Veterinary Medicine

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2014

    Poison Caused Those Mysterious Dog Seizures in South Beach

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    Someone in the Keys Is Torturing Pelicans

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Breaking News: Zoo Miami Elephant Unable to Poop

    "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."

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2013

    Horses Kept Without Food Or Water For Months, Almost Half Of Beagle's Body Covered In Wounds

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2013

    Horses Kept Without Food or Water for Months, Almost Half of Beagle's Body Covered in Wounds

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    Dog Rescued After Being Stabbed and Beaten in Broad Daylight on Biscayne Boulevard

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    Five Damn Good Reasons to Vote Down Miami's Pit Bull Ban Today

    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 >>

  • News

    January 20, 2011
  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    Dog Named "Christie Brinkley" Bestiality Case: What Not to Name Your Pet

    A Great Dane, A Christie Brinkley: Notice the Difference?‚ÄčLast 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 >>

  • Calendar

    June 3, 2010
  • News

    May 21, 2009

    Heartbreak at 45 MPH

    Scenes from the life of a racing greyhound.

  • News

    September 18, 2008

    Ex-North Miami Mayor Elton Gissendanner Is Back

    A prison stay and bankruptcy can't keep him down.

  • News

    March 6, 2008

    Canine Killer

    Riptide probes 15 weird deaths at the animal shelter.

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2008

    Dolphin Dies at Miami Seaquarium

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2007

    R.I.P., Ernesto

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    January 26, 2006
  • News

    January 26, 2006

    Death by the Pound

    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?

  • News

    August 18, 2005
  • News

    April 8, 2004

    Cows to Cuba

    A South Florida rancher is using bovine diplomacy to improve relations with the island nation

  • News

    May 29, 2003

    They Shoot Up Horses, Don't They?

    Owner Michael Gill and trainer Mark Shuman, exonerated by lab test, hit back

  • News

    September 5, 2002
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    August 22, 2002

    Letters from the Issue of August 22, 2002

    More puppy-dog tales and gay-rights complaints

  • News

    August 15, 2002

    Puppy Dog Tales

    Ever hear of coccidia, giardia, or kennel cough? Buy a dog from a pet store and you will.

  • News

    November 25, 1999

    Homey Rollers

    Tired of battling expanding suburbs, Debra Flynn wants to pick up her 79-year-old house and move it

  • Shops and Wares

    May 13, 1999
  • News

    March 4, 1999

    Mastering the Bat

    Can a rare creature that recently fell to Earth be revived? Tune in to this bat station.

  • News

    April 24, 1997

    Flipper's Revenge

    They're cute. They're cuddly. They're smart. And as the fiasco at Sugarloaf Key shows, they make humans do crazy things.

  • News

    August 15, 1996
  • News

    January 4, 1996

    24 Hours a Stray

    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.

  • News

    August 17, 1995

    Man Bites Dog Owner

    Rabies didn't kill his faithful pooch, but Dade's rabies-vaccine enforcement chief was an early the death of pet owner Randy Natalino

  • News

    August 10, 1995

    Monkey See, Monkey Do, Monkey Sue

    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

  • News

    October 13, 1993

    Life's a Bitch

    A Miami veternarian's assistant goes out of his way to rescue the greyhound industry's castoffs from the needle of death

  • News

    October 14, 1992

    Dead On Arrival, 119 Times Over

    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.

  • News

    December 18, 1991

    It's a Dog's Life

    Two years old and already he's undergone surgery twice for a bum knee. Spunky still limps, but who's going to pay?