is looking for his forever home.

Tracy Calvino with Pooches in Pines stopped by NBC 6 on Saturday with Kenny. She said he is very chill and obedient. He loves to relax and is well-behaved.

Calvino said Kenny is great with others and is fully grown. He'll need to go to a loving home. Kenny loves to be around people.

If you're interested in Kenny, contact Pooches in Pines at (954) 431-2200 or visit their Facebook and Twitter pages for more information.

For more animal news or to view other pets up for adoption, visit our All About Animals page.

Photo Credit: NBC6.com]]>
<![CDATA[Endangered Zebra Born at Zoo Miami]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:17:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072716+zoo+miami+zebra.jpg

An endangered zebra that was born at Zoo Miami made its exhibit debut Tuesday.

The male Grevy's zebra was born Thursday after a gestation period of 13 months and weighed in at 102 pounds, zoo officials said.

The zebra was given a few days to bond with his mother before joining the exhibit. It's the 17th successful birth of the endangered species at Zoo Miami.

Grevy's zebras are the largest species of zebras and come from the horn of Africa in Kenya and Ethiopia.

Photo Credit: Zoo Miami]]>
<![CDATA[Olympic Athletes Play With Pups Ahead of the 2016 Rio Games]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 09:58:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/cts-olympics-thumb-triptych.jpg Puppies up for adoption in Southern California got their big break as stars of a People Magazine photoshoot with the Rio 2016 USA Olympic Team.]]>