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Animal rescuer finds reported lizard was old dog toy

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(UPI) An animal rescuer called to a London home on a report of a collapsed lizard arrived to find the reptile was actually a chewed-up dog toy.

The RSPCA said Animal Collection Officer David Eckworth responded to a home in the Hackney area of London where a resident reported spotting a lizard collapsed in her garden.

"The call came in saying ...Read more

This man and his cat became the faces of Florence — and a story of resilience and hope

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- In the photograph that delivered his face onto phone screens and into living rooms across the nation, Robert Simmons Jr. wears a look of anguish.

He is riding in a jon boat out of his neighborhood in New Bern, the neighborhood where generations of his family have lived in the same house off of Garden Street. His great-...Read more

Why dogs seem to hate mail carriers and UPS drivers

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Recently, a noise outside my front door set my dog, Bailey, to barking. I looked out the peep hole and didn't see anyone, but when I opened the door, there was a package on the welcome mat.

"Oh," I said aloud, "it was the postman."

In a split second, Bailey was out the door and racing down the street to where the carrier had stopped to deliver...Read more

Police called when cat brings home bag of drugs

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(UPI) Police in Britain said a pet owner contacted authorities when their cat came home toting an unusual trophy -- a bag of drugs.

The Ashley Police Team in Bristol, England, said the cat came home with a bag that contained several smaller bags believed to contain illegal drugs.

A police spokesman told the Independent that an investigation ...Read more

Brothers Starsky and Hutch were abandoned in old age. Sisters came to their rescue

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Sisters Artye and Patricia Avellar giggle as they wrap their arms around Starsky and Hutch. Tails are wagging and tongues are flying from the chocolate Labrador retriever brothers.

"We told them no French kissing," Patricia gleefully responds.

The human sisters and dog brothers have made a happy new life together out of tragedy.

The brothers ...Read more

FDA plans meeting on breast implant safety, but disputes new study of risks

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Women who believe their breast implants made them ill have been pushing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the last year to hold a public meeting on new information about the safety of the devices.

Now, the FDA has announced that it will convene one next year -- even as the agency disputes a fresh analysis that links silicone gel ...Read more

My Pet World: Dog won't drink water when owner not home

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Dear Cathy,

Whenever I have to go out during the day, I leave my 12-year-old golden retriever in the backyard where she has ample shade, a covered patio and a large bowl of fresh water. She does not drink any water when I am out even if am gone for most of the day and in the heat of the summer. When I return, after excitedly greeting me, she ...Read more

Mountain lion wanders into Colorado motel

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(UPI) Wildlife officials in Colorado shared video of a mountain lion wandering into a motel through a door that had been left open.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Northeast Region, tweeted surveillance footage from the Foot of the Mountain Motel in Boulder.

The video shows a cougar wandering into the motel's office through an open door before ...Read more

Sheriff's volunteer rescues dog tied to moving truck

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(UPI) An Arizona sheriff's office shared video of a department volunteer rescuing a dog spotted tied to the back of a moving semi truck.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office posted a video to Facebook showing the Patrol Volunteer in Protection coming across a truck headed to the interstate with a dog leashed to the back of the vehicle.

The VIP ...Read more

Wandering cat causes power outage in New Orleans

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(UPI) Utility officials in New Orleans said 7,556 people were without power Monday due to a cat that wandered into a substation.

Entergy New Orleans said 7,556 customers lost power after a cat wandered into the substation about 8:30 a.m. and caused a flash by touching equipment.

The company said protective devices installed at substations make...Read more

How to Give Your Cat a Pill

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Dear Annie: Many years ago, my cat-loving sister clipped out an Ann Landers column called "How to Give Your Cat a Pill." She lost it during a move, and I'd love to surprise her with a new one. Could you please let me know where I might be able to find that? -- Cat Aunt

Dear Cat Aunt: I'd be delighted to reprint this hilarious piece. As someone ...Read more

My Pet World: What could cause a dog to go blind so quickly?

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Dear Cathy,

What causes a 6-year-old dog to go blind in less than a week? Is there anything we can do to fix it? The vet says she has SARDS. -- J. Vozzo, Henderson, NV

Dear J,

While several conditions can cause your dog to go blind quickly, if your veterinarian says your dog has Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration (SARDS), then that is the ...Read more

As fatal truck crashes surge, U.S. government won't make an easy fix

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Trucker Jeff Kolkman was an ace within Green Transportation's squadron of "road pilots."

Kolkman was, his dispatcher said, "a very safe driver who followed the rules. He always put safety first."

Until one spring afternoon when he didn't.

In a dashcam recording from inside the cab of a 2016 Volvo semi, Kolkman stares down ...Read more

My Pet World: Redirect energy to keep kitten from chasing cats

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Dear Cathy,

I recently adopted a 9-week-old kitten we named Sonny. I have two older female cats, Dolly, who we have had 10 years, and Charlotte, who we have had eight years. My problem is Sonny chases after the female cats, and they run from him. He has tried to jump on their backs, but they are faster and get away. I tried putting them in ...Read more

My Pet World: Woman says condo doesn't allow 'service' dogs

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Dear Cathy,

I live in a condo that doesn't allow certain service dogs. I have a certificate, a vest and badge, and a doctor's letter, but the president of the condo association doesn't want to look at it. I have panic attacks, anxiety and depression. When I have my lab with me, she calms me down until I am totally calmed down. Isn't there a law...Read more

My Pet Wordl: Socializing and training a fearful dog

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Dear Cathy,

My dog, Major, is a rescue who was 18 weeks old when we got him and is almost two years old now. I fell in love with him in his cage huddled against the wall with his head up the wall. He is so sweet and gentle.

I have taken him to dog parks where he is allowed to be with other dogs, and he loves it. He gets so excited when he sees...Read more

My Pet World: What to do when a cat stops covering its poop

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Dear Cathy,

My 4-year-old male cat, Max, has developed an unusual habit. While he always uses the litter box, he no longer bothers to cover his poop with litter. Have you heard of this before and do you have any thoughts as to why this might be happening? -- Martha, Long Beach, NY

Dear Martha,

Cats usually cover their waste, and don't need ...Read more

My Pet World: Breaking the habit of a dog growling at visitors at the front door

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Dear Cathy,

My dog, a Yorkie-Pekinese mix, barks at every noise he hears. He goes into a frenzy when someone comes to the door. If I let them in, he is very aggressive and will even bite visitors. If I leash him, he gets worse. He is 4 years old. I adopted him three weeks ago from a shelter. They did not tell me that he bites. Is there ...Read more

My Pet World: Slightly feral cat not adjusting well to new home

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Dear Cathy,

We recently adopted a 2 1/2-year-old orange tabby cat from our local TNR rescue. He was rescued as a feral kitten and neutered at three months of age. Since then he has been at the rescue. Before we brought him home, I spent time with him over a three-week period. Although not overly friendly, I could pick him up, pet him, and play ...Read more

My Pet World: When is the right time to help a pet pass over?

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Dear Cathy,

Our beloved husky Krypto is over 13 years old. He has had Valley Fever for over a year and has been taking compounded meds (Fluconazole) for eight months. He is very thin, although he eats a lot and has a good appetite. He drinks gallons of water every day. In fact, when the vet took a ...Read more