County discusses limits on farm animals in Viking

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Commission considered changing the rules for the number of farm animals allowed on lots of 5 acres or less in the Viking Properties at its Nov. 7 meeting before sending the matter back to the Planning Board for more discussion. According to the county staff report, almost all of the […]

County sheriff speaks up about animal neglect cases

OKEECHOBEE – After Bobby Travis was arrested and charged with animal cruelty last week, following the death of one of his horses and the confiscation of three others, many people were still concerned about a horse and a dog belonging to another man accused of starving his animals. A pony that had already died was […]

Pet cemetery to offer blessing of the pets

OKEECHOBEE — Friday, Oct. 4, is the day when the annual “Blessing of the Animals” is celebrated. It coincides with the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Twin Oaks Pet Cemetery and Crematorium will conduct a special service to honor this day, and all are invited to attend, said […]

Deputies investigate complaints about starving horses

OKEECHOBEE — After multiple calls concerning starving horses, Sheriff Noel E. Stephens issued the following statement on Monday, Sept. 23: “In response to the allegations concerning abused horses in Okeechobee County, the sheriff’s office is conducting both a criminal investigation as well as an internal investigation into allegations of neglect. The sheriff’s office can offer […]

Gatorama’s Hatching Festival gets early preview

This coming weekend the annual Alligator Hatching Festival starts its two-week run, while some enthusiasts got a sneak preview this past weekend (they ran out of available eggs Saturday, Aug. 10, so there was that one early hatching day so far). And Wild at Heart wildlife center had its second opening day the same day. […]

Another Talkin’ Monkeys intern launches on safari

CLEWISTON — A Florida Gulf Coast University student who has been interning for some time at the Talkin’ Monkeys Project primate research park near here is going on to bigger (literally) and better (wilder) things far, far away from Southwest Florida. Due to the experience Blake Jacoby earned during many volunteer hours put in under […]

Wild at Heart, facing lawyer demand, selling some animals

GLADES COUNTY — Because of their attorney’s demand for payment before the court hearing they face on July 10, Jeremy and Jamie Hargett are now urgently seeking to sell or transfer ownership of animals that live with them at Wild at Heart Wildlife Center. They’re facing an eviction lawsuit by the former owner of the […]