Woman slips note to veterinarian saying boyfriend holding her captive

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF ABC NEWS)

 

Woman slips note to veterinarian saying boyfriend holding her captive, police say

A woman managed to slip her dogs veterinarian a note saying she was being held captive by her armed boyfriend on Friday, May 25, 2018. Police arrested the man at the animal hospital.Volusia County Sheriff’s Office
A woman managed to slip her dog’s veterinarian a note saying she was being held captive by her armed boyfriend on Friday, May 25, 2018. Police arrested the man at the animal hospital.more +

A Florida woman has her dog’s veterinarian to thank for escaping the clutches of her armed boyfriend.

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday a woman who was held captive by her boyfriend for two days

managed to slip a note to her vet reading, “Call the cops, my boyfriend is threatening me. He has a gun. Please don’t let him know.”

The note worked, and officers from the DeLand Police Department came and arrested the man, identified as 39-year-old Jeremy Floyd. Floyd is a convicted felon, according to the sheriff’s office.

Jeremy Floyd, 39, was arrested by DeLand, Florida, police after he allegedly held his girlfriend captive in her home.Volusia County Sheriffs Office
Jeremy Floyd, 39, was arrested by DeLand, Florida, police after he allegedly held his girlfriend captive in her home.

The woman told police Floyd had allegedly held her captive for two days and “repeatedly battered her on Wednesday night, threatened her at gunpoint, and physically prevented her from leaving their home.” Finally, the woman managed to convince Floyd she needed to take their dog to the veterinarian, though he only did so while accompanying her with a gun, sheriffs said.

On the way to DeLand Animal Hospital, the sheriff’s office said Floyd pointed the gun at her and threatened to kill her and her family. She was only able to slip an employee the note once she arrived at the veterinarian’s office.

A woman managed to slip her dogs veterinarian a note saying she was being held captive by her armed boyfriend on Friday, May 25, 2018. Police arrested the man at the animal hospital.Volusia County Sheriffs Office
A woman managed to slip her dog’s veterinarian a note saying she was being held captive by her armed boyfriend on Friday, May 25, 2018. Police arrested the man at the animal hospital.more +

Volusia sheriffs responded to the couple’s home, where the domestic violence incidents occurred.

Floyd is charged with domestic violence, aggravated assault with a firearm, false imprisonment, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon and simple battery.

He is being held at Volusia County Branch Jail without bail.

A Highly Contagious Dog Flu Has Hit Florida

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A Highly Contagious Dog Flu Has Hit Florida. Here’s What to Know

May 31, 2017

An outbreak of the dog flu, which has sickened hundreds of canines across the country over the last two years, has hit Florida for the first time. The highly contagious virus recently infected at least a dozen dogs in the Sunshine State, the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine said Wednesday. While the virus strain is not usually fatal and is not known to be transferrable to humans, it can spread rapidly and cause debilitating complications.

“There’s always that concern that another large outcome could happen again,” said Michael San Filippo, a spokesman for the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), referring to an outbreak of the dog flu in Chicago in 2015, when hundreds of illnesses were reported. “We don’t want people to panic because typically, from what we know, it’s usually mild, although it can progress and can lead to other infections and be serious. We want to catch these things as early as possible.”

Here’s what to know about the dog flu:

What is the dog flu?

Canine influenza, more commonly known as the dog flu, is a respiratory disease that is easily spread among dogs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Symptoms are similar to what humans have when infected with the flu, including coughing, runny nose and fever. However, some dogs can suffer from life-threatening pneumonia. There are two different viruses, including the latest H3N2 virus, which was first detected in dogs in the U.S. in 2015. At the time, more than 1,000 illnesses were reported in Illinois, where it began, and several nearby states, according to the AVMA. At least six cases were fatal, the organization said. The affected states included Georgia, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Alabama, California, Texas, New York, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana, according to Cornell’s Animal Health Diagnostic Center.

What happened in Florida?

At least 12 dogs were recently diagnosed with canine influenza after either attending two dog shows or being exposed to infected animals from the events, health officials said. The disease appears to have stemmed from a dog show in Perry, Ga. and another in Deland, Fla. — both of which took place late this month. All dogs being treated are in stable condition, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. This is the first time H3N2 canine influenza has been found in the state, health officials said.

It’s unclear how many cases of canine influenza there currently are in the country, as statistics are generally tracked locally, not nationally, a ccording to Edward Dubovi, a v irology professor at Cornell’s Animal Health Diagnostic Center. The 2015 outbreak appeared to have ebbed by that October, said C olin Parrish, another virology professor at Cornell. But health officials in Chicago say the dog flu is still a problem in the area. The Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, which did not provide recent statistics, urged pet owners in March to be “vigilant” and “take necessary action steps “ to prevent their dogs from contracting the virus.

How can dog flu be prevented?

Pet owners can discuss with a veterinarian whether their dogs should be vaccinated for the virus. Dogs are at the highest risk of contracting the virus at animal shelters, boarding kennels, grooming salons, canine daycare, dog parks and other locations where the animals are in close quarters.

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