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Kitten rescued after getting stuck on the Golden Gate Bridge

If cats have nine lives, how many lives do kittens have?

An orange and white kitten is very fortunate to be alive after dodging traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge last weekend.

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California Highway Patrol received a call Sunday about a kitten running loose on the Golden Gate Bridge, according to the report on its Facebook page. Officers took one pass over the bridge and were unable to find the kitten; on a second pass, officers noticed a furry head popping out of a movable median barrier and blocked traffic to conduct a rescue operation.

The kitten was quickly freed and transported to an animal hospital for an exam and bath. The kitten had no collar or microchip, so it is unknown if he has an owner.

While a search for an owner continues, Officer Smith, one of the kitten's rescuers, offered to foster him.

The kitten has been tentatively named Bridges.

Woman used knife, tongs to perform dog's surgery at home, police say

A woman in Iowa was arrested last week on animal neglect charges after she allegedly performed surgery on her dog at home.

Sarah Diane McMenamin, 26, attempted to remove an obstruction from her dog by using a paring knife and tongs, police told KCCI.

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The dog did not survive the procedure.

McMenamin told police that she performed the procedure because she couldn't afford to pay for the surgery to be done by a veterinarian, KCCI reported. She also claimed to have been raised on a farm and to have experience in castrating pigs, police said.

Mastiff named Martha crowned world's ugliest dog

In a lighthearted contest often won by small dogs, this year's winner is a big surprise.

Martha, a 125-pound Neapolitan mastiff, was crowned World's Ugliest Dog for 2017.

The dog, described as gassy but gentle, spent much of its time on stage plopped on its side. 

The annual event took place Friday night at the Sonoma-Marin Fair.

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Handler Shirley Zindler told The Associated Press that she rescued Martha when the dog was almost blind, but her sight has been restored after several surgeries.

Martha beat out 13 other contestants vying for the ugliest dog crown, including Moe, a 16-year-old Brussels Griffon-pug mix, who came in second, and Chase, a 14-year-old Chinese Crested-Harke mix, who came in third.

A blind Chihuahua-Chinese Crested mix named Sweepee Rambo won the 2016 competition.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photos: World's Ugliest Dog Contest 2017

Puppies have swollen faces, but expected to recover from copperhead snake bite

Five puppies in Tennessee are recovering after being bitten by a copperhead snake Thursday.

The puppies are being fostered and were bitten by the snake while on the foster parent's porch, WATE reported. 

The foster parents immediately administered Benadryl and transported them to an emergency veterinary clinic.

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The puppies' faces are swollen and they were in a great deal of pain just after the incident, but veterinarians told WATE that their conditions are improving and the puppies are expected to make a full recovery.

The treatment comes with a high price tag. For all five puppies, the treatment expenses are estimated to be $8,000. A GoFundMe account set up to help cover expenses has already reached its initial goal.

84 Great Danes rescued from suspected puppy mill

More than 80 Great Danes were rescued from a suspected puppy mill in New Hampshire on Friday, according to the Humane Society of the United States.

Wolfeboro police served a warrant on a local property where they found 84 dogs being housed in “unsafe and unsanitary conditions.”

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All the dogs were confiscated from the property.

Police say they had received a number of complaints regarding barking dogs on the property and began investigating in early May.

Rescuers found 84 Great Danes with limited access to food or water, “sliding on their own feces while walking and several had eyelids so swollen their eyes were red.”

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"It's astonishing that such cruelty can occur, and I'm so relieved that these animals are now safe and in the hands of people who will provide proper care for them. We anticipate caring for them for several months,” HSUS New Hampshire director Lindsay Hamrick said.

The animals have been taken to an emergency shelter.

WATCH: Kitten rescued after getting stuck in Tesla bumper

A curious kitten became trapped inside the bumper of a Tesla, prompting the need of a Tesla Service representative to perform a rescue operation.

A Tesla owner who goes by the username S U on YouTube said he discovered a kitten trapped in his Model X Saturday morning. The video clip shows a kitten desperately crying, and the owner determined that the kitten was stuck in the bumper.

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Tesla Service was called, and the feisty orange kitten was extricated from the vehicle.

Tesla founder Elon Musk posted YouTube links of the adorable rescue on his Twitter page.

35-pound cat named Symba seeking forever home

Staff at the Humane Rescue Alliance in the nation’s capital say they’ve seen a lot, but Symba is a first.

The 35-pound orange tabby cat is drawing lots of attention on social media.

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Symba is six years old, sweet, mellow and available for adoption, according to Humane Rescue Alliance officials. They posted photos of the portly feline on their social media pages on Thursday. The cat will need owners who are dedicated to helping the overweight cat shed some pounds. 

The cat's weight loss regimen has already started. In a tweet posted by the Humane Rescue Alliance, Simba is introduced to an exercise wheel, where he gingerly takes a few steps before taking a break.

Woman disguises grandmother's dog as baby to smuggle it into hospital for visit

When her grandmother was recently hospitalized, Shelby Hennick of California did what any good granddaughter would doShe smuggled her grandma’s dog into the hospital, People reports.

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Despite a hospital rule banning animals, Hennick knew how much her grandmother had been missing the little ruffian, named Patsy. Grandma had been in the hospital for three days due to an adverse reaction to a medication and missed Patsy dearly.

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So Hennick wrapped up the small dog and held it in such a way – underneath a large blanket slung over one shoulder – that it looked like she was carrying a baby. This allowed Hennick to sneak the dog into her grandmother’s hospital room with the hospital staff none the wiser.

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The plan went off perfectly, and judging from these pictures of grandma reunited with her dog, Hennick’s gesture was greatly appreciated.

Dog dies of heat stroke after being left outdoors for hours in extreme heat 

Animal Control in Wallingford, Connecticut, is issuing a warning after a dog died after being let outside and left for hours in extreme heat Monday.

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“One of our shelter alumnus was left outside by the family’s nanny yesterday for several hours without water,” Wallingford Animal Control said in a Tuesday Facebook post. “Sadly, when the dog's owners returned home from work, they found her lifeless body in the yard. They rushed her to the veterinarian, who tragically confirmed she had suffered and died from heat stroke.”

Temperatures in the city reached into the 90s Monday, according to a post by the shelter.

“This was a young healthy dog,” Wallingford Animal Control Officer Katie Ehlers told WTNH. “So if you take another dog like a senior dog, let’s say, or a dog like a brachycephalic dog like our pugs or French Bulldogs -- those dogs are gonna be more susceptible to the heat.”

“Although we have not yet been able to question the person responsible for leaving the dog out for an extended period in this heat, all we know is that she died a painful and agonizing death,” the organization said in the post.

“This dog was loved VERY much by her family. She was extremely well cared for and adored. We do not blame the adopters for this tragic event. However, the bottom line is that this pup lost her life, and it was 110% preventable.”

According to The Humane Society of the United States, pets can be cooled inside out with dog friendly popsicles, water, and cooling body wraps. Dogs should never be left in parked cars and exercise on hot days should be limited. Dog owners should provide adequate shade and water when their pets are outside and not rely on a fan to cool pets down. Humidity should also be monitored.

Signs of heatstroke in animals include heavy panting, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting; a rapid heartbeat, glazed eyes, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy and fever. Very young or very old animals, overweight animals, as well as ones with short muzzles and with respiratory or heart disease, are at a higher risk for heat stroke.

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