<![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-usSat, 22 Oct 2016 14:17:34 -0400Sat, 22 Oct 2016 14:17:34 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Consumers Advised to Choose Pet Halloween Costumes Wisely]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:53:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/232*120/pet+costume+uncle+sam.jpg

Consumers are spending more this year on Halloween than ever before – about $8.5 billion dollars according to the National Retail Federation.

Many are also including our furry friends.

"From everyone that's planning to celebrate Halloween this season, we've learned that about 86% of people are planning to dress up their pets in some sort of Halloween costume,” said Ana Smith from the NRF.

Pet owners aren't afraid to get creative, with costumes ranging from political to papal.

It's all part of a growing trend: furry friends treated more like family members than pets...and that includes participating in holidays.

Smith says pumpkins are the number one outfit for pets, with lion, bumble bee and star wars characters also popular.

But pets aren't thrilled about dressing up.

"I think the most important thing is that the dog is comfortable that they can walk full stride and not be restricted,” said dog trainer Caitlin Cornwell.

You want to get the right fit by considering breed, weight and measurements when sizing a store-bought costume. Also be sure the animal can see, breathe and drink normally – and just know some may not be on board.

If your pet seems stressed, consider a simpler option.

"Think about making your own costume, you can use pet friendly paint on a black dog to make a zebra rather than the dog having to feel restricted in a full-body costume,” said Cornwell.

Also, make sure you keep pets away from the Halloween candy. Chocolate is an obvious one to keep away from your pooch, but sugar-free candy and gum containing xylitol can also be toxic to pets.

<![CDATA[Dash Cam Video of Injured Bald Eagle Rescued From Highway]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:58:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/101916baldeaglerescue.jpg

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper helped save a bald eagle after it was hit by a jeep on a busy highway in Osceola County.

Dash cam footage showed trooper Julio Velez driving toward the eagle, which you can see sitting on the shoulder.

He then got out of his cruiser, picked up the bird and put it in the back of his patrol car.

The bird injured the trooper during the process.

"He received several puncture wounds to his arm, those talons I'm sure are pretty sharp. But, he re-positioned, bear hugged the eagle and was able to get into the car," said FHP Sgt. Kim Montes.

The eagle stayed put while trooper Velez drove it to Animal Control.

Amazingly, it has no broken bones and experts believe it will likely fly free again.

Even though he was scarred from the incident, trooper Velez said he has no regrets.

<![CDATA[Pets of the Week: Humane Society of Broward County]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:51:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/182*120/NBC6+new_Pelu+1019.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Miami-Dade Animal Services Pets of the Week]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:48:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Caramel+A1727353.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Max]]> Sun, 16 Oct 2016 11:16:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/231*120/pet+of+week+max.jpg

Our pet of the week is Max, a three-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback, who is looking for his forever home.

Lisa Mendheim with Broward Animal Care stopped by NBC 6 on Sunday with Max. She said Max is very lovable, playful, and fit.

Max loves being walked and belly rubs.

Mendheim said Max gets along with other pets and is great with kids. He would make a great family pet.

If you're interested in Max 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[Clear the Shelters, Pooches in Pines Fundraiser]]> Sat, 15 Oct 2016 12:12:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/222*120/pet+of+the+week+thor1.jpg

Our pet of the week is Thor, a 4-year-old Pit Bull mix, who is looking for his forever home.

Tracy Calvino with Pooches in Pines stopped by NBC 6 on Saturday with Thor. She said he is very playful and sweet. He loves to run and play.

Calvino said Thor is doesn't get along with all dogs, so he should go to a home without other pets. But he is great with kids. Thor loves playing and being around people.

Beginning November 1, if you make a purchase on pitbullshirt.com, 10 percent of your money will go to Pooches in Pines. But don't forget to mention them when you're buying.

If you're interested in Thor, 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

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<![CDATA[Is New World Screwworm A Threat To Our Pets?]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 21:49:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/Clear+The+Shelters+Adopt+Ian+Kupkee.JPG

Every November, my wife and I attend a veterinary conference in Key West. While the trip is always educational and fun, the family member who enjoys it the most is our older dachshund, Grendel. Whether she’s frolicking on the dog beach or parading up and down Duval Street, she is thoroughly convinced the trip is all about her. But not this year.

This year, she is staying with friends in Miami.

I know - first world dog problems. How could I be so heartless? Surely I must be vying for the title of Meanest Dog Daddy In The World! (I’m not, but trust me, that’s exactly how I feel.) What on earth could possibly inspire me to leave the Diva of Duval Street at home? The decision was prompted by the discovery of an invasive parasite known as New World Screwworm in the Lower Keys. And yes, this little parasite is a big threat, not just to our pets, but to our native wildlife, and our local economy as well.

What the heck is a screwworm?

New World screwworms are the larvae, or maggots, of a fly that thrives in warm, humid climates. While the United States has not had an outbreak of screwworm in over fifty years, the USDA lists many of our South American and Caribbean neighbors as currently dealing with screwworm. Screwworms can infest pets, livestock, and other warm blooded animals - including humans. Thankfully, frequent bathing means the chances of a human becoming infected with screwworm are slim. That said, populations without access to basic hygiene are considered at risk. Adult screwworms (flies) lay their eggs near open wounds - even wounds as small as a flea or tick bite. Once the eggs hatch, the larvae tunnel into the living tissue of the host, continually eating the flesh until the life cycle is complete. Screwworms do their damage quickly and without mercy. Left untreated, screwworm infestations can be fatal.

