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Abandoned dogs rescued; dog fighting suspected

Six dogs rescued from Akron have injuries consistent with dog fighting, the Humane Society of Greater Akron reports.

Wildlife managers confirm rare sighting of gray wolf at Grand Canyon

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A canine spotted in and around the north rim of the Grand Canyon has been confirmed to be the first western gray wolf at the national park in Arizona since the last one was killed there in the 1940s, U.S. wildlife managers said on Friday. Last month a park visitor captured photographs of the animal wearing what was believed to be a radio collar. Wildlife advocates suspected it was a wolf that wandered south from the Northern Rockies. Benjamin Tuggle, Southwest Regional Director for the U.S. ...

Cats Teach Robots To Land On Feet

Training rescue robots to land safely from falls like cats could give them nine lives in the field. Larry Greenemeier reports.   -- Read more on

Thanksgiving at LAX: crowds, construction, therapy dogs

Los Angeles International Airport is on pace to be the nation's busiest airport over the Thanksgiving weekend, and ongoing construction could also make it one of the most frustrating.

Tribe rounds up and kills dogs after girl's death

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) — Oglala Sioux officials have rounded up and killed dogs on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation after a pack of dogs attacked and killed an 8-year-old girl.

Edmonton Humane Society closed to some cats due to space crunch

The Edmonton Humane society is no longer accepting cats surrendered by their owners because the shelter is struggling with a “serious shortage” of space. “We have been getting in more cats than we can house,” Anthea Smith, the society’s director of animal health, wrote in a release Friday.

More dogs rescued from Akron dog fighting ring

More pit bulls have been rescued from a violent dog fighting ring. On Wednesday November 19, acting on a tip from Akron Police, Sr. Humane Officer Tim Harland and Humane Officer Shannon O'Herron, rescued six more pit bulls abandoned in a vacant house on Fern Street in Akron.Many of the dogs have wounds consistent with dog fighting; and were taken to the shelter at PAWSibilities®, Humane Society ...

Trip Tips: Hungary, where goose is king - and eaten - for a month

Balazs Ban, chef of the Macesz Huszar restaurant, prepares a goose plate in Budapest By Michael Roddy BUDAPEST (Reuters) - It isn't to everyone's taste, and animal rights activists wish the custom would vanish entirely, but anyone who ever fancied eating foie gras - fattened goose liver - would have done well to be in the Hungarian capital this past month. November is when Hungary - and many other countries in Europe - celebrate the feast day of Saint Martin who, the story goes, hid in a goose pen to avoid being ordained bishop but was betrayed by the honking of the geese. The feast day is Nov. 11. ...

Antifreeze fears as animals lovers in Merseyside urged to sign petition after spate of pet deaths

White Cross Vets has treated several pets over the last few weeks alone who have ingested the sweet tasting liquid and died from kidney failure

Service dogs a target for abuse, despite users' disabilities

Each dog performs a different service, each service crucially important to its handler. You may be wondering: What is a service dog, exactly? At the kennel is Jessica Quinton, the head trainer for the program PAWS — Proud Animals Working to Serve.

Pets Plus stops selling animals raised in puppy mills

A Philadelphia-area pet store chain has joined a program of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to stop selling commercially raised animals from puppy mills and to save lives.

Lucas County Dogs for Adoption: 11-21

Dogs remain available at the Lucas County Canine Care & Control Office, 410 South Erie St., Toledo. For information, call 419-213-2800.

Compass Rose prances on stage with a stellar version of 'Cats'

Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Cats" opened at Broadway's Winter Garden Theater in 1982, a year after its London opening, and ran for 7,485 performances.

Kern County's disposable pets, Part 3

BAKERSFIELD, CA - Shelters and rescues see owners surrender their animals daily. They say many owners see their animals as "disposable pets." Many of those surrendered are older cats and dogs, and sadly they are harder to adopt out. But there are some who make it. "I just couldn't leave her in there. You know I came home and I was like I just couldn't let her die in there," said Dina Goforth ...

