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Nursing home neglect in California brought to light

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LOS ANGELES -- California health regulators have allowed poor care to proliferate at nursing homes around the state, and the number of incidents that could cause serious injury or death has increased significantly in recent years, according to a stinging state audit released this week.

The state auditor singled out the California Department of ...Read more

Border patrol agents find tiger cub in abandoned duffel bag

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(UPI) Border Patrol agents in Texas said a duffel bag abandoned by migrants attempting to cross into the United States was found to contain a live tiger cub.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Brownsville-based Border Patrol agents working near the Rio Grande observed three subjects attempting to cross from Mexico into the United States.

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Exotic African serval cat on the loose in Alabama

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(UPI) Police in Alabama said they are attempting to track down an exotic African serval cat that escaped from its owner's home.

Felicia Wilson of Pelham said Juno, an African serval cat roughly the size of a medium dog, has been missing since escaping from her home last week.

Wilson said Juno is domesticated and does not pose a threat to the ...Read more

These puppies may be Maryland's first cloned dogs, and superheroes in their own right

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BEL AIR, Md. -- A Bel Air woman loves her long-haired chihuahua so much that she paid a Texas animal cloning company $50,000 so that her dog -- or a version of him -- will be at her side forever.

Five puppies who are genetically identical to the dog, named Bruce Wayne, were born in October and thrived. Four went to live with Bruce and his owner...Read more

My Pet World: Study looks for dogs with CIL disease

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Dear Cathy,

I would like to bring some attention to a terrible disease that strikes all breeds of dogs, but rarely gets any publicity -- Canine Intestinal Lymphangiectasis, which is an intestinal disease, causing diarrhea, swelling and malabsorption.

I had never heard of it before my 8-year-old bulldog Daisy was diagnosed through an ultrasound...Read more

Does exposure to animals during childhood buffer the body's response to stress as adults?

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New research offers evidence for a claim made regularly by country music singers: Growing up with a little dirt under his nails may make a country boy a little shy. But compared to a born-and-bred city slicker, that country boy will grow up to be a stronger, healthier and more laid-back man.

In ways large and small, farm kids and city kids grow...Read more

Boynton votes to allow dogs on the beach for trial period

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BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. -- Boynton Beach commissioners voted 3-2 to allow dogs on the beach at Oceanfront Park on a trial basis for limited days a month.

Mayor Steven Grant asked City Manager Lori LaVerriere to come up with guidelines and costs for a June meeting.

The result of the vote of Boynton's city commission was unexpected because the ...Read more

Escaped cat captured after a week wandering New York airport

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(UPI) An escaped cat that had been on the loose at a New York airport for more than a week has been captured safely and will be returned to her owner, police said.

Port Authority Police said Pepper the cat had been sighted multiple times at John F. Kennedy International Airport after escaping prior to her owner's flight to China.

The 4-year-...Read more

With fewer than 300 red wolves alive today, three rare pups born at N.C. museum

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Their eyes are still tightly shut and they can't quite howl just yet, but Durham is welcoming three new wolf pups to the highly endangered pack.

Fewer than 300 red wolves are alive today. A female at the Durham Museum of Life and Science gave birth to a litter of pups on April 21.

The museum announced the births of the pups on ...Read more

Mountain lion captured while wandering streets of Utah city

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(UPI) Authorities in Utah said they captured a young mountain lion that was found wandering the busy streets of a city.

The Millard County Sheriff's Office posted a photo to Facebook showing the young mountain lion captured Thursday in Fillmore City.

The sheriff's office said deputies responded alongside the state Division of Wildlife Services...Read more

Lost cat returns home four months later thanks to microchip

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(UPI) Animal rescuers in Wales said the reunion of a cat and its owner after four months highlights the importance of microchipping pets.

The RSPCA said animal rescuers from its Cymru branch were notified April 16 that a member of the public had confined a cat they found limping on a street in Pontyclun.

An RSPCA officer discovered the cat was...Read more

Escaped cat spotted by officials at New York airport

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(UPI) Authorities in New York said they are closing in on a cat that escaped from its owner at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Pepper, the cat that escaped from her owner April 20 while preparing to board a plane to China at Terminal 4, was repeatedly spotted Wednesday night and Thursday...Read more

Coyote captured in Philadelphia after stand-off

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(UPI) Police in Philadelphia said a coyote was captured safely in the city after an hours-long standoff at the garbage container where the animal was hiding.

The Philadelphia Police Department said authorities responded about 6 a.m. Thursday to a report of a coyote on the loose in the South Philadelphia neighborhood.

The coyote took shelter ...Read more

Dog owners, there are rules for shopping with Fido — even in pet — friendly stores

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"I see a big dog," the little girl said. She looked about 3, her pudgy legs swinging in the shopping-cart seat. Her feet were within easy sniffing range. But sniffing, we had agreed, was not allowed.

"Hmm," her dad said, not turning around.

"He's right behind you," she offered. Her dad looked at his phone.

"I wonder," she said to herself, "...Read more

Firefighters rescue dog stranded on apartment building ledge

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(UPI) Firefighters in California climbed out on an apartment building ledge to rescue an escaped little dog that ended up stranded.

Witnesses said the Glendale Fire Department responded about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday after the small dog was seen running loose on a narrow ledge on the second story of the building.

A video recorded by onlooker Shant ...Read more

My Pet World: When should your dog's pricked ears stand up

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Dear Cathy,

My wife and I recently purchased our fourth German shepherd. Two have passed, and we have one who is 11 years old. Our previous puppies' ears stood up at about two to three months, but our new addition turns four months tomorrow, and her ears still droop. We feed her a brand of puppy chow, she has had all her shots, and is otherwise...Read more

Loose dog and goat found walking together on Minnesota highway

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(UPI) The Minnesota State Patrol said a perplexed and amused trooper detained a loose dog and goat found walking together down a stretch of highway.

The state patrol tweeted Lt. Gordon Shank responded to a loose animal call Saturday near Hastings and arrived to find drivers had contained a dog and a goat found wandering together on Highway 61. ...Read more

Police searching for cat that escaped carrier at JFK airport

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(UPI) Port Authority police in New York are searching for a cat that broke out of its carrier while its owner prepared to board a flight to China.

Police shared a photo of an officer searching an elevated structure at John F. Kennedy International Airport near the area where the black and white cat named Pepper is believed to have escaped.

The...Read more

Killing dogs and cats for food should be illegal, lawmakers insist

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WASHINGTON -- Yes, you can eat dog or cat for lunch in most states. Or dinner. Or anytime.

Unless Congress acts on a new plan that would subject anyone who kills those animals for human consumption to a jail term and up to a $2,500 fine.

The House farm bill, approved this week by the House Agriculture Committee, would apply those penalties to ...Read more

Mountain lion strolls through California neighborhood

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(UPI) A California man said he was checking his home security camera footage and was shocked to see a mountain lion wander past his house.

Steve Guevara, 64, said he was reviewing the footage on the camera pointing toward the road from his San Jose home when he spotted the large adult cougar.

"I was looking through footage from the camera and ...Read more