While screwworm was eradicated in the U.S. in the 1950’s, the USDA announced earlier this month that it had reappeared in the some of the Lower Keys. Sadly, the latest victim is the already endangered Key Deer population. While their total numbers are somewhere between just 600 and 800, fifty animals have already been euthanized due to screwworm infestation. Given that this number likely to rise, and that all other warm blooded animals are at risk, it’s no surprise the veterinary community is on edge.

Can screwworm spread to the rest of Florida?

Screwworm has been described by Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture as a "potentially devastating animal disease that sends shivers down every rancher’s spine." While the threat to pets and wildlife is very real, livestock and food animals are especially susceptible to screwworm infestation. If screwworm finds it’s way to Florida’s mainland, the financial loss to our agricultural sector could easily top $1 billion. Hence the shivers.

What can pet owners do to stop the spread of screwworm?

Stopping screwworm in its tracks calls for a community effort. And the USDA is asking for your help. The most important thing pet owners can do right now is cooperate with local efforts to contain and eradicate the disease. An Animal Health Check Zone is now in place from Mile Marker 91 south. Animals leaving the Keys will be given health checks at Mile Marker 106 to make sure they are not showing signs of screwworm. The checkpoint will ensure the parasite does not not move north and infest animals in other parts of the state. It is very important that pet parents comply with requests to to have their fur kids checked at these stops.

If you live in the Keys, or will be visiting there with your pets, be sure to check them daily and thoroughly for any signs of screwworm. Look for any type of wound, even tiny ones, and monitor them for changes. Infested wounds will deepen and enlarge as the the parasites feed. Wounds showing discharge, or giving off an unpleasant odor, should be checked out by a licensed veterinarian immediately.

Are there any home remedies or over-the-counter treatments for screwworm?

Screwworm can only be treated with prescription medications dispensed by a licensed veterinarian. Additionally, an infected pet may have to be sedated for the larvae to be extracted. Because of the risk to humans, this must be done in a setting where controls are in place to ensure the parasites are handled safely. The risk to humans also means veterinarians must assist the USDA in tracking the possible spread of the disease. Confirmed cases of screwworm must be reported to the USDA by your veterinarian. Remember, it’s not just our pets that are at risk, but our wildlife, our food supply, and ourselves.

Is it safe to bring pets to the Keys?

As of this writing, the USDA is not telling pet owners to reconsider bringing animals in or out of the Lower Keys. We chose to leave Grendel at home because for all her spunk and sassiness, she has some health problems. One such problem is a liver condition which makes it harder for her body to handle certain medications. I’m not sure how quickly she would bounce back from a screwworm infection. It is certainly possible we’re being overly cautious (read, neurotic). But the decision we made is the right one for her and for our family. Your veterinarian can help you decide what is best for your pet and your family.

Because while I may not be the Meanest Dog Daddy in the World, there’s a good chance I’m one of the most overprotective. Besides, there’s always next year’s convention.

Sorry, Grendel.

For more information on New World screwworm, please click here to visit the USDA’s website.


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

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<![CDATA[Pets of the Week: Humane Society of Broward County]]> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 13:36:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/182*120/NBC6+new_Cookie+1.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Outbreak of Rare Insect in Florida Keys Deer Drawing Concern]]> Mon, 10 Oct 2016 18:11:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/deer19.jpg

An outbreak of a rare fly larva in the Florida Keys has residents on guard and experts hoping to protect an already endangered deer population.

Tests taken from the Big Pine Key area in Monroe County earlier this month tested positive for New World Screwworms, a maggot that can enter warm blooded creatures – including humans and livestock. They typically enter through open wounds and live off human flesh, but can be treated if detected early.

The screwworm has not been widely present in the United States in over 50 years, being found mostly in South American and Caribbean nations.

Some of the deer population in the area has already been infected and suffered losses to the insect. The Florida Department of Agriculture has established a checkpoint at mile marker 106 along U.S. 1 where any animal traveling northbound is scanned for possible infection.

Representatives from both the state – including Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam – and Monroe County will hold a 1 PM press conference to discuss continuing efforts to combat the outbreak.

Anyone who suspects their pet may be infected or they themselves may have been infected is asked to call 1-800-HELP-FLA.

<![CDATA[Pets of the Week: Humane Society of Broward County]]> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 00:31:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/182*120/NBC6+new_Boboy.jpg A gallery of the pets available for adoption at the Humane Society of Broward County. (Oct 5, 2016)]]> <![CDATA[Broward County's Pets of the Week]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:38:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/182*120/NBC6+new_Bella3.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Miami-Dade Animal Services Pets of the Week]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:31:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Danny+A1816103.JPG Miami-Dade Animal Services Pets of the Week -- September 28, 2016]]> <![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.

Photo Credit: NBC6.com]]>
<![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.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Image Source]]>
<![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.


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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]]>