Meet Caper, South Florida's Fastest Wiener Dog

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In case you haven't noticed, it's October. And -- in Florida -- that means sexy Halloween costumes, pumpkin-flavored everything, and the Sunshine State's take on that alcohol-fueled German festival known as Oktoberfest.

Last weekend, it was Oakland Park's turn. The two-day homage to the Germans' love of beer and phallic foods took place at Jaco Pastorius Park in Oakland Park (a city that loves beer almost as much as it loves throwing the word "park" at the end of things).

The two-day event boasted food, beer, live music, lederhosen, carnival rides, but -- most important -- dozens and dozens of adorably cylindrical dachshunds. You might know them as wiener dogs, or -- for the vegetarians -- carrot pups.

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Horde of Venomous Snakes Found in West Palm Beach Home

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A West Palm Beach man was visited by a wildlife officer on a tip that he was hoarding venomous snakes in his parents' house.

The man admitted he had snakes as pets, but denied any of them were venomous, even as the investigating officer continued to find venomous snake after venomous snake hidden away in different parts of the house.

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Horrific Monkey Abuse Uncovered at Max Planck Society's German Lab (UPDATED)

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Highly graphic video of primate experiments at a German laboratory operating under the umbrella of the Max Planck Society, whose offspring include Palm Beach County's Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, has scandalized Europe.

See also: Planck Institute Clams Up on Animal Welfare: "Reputation Speaks for Itself"

Recorded by undercover operatives from the U.K. and German animal rights groups and first broadcast on German television September 10, the images of bloodied, frightened monkeys under extreme, high-tech restraint and with medical probes inserted in their living skulls are strong viewing.


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Troubled Greyhound Trainer Gets Relicensed While Complaints Take Years to Resolve

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James "Barney" O'Donnell, 84, is a well-known greyhound trainer from Miami Lakes who has raced dogs around the country.

In 2011, O'Donnell was accused of forging a dead veterinarian's signature on paperwork for 94 dogs. In 2013, a raid of O'Donnell's cages at Florida Kennels in Hialeah turned up hypodermic syringes containing anabolic steroids as well as mysterious IV bags. Since 1995, O'Donnell has been charged with nine public (noncriminal) complaints, including animal abuse. He's been either reprimanded or fined three times, according to state records.

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50 Giant African Land Snails Caught in Broward County

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Yesterday we brought you news of poisonous caterpillars falling from trees. Well, it looks like the weird creatures invasion of Florida is nearly complete with the news that at least 50 giant African land snails were caught invading homes in the Davie area on Wednesday.

The problem with these mollusks -- aside from being giant -- are that they multiply quickly and carry meningitis. Also, they eat houses.

Yes. HOUSES.

According to the Florida Department of Agriculture, in an attempt to quell a county-wide invasion, workers went to a home on 136th Avenue in western Davie and began raking the surrounding area, and other homes.

See also: Florida Scientists Warn of Venomous Caterpillars Falling Out of Trees

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Cops Find 50 Dead Cats In Freezers Belonging to Child Porn Suspect

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Palm Beach Sheriff's deputies who were serving a warrant to arrest a Lake Worth man on child porn charges discovered fifty dead cats stuffed in freezers in the man's home.

Animal Care and Control were called in Wednesday to remove the dead cats from the man's home. Neighbors claimed to have seen dozens of cats wandering the streets where the house is for months, but weren't sure where they were coming from.

Officials, who were forced to wear masks due to the stench, also found 30 live cats living on the property.

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Florida Scientists Warn of Venomous Caterpillars Falling Out of Trees

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While we have our share of weird-ass species down here in Florida -- lion fish, huge burmese pythons, super snakes, giant african snails, something called crazy ants -- none seem to be more hazardous than a specific type of caterpillar Florida scientists are now warning us about.

It's called the puss caterpillar and they are insanely nasty. They also happen to be the most poisonous caterpillars in the United States. And, of course, they're apparently all over Florida.

What makes them especially diabolical -- aside from the fiery torturous pain they inflict -- is that they look adorably harmless. Like little fuzzy Tribbles who are begging to be pet.

Awwww hey there little fella you're just like a precious tiny kitty aren't you? C'mere and lemme pet youuuuUUUAHHHHHHHHH!!!!

See also: Florida Is Being Invaded By Giant Snails

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Shark Attacks Boca Raton Girl in Waist-Deep Water Off New Smyrna Beach

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A 13-year-old girl was bitten by a shark as she swam in waist-deep water off New Smyrna Beach in Volusia County on Sunday.

The girl, Alexandra Masterson, was bodysurfing around 4:40 Sunday afternoon when she felt something hit her in the leg.

It wasn't until she was carried out of the water that the wound in her left leg revealed bite marks.

See also: Shark Attacks Man Off Hallandale Beach in Waist-Deep Water

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Seven Reasons SeaWorld's Bigger Orca Tanks Project Is a Joke

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SeaWorld has been in a bit of a pickle since the documentary Blackfish (and its ensuing soaring viewership on CNN and Netflix) came out in 2013. The documentary, which features several former SeaWorld trainers, exposes the park's inhumane practices with orcas, including how the whales are kept in small, cramped tanks.

But last week, SeaWorld announced a new project that will supposedly expand its orcas' tanks, doubling the space they currently live in with deeper water. They also announced the formation of an advisory group that includes a professor from UC Davis veterinary school, a researcher at UC Santa Cruz, and a physiologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla.

The project, dubbed Blue World, is the company's multimillion-dollar attempt at expanding its captive orcas' environment while showing a very concerned public that it cares about their whales.

Here are seven reasons why this project is a complete and utter joke:

See also: SeaWorld Denies Shareholders Vote on Whale Sanctuary

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Plantation Man Hacks Neighbor's Pit Bull to Death With a Machete

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A Plantation man hacked his mobile home neighbor's pit bull to death with a machete from Walmart and claimed self-defense.

According to Plantation Police, the man, Hilton Henry, 77, says the dog was attacking his cats before turning on him.

The dog's owner says the dog didn't deserve to be killed this way.

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