Animal

TOP VIDEO: Dog Seizure News Conference

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office announced that on Oct. 23, Citrus County Sheriff Animal Control officers seized 65 dogs from an elderly couple in Homosassa, Florida. 
 
Citrus County Director of Animal Services Morgan A. Woodward explains the seizures at a media news confeence at the shelter (October 27, 2017)
 
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Adoption fees waived for all dogs available for adoption at Citrus County Shelter

Let’s clear the kennels at the Citrus County Animal Shelter! The Shelter is way over capacity and dogs continue to come into the shelter daily.

In an effort to clear out the kennels and make room for more dogs, we are waiving adoption fees until further notice on all dogs that are currently available for adoption.

Citrus County residents, however, will be required to pay $10 for county registration tag.

Animal control seizes 65 dogs from elderly Homosassa couple

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office announced that on Monday Citrus County Sheriff Animal Control officers seized 65 dogs from an elderly couple in Homosassa.

The couple has been monitored regularly as dog breeders, the CCSO said, just barely meeting minimum standards to care for their dogs.

During this monitoring period, Animal Control was aware of 18 dogs. Dozens of dogs were kept hidden from law enforcement during checkups.

Animal Services policies take center stage at BOCC

Animal Services artworkPolicies of the Citrus County Animal Services division took center stage on Tuesday at the county commission, and passions were high as animal activists took exception to any number of policies in force at the county's animal shelter.

Crystal River woman charged with animal cruelty

Joi-Marie Richheimer, 45, of Crystal River is facing two counts of animal cruelty. (PHOTOS: Citrus County Sheriff's Office on August 17, 2017)

A Crystal River woman was arrested Monday night and charged with two counts of felony animal cruelty.

Citrus County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Joi-Marie Richheimer, 45, of 8465 W. Gen Chennault Lane.

Animal Control Officers (ACO's) seized three dogs this past Sunday evening, two of which were in "very, very horrific condition," the Sheriff's Office said. A 9-pound Shih Tzu was found in the road wandering around the neighborhood. A good Samaritan held the dog to keep it safe, and waited for ACO's to arrive.

Animal Services in need of donations for new program

Citrus County Animal Services will be launching a behavior enrichment program which will help decrease the stress of a shelter environment on our furry guests. Shelter enrichment programs help to reduce the stress and boredom of shelter life. 

With shelter animals, behaviors such as hyper-arousal, depression, and obsessive/compulsive behaviors are not uncommon when enrichment is not present.

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