A recent outbreak of the distemper virus in several raccoons in the western section of Gainesville and Alachua County has a lot of pet owners worried. WUFT-FM’s Junior Skepple spoke to some experts about the importance of having animals immunized against the virus.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/distemper.mp3]
Groups of dogs have been demolishing cages and chicken coops, attacking livestock and harassing community members in Melrose and Keystone Heights. Despite residents' calls to animal services, very little has been done to address the issue in the rural neighborhoods.