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A call to paws for a group of four-legged friends

A call to paws for a group of four-legged friends

Pinellas Park, FL - It's a call to paws for a group of four-legged friends.

The Sandy Paws Sled Dog Club of Tampa Bay are holding their January meetup this coming Saturday at Freedom Lake Park in Pinellas Park.

Start time for this weekend's event is 3 P.M.

Suncoast Animal League needs your help!

Suncoast Animal League needs your help!

PALM HARBOR, Florida -- It's puppy season in Georgetown, Ga., and the supply is overwhelming the demand. Coupled with freezing conditions and outside kennels, Angel Dog Rescue has asked Suncoast Animal League for more help this season.

First, there are seven puppies, approximately nine-weeks-of-age. The shelter will also be helping with a mother dog named "Nutmeg" and her 11 two-week-old puppies.

There is also a 2-year-old Pekingese named "Binkie" who will join in the trip to Florida. She is a former breeder which, until recently, spent up to 14 hours a day locked in a dark closet. Binkie was no longer producing puppies so the breeder was no longer interested in keeping her.

The Suncoast Animal League is once again in need of foster parents for all these puppies. And most importantly, they will need one very special foster home to take Nutmeg and her eleven pups until they are weaned.

Pier Aquarium re-stocks fish before tonight's Holiday stroll

Pier Aquarium re-stocks fish before tonight's Holiday stroll

Saint Petersburg, FL - New fish are moving into The Pier Aquarium's Big Tube aquarium today, marked by an official "restocking" ceremony that took place at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon, with Curator of Exhibits Butch Ringelspaugh rigged onto high scaffolding to deliver a few fish into the 20-ft. tall tank.

The much anticipated event is the follow-up to an electrical mishap in early August that cut off the electricity to "the Big Tube," the largest of three circular tube aquariums in The Pier's first floor lobby, that resulted in the loss of the animals. The 20-ft. tall tank had about 35 large fish, many considered "showstoppers."

Suncoast Animal League needs help!

Suncoast Animal League needs help!

Palm Harbor, FL - The Suncoast Animal League responds to an urgent plea for help from a Georgia animal shelter. The shelter is overrun with dogs who are facing freezing conditions in their outdoor facility and asked Suncoast for help.

Suncoast is currently trying to find a couple of volunteers who can meet the Georgia transport halfway or to pick up the pups. They will rent a cargo van and appreciate the gas card offers. They also are asking for help fostering some pups when they return.

Trixie was found badly injured, possibly abused. Her leg had to be amputated. She weighs only 22 lbs and is over 1 year old. She is somewhat afraid of men. Trixie will need a special foster family.

Grace was found alone in the woods. She actually called out to her rescuers who were looking for her but could not find her. She was malnourished and suffering from the elements.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium receives dolphin calf

Clearwater Marine Aquarium receives dolphin calf

CLEARWATER, Florida -- A bottlenose dolphin calf has been brought to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for rehabilitation, after it was found in the Indian River Lagoon on the east coast of Florida.

Around 9 a.m. Saturday, a call came into Hubbs Sea World Research Institute that the calf had been found. Hubbs staff located the dolphin by 2:30 p.m. and determined that she should be transported to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium after she was found nursing from her mother, who passed away.

Photo Gallery: Rescued Dolphin Calf

At this time, the calf -- who remains unnamed -- is being kept in quarantine while an animal care team evaluates her condition. The two to three-month-old calf has suffered trauma and her condition is fragile at this time, according to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

Pet of the Week: Annabelle

Clearwater, Florida - Our pet of the week is Annabelle. Annabelle is a Pit Bull Terrier/Boxer Mix that is 5 ½ years old. She is a sweet girl that is going to make her new family very happy. Annabelle is a simple girl that likes squeaky toys, long walks and to play in the yard with humans. She does get along with some other dogs and has a few canine playmates here at the shelter.

After being adopted from HSP, she was picked up by Animal Services and ultimately returned to us to find her a family that will love her forever. She is a smart girl that is house trained and knows her basic commands; a refresher course wouldn't hurt and would help build the bond with her new parents. Don't you have room in your home and heart for Annabelle?

PET ID: A07662693

Lap dogs tell Santa what they want for Christmas

Lap dogs tell Santa what they want for Christmas

St. Petersburg, Florida -- Tyrone Square Mall let your pets in on all the festive fun this weekend. Santa was gracious enough to stop by and take pictures with pets at the food court on Sunday.

Photo Gallery: Pets visit Santa at Tyrone Square Mall

If your pet missed its chance to sit next to Santa, don't worry, the mall is doing it all over again on December 5 from 9 to 10 p.m.