Owl trapped in water is rescued in Polk County

Darren Monk

Firefighter Darren Monk holds the owl he helped rescue in Mulberry on Monday.

MULBERRY – There’s an old joke about firefighters in small towns with very fire fires, who are quick to respond to calls of a cat stuck high in a tree, needing to be rescued.
This week, there was a variation of that story in Polk County, where an injured owl actually did get rescued by Polk County firefighters.
The owl, which has been given to the Woodland Wonders Wildlife Rehabilitation Service so it can be treated and rehabilitated, probably owes its life to those firefighters. They pulled the injured owl from a small pool of water Monday morning near Mulberry.
Kevin Watler, communications specialist for the Polk County Board of County Commissioners, reported that around 7:30 a.m. Monday, Polk Fire’s Station 710 in the Willow Oak area got a call about an owl that was trapped in a man’s pool.
“The resident wasn’t sure who to contact, so he called Polk County Fire Rescue,” Watler noted.
Capt. James Towns, Engineer Darren Monk and Firefighter James Parker went to the home on Bailey Road in Mulberry, where they found the owl stuck in about a foot of water, with one claw tangled in a tarp. The owl was caught there and unable to fly. Continue reading

Loving foster home needed for a special dog

Kiva disabled dog

Kiva, a dog with a mysterious illness, is now at the Lake County Animal Shelter and needs a loving foster home.

TAVARES – Do you have a warm, comfortable spot in your home – that a very sweet dog would enjoy relaxing on?
If so, contact the Lake County Animal Shelter. They’re looking for a foster home for a dog named Kiva.
The dog is suffering from an ailment that the veterinary team can’t figure out, but as they continue to look for a cause to why this dog is not able to stand up or walk, they’re hoping a family can give Kiva a happy place to stay in the meantime.
The Animal Shelter is promising that taking in Kiva will be a rewarding experience because of the dog’s pleasant disposition, despite her condition.
“Just by looking at Kiva’s innocent smile and wagging tail, you would never guess that this little girl is battling a mystery illness,” the Animal Shelter noted in a new release. Continue reading

Owe the library some money? Bring them canned food

Lake County food pantry
TAVARES — There have been plenty of jokes over the years, about people who forget to return library books, and end up owing hundreds of dollars in late fees.
But now Lake County is offering a twist on that old line: if you owe the library any back fees, they will be forgiven for those who help out with a good cause.
The Lake County Library System just announced that it will forgive library fines for overdue materials for anyone who donates food during the library’s canned food drive, which is being held from May 1-13 as part of the county’s Food for Fines initiative.
The program was launched to help local food banks, while also offering library patrons the chance to get some library fines waived.
There are 15 libraries in the Lake County system, and donations will be accepted in each one. Continue reading

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