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Police respond to report of big cat on the loose in London

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(UPI) Police responded to an affluent London neighborhood on a report of a "big cat" with cheetah-like markings and determined the animal was a domesticated Savannah cat.

Residents of the area unofficially known as Billionaire's Row, located in the Hampstead Heath-East Finchley area of London, called police Monday night to report a big cat was ...Read more

How to keep your dog safe during cookout season

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Summer is right around the corner, and many people will start firing up their grills. If you plan on having your four-legged friend outside with you, there are a few things to keep in mind before you start grilling.

The American Kennel Club offers the following tips to keep your dog safe during cookout season.

- Keep your dog cool and ...Read more

Robot dog herds sheep in New Zealand

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(UPI) A U.S. engineering firm and a New Zealand software company are testing out a robotic dog's abilities to emulate its biological counterparts with a traditional canine task: herding sheep.

Robotics company Rocos is using Spot, a robotic dog developed by Massachusetts-based Boston Dynamics, to herd sheep on New Zealand farms.

Rocos said its...Read more

Kitten with two faces born in New York state barn

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(UPI) A New York state family welcomed an unusual arrival when their barn cat give birth to a kitten with two faces on a single head.

Kyla King, whose family lives on a farm east of Albany, said the 1-year-old barn cat gave birth to a litter of six kittens Wednesday, and she soon realized the runt of the litter had two mouths, two noses and ...Read more

California man marrying his cat to raise money for animal shelter

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(UPI) A California man is seeking to raise money for an animal shelter by holding a wedding ceremony to marry his cat.

Scott Perry said he adopted his cat, Olivia, from Los Angeles' Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in 2015, and she has since become his constant companion.

Perry said the past two months of COVID-19 quarantine inspired him to plan ...Read more

Virginia Tech gives honorary doctorate to service dog

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(UPI) Virginia Tech's virtual commencement ceremony included an honorary doctorate being bestowed on a beloved university staffer: a therapy dog named Moose.

The school announced Moose, an 8-year-old therapy dog employed by the school's Cook Counseling Center, was awarded an honorary doctorate in veterinary medicine Friday as part of the school...Read more

Don't forget to observe dog park etiquette

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Whether you're a dog owner in the city or the suburbs, chances are you're familiar with your local dog park. It's a canine playground - a place where your dog is free to sniff, run around and meet other dogs.

With dog parks opening back up throughout the country, it's important to know basic etiquette when interacting with other canines. In ...Read more

RSPCA rescues fox cub with head stuck in ceramic vase

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(UPI) Animal rescuers in Britain said a fox cub needed some help after being found with its head stuck inside a ceramic vase.

The RSPCA said Animal Collection Officer Joe White responded to a resident's garden Tuesday in Dengayne, Basildon, after the woman reported finding a fox cub with its head stuck in a vase.

"The woman found the poor cub ...Read more

A family just wanted a puppy during the pandemic. Now they're out $250 as advocates say dog scams are on the rise

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CHICAGO -- The coronavirus pandemic presented the perfect opportunity to train a puppy at home, so 16-year-old Jillian Hanna of Mokena, Ill., found an Australian shepherd online last month and her mother made arrangements to buy the dog.

Caroline Hanna said she sensed something was wrong as she traded messages with a purported representative ...Read more

Las Vegas police rescue cat with head stuck in soup can

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(UPI) A pair of police traffic officers in Las Vegas came to the rescue of a cat they spotted with its head stuck in a soup can.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shared helmet-cam footage showing the two motorcycle officers stopping to help the cat.

The video shows the officers catching the cat and carefully pulling the can from ...Read more

Tips to avoid separation stress when routines return

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Because of COVID-19, you are probably under stay-at-home orders, and from the viewpoint of your dog, it's wonderful.

Eventually, however, things will go back to normal. When everyone leaves the house for work and school, your dog will spend much of the day alone. This could cause stress for your furry friend, who has grown used to having ...Read more

Fox rescued from between walls of home, garage

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(UPI) Animal rescuers in Britain said a fox was rescued from the narrow gap between the external walls of a house and its garage.

RSPCA inspector Andrew Kirby said he was summoned to a home in Worthing, England, when the homeowners discovered the young animal trapped in a difficult position.

"I suspect she was walking along the top of the wall...Read more

Therapy pets can't help Alzheimer's patients right now. But there's a robotic alternative

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MIAMI -- Social distancing has changed everything, including how to care for a loved one with Alzheimer or dementia. There might be an increase of stress, confusion and behavior issues during this time because of their disrupted routine, according to the Alzheimer Association.

There are at-home therapeutic activities you can do to help calm ...Read more

Puppy (and Kitty) Love

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Dear Annie: I have a problem. I am 13 years old and am now getting homeschooled because of COVID-19. I have video calls with my teachers and lots of homework afterward.

We have three pets -- two dogs and one cat. The problem is that I do not know how to give them all the same amount of affection. It is challenging when I am doing work and one ...Read more

Lion rescued from inside elementary school building in India

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(UPI) A lion searching for food in an Indian village fled into an elementary school building, where it was later tranquilized by officials.

The Indian Forest Service said wildlife officials in Gir Somnath district responded to Una taluka village when a lion spotted attempting to prey on a buffalo calf in a villager's enclosure was interrupted ...Read more

Take steps to prevent pet theft

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As the temperatures increase, time spent outdoors with our canine friends will also be on the rise. While enjoying the outdoors with your dog is most certainly something to look forward to, it also means a higher risk of your dog getting loose and possibly being stolen.

The thought of your dog being taken from you is unimaginable, but with ...Read more

Veterinarians: Don't be too worried about your pet getting coronavirus

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DETROIT -- As coronavirus case numbers climb, another COVID-19-related concern has come to light: What about my pets?

A pug in North Carolina tested positive for the virus after several of its owners did as well. It is potentially the first dog to be confirmed positive with the virus.

But veterinarians say there isn't too much for owners to ...Read more

Three Cane Corso dogs saved after roaming Angeles National Forest for weeks

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LOS ANGELES -- Spoiler alert: In this story, all three dogs survive through what in and of itself could make for another "Homeward Bound" movie.

Over the last few weeks, a dedicated group of a lot of people -- volunteers from the Simi Valley-based Dog Days Search & Rescue, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and the Sheriff Department's ...Read more

Lost dog found six months later, 50 miles from home

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(UPI) A dog spotted on the loose in Maine was captured and identified as a family pet that went missing six months earlier from a home 50 miles away.

Dave Townsend, an animal control officer in Calais, said volunteers with Maine Lost Dog Recovery helped him set traps and track the movements of the loose dog spotted wandering in the woods ...Read more

Dog owners should take precautions to prevent Lyme disease

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During this viral pandemic, we must remember that other diseases still pose a threat. Our pets are still flourishing, and as spring has sprung, so has the emergence of ticks and the many diseases they can carry, the most commonly known one being Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is an illness that affects both animals and humans - making it what's ...Read more