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Dog acting strangely leads man to stranded 3-year-old in ditch

A shelter dog with a difficult past is being called a hero after finding a 3-year-old girl naked, alone and curled up in a ditch in freezing temperatures.

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According to a post by the Delta Animal Shelter in Delta County, Michigan, Peanut led his owner to the girl in a field behind their home on March 20.

“About 11am this morning, Peanut started going crazy at our house. She was running up and down the stairs, barking and yelping,” Peanut’s owner wrote in a note shared with the shelter, which was later shared on Facebook.

Eventually, the family let Peanut outside, and she immediately bolted to a field behind their house.

“My husband followed her and to his surprise, he found a naked, shivering, 3-year-old girl curled up in a ball. He scooped her up, wrapped her in his sweatshirt and brought her inside,” wrote Peanut’s owner.

The family called police. They said all the little girl could manage to say was “doggie.”

The Delta County Sheriff’s office said in a statement that the little girl was taken to a hospital as deputies went door-to-door trying to locate the girl’s home. When they found her parents, they discovered the girl was living in unsanitary and unsafe conditions.

Child Protective Services later took two other children from the home.

“Through all of this sad news, give thanks the children are safe,” the shelter wrote on Facebook.

According to WLUC-TV, Peanut had a sad past of her own. When she arrived at the animal shelter, she had two broken legs, broken ribs and carpet in her belly.

“The good in this heartbreaking story is the heroism of this former abused shelter dog Peanut, and her wonderful adoptive family,” the shelter wrote.

Viral video of big chicken has some crying 'fowl,' but it's probably real

Social media users can't stop squawking about a viral video of a really, really big chicken.

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The surprising clip, which started making the rounds over the weekend, ruffled the feathers of viewers who were feeling, well, chicken after seeing the burly bird emerge from its coop.

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But even though many cried "fowl," CNN reported that the video "is definitely not fake" and likely features a Brahma chicken – a breed that reportedly can reach 18 pounds.

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Lucky shelter dog saved from tragic end in Asia, again in NY

 

A lucky New York shelter dog named Pandy seems to have almost as many lives as a cat.

Pandy was saved from a meat market in Thailand and taken to the Animal Haven shelter in New York. 

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“She was rescued from the dog meat trade in Asia — the illegal dog meat trade,” shelter executive director Tiffany Lacey told CBS New York.

Then, as a snowstorm stuck the city on Tuesday, the 4-year-old pooch got spooked and ran off while she was being walked in SoHo by a volunteer.

The frightened dog ran 40 blocks through Manhattan in freezing temperatures all the way to the Lincoln Tunnel, where officers from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey managed to grab her leash when she was halfway through the tunnel.

The officers took the cold and wet dog with bloody paws to the ASPCA to have her microchip scanned, ABC7NY.com reported.

Animal Haven was relieved and happy to have Pandy back.

“PURE JOY,” the shelter said in a post on its Facebook page.

“We can’t even begin to tell you how grateful we are for the army of animal lovers who helped her find her way back … She is a true miracle dog.” 

Blind woman says she and service dog were booted from American Airlines flight

A blind woman claims she and her guide dog were asked to leave an American Airlines plane after an employee called her "a danger to the flight."

According to the Portland Press-Herald and WLBZ, Sue Martin, 61, of Franklin, Maine, was traveling to San Diego earlier this month when she tried to take a connecting flight with her husband and service dog from Washington, D.C., to Dallas.

After requesting a different seat, Sue Martin, who is blind, and her service dog were kicked off of an American https://t.co/ppgrmOzstc pic.twitter.com/kPJLvJra26— 9NEWS Denver (@9NEWS) March 15, 2017

Martin told the Press-Herald that the trouble began when she realized there was no room for her dog, a German shepherd named Quan, near her seat. She then asked a flight attendant and ticketing agent about switching seats or upgrading to first-class but was denied, the Press-Herald reported

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Martin thought the problem had been solved when a first-class passenger gave her his seat, but then an employee asked her to leave, she said.

"The man said, 'You have to leave the plane,'" Martin told WLBZ. "I asked him why and he said the crew had decided I was a danger to the flight. I've never had anything  happen like this before."

American Airlines said it is "thoroughly investigating these allegations" and takes "all disability complaints very seriously," WLBZ reported.

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'Extremely venomous' cobra escapes from Florida home, police say

A monocled cobra escaped early Tuesday from a home in Ocala, Florida, police said.

