Double suicide follows animal cruelty charges

LAKE BUTLER

Double suicide follows animal cruelty charges

Two North Florida women facing animal cruelty charges were found dead of an apparent double suicide.

Union County deputies reported finding the decomposing bodies of 53-year-old Jeannette Brown and 39-year-old Tina Vetterlein at a Lake Butler home on Thursday. Each woman had died from a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head from different firearms.

The women had each been charged in September with 14 counts of animal cruelty and 14 counts of animal abandonment. Authorities seized nearly a dozen horses, along with two dogs, a donkey, a goat and a bull.

Authorities believe the women might have been dead since November.

NOKOMIS

Bald eagle saved after plunge into gulf

Southwest Florida beachgoers helped save a bald eagle that crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.

Officials say it went down about 200 yards off Venice earlier this week. The bird eventually made its way to shore, and authorities took it to a Nokomis veterinarian. Dr. Jack Landess was treating the bird Friday. He said the bird was initially unable to fly because its wings were covered in saltwater.

ORLANDO

Circus' baby elephant has serious disease

A baby Asian elephant born from a rare Ringling Bros. artificial insemination has been pulled from the circus after becoming sick.

The 1-year-old calf is being treated for a potentially deadly herpes virus unique to elephants. However, veterinarians with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus belief he'll survive.

Experts know little about the virus — only about 30 cases have been reported in North America. About a third of those animals died.

Only four elephants in America have been born from artificial insemination. Its father also had the virus, but Ringling says the cases are unrelated.

Associated Press

Double suicide follows animal cruelty charges 02/06/10 [Last modified: Saturday, February 6, 2010 10:19pm]

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