A week after Riptide reported that several South Beach dogs had suffered sudden, sometimes lethal seizures, the animal hospital who treated four victims has confirmed what many suspected: The dogs ingested poison. Lela Morales, a manager at Alton Road Animal Hospital, says the dogs almost certainly ... More >>
It began December 6 when a boat captain discovered a pelican on Summerland Key that was all but sure to starve. An unknown person had cut two six-inch lacerations in the bird, which exposed the creature's trachea and prevented it from swallowing food. Since that gruesome find, at least ten other bir ... More >>
"Also posing a medical concern to the zoo: the status of Maude, an Asian elephant unable to move her bowels." -- an actual sentence in a Miami Herald story that comes with the partial headlines "elephant severely constipated."
The South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Miami-Dade County Animal Services rescued two horses and a dog in animal cruelty cases that rescuers refer to as "as bad as it gets." The horses, who were found at 15800 block of Northwest 57th Avenue, were at least 200 pounds ... More >>
The South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SFSPCA) and Miami-Dade County Animal Services rescued two horses and a dog last week in animal cruelty cases that rescuers refer to as "as bad as it gets." The horses, found on the 15800 block of NW 57th Avenue, were at least 200 ... More >>
Natalie Ramos was driving home from the gym early last Friday when she saw a woman on Biscayne Boulevard crying next to a dog and yelling for help. Ramos stopped and tried to calm the woman, who didn't speak English and pantomimed a series of stabbing gestures and kicks. The homeless dog, Ramos real ... More >>
Also read "Pit Bull Ban Spurs Dog Fight"Even if dozens of party primaries don't get your blood pressure up, there's one compelling ballot item that should drive you to the polls today: For the first time since 1989, Miamians have a chance to strike down one of the nation's dumbest laws. Dade's pit b ... More >>
A Great Dane, A Christie Brinkley: Notice the Difference?Last Friday, 64-year-old Armand M. Pacher of Aventura was arrested for suspicion of having sex with his female Great Dane. Pacher's lawyer says the whole thing is a miscommunication started by a bad joke. It doesn't help his case any, thoug ... More >>
Scenes from the life of a racing greyhound.
A prison stay and bankruptcy can't keep him down.
Riptide probes 15 weird deaths at the animal shelter.
April, the oldest dolphin at the Miami Seaquarium, and a resident of the park since 1970, died Tuesday morning. April was an Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin in her early forties. She had three offspring, Noel, Sky and Croix and four grandchildren, Denise, Aries, Rioux and Balboa. A necropsy will be pe ... More >>
This is Ernesto's story. I don't know where it begins because I didn't know him then. When we met, Ernesto was an old man, a veteran of the streets around my South Beach apartment but clearly once an indoor cat — his front claws had been clipped. Someone had pushed him out and closed the d ... More >>
Hidden from the public and cloaked in euphemism, regulated execution of dogs and cats is a routine horror. Can a new animal services director make a difference?
A South Florida rancher is using bovine diplomacy to improve relations with the island nation
Owner Michael Gill and trainer Mark Shuman, exonerated by lab test, hit back
More puppy horror stories.
More puppy-dog tales and gay-rights complaints
Ever hear of coccidia, giardia, or kennel cough? Buy a dog from a pet store and you will.
Tired of battling expanding suburbs, Debra Flynn wants to pick up her 79-year-old house and move it
Dr. Robert Ferran
Can a rare creature that recently fell to Earth be revived? Tune in to this bat station.
They're cute. They're cuddly. They're smart. And as the fiasco at Sugarloaf Key shows, they make humans do crazy things.
The Humane Society's animal rescue drivers work hard to save the wounded, to rescue the sick and abandoned. But usually the endings are not so happy.
Rabies didn't kill his faithful pooch, but Dade's rabies-vaccine enforcement chief was an early the death of pet owner Randy Natalino
How does a primate end up at the center of a courtroom battle? When animal dealer Matthew Block is involved, it's not so difficult
A Miami veternarian's assistant goes out of his way to rescue the greyhound industry's castoffs from the needle of death
Indonesian crab-eating macaques are favored by medical researchers. But if Miami primate dealer Matthew Block's late-August shipment was bound for the lab, it never got that far.
Two years old and already he's undergone surgery twice for a bum knee. Spunky still limps, but who's going to pay?