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Family pig named Spam stolen in home robbery

A Cleveland, Ohio, family is hoping someone can track down a missing family member: a mini pig named Spam, who was stolen by burglars, KSAT reports.

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Valerie Couch raised Spam since he was a piglet, and while the family has other animals, they all play nice together. She said that whoever took Spam didn’t realize how important he was to them.

“It’s just sad somebody would do this,” Couch told Cleveland’s WEWS. “My guess is they just want to sell him and make some money. But you know, he’s part of our family. Keep the electronics, but don’t take somebody’s pet.”

While pieces of jewelry and a camera were also stolen, the family is heartbroken about their lost animal. A GPS lead from one of their electronics may have tracked some of the items, but so far, Spam has not been found. 

The Couches are offering $200 for any information that leads to the safe return of their 15-pound pet. 

Read more at WEWS and KSAT.

Dog rescued from dumpster headed to landfill

A dog in Michigan was rescued just in time after she was found Friday in a dumpster on its way to a landfill.

The dog, a mixed-breed female, tumbled out with the trash when a roll-off dumpster was emptied at a Detroit transfer station, WXYZ reported. The garbage was headed to the landfill.

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Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue was called and took the dog to a veterinarian to be examined. The dog, named Parlay by her rescuers, did not appear to be injured from her harrowing dumpster journey. She also is heartworm negative and is not pregnant, though rescuer Theresa Sumpter told WXYZ that she thinks Parlay may have given birth recently.

Sumpter said she frequently sees dogs being abandoned after giving birth. She said the person who placed Parlay in the dumpster was, "really an idiot, truly a moron."

Parlay exhibits sweet and gentle behavior. She can be seen receiving a bath in a video posted on the Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue Facebook page. Parlay will spend time in a foster home until she is medically cleared, and then will be available for adoption.

Lost dog jumps into stranger's car during Hurricane Harvey, reunites with family

A dog is back with his family thanks to a storm chaser who found more than just a hurricane this weekend.

>> Hurricane Harvey evacuees haven't forgotten about their pets

According to HotTopics.TV, Aaron Jayjack describes himself as a storm chaser and outdoorsman in his Twitter bio. According to a video posted over the weekend, he was in Runge, Texas, chasing Hurricane Harvey when a dog jumped into his car.

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“I stopped for gas and this guy was following me down the road and when I stopped he jumped into the Jeep,” Jayjack said in a video posted to Twitter.

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He asked his followers to share the video in hopes of finding the dog’s owner. He nicknamed the lost pup “Harvey.”

>> Sandra Bullock donates $1M to American Red Cross for Harvey relief

His tweet went viral, and the dog’s owner soon came forward. The dog, whose real name is Cash, is now back with his family, according to a Twitter update by Jayjack.

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Cash was clearly happy to see his family again.

“Cash was trying to climb out [the] window to [his] owner,” Jayjack wrote.

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Hurricane Harvey evacuees haven't forgotten about their pets

As thousands of people are displaced by rising waters in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, they are bringing small amounts of personal belongings to area shelters. But evacuees are not leaving their furry friends behind.

>> Good boy: Dog carrying bag of food through Hurricane Harvey goes viral

“It seems like everyone coming off a boat is carrying a dog or cat,” said Monica Schmidt, a manager for the Houston Humane Society, according to Reuters.

>> Houston flooding: Texas records most rainfall ever in continental US (live updates)

Because many people stayed behind – and died – during Hurricane Katrina because they were fearful that they wouldn’t be able to bring their animals to shelters, this time around, authorities are welcoming the pets with open arms.

>> Hurricane Harvey: How you can help

At the George R. Brown Convention Center, where some 9,000 evacuees are currently housed, there is a separate area for people and their pets.

>> 8 tips when donating to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

Not everyone has heeded the call to save pets. A woman claimed on Twitter that her neighbor in Corpus Christi left behind a dog.

And a shelter in San Antonio has taken in around 200 displaced animals, the New York Times reported.

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“Our commitment is for as long as it takes and as long as the nation needs our help,” Heber Lefgren, the department’s director, said in an interview.

Boy and cow snuggle at fair in viral photo that the internet is loving

A father captured a picture of his son snuggled up with their cow, and, of course, internet users found it prize-worthy. 

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Mitchell Miner, 15, of Iowa, and his cow, Audri, had a long day at the Iowa State Fair after competing in the youth cattle show Sunday. So, the best friends decided to take a nap. 

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“I was asleep. I think she was, too,” Miner told the Des Moines Register on Monday. 

While the duo didn’t win the cattle show, they did win the internet’s heart. 

>> On PalmBeachPost.com: WATCH: Man builds cat-tastic maze for his furry friends

The picture on Facebook had over 26,000 likes and 3,096 shares as of Wednesday morning; it’s since been taken down or its privacy settings have been changed.

