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  • Texas veterinarian who shot cat with bow and arrow is facing police probe

    04/18/2015 1:39:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 75 replies
    nola.com ^ | William LaRue, National Desk
    Kristen Lindsey, 31, of Brenham posted a photo holding up what she described as a dead feral tomcat shot in Austin County, but there are reports since that it was a neighborhood family pet named Tiger. ... The photo has since been removed and her Facebook account canceled, although copies have widely circulated on the Internet. Her original post with the photo read: "My first bow kill, lol. The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through it's head! Vet of the year award ... Gladly accepted," KWTX-TV reported. Austin County Sheriff Jack Brandes said deputies were investigating...
  • Paratrooper takes fish on parachute jump

    04/17/2015 6:38:41 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 60 replies
    A paratrooper who was preparing to leave the US army decided that he would make his last parachute jump more memorable by taking along a fish. The day before his final jump on April 11, Spc. Matthew Tattersall went out and purchased a Siamese fighter, which he called 'Willy Makeit'. He placed the fish in a water bottle and poked a few holes into it to allow air to get in. Then he hid the bottle in his pocket as he knew he wouldn't be allowed to jump from the plane with the fish. "That's my pet fish named Willy...
  • Dog Flu Outbreak Gained Foothold at Urban Doggie Day Cares

    04/17/2015 1:17:22 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 17, 2015 | CARLA K. JOHNSON
    Many urbanites use doggie day cares while they work long hours. Paying others to exercise their pets, owners can forgo long walks and enjoy guilt-free pooch snuggling in the evenings. While usually a healthy experience for the dogs, the day care environment, with dozens of pets mingling, contributed to an epidemic of dog flu in Chicago that is spreading in the Midwest, experts say.
  • Gentle Tasmanian devils may be key to species' survival, study shows

    04/16/2015 10:30:11 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 6 replies
    theguardian ^ | Tuesday 4 September 2012 06.41 EDT | Flora Malein
    Tasmanian devils must evolve to be less aggressive if they are to avoid becoming extinct, suggests new research. The study sheds new light on an infectious cancer threatening to wipe out the species' wild population, which only exists on the Australian island of Tasmania. The tumours caused by the devastating disease, known as devil facial tumour disease (DFTD), interfere with feeding and affected animals often starve to death. Rodrigo Hamede and his team at the University of Tasmania investigated the connection between the infection of DFTD, which is spread when one animal bites another, and the number of bites that...
  • A dog's life: study reveals people's hormonal link with tail-waggers

    04/16/2015 1:18:41 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 44 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 4/16/15 | Will Dunham
    Dogs are called "man's best friend" - women's, too - and scientists say the bond between people and their pooches may be deeper than you might think. Researchers in Japan said on Thursday oxytocin, a hormone that among other things helps reinforce bonds between parents and their babies, increases in humans and their dogs when they interact, particularly when looking into one another's eyes. They described a series of experiments that suggest that people and their canine companions have mutually developed this instinctual bonding mechanism in the thousands of years since dogs were first domesticated.
  • Female Chimpanzees Use Tools, Including Spears, More Often Than Males While Hunting, Study Reveals

    04/16/2015 7:46:05 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    techtimes.com ^ | | April 16, 10:13 AM | James Maynard
    Iowa State University researchers reported in 2007 that chimpanzees near Fongoli in Senegal were using tools, including spears, to hunt. The team also noted in that initial study that females of the species were the ones crafting most of the weapons. However, the small sample size of that initial study led some scientists to question the conclusions of the research. Over the last eight years, investigators have documented more than 300 hunts utilizing spears and other instruments for hunting. Males make up 60 percent of the chimpanzees in the study group, yet they undertook just 40 percent of the hunting...
  • 40-Pound Wolverine Nearly Escapes Carrier at Newark Airport

    04/15/2015 11:44:33 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 52 replies
    NBC New York ^ | Wednesday, April 15, 2015, | Tina Moore
    Somebody call the X-Men. A 40-pound wolverine escaped from its metal carrier at Newark Airport and had to be shot with a tranquilizer dart, officials said Wednesday. The male European wolverine broke out of the carrier around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday inside a transport van. The wolverine was en route from Norway to Alaska through Newark, officials said. A veterinarian from the Bronx Zoo tranquilized the animal so he could be safely moved to a secure carrier. Wolverines are part of the weasel family. The wolverine is owed by the Alaska State Zoo, which had a representative traveling with the wolverine....
  • Chimps in Senegal found to fashion spears for hunting

