animal cruelty

Navarre man arrested for stabbing pet pig

Navarre man arrested for stabbing pet pig

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Navarre man Nov. 8 after he allegedly stabbed a pet pig. Logan Ingram, 24, faces a felony animal abuse charge for allegedly stabbing the pig in his backyard along Waynell Court. According to the arrest report, a neighbor called the law enforcement after she said she witnessed the suspect beating […]

Ballot Breakdown: Florida voters to decide 12 amendments

Ballot Breakdown: Florida voters to decide 12 amendments

When Florida voters go to the polls Nov. 6 they will be greeted by a dozen potential amendments to the state’s constitution. From dog racing to taxes to vaping at work, the amendments hit a variety of issues. Read the full article in the Sept. 13 issue of Navarre Press for brief guide on what […]

Dog rescued from hot car on beach

Dog rescued from hot car on beach

A Santa Rosa Sheriff deputy rescued a distressed dog from a hot car on Navarre Beach and arrested the dog’s owner Saturday. Brian Scott Hickey is charged with first degree misdemeanor of animal cruelty for the incident. According to the arrest report, a call was made advising that a dog had been left in a […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 20

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 20

OFFICIALS: WOMAN THROWS DOG FROM BRIDGE, CLAIMING IT CAN FLY Capt. David Walesky of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control told the Palm Beach Post (https://goo.gl/AsAsgz ) that the 8-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix dislocated a leg in the fall Wednesday from a bridge in Riviera Beach. Sheriff’s officials say the woman, who was […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 24

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 24

OFFICIALS: MAN WHO RAN FROM DEPUTY KILLED IN CHASE ARRESTED A U.S. Attorney’s Office news release says 26-year-old Francisco Obidio Portillo-Fuentes was in federal court Wednesday in Jacksonville, facing a charge of illegally re-entering the U.S. He faces up to two years in prison. A criminal complaint says the El Salvador man was in a […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 26

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 26

TRAINER CLAWED ON LEGS BY TIGER AT FAIR AS CHILDREN LOOK ON Pensacola Interstate Fair publicist Katie King says trainer Vicenta Pages suffered several cuts Tuesday when a 2-year-old Bengal tiger named Gandhi clawed her legs. The publicist says Pages’ husband rushed to help the trainer. Pages stood up unassisted and talked to the children […]

Police: Woman threw kittens out of moving car

Police: Woman threw kittens out of moving car

A Navarre woman is facing a felony animal cruelty charge after admitting to throwing kittens out of her moving vehicle. At about 11:45 Friday morning, deputies with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the area of Highway 87 and Grady Tolbert Road where witnesses reported seeing the driver of a black Infinity […]

Dead hamster, ‘deplorable conditions’ lead to animal cruelty charge

Dead hamster, ‘deplorable conditions’ lead to animal cruelty charge

A Navarre woman was arrested March 27 on a charge of animal cruelty after police found one dead hamster and a number of animals living in squalor at a mobile home on the 8200 block of Lucena Street. Police charged Carolyn Jane Fowler, 45, with a first-degree misdemeanor after they discovered nine cats, a bird and […]

Circus phases out elephant acts, sends them to Florida sanctuary

Circus phases out elephant acts, sends them to Florida sanctuary

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show’s iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press exclusively that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision. Executives from Feld Entertainment, Ringling’s parent company, said the decision to end the circus’s century-old tradition […]

Local woman sentenced for animal cruelty

Local woman sentenced for animal cruelty

A local woman, 41-year-old Toni Phelps, was sentenced April 16 to 12 months behind bars and 10 years probation  for crimes resulting in the death of three dogs and three cats in her Navarre home in 2012. According to State Attorney Bill Eddins, Phelps entered a plea on Feb. 17, 2014, to six counts of Animal Cruelty, six  counts […]

Gulf Breeze woman pleads no contest for leaving pets to starve

Gulf Breeze woman pleads no contest for leaving pets to starve

[media-credit id=18 align=”alignright” width=”240″]n[/media-credit]A woman who abandoned her home on Winding Shore Drive in Gulf Breeze has pleaded no contest for leaving six cats and dogs in the residence without food or water for several months. In November 2012, Toni Amaro Phelps, 41, was arrested after several complaints led officers to find decaying animal carcasses […]