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While the bond between the teen and heifer is evident, unfortunately, they are just hanging out for the summer

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The cow will be sent back to a dairy farm in Blairstown later this fall, according to the Des Moines Register

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What are the most pet-friendly cities in the U.S.?

If you’re a proud member of the growing number of households that include four-legged friends, you’ll want to check out this list.

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WalletHub ranked the 100 most populated U.S. cities based on whether they are a pet’s friend or foe. 

Analysts came up with the ranking after looking at about two dozen metrics that focused on three general categories: pet budget, pet health and wellness, and outdoor pet-friendliness.

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The number one spot in the U.S. for pets? Scottsdale, Arizona.

It was followed by Phoenix, Arizona; Tampa; San Diego, California; and Orlando. Austin and Atlanta made the top 10.

» RELATED: Tips to keep your dog cool in the summer

As for where not to bring Fido? Boston, New York City, Honolulu and Baltimore were among the least pet-friendly cities. Ranked dead last was Newark, New Jersey, at 100. 

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Famous 2-legged dog ejected in rollover car accident found after day-long search

A vacation turned tragic Friday night when a Washington family hit a bison with their truck and lost their beloved two-legged boxer, who is known around the world. 

After a day-long search the dog was found, according to an animal rescue group.

Gary Walters, his fiancee Amanda Giese, and her two children were traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Island Park around 11 p.m. when they struck a bison on U.S. Highway 20 at mile marker 403 near Idaho Highway 87. The family’s truck rolled multiple times and two of the three family dogs were ejected from the vehicle. 

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Duncan Lou Who is a two-legged boxer born with his rear legs fused in an X shape. His legs were removed because they were twisting Duncan's spine.

Duncan first rose to fame when a YouTube video was posted of his first trip to the beach. The video has been viewed nearly 7 million times.

The family is asking anyone who wants to help search for Duncan to meet them at the crash site. Regular updates are being posted on the Panda Paws Rescue Facebook page.

If found, the family asks that you please call (360) 609-7416 or (541) 690-6968.

WATCH: Man and cat’s handshake game is blowing people's minds

Secret handshakes and spirited fist bumps have been taken to a whole new level.

A man taught his cat how to fist-bump like a pro, and of course, it was all caught on camera.

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The cat smoothly sticks out its paw for a high-five and brings it home with a fist-paw bump. 

The video was shared to Twitter on Aug. 2 and has gone viral within days, with over 50,000 retweets and over 100,000 likes.

Petition: Replace Confederate monument with statue of Snooty the manatee

In the wake of the tragic loss of the world's oldest manatee in captivity, residents in Manatee County, Florida, have taken to the internet to remember the beloved Snooty with a statue that would replace a Confederate monument, the Bradenton Herald reports.

>> Watch a video about Snooty here

The Change.org petition had more than 3,200 signatures early Tuesday. “For a manatee as loved as he was in the community, it’s amazing to see the support,” said Anthony Pusateri, who started the petition. He said it will be submitted to the county and city of Bradenton for consideration.

Pusateri said he's not asking for the complete removal of the Confederate monument that now stands in front of the county courthouse. It could be moved to another location, he said, paving the way for Snooty to take the prime spot in the center of downtown Bradenton.

>> Famous Florida manatee, Snooty, oldest on record, killed in freak aquarium ‘accident’

The statue petition was not the only one filed in tribute to Snooty. Others call for renaming Lakewood Ranch and naming a new high school for the county's unofficial mascot. 

There was an outpouring of emotion Monday across Bradenton, where residents stopped to honor Snooty at the museum. They left flowers, cards, drawings from children, lettuce, carrots and a candle near the front door, according to the Herald.

Snooty drowned Sunday after becoming stuck in the life-support maintenance area at his home at the South Florida Museum, just two days after his 69th birthday. It's not yet known how he got stuck in the small tube, according to another Bradenton Herald story. 

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Divers inspected the tank Monday to ensure the safety of the museum's three manatees undergoing rehabilitation.

Jeff Rodgers, the museum's chief operating officer, told the Herald that a memorial service for Snooty is being planned, along with a special memorial on the museum's grounds.

The first recorded manatee born in captivity in 1948, Snooty had lived at the museum since 1949.

Read more from the Bradenton Herald.

WATCH: Sri Lankan navy rescues elephants swept out to sea

Two elephants that were swept out to sea were rescued by Sri Lanka's navy on Sunday, according to a CBS report. 

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The navy patrol located the elephants more than a half a mile from the shore, the navy said in a news release.

>> Elephant swept out to sea rescued 10 miles off coast by Sri Lankan navy

CBS reported that the animals, who likely were swept out while crossing a lagoon, were in distress.

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The navy and wildlife officials sent in vessels and divers as part of its "mammoth effort,” the news release said.

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The elephants were “carefully directed to the shore without causing any harm to the animals” and released into the Foul Point jungle, the navy said.

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