Public Health & Safety

Photo of dog Tonka, who needs adopting

Orange County Animal Services Seeks Forever Home for Tonka

Tonka (A450668) was surrendered to Orange County Animal Services on April 15, 2020. Since then, he has been adopted and returned twice, through no fault of his own, and has tallied 215 days in the shelter’s care. Orange County Animal Services is turning to the community for assistance with a plea to help Tonka land his forever home in time for the holidays.

Tonka’s story begins back in April, when Animal Services responded to a call for assistance due to a dog being reportedly abandoned in the backyard of a Conway area home. The responding Animal Services Officer made contact with Tonka’s owner, who no longer lived at the property. The owner had moved and was struggling to find housing for the dog, ultimately opting to surrender the dog during that interaction.

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Clearing Up Confusion about Types of COVID-19 Testing

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Serving up Fire Safety for National Fire Prevention Week

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The Plasma Promise: Frontline Workers Who Beat COVID Donate Plasma to Help Others

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Orange County Fire Rescue Team Helps Weather Storm Despite Pandemic Challenges

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Orange County Firefighter Encourages Asian Community to Consider Public Service

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Orange County COVID-19 Snapshot

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The COVID-19 Dashboard for Orange County, Florida summarizes the latest data relating to Coronavirus cases.

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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Local Face Covering Executive Order 2020-25

On June 18, 2020, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings announced an Executive Order 2020-23 Requiring Face Coverings in public places. On June 24,...

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New Emergency Manager Preparing Orange County to Meet All Public Safety Challenges

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