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Coyote spotted in DeBary, prompting concerns

DeBary residents are more accustomed to seeing bears in their neighborhoods. So Thursday’s rare coyote sighting prompted concerns from residents in the River City.

A driver snapped a photo of a coyote on Sanford Avenue near Wilson Road and posted it on the DeBary Proud Facebook page Thursday afternoon.

“Be careful with your pets and kids,” Evelyn Rodriguez wrote. “He didn’t seem scared at all by us stopping and taking a picture.”

FWC takes report

DeBary Life reported the coyote to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission just before 1 p.m.

An officer who took the call said there was nothing the agency would do other than taking a report.

However, if a coyote is on your property, the officer said, the owner can trap or euthanize the intruder a humane way or hire someone to do it.

The agency says online that coyotes have been documented in all of Florida’s 67 counties.

‘Fear of people’

“Encounters between people and coyotes in Florida are occurring more often,” FWC says online. “As coyotes become used to people, they may lose some fear of people, so sightings of coyotes during the day may increase.”

You can report the animals at 888-404-3922.

People who responded to the Facebook post said coyotes have attacked their pets or chickens.

“Out in the middle of the day, absolutely no fear of human contact. Something that definitely needs to be addressed,” David Connors wrote on Facebook.

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DeBary mini pig named Petals struggling to stay alive

A DeBary mini pig named Petals is struggling to stay alive.

Donations are flowing into a GoFundme account to help pay for the baby porker’s soaring medical bills.

The piggy’s parents hope the cash will come in quickly to save their newest family member.

“She’s not just a pig, she’s family, now,” Kari PTF said in a post. “The kids adore her, she cuddles , and is smart as can be . Any help might just save her life !”

Eight-week-old Petals has an enlarged heart and pneumonia, Kari PTF wrote.

One night, Petals went into extreme distress, gasping for air and struggling for breath.

“We managed to get her to an animal hospital that accepted exotic pets in the nick of time . They immediately began critical care emergency life saving treatments.”

The latest update: The pig needs to go to Gainesville to visit a University of Florida veterinarian for a heart exam before fluid fills her lungs again.

“This test is $400-$600 plus any medication needed to keep her going . The news stinks , by isn’t unmanageable !”


DeBary abuzz about once-missing dog Toby

Residents in DeBary are outraged and heartbroken after learning a once-missing, runaway dog ended up with a new family after being found.

“To the family that now has Toby, please please give him back,” Facebook user Tessa Fannin said in a post on Thursday.

Toby’s owner is a single dad with two children, Fannin wrote.

“They love this boy with all their heart & soul,” Fannin added. Toby “has never been neglected and he is a companion to the children.”

The people who have Toby are urged to call original owner Chris Bove at 386-837-2378.

The identity of the individual or individuals who currently have Toby wasn’t immediately known Saturday.

The debate about Toby, the circumstances of his initial disappearance, the involvement of a DeLand-based animal group and the dog’s subsequent rehoming have all been topics on the popular DeBary Proud! Facebook page in recent days.

“Toby is missing his family.” wrote Facebook user Evelyn Patterson Reed. “I’m heartbroken for the family and Toby. His family went door to door in the scorching heat looking for him. I know this because they came to my door. This should not be happening!!!”

The dog went missing on Aug. 1.

An unidentified person found him the next day and “did not make any effort to find it’s owner,” Fannin wrote.

No so, according to  ARK Animal Rescue, a DeLand based nonprofit that released a statement on its Facebook page.

“The dog in question was found and advertised for 5 days by the family who found it. By law a found animal is to be advertised for 72 hours. The people who found the dog obeyed the law. A week later they contacted ARK,” the statement said.

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