Law Enforcement

January 23, 2023

Animal Cruelty Task Force Created in Fifth Judicial Circuit

State Attorney Bill Gladson has created an Animal Cruelty Task Force for the Fifth Judicial Circuit as well as an animal cruelty unit within the State […]
September 28, 2021

COVID-Sniffing Dogs Screen Employees at Miami Airport

Before they begin work at Miami International Airport, employees must be screened for COVID-19.  Two 7-year-old dogs, Cobra and One Betta, sniff the employees’ face coverings […]
August 30, 2018

1st DCA Affirms Collateral Attack on K-9 Who Can Detect Potential “Suspects”

The Florida First District Court of Appeal affirmed a postconviction court’s summary denial of Charles Johnson’s claim of ineffective assistance where trial counsel failed to object […]
May 18, 2018

Dog Sniff Conviction Upheld

Florida’s First District Court of Appeal (“1st DCA”) recently upheld a defendant’s conviction for felon in possession of a firearm after a K9 unit alerted police […]
November 28, 2017

Gator Poachers Accused of Forty-Four Felonies in Largest FWC Sting to Date

In a lengthy exposé, Rene Ebersole writes for National Geographic about an ongoing case regarding alligator poaching. Nine men stand accused of forty-four felonies, “ranging from […]
October 27, 2017

Rural Florida Agricultural LEOs

Rural counties in Florida are beginning to designate officers to the specific task of investigating agricultural and natural resource crimes. These areas require a different type […]
September 21, 2017

Irma Evacuees who Abandoned their Pets Face Prosecution

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, over 40 dogs were rescued by Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control. Many of the animals had been tied […]
August 28, 2017

Shark-Dragging Video Sparks Outrage, Investigation

A video recently surfaced on social media showing a shark (possibly a blacktip or spinner) being dragged behind a boat traveling at high speed near Tampa. […]
April 15, 2016

Shelter Dog Adopted and Trained as Electronics-Sniffing Dog

The Manatee County Sheriff’s K9 unit has a new addition from an unusual background. Gia, a mixed-breed rescue dog who was adopted from Bradenton’s Bishop Animal […]
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