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George Jenkins High wins state veterinary assisting competition

George Jenkins High wins state veterinary assisting competition

Lakeland’s George Jenkins High placed first in a state FFA competition testing students in veterinary assisting skills. Thirty-six high schools throughout the state competed in Plant City for the state championship held this month.

The competition is designed to inspire interest in learning activities associated with veterinary science. It tested student knowledge about livestock and companion animals within the veterinary profession.

The competition consisted of written questions on animals in varying topics including veterinary medical terminology, anatomy and physiology. The students also competed in a breed test identifying 20 breeds. The students identified species of feline, horse, goat, sheep and rabbit.

World's largest...dog wedding?

World's largest...dog wedding?

Lake Wales – The Dogs BoWoW dog bakery boutique will attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the Largest Simultaneous Dog Wedding at their Holy Moly Mutt-ramony Event held at Eagle Ridge Mall, on Hwy 27 in Lake Wales, FL. This event is part of Eagle Ridge Mall’s Dog Days of Summer weekend June 24-26.

The goal is to “wed” 300 pair of dogs as Canine Companions or Fur-ever Friends in one mass ceremony. Dog owners can pre-register their dogs for the event by visiting The Dogs BoWoW in Eagle Ridge Mall or online at www.TheDogsBoWoW.com.

People with only one dog can attend a speed dating event prior to the ceremony to give them a chance to find a special match for their dog to “wed” so they can take part in the event.

More information is available online at www.TheDogsBoWoW.com.

Hundreds line up to adopt dogs seized from Lakeland home

Hundreds line up to adopt dogs seized from Lakeland home

Winter Haven, FL -- Hours before the doors even opened, about 75 people were waiting in line this morning to adopt some of the animals seized from a Lakeland home last month.

Photo Gallery: Miranda Trail dog adoption

The Polk County Animal Shelter hosted an adoption event to find homes for about 85 to 90 dogs and about 25 cats. In all, about 400 people showed up to check them out.

Lakeland dogs ready for adoption

Lakeland dogs ready for adoption

Polk County, FL -- The Miranda Trail dogs that were found at a Lakeland home are ready for adoption!

On March 2, a PCSO Deputy responded to a Lakeland home, after receiving a request form Marion County Sheriff’s Office regarding a February 2011 case in which multiple animals were seized from a motor home in Dunnellion.

The motor home’s registration came back to 825 Miranda Trail, Lakeland.

Deputies discovered an elderly couple who were overwhelmed by 184 dogs and two cats residing inside and outside of the residence.

Dozens of dogs removed from Polk home

Dozens of dogs removed from Polk home

Lakeland, Florida -- Two people are facing 40 counts of animal cruelty each, after nearly 200 dogs were removed Thursday night from their Lakeland home on Miranda Trail.

Photo Gallery: Pictures of the dogs removed from the home

The Polk County Sheriff's Office says a total of 184 dogs were removed from the home of 71-year-old Elizabeth Roden and 61-year-old Bradley Roden.

Scales and Tails Pet Festival this Saturday

Scales and Tails Pet Festival this Saturday

Polk County, FL -- The Polk County Board of County Commissioners’ Parks & Recreation is hosting its Scales and Tails Pet Festival this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Simmers-Young Park in Winter Haven.

This family event is free and open to the public.

Free activities include live entertainment by Living Among Alligators, a question and answer session by Dr. Losey, pet contests, a Kid’s Zone with a bounce house, carnival games and a “kiddie” train. Some vendors may charge small fees for pet-related accessories or food. The Polk County 4-H Dundee Clovers will set up an agility course.

The SPCA will be on site for information about pet adoptions, and Losey’s Animal Hospital will provide low-cost rabies vaccines.