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The snake escaped about 3 a.m. from a cage in a home on Northeast 5th Street near Ocala Tuscawilla Park, police said.

Right now Ocala Police and Florida Fish and Wildlife are searching for a Cobra; that's on the loose in an Ocala Neighborhood. #WFTV— Myrt Price (@MPriceWFTV) March 14, 2017

The tan and black cobra is highly venomous, officers said.

A resident in the Tuscawilla Park area said police made calls to residents overnight about the missing cobra.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is assisting Ocala police with their investigation.

No other details were given.

Last year, a king cobra escaped from a man's Orlando home and was captured about a month later when a woman found the snake underneath her dryer. 

Jack Russell flops, takes nosedive at Crufts dog show, is still adorable

A Jack Russell terrier competing at the Crufts 2017 dog show has become a viral hit after flopping at the competition over the weekend.

Today reported that 5-year-old Olly missed obstacles and took a nosedive after jumping over a hurdle in the Birmingham, England, show but seemed to enjoy every minute of it.

Olly's owner, Karen Parker, told Crufts that he was found in a basket at 6 weeks old and taken to Blue Cross, a British animal welfare charity. Parker said she's had the pup since he was 10 or 11 weeks old.

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Parker said the response to his video has been "outstanding" and that Olly has been enjoying the attention.

"I can't believe the response he's had from the YouTube clip," Parker said. "I can't believe how many people have taken the time to put comments up (online) for him."

Related: Distracted beagle shines in improvised agility routine at Westminster Dog Show

Olly's latest antic, Parker said, is another of many stories about the dog.

"He's just so much fun," she said. "He's a real character."

Watch Olly's run in the video below.

Ohio family fights to keep pet pot-bellied pig

An Ohio family in New Carlisle has less than a month to get rid of their beloved 100-pound pot-bellied pig, Olive.

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City officials recently sent the family a letter telling them pigs of all types are considered livestock and not allowed to live inside city limits.

“She’s in our family; she’s like a dog, a cat,” said Misti Hedrick, who added that she plans to start a petition to bring changes to the livestock ban before voters as early as the August ballot. Meanwhile, Hedrick is seeking a temporary home for Olive.

Could Donald Trump break presidential pet tradition?

For the first time in more than a century, the President of the United States may not have a pet dog in the Oval Office.

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After the Palm Beach Daily News reported Palm Beach philanthropist Lois Pope is no longer offering President Donald Trump the goldendoodle she had originally offered as the First Dog, it appears Trump may become the first Commander in Chief without a dog since William McKinley. McKinley served as president from 1897 to 1901. 

McKinley, despite not owning a dog while in office, did own an assortment of odd animals, including roosters and a Mexican double-yellow-headed parrot named “Washington Post,” according to the Presidential Pet Museum.

President Trump hasn’t brought any pets into the White House, a trend that, if it continues, would make Trump the first President to not have a pet of any since Andrew Johnson. Although Johnson didn’t have any formal pets, he did have a habit of feeding the mice that scurried around the White House, according to the Huffington Post.

Martin Van Buren also technically didn’t bring any pets into the White House, but did own two tiger cubs that Congress made him send to the zoo, according to the Presidential Pet Museum.

In contrast to Trump, John F. Kennedy had 21 pets during his time in the White House, including a horse named Sardar and hamsters named Debbie and Billie, according to the Presidential Pet Museum. Theodore Roosevelt also had a large collection of animals, including Josiah the badger and Peter the rabbit.

Other presidents have had odd pets, from Calvin Coolidge’s wallaby to the herd of sheep that Woodrow Wilson kept on White House grounds. Among other odd presidents animals: Theodore Roosevelt’s hyena, James Buchanan’s herd of elephants and William Henry Harrison’s billy goat, according to PetMD.

With Donald Trump’s presidency still in its first 100 days, it remains to be seen if he will welcome furry friends into the White House and continue the traditions of previous presidents.

WATCH: Daddy dog teaches his puppies to swim in heartwarming viral video

A video shared online shows the heartwarming moment a father dog takes his litter of puppies to the pond for their first swimming lesson.

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The Lab jumps into the water without hesitation as his apprehensive puppies stop short at the edge of the pond. Then the puppies slowly wade into the water.

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The viral clip, posted last month by Rumble user kellyblackwell372, has been viewed more than 470,000 times.

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Source: Labrador father teaches puppies to swim by kellyblackwell372 on Rumble

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