Auto thief steals truck, and Fresno family’s dogs inside it

Two dogs who are vitally important members of Karen Rolling’s family in Fresno remain missing after Rolling’s truck was stolen Tuesday, and she is pleading for help to get the… Click to Continue »

In Africa, Tracker Dogs Join War Against Elephant Poachers

It's all hands (and paws) on deck when it comes to the poaching crisis in Africa.

So, how would a cafe crawling with adorable kittens pass a D.C. health inspection?

The cat cafe will be more like a cafe next to a room full of cats.

CFL East Final: Ticats' Banks could be difference vs. Als

The host Hamilton Tiger-Cats (9-9) will defeat the Montreal Alouettes (10-9) in the East final on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

2 endangered elephants found dead in Indonesia

In this Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 photo, an activist inspects one of two dead Sumatran elephants allegedly snared and killed by poachers for their tusks, in Tebo district of Jambi province on Sumatra island, Indonesia. The head of the Indonesia Elephant Conservation Forum, Krismanko Padang, said carcasses the two male elephants were discovered early this week near a palm oil plantation. Their skulls were found without tusks, Krismanko said late Wednesday. He added that police who are investigating discovered some bullet shells near the scene. (AP Photo) JAMBI, Indonesia (AP) — Two endangered Sumatran elephants were found dead in western Indonesia and authorities believe they were killed by poachers.

One of the last 9/11 search dogs

Meet Bretagne. She was just a pup when she was deployed to Ground Zero to help with search-and-rescue efforts. Now "retired," she hasn't given up public service.

ADDING MULTIMEDIA Newest Wearable Pet Tracker From Tagg Reports When Pet May be Too Cold or Hot

The award-winning Tagg GPS Pet Tracker protects and improves the lives of pets and pet owners nationwide. Today, Tagg announced the newest device in its family, Tagg GPS Plus™ feat

Naked outdoor protest over SeaWorld float in NY's Thanksgiving parade

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Animal rights advocates outraged that a SeaWorld float is included in next week's lineup for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade unveiled plans on Wednesday for a naked protest outside the landmark store. Demonstrators wearing nothing but black and white body paint to resemble orcas will squeeze into a bathtub outside the midtown Manhattan store on Thursday to mimic orcas held in captivity and to repeat last year's demand - which was denied - that the float be excluded, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said. ...

Cuban couple keeps rodents called huitias as pets

BAINOA, Cuba (AP) — Some people keep guinea pigs or hamsters as pets.

Latest wearable for pets includes ambient temperature tracking

Tagg GPS Plus offers ambient temperature tracking among other features to keep your pet safe. Tagg announced this week the newest addition to its product line, the Tagg GPS Plus, which features an ambient temperature sensor that lets you know how many degrees it is in your pet's location.

U.S. sportsmen support sage grouse protections, survey says

By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - A majority of U.S. hunters in Western states where greater sage grouse live support restrictions on activities in important habitats to avoid having the birds listed as an endangered species, a poll by a conservation group said on Wednesday. Last week, U.S. wildlife authorities designated the much-rarer Gunnison sage grouse as threatened, provoking criticism from activists who wanted it given a higher level of protection, and politicians who did not want the federal government involved. The U.S. ...

Texas woman sues family after her dogs kill neighbor's pet beagle

By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - The owner of three pit bulls and a pit-bull mix is seeking up to $1 million in damages after her dogs entered the Houston-area property of her neighbor and fatally attacked her neighbor's 10-year-old beagle. Emerald White said she was trying to retrieve her four dogs from her neighbor's yard when the beagle attacked her, causing her dogs to attack, the lawsuit said. ...

Wildlife devastated in South Sudan war: conservationists

Warring factions in South Sudan have slaughtered, poached and eaten "alarming" numbers of endangered wildlife, devastating one of Africa's largest migrations, conservationists warned Warring factions in South Sudan have slaughtered, poached and eaten "alarming" numbers of endangered wildlife, devastating one of Africa's largest migrations, conservationists warned Wednesday. Government and rebel troops, locked into a war marked by widespread atrocities in which tens of thousands of people have been killed, are pushing elephants to the brink of extinction in the young nation, said Paul Elkan from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Elephants have been slaughtered for their tusks, while giraffe and antelope have been mowed down with machine guns for meat to feed the tens of thousands of soldiers and rebels battling each other since December. The survival of South Sudan's wildlife was once a rare cause for hope in a land left in ruins by the decades of conflict that paved the way for its independence in 2011.

