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A 'very amazing puppy': Family dog brought to shelter with note from child

The Humane Society of Utah in Murray, Utah, receives former family pets on a regular basis, but one dog came in with a notepad full of messages from his one-time human family member.

Today.com reported that Rhino Lightning, a 3-year-old brindled boxer mix, arrived at the organization last week with a spiral notepad full of information on him for his new family, including that he is a "very amazing puppy" and "striped dream" who "likes sleeping under the blankets" and "loves people" and being able to "run around."

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"The family told our receiving staff the notebook was written by one of their kids," Humane Society of Utah spokesperson Guinnevere Shuster told Today. "It was​ filled with information about Rhino for his new​ ​family​."

According to Shuster, the family said Rhino was too rough with some of the younger kids in the house and "​is unaware of his size."

The child who wrote the note had a request for Rhino's new family: That they keep his full name, Rhino Lightning, and include the last name of his new family. The writer also asks that Rhino gets a bath at least once a month and that he gets "lots of attention."

Shuster said Rhino is nervous inside the kennel at the shelter, but calm and goofy once he's out of it. He's not a fan of cats and can smell peanut butter "from a mile away." Any children in his new family need to be at least 8 years old.

The note writer asks that Rhino's new family makes sure he's safe and tells him "I love and miss him."

The family who adopts Rhino will get a photocopy of the child's notes. The organization takes adoption applications on its website.

 "I love and miss him."Posted by Today Show on Friday, February 17, 2017

Heartbroken dog owner in Utah warns about poisoning symptoms

 

A heartbroken Utah family is warning dog owners to watch out for poisons that could kill a dog.

The Burrells lost their two dogs last week after a suspected bout of poisoning with antifreeze, a common automotive coolant that is deadly for dogs and humans, too.

>> Read more trending news    The Burrells’ dogs may have gotten into an anti-freeze spill in the melting snow at their neighbor’s home.

Katrina Burrell said they had to watch as the vet euthanized their two dogs following a horrible poisoning attack, that included spasms, nausea and diarrhea, WGNTV.com reported.

“I keep a very close eye on my dogs when they are outside in our yard,” Burrell told WGNTV.com. “They never go out of my sight.” But they did last week for just long enough, the vet believes, to find the poisonous spill in the neighbor’s yard.

One of the dogs tested positive for ethylene glycol, a main chemical in antifreeze.

Dogs are often attracted to antifreeze because it has a sweet smell, but it’s extremely deadly to canines and it can kill them quickly. There’s only a short window for treatment, too, within an hour of a dog ingesting it, according to vets.

 

 

One lucky dog in Michigan beat a death sentence through DNA testing

When a Michigan man’s service dog was accused of killing a neighbor’s dog, it seemed like a lost cause to the Jobs family.

Their dog, Jeb, described by the family as a gentle, 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, was taken into custody by animal control officers after the incident last year and spent more than two months in custody, Fox59.com reported.

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A judge ruled at hearing last fall that Jeb was indeed a dangerous animal and would have to be put to death, after the neighbor testified that he found the larger canine standing over the body of his small, lifeless Pomeranian.

The Job family asked the court for DNA tests, agreeing to pay the more than $400 fee to find out for sure whether their dog did the deed.

They were overjoyed when the results came back, exonerating Jeb and proving some other animal had killed their neighbor’s dog.

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The Jobs are glad to have Jeb home, but they told Fox59.com that their beloved service dog is a different animal now and still recovering from the months he spent alone in a cage at animal control.

Some animal-rights activists are calling for regular DNA testing when a dog’s life is at risk in a criminal case, like Jeb’s was.

Pet stores restricted to selling only rescue animals in San Francisco

Pet stores in San Francisco can only sell dogs and cats that come from rescue organizations or animal shelters under new rules passed unanimously by the city’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

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Supervisor Katy Tang sponsored the legislation to amend the city’s health code to restrict the sale of animals of unknown origins.

“Dogs and cats sold in pet stores often come from inhumane puppy and kitten mills that churn out animals with no regard for their health or well-being,” Tang said in a Facebook post.

 

Yesterday the Board of Supervisors unanimously supported legislation I sponsored to ban the sale of non-rescue cats and...Posted by Katy Tang on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The new rules also ban the sale of dogs and cats younger than eight weeks and require pet stores to keep records that prove where the animals came from, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

“We really do believe that it will send a great message not just in San Francisco but across California, nationwide and, hopefully, worldwide,” Tang told the Examiner.

Ultimately the city hopes the ban will help reduce the number of puppy mills and lower the number of animals in shelters.

Man's pet squirrel unleashes surprise attack on burglar

A burglar who broke into an Idaho man’s house to ransack his gun collection encountered a formidable security force – a pet