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Texas couple's security camera records foxes stealing dog toy

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(UPI) A Texas couple who couldn't find their dog's favorite toy reviewed home security camera footage to identify a pair of furry thieves -- two foxes.

Laura House said she and her husband, Grahm Donovan, were searching for the squeaky dolphin that their blind and nearly-deaf dog likes playing with the most.

The couple reviewed security camera...Read more

Raccoon rescued from inside vending machine at Florida school

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(UPI) Authorities in Florida were called to a high school for an unusual "burglary" in progress -- a raccoon inside a vending machine.

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office shared photos on Facebook showing the guilty trash panda rooting around inside the vending machine, which was full of snack foods.

"This gentleman was apprehended today while...Read more

Johns Hopkins researchers caused harm, death of dogs, animal rights group says in federal complaint

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BALTIMORE -- An animal rights group has filed a complaint against Johns Hopkins University for what it describes as botched surgeries on nine dogs that led to their paralysis and euthanasia.

This is the second complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture against Hopkins this year by Stop Animal Exploitation Now, though the Ohio-based...Read more

VIDEO: Baby raccoon recovering with help from custom wheelchair

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(UPI) A baby raccoon suffering mobility problems due to a traumatic brain injury can get around on her own, thanks to a specially designed wheelchair.

Susan Curtis, a wildlife rehabilitation specialist in Arkansas, said Vittles the raccoon was found at age 8 weeks with a traumatic brain injury that left her unable to walk.

Curtis enlisted the ...Read more

Couple credits hungry cat for $1.2 million lottery jackpot

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(UPI) - A British couple said they have their hungry cat to thank for their winning a $1.2 million jackpot from a scratch-off lottery ticket.

Andrew and Paula Hancock of Mansfield, England, said Andrew had to run out to a local gas station July 24 when they realized they had forgotten to pick up food for their 6-year-old cat, Shortcake.

While ...Read more

VIDEO: Bear makes 'Kool-Aid man' escape from Colorado home

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(UPI) Police in Colorado said a bear that broke into a home left in the style of the Kool-Aid Man by bursting out through a wall when officers arrived.

The Estes Park Police Department said officers responded Friday night to a report of a bear inside a residence.

Police said the bear had apparently been drawn into the home by the "scent of ...Read more

VIDEO: Police capture escaped zebra running through Texas streets

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(UPI) Police in Texas said one of two zebras that escaped from a ranch was safely captured while running loose in the streets, but the second African equine remains missing.

The New Braunfels Police Department posted a video to Facebook showing police pursuing a loose zebra through the streets of the city.

Police said a helicopter team ...Read more

Escaped wolf-dog hybrid safely recaptured in Florida

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(UPI) A wolf-dog hybrid that escaped from a Florida sanctuary was safely captured and returned after being spotted by members of the public.

The Shy Wolf Sanctuary in Naples said Eva, a wolf-dog hybrid, escaped about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and was shot with a tranquilizer dart just over an hour later, but managed to flee the area before being ...Read more

Chicago shelter cat — who wears a diaper — gets her 15 minutes of fame

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People magazine, home of the "Sexiest Man Alive" and A-List celebrity interviews, is making space for a four-legged Chicagoan.

Kele is an 8-month-old shelter kitten with a fluffy white coat, big golden eyes, a petal-pink nose and an outgoing, playful personality.

One of nine pets nationwide featured in a two-page People spread about adoptable ...Read more

Dog survives 6-story fall by crashing through sunroof of parked car

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(UPI) A dog survived a six-story fall from the roof of a New York building when he crashed through the sunroof of a parked car.

Emma Heinrich said the 2-year-old French bulldog, Winston, went running up the stairs of her Manhattan apartment building and bounded onto the roof, where he was unable to stop before reaching the ledge.

"I kind of ...Read more

Her family thinks she's courting trouble feeding feral cats

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Dear Joan: I have feral cats!

Mama cat had two babies and she looks pregnant again. I would like to trap all three and daddy cat, if he comes around again. I haven't seen him lately.

Should I feed them? Or should I only feed the neutered ones? My concern is, will this attract more feral cats?

My family thinks I'm asking for trouble.

-- Mary ...Read more

Longhorn runs into Colorado building during cattle drive through city

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(UPI) A cattle drive event in a Colorado city went awry when a longhorn made a break for freedom and ran through an open door into the lobby of a building.

Witnesses captured video during the annual Ride for the Brand cattle drive in downtown Colorado Springs when the longhorn cow fled from the herd and ran through an open door into the Plaza ...Read more

368 canines participate in Guinness record-breaking dog photo shoot

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(UPI) Organizers of a pet event in Ohio said 368 canines participated in the Guinness World Record-breaking dog photo shoot.

The PAWSitively Pinecrest event, held at Pinecrest's Central Park, featured 368 dogs being photographed during the five-hour carnival to break the Guinness record for largest dog photo shoot.

Guinness adjudicator ...Read more

Tip of the Hat, Wag of the Tail

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Dear Annie: I live out in the country and have found a consistently wonderful kennel for my dog. The people who work there are the owner and two helpers; all are kind, efficient and obviously dog lovers. The kennel costs $40 per night. My question is, how much of a tip to leave? Sometimes, one of the helpers is working when I pick up my dog, and...Read more

Firefighters rescue raccoon with head caught in storm drain grate

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(UPI) Firefighters in Massachusetts came to the rescue of a raccoon that ended up trapped with its head sticking up through a sewer grate.

The Newton Fire Department said a crew worked with Waltham Animal Control when a raccoon was spotted at the side of a road with only its head sticking out from a storm drain grate.

Photos tweeted by the ...Read more

VIDEO: Colorado woman charged by bear while hiking in Canada

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(UPI) A Colorado woman vacationing in Canada captured video of the moment she was charged by a bear while going for a run in the mountains.

Sherry Moore said she hikes frequently in her home state, but had never encountered a bear until she took a run in the Coast Mountains, near Whistler, British Columbia.

Moore she said she was on a popular ...Read more

New York park-cleaning goats honored with G.O.A.T. awards

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(UPI) A New York conservancy presented G.O.A.T. awards at a ceremony Thursday to five actual goats that have been working to clear invasive plants from a park.

The Riverside Park Conservancy held its first ever G.O.A.T. (Great Of All Time) awards ceremony Thursday at Riverside Park in Manhattan to honor five members of the goat herd that has ...Read more

'We didn't quit.' How a stolen Dachshund made his way back to his family

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The Phillips family was shaken but ecstatic after their 2-year-old dog that was stolen from their yard was returned to them after four stressful days.

"It was an empty feeling not having him there," Anthony Phillips said. "It was a scary experience. It was hard on my kids. It really sucked."

The Phillips' Dachshund, RJ, was taken from the ...Read more

Dog rescued from Lake Michigan two days after fleeing at beach

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(UPI) A dog that ran off at an Illinois beach was rescued two days later about a half-mile off the shore of Lake Michigan.

Witnesses called 911 Monday morning when they spotted the 3-year-old dog swimming in Lake Michigan waters off the North Side of Chicago, and Chicago Police officers Jen Terzich and Emmanuel Ordaz Jimenez responded to the ...Read more

Why does cat keep changing her sleeping spots?

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Dear Joan: Agney, my 8-year-old female cat, finds a great place to sleep -- pet bed, closet, blanket -- and sleeps there for two to six months, then finds a new spot and never returns to the old.

The deserted spots aren't soiled. Why, besides because she's a cat, does she do that?

-- Anne

Dear Anne: While some cat behaviors defy explanation, ...Read more

 

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