Cats killing birds

Landbird Recovery Team member says a creative approach is needed to deal with roaming felines

Man arrested in Japan over 80 dumped dogs

Japanese police have arrested a former pet shop worker for allegedly abandoning 80 dogs, dead and alive, in the countryside, officials and reports said Wednesday. Masaki Kimura, 39, admitted that he had been paid 1 million yen ($8,500) by a breeder to dispose of the miniature dachshunds, toy poodles and corgies.

Why DO cats sit in circles - then refuse to move?

Internet users claim that making a circle out of tape, a dressing gown cord, or tin foil will compel a cat to sit in it before refusing to budge. Here, we put the theory to the test using a reluctant 'volunteer'.

16 Pets That Are Better At Thanksgiving Than You

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and these pets have their game faces on! Do you?

New York man charged for 25 cats hanging in trees

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the discovery last spring of 25 dead cats hanging from trees in plastic bags, a grisly find that prompted animal lovers including Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler to post $25,000 in reward money.

Owner of closed California sushi spot pleads guilty to selling whale meat

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The owner of a shuttered Los Angeles-area sushi restaurant has pleaded guilty to allowing meat from the endangered sei whale to be served at the upscale establishment, in a case that outraged animal rights activists, a federal prosecutor said on Tuesday. Brian Vidor pleaded guilty in federal court in California on Monday to one count of illegally selling whale meat at his Santa Monica restaurant, The Hump, according to assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis Mitchell. ...

Watch Dogs Wii U Looks Like This

Watch Dogs Wii U Looks Like This Open-world game finally arrives for Nintendo's HD console; check out some screenshots.

'Simpsons' co-creator helps save gay Irish bull

An Irish bull destined for the slaughterhouse because he appears to be gay has been saved following a campaign supported by the co-creator of "The Simpsons" An Irish bull destined for the slaughterhouse because he appears to be gay has been saved following a campaign supported by the co-creator of "The Simpsons", animal rights activists said Tuesday. Benjy's failure to inseminate even one of a herd of cows in which he was mixing rendered him useless on his County Mayo farm, and the farmer decided to send him to the abattoir. Among them was Sam Simon, co-creator of the hit US animation series "The Simpsons", whose £5,000 (6,250-euro, $7,800) donation proved decisive. PETA worked with Ireland's Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) and gay website TheGayUK, who set up a crowdfunding website and campaign to save Benjy on social media.

PetziConnect(TM) Provides a Bright Spot in Pets' and Owners' Days

Petzila, a company committed to better connecting pets and their owners through innovation announces Holliday availability of the revolutionary PetziConnect™, an ingenious and much anticipated new way ...

Uganda probes theft of ivory stockpile, suspends wildlife agency staff

Around three tonnes of illegal ivory seized by French customs agents are displayed before being pulverized into dust in Paris KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda said on Tuesday it had launched an investigation into the theft of more than a tonne of ivory from the vaults of its state-run wildlife protection agency and had suspended five staff members. Uganda and other sub-Saharan African countries are struggling to curb widespread poaching of elephant tusks by well-armed criminal gangs for shipment to Asia, where they fetch thousands of dollars per kilo for use in ornaments and medicine. ...

SMS alerts cut deaths caused by elephants in rural India

A tea estate worker receives an SMS alert on an estate in a remote location in Valparai, in southern India's Tamil Nadu state, on September 17, 2014 Geetha Thomas owes her life to a text message. The 38-year-old tea plantation worker was able to scramble onto the roof of her home in southern India as a herd of elephants rampaged through her village thanks to an alert on her mobile phone. The warning was part of an initiative by the environmental group Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) aimed at reducing the number of deaths caused by elephants in the area by alerting communities to the animals' presence. Dozens of people have been killed by elephants in Valparai, a tea-growing area surrounded by forest in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, where around 70,000 people live mostly as workers on tea estates.

Wildlife groups sue over imperiled lynx's habitat

FILE - This Feb. 3, 1999 file photo shows a female Canadian lynx heading for the woods after being released near South Fork, Colo. Wildlife advocates have sued the federal government after it declined to designate some areas in the West as critical habitat for the imperiled Canada lynx. WildEarth Guardians and three other groups filed the lawsuit Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 in U.S. District Court in Missoula, Montana. (AP Photo/Jack Smith, File) BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates sued the federal government Monday after it declined to designate some areas in the West as critical habitat for the imperiled Canada lynx.

Watch Dogs for Wii U will get some DLC after all

Watch Dogs for Wii U will get some DLC after all The Wii U version of Watch Dogs, which is set to drop tomorrow, Nov. 18 in the U.S., will get at least some of the open-world action game's downloadable content.

Groups file suit seeking stronger U.S. protections for Canada lynx

By Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - Conservationists filed a lawsuit on Monday demanding that the Obama administration give greater protection to the Canada lynx, a type of rare wild cat that roams mountainous areas across the northern United States and the Rocky Mountains. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in September it was extending federal Endangered Species Act safeguards to the animals wherever they are found in the lower 48 U.S. states, and that it was designating nearly 39,000 square miles in six states as critical habitat for the lynx. ...

Dogs found to have killed woman on Wyoming Indian reservation

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A woman found dead from an animal attack on a Wyoming Indian reservation last week, prompting authorities to warn that dangerous wildlife might be on the prowl, appears to have been the victim of a dog mauling, officials said on Monday. Preliminary autopsy findings and an analysis of hair found at the site of the attack on the Wind River Reservation show the 40-year-old woman died from hypothermia and blood loss tied to severe injuries inflicted by “multiple dogs,” Fremont County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Stratmoen said in a statement. ...

Watch Dogs Releases on Wii U This Week, With Some DLC Added

Watch Dogs Releases on Wii U This Week, With Some DLC Added Open world action title coming to Nintendo's platform with two add-on items in tow.

Prince William recruits Angry Birds to protect wildlife

Prince William teamed up with the makers of Angry Birds to release a new game on Monday that will highlight the dangers of illegal poaching for animal species from elephants to anteaters. These magnificent creatures will die out in the wild during my lifetime if we do not take notice now," he said in a recorded message. It will be available to an estimated 200 million Angry Birds players worldwide and Monday marks the start of a week-long tournament in the game. The prince, whose charity United for Wildlife is organising the initiative along with Angry Birds makers Rovio Entertainment, urged players to come together to "save magnificent creatures".

Exotic pets and the risks to health

Are the health risks for owners on the rise?

Three Ways to Keep Your Pets Safe During Winter

The cold winter months are just as hard on pets as they are on people. There are three major concerns that animal experts feel pet owners should be prepared for as winter weather approaches.

Fondness for treats may have helped cats become pets

Fondness for treats may have helped cats become pets A mild manner and a fondness for fatty treats like fish or meat scraps may have helped cats evolve into the tame yet independent-minded pets they are today, researchers said Monday.

68 cats found in van in Oregon hoarding case

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) — Workers at an animal rescue operation in Oregon were caring Thursday for 68 cats found crammed into a van, many in wretched shape.

Controversial Idaho wildlife hunt approved, conservationists sue

By Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - U.S. land managers approved a recreation permit on Thursday allowing a controversial hunting contest open to children to take place on public lands in Idaho, where contestants will seek to kill the most wolves and other wildlife for cash and prizes. The hunting group Idaho for Wildlife requested the permit for the so-called predator derby to take place each January for five years on millions of acres (hectares) overseen by the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in east central Idaho near Salmon. ...

Conservation groups ask Obama administration to protect Yellowstone bison

File photo of a herd of bison grazing in Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - Two conservation groups asked the Obama administration on Thursday to provide Endangered Species Act protections for about 4,900 bison at Yellowstone National Park, where managers intend to cull the herd by 900 this winter. Buffalo Field Campaign and Western Watersheds Project said in a petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that buffalo at the park that spans parts of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho made up part of the only free-roaming band in the country to retain its genetic integrity. ...

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