    04/15/2015 10:59:08 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 28 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 4/15/15 | Bob Yirka
    (Phys.org)—Members of a troop of chimpanzees living at a site called Fongoli in southeastern Senegal have been observed by scientists fashioning tree branches into spears and using them to hunt and kill bushbabies. The researchers, a combined team with members from the U.S. the U.K. and Germany have published their observations and findings in Royal Society Open Science. In their seven year study of the chimps living at the site, the researchers spotted chimpanzees breaking off tree branches, tearing off smaller branches and leaves, removing the weak tips and sometimes gnawing on the ends to sharpen them. The spears (which...
  • Dog Owners Threatened With $750,000 Fine Over Missing Dog Posters

    04/12/2015 4:08:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    NBC Washington ^ | Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 | Darcy Spencer
    Roger Horowitz was out Friday, ripping down fliers he posted about his missing dog, Ollie — not because the dog has been found, but because he's afraid of being hit with the huge fine. Horowitz and his wife, Annemarie, had recently adopted Ollie, a rescue dog that had been shot in Georgia. "He'd been abused by his previous owner and actually shot with a shotgun," Horowitz said. "So he has about 23 pellets still in his back." On March 30, Horowitz was walking Ollie near Georgia Avenue and Euclid Street NW when the dog broke loose. "A car just backfired,...
  • Sea Lion Wanders to Imperial Beach High School, Gets "Detained" by Deputies

    04/12/2015 4:00:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Sheriff’s deputies had an unusual suspect in the back of their patrol squad car this week in Imperial Beach, San Diego, California. Let’s just say fingerprinting him could be tough. A sea lion pup wandered away from the shoreline on Wednesday and waddled five blocks to Mar Vista High School. School staff called in San Diego County sheriff’s deputies to “investigate.” Deputies detained the little guy, or put him in the back of the patrol car. Animal Control officers and SeaWorld workers arrived soon after to tend to the pup. In a news release, sheriff’s deputies jokingly described attempting to...
  • Tryouts for San Diego Police K-9 Unit

    04/12/2015 3:17:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | May Tjoa
    The San Diego Police Department is expanding its K-9 unit, and will begin interviewing officers this week to fill at least 4 new handler positions. It's the first time in two years the department has offered tryouts for its officers. The candidates passed the challenging physical tests during an all-day tryout in March. That's when full time K-9 handlers and command staff evaluated the candidates' endurance and ability to follow instructions under pressure. "The big thing is leadership and the ability to multi-task. Each test in and of itself will not tell the full story. It's a combination of the...
  • Up or Down? Photo of Cat on Stairs Confuses the Internet

    04/12/2015 4:38:31 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 62 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 10, 2015 | staff reporter
    Just as soon as the Internet got over whether "The Dress" is white and gold or blue and black, another viral debate has been sparked by a photograph of a cat. The photograph shows the cat halfway through climbing a staircase, prompting the question, is the cat going up or going down the stairs?
  • Chimpanzee Whacks Camera Drone Out of Mid-Air with a Stick VIDEO

    04/12/2015 3:19:03 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 23 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | 04/12/15 | Michael Zhang
    Pro tip: Don’t fly your camera drone too close to chimpanzees. They might knock it out of the air using a stick. That’s what happened to one camera drone user over in the Netherlands while flying a drone in a zoo’s chimpanzee habitat. One of the chimps decided that “enough is enough”
  • Dog cancer detection '98% reliable'

    04/11/2015 4:00:36 PM PDT · by gorush · 30 replies
    Guernsey Press ^ | April 11, 2015 12:32 am | unknwn
    The Italian study backs up tests carried out by the charity Medical Detection Dogs, which is based in Buckinghamshire. Its co-founder Dr Claire Guest said its own research had found a 93% reliability rate when detecting bladder and prostate cancer, describing the new findings as "spectacular". The latest research, by the Department of Urology at the Humanitas Clinical and Research Centre in Milan, involved two German shepherds sniffing the urine of 900 men - 360 with prostate cancer and 540 without. Scientists found that dog one got it right in 98.7% of cases, while for dog two this was 97.6%....
  • Goat Rentals Take Off In Seattle On First Day Of Amazon Home Services

    04/10/2015 8:23:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    KUOW.org ^ | March 31, 2015 | Jeannie Yandel & Hannah Burn
    When Amazon launched its Amazon Home Services this week, the stars of the new initiative were …Goats.Seattle goats, specifically, ready to trim back your pesky shrubbery. “We bring the goats and unload him,” said Tammy Dunakin, head goat wrangler and owner of Rent-A-Ruminant LLC. “The second they hit the ground, they’re eating. It’s incredible to watch. It’s kind of like watching marbles scatter when you drop them on the pavement. And the goats start eating everything in sight."And it sounds like ... Dunakin's goats do work for the city – you may have seen them munching on hills alongside Interstate...
  • 8-foot-long carnivorous cat-eating lizards are invading Florida

    04/10/2015 7:06:52 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 87 replies
    Business Insider via Yahoo News ^ | 4/10/15 | Kevin Loria
    Wildlife officials armed with shotguns will be increasing patrols of Palm Beach County canals from once a month to four to six times a month to try to hunt the reptiles down, according to the Sun Sentinel. The plan is to catch or shoot the lizards on sight — they've got 20 in Palm Beach since July.
  • Cat's Bricked-in Ordeal Ends After 27 Days

    Simba, from Meckenheim, North Rhine-Westphalia, was freed by firefighters after a neighbour heard a scratching sound in her newly-renovated bathroom. “It's a miracle, a gift,” owner Helga Henkel, who lost track of Simba after the night of March 8th, told the Bonn General-Anzeiger. “We looked everywhere for Simba, hung up notices, watched out for cats' eyes with a torch at night,” she said. Professor Reto Neiger of the Small Animals Clinic in Gießen said that cats could survive for a long time on very little water, as they were formerly desert-dwelling animals. Although four weeks is a long time to...
  • Stolen: $70k in Bull Semen (ed)

    04/09/2015 2:02:42 PM PDT · by dware · 35 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 04.09.2015 | AP via Fox News
    LEROY, Minn. – Police are investigating the theft of about $70,000 worth of bull semen from a farm in southern Minnesota. Mower (MOH'-ur) County Sheriff Terese Amazi (AM'-uh-zye) says a LeRoy man reported Tuesday that a storage canister with vials of bull semen was taken from his unlocked barn.
  • Des Moines Man Reports Stolen Dog Poop (ed)

    04/09/2015 12:37:10 PM PDT · by dware · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04.09.2015 | AP via Fox News
    FULL TITLE: Des Moines man reports person tried to steal truck, instead took bag of dog poop, police say DES MOINES, Iowa – Police say someone who attempted to steal a truck parked outside a Des Moines home instead took a bag of dog poop. The Des Moines Police Department responded to a report of an attempted burglary around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday. Upon arrival, a man told police someone broke into the driver's side door of his truck sometime last month.
  • Bobcat Drags Shark Out of Florida Surf

    04/09/2015 6:06:44 AM PDT · by Clint N. Suhks · 67 replies
    Nat Geo ^ | 4/8/15 | Brian Clark Howard
    Dramatic photograph appears to be real, experts say. Many species of cats are great fishers, and bobcats are no exception. But one bobcat created an extraordinary fish tale when it pulled a shark out of the surf. The dramatic moment was caught on camera by John Bailey in Vero Beach, Florida, Monday night, when he was walking along Sebastian Inlet State Park. Bailey has not yet responded to a request for comment but he told local media that he saw the cat fishing in the surf. Suddenly, the cat leaped and dragged a shark three to four feet long (one...
  • World's Longest Rabbit Darius Celebrates 5th Birthday Today

    04/08/2015 1:56:54 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    Good Morning America ^ | 4-8-15 | AVIANNE TAN
    This bunny, who holds the Guinness World Record for world's longest rabbit, is partying like an animal today because... it's his birthday! Darius, a 4-feet-long continental rabbit, turns 5 today, his owner Annette Edwards, 63, of England, told ABC News today. "I'm probably going to let him have extra nice carrot treats," Edwards said. "He just loves the carrots with the yummy green tops." Edwards also takes care of Darius' son named Jeff. He's only a year old, but he's already 3-feet-8-inches long, and Edwards thinks Jeff could outgrow Darius. "I spend over 5,000 euros for the both of them...
  • Brontosaurus Finally Validated as a Distinct Dinosaur

    04/08/2015 4:11:18 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 7, 2015, 10:43 AM ET | ALYSSA NEWCOMB
    On the edge of the solar system, the dwarf planet Pluto, which knows what it feels like to be banished from an exclusive club, may be cheering for the brontosaurus. While the long-necked dinosaur's name may be known by legions of fans and even made it on to a postage stamp in the 1980s, most paleontologists would be quick to correct people that the brontosaurus is not a dinosaur. But the iconic dinosaur name may finally be reinstated more than a century after researchers found the long-necked brontosaurus and apatosaurus likely belonged to the same genus, according to an analysis...
  • Florida Targets October For Bear Hunt

    04/07/2015 8:01:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | April 6, 2015
    The state this October would open its first black-bear hunting season in two decades, under a set of rules that will be reviewed next week. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has proposed that about 275 black bears be killed in mid-October as part of a two-pronged effort to control the woodland creatures and reduce the risk of dangerous interactions between bears and the state’s growing population. Along with the proposal about reducing the bear population through a one-bear-per-hunter hunt, the commission during an April 14 meeting at Florida A&M University also will consider rules about the proper maintenance...
  • Shark Attack Victim Can’t Wait To Get Back In The Water

    04/07/2015 7:56:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | April 7, 2015
    It’s not every day that someone gets bitten in the head by a shark and lives to tell about it. But that’s what happened to 70-year old Rick Neuman, 200 stitches later. Neumann said he was spearfishing in about 40-feet of water off the coast of Jupiter on Friday when a bull shark came out of nowhere. “I think the shark got confused and just lashed out and hit me like a freight train,” said Neumann. “It’s not the shark’s fault, he got confused, the water was dirty, and things can happen. Neumann said he has no hard feelings against...
  • Bobcat Catches Shark At Popular Florida Beach And Becomes Dinner

    04/07/2015 6:42:06 PM PDT · by seantruet · 90 replies
    albasun ^ | 08.04.2015 | Sean Truett
    CAT-FISHED! Something you don't see every day... I don't know who is more shocked, Us or the Shark!? Read more at http://www.albasun.com/2015/04/shark-attacked-by-bobcat-at-florida-beach.html
  • Endangered Tortoises Feasting on Invasive Plants

    04/07/2015 12:19:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    discovery ^ | Richard Farrell
    On an earlier project, Blake had outfitted tortoises on the island with GPS units. He noted something strange in their movements: The tortoises would migrate between lowlands -- only flush with vegetation in the wet season -- and highland meadows, which had plentiful vegetation year-round. Blake knew a Galapagos tortoise could survive up to a year with no food or drink. "Why," he wondered in a release, "would a 500-pound animal that can fast for a year and that carries a heavy shell haul itself up and down a volcano in search of food? Couldn't it just wait out the...
  • Goldfish Are Threatening a Whole Colorado Lake Ecosystem (truncated)

    04/07/2015 11:33:21 AM PDT · by dware · 51 replies
    GMA via Yahoo! ^ | 04.07.2015 | AVIANNE TAN
    Colorado wildlife officials say they believe someone dumped four to five pet goldfish in a Boulder lake about two years ago, and they have now multiplied to over 3,000 to 4,000 fish.
  • Brazilian Dog 'Surrenders' Under Police Orders After Owners Busted For Drugs (Photo)

    04/07/2015 7:47:15 AM PDT · by rhoda_penmark · 1 replies
    OpposingViews ^ | Tue, April 7, 2015 | Emily Smith
    A dog belonging to a Brazilian drug gang "surrendered" alongside his companions when police busted the gang’s hideout.
  • Bumblebees!!!

    04/06/2015 9:00:54 PM PDT · by djf · 78 replies
    4/6/2015 | djf
    Now I have (and have had it for a while) a birdhouse right next to my back door. Early in the spring, I checked it -but nothing seemed to be happening. There was an old nest inside from last year when I had the privilege of watching a pair of chickadees raise there young one. About two or three weeks ago, I stepped outside about 2 AM just to see the weather, etc., and I heard a sound - it was like a buzzing. I realized it was coming from the birdhouse, and thought it might be wasps which I...
  • Research findings back up Aboriginal legend on origin of Central Australian palm trees

    04/06/2015 10:26:08 AM PDT · by Theoria · 13 replies
    ABC ^ | 03 April 2015 | ABC
    The scientific world is stunned by research which backs an Aboriginal legend about how palm trees got to Central Australia. Several years ago Tasmanian ecologist David Bowman did DNA tests on palm seeds from the outback and near Darwin. The results led him to conclude the seeds were carried to the Central Desert by humans up to 30,000 years ago. Professor Bowman read an Aboriginal legend recorded in 1894 by pioneering German anthropologist and missionary Carl Strehlow, which was only recently translated, describing the "gods from the north" bringing the seeds to Palm Valley. Professor Bowman said he was amazed....
  • Dogs Meet Their Kitten Siblings for the First Time [video]

    04/06/2015 4:28:08 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 35 replies
    Life With Dogs ^ | April 6, 2015 | Fred
    From the very first clip, one can clearly see that not all dogs don’t like cats. In fact, some of the dogs in this video seem to think maybe that’s just a very strange looking dog. No matter what they are thinking the at the first meeting, there’s always bound to be plenty of cuteness, and loads of silly fun for these dog and kitten siblings.
  • Bees cause pandemonium as Obama reads to kids

    04/06/2015 10:46:59 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies
    WND.com ^ | April 6, 2015 | Joe Kovacs
    It has happened yet again. President Barack Obama has been plagued by flying insects, and this time they interrupted the commander in chief as he was reading to children Monday morning at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. As the president was reciting lines from the famous book “Where the Wild Things Are,” bees began buzzing around the kids seated on the South Lawn at the White House. “Oh no, it’s a bee!” declared Obama when some children began to scream because of the insects. “It’s OK, guys.” Obama tried to assure the children everything would be fine, saying,...
  • Sea Lion Bites Man, Pulls Him Underwater at Mission Bay Marina

    04/06/2015 10:08:01 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 4/7 | Samantha Tatro
    A man is recovering after a sea lion bit his hand and pulled him off a boat and underwater, San Diego officials said. The man was holding a fish on a docked boat in the Hyatt Mission Bay Marina Sunday afternoon when the sea lion, apparently attempting to get the fish, bit the man's arm and pulled him into the water by his hand, said Lee Swanson, a spokesman for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. He was pulled under for about 20 seconds, though he did not take in any water. By the time rescue officials arrived, he was back...
  • Elephants help rescue stuck 18-wheeler in Louisiana

    04/06/2015 9:23:00 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    ABC 8 News (WRIC) ^ | March 25, 2015 | WRIC Newsroom
    A pair of elephants helped rescue the truck they were riding in when it got stuck in the mud on a trip from New Orleans to Dallas. It all happened on Tuesday around 7:03 a.m., when the tractor trailer transporting three elephants pulled over from Interstate 49 near the Powhatan exit in Louisiana and accidentally got stuck in some mud, the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s office said in a statement. “When deputies arrived on scene, they were astounded to find two elephants keeping the eighteen wheeler from overturning,” the sheriff’s office said. The elephants on the truck were being transported to...
  • Move over Grumpy Cat! Frowning feline Pompous Albert becomes latest Instagram star thanks [tr]

    04/06/2015 5:56:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 6, 2015 | Maybelle Morgan
    Move over Grumpy Cat - the latest sourpuss to become an internet sensation is scowling feline Pompous Albert. The grey cat with tufty hair and a permanent frown, from Salt Lake City, has already racked up a remarkable 44.1K followers on Instagram. Albert, who's a Selkirk Rex cat, was also named after his famous lookalike - Albert Einstein, thanks to his wild locks, which are a trademark of his breed.
  • Listen I don't mean to make you all laugh but here goes

    04/05/2015 2:03:30 PM PDT · by Undecided 2012 · 50 replies
    now | me
    Why when I got a dog bowl out do dogs still drink from the potty?
  • Cats And Vacuums

    04/04/2015 8:57:37 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 30 replies
    Cats And Vacuums
  • Rodent romance: male mice use 'love songs' to woo their women

    04/03/2015 5:10:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4/3/15 | Will Dunham - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - "Some people want to fill the world with silly love songs. And what's wrong with that? I'd like to know," Paul McCartney sings in his 1976 song "Silly Love Songs." Mice might agree. It turns out male mice actually use ultrasonic "love songs" to woo females, using different tunes when they smell but do not see a female and when they lay eyes on their potential lady love, scientists said on Wednesday. "I do think there is more going on with animal communication than we humans have been attuned to," Duke University neurobiology professor Erich Jarvis said....
  • 'Muppets' Revived at ABC With 'Big Bang Theory' Co-Creator

    04/03/2015 5:09:02 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 25 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | April 3, 2015 | Lesley Goldberg
    It may be time to light the lights. ABC is filming a proof of concept for a revival of The Muppets, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady is co-writing the script for a pilot presentation that sources say could be unspooled at May's upfront presentation to Madison Avenue advertisers. Sources tell THR that the project, if all goes well, could go straight to series. Bob Kushell (Anger Management, 3rd Rock From the Sun) will also co-write and is attached to serve as showrunner, with Wilfred's Randall Einhorn attached to exec produce and direct the...
  • New Study about Texas Brown Tarantulas will help engineers in hydraulic robots

    04/03/2015 2:18:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    The reason for the arachnid’s sensitivity to temperature doesn’t rely chiefly on their muscles to move, but they rather employ their blood which also called hemolymph. The spider’s fluid is sensitive to temperature. Hence, when the hydraulic fluid flows into their tube-like legs, it makes them quite loosened and enlarged. An associate professor of biology at Harvey Mudd College in California and who spearheaded the study quipped that temperature can alter the thickness, or viscosity, of hemolymph. Ahn said that at colder temperatures, the spiders moved at a slower pace since the hemolymph has become more viscous than at higher...
  • Cats who rose from the ashes of East Village fire:

    04/02/2015 10:35:07 AM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 29 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 04/02/15 | DAVID MCCORMACK FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
    Woman who lost her home in gas blast gets reunited with her two beloved felines who survived by hiding under a bed Kathleen Blomberg was forced to leave her beloved pets behind when she fleed her apartment after the gas explosion last Thursday She was finally reunited with Kitty Cordelia and Sebastian on Wednesday The ASPCA had found the two tramatized cats hidden under Blomberg's bed in the abandoned home 'I have no words, because, I mean, they're my children,' said an emotional Blomberg following the reunion
  • City puts hold on adoptions of certain dogs (Albuquerque)

    04/01/2015 8:44:32 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 25 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | April 1, 2015 | Colleen Heild
    The city’s Animal Welfare Department is putting a moratorium on adopting out dogs that have failed behavior tests and has begun contacting owners of potentially dangerous dogs adopted over the last year, Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry said Tuesday. “This is an urgent situation,” he said in a Journal interview. “This is a big deal.” The mayor also reiterated his confidence in the department’s director, Barbara Bruin, saying he was confident she would make whatever changes were needed in the interest of public safety. Bruin came under heavy criticism in a complaint to the city Office of Inspector General, which alleged...
  • Complaint: Dangerous dogs being released by city (Albuquerque)

    04/01/2015 8:43:50 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 15 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | March 31, 2015 | Colleen Heild
    They have names like Pappy, Taz and Smokey – pleasant names to make them better candidates for adoption. But these and dozens of other dogs adopted out of the city of Albuquerque’s animal shelter last year have something else in common: They have killed and maimed other pets, bitten children, attacked their handlers or displayed other signs of aggression. In more than 100 cases last year, the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department has allowed the dogs to be adopted by families or returned to their owners even though they flunked nationally recognized standardized tests that showed the animals had dangerous tendencies....
  • Experts: Dog owners are healthier, more likely to exercise

    04/01/2015 6:18:23 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 13 replies
    WISHTV.com ^ | 04/01/2015 | Nina Criscuolo
    The organization says dogs can help improve their owner’s physical and mental health, so they’re holding a dog-friendly event to celebrate National Walking Day.Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, people can walk a dog or one can be provided at Warm Memorial Park. There will be music and prizes.Leaders with the American Heart Association say inactive people can double their risk of heart disease, which is the number one killer of Americans. To combat that, they recommend everyone get 30 minutes of exercise five times a week. Dog owners are 50-percent more likely to fit...
  • Coyote spends afternoon hanging out on roof of L.I.C. Bar in Queens

    03/31/2015 6:46:39 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 53 replies
    NYDN ^ | March 30, 2015 | Doyle Murphy
    Maybe it was thirsty. A coyote scampered back and forth across the roof of a Long Island City bar on Monday, as stunned locals gawked at their wild neighbor. “He didn’t pay his bar tab, so he ran out onto the rooftop,” quipped L.I.C. Bar owner Brian Porter.
  • Pack of Stray Dogs Stand Guard at Animal Lover's Funeral

    03/31/2015 3:47:08 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 17 replies
    GMA via Yahoo News ^ | 3/30/15 | MEGHAN KENEALLY and ELARA MOSQUERA
    A woman who spent her life caring for stray dogs received an unexpected -- and surprising -- tribute from the animals when she died. At the funeral for Margarita Suárez in Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico, there was a pack of stray dogs who came inside the funeral home to stand guard. Suárez's daughter Patricia Urrutia told ABC News that they were shocked, but delighted by the appearance of the canine celebrants.
  • Nobody can resist petting a litter of wriggly puppies... not even this MONKEY

    03/30/2015 10:44:02 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    The only thing cuter than a litter of puppies may be a little monkey going gaga over a bunch of newborn pups. A video of a capuchin monkey after its introduced to a gaggle of black and white puppies that have yet to even open their eyes proves it. Like any human pet lover, the monkey immediately goes in for a big hug. He then pets the pups just like a kid who's just gotten his first dog. Minus a brief moment where the monkey appears to search one of the dog's fur for parasites, its reaction is indiscernible from...
  • K9 Bites Officer During Pursuit

    03/29/2015 6:33:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Mar 29, 2015 | Samantha Tatro
    A police dog bit an officer during a pursuit early Sunday morning. Shortly after 2:30 a.m., a police officer tried to pull over a driver for a traffic violation, San Diego Police said. The driver took off and lead officers on a short chase before jumping out of the car and running off near the intersection of Fairmont Avenue at Camino Del Rio North in Kensington. When the officer ran after him, he was bitten on the hand by his own K9 dog, police said. The officer was treated and will be okay. The suspect in the pursuit was arrested.
  • Colorado Dog, a Quadruple Amputee, Able to Get Around With Prosthetic Limbs

    03/29/2015 4:09:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    He started walking with them in September 2014, when he was outfitted with the rear prosthetics. The front devices came 6 to 8 weeks later. It hasn’t always been an easy road. Foster mom Laura Aquilina takes Brutus for a walk around the block, which ordinarily wouldn’t sound like a challenge. “He just has these little peg legs to get around on and he does a pretty good job inside the home,” says Aquilina. But outside–he’s adjusting to wearing prosthetics on each leg.
  • War veteran Sarbi dies a hero dog

    03/28/2015 11:12:59 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    War veteran Sarbi dies a hero dog: Army explosive detection warrior gets highest canine military honour DECORATED canine war hero Sarbi died yesterday after a short battle with brain cancer. The army explosive detection dog was awarded the highest military honour for canine warriors, the War Dog Operational Medal, as well as the prestigious Purple Cross by the RSPCA for her war-time services. The 12-year-old newfoundland-labrador retriever cross suffered several seizures in recent weeks and scans detected a tumour in her brain. Sarbi had spent the past five years as a pet of her army handler Warrant Officer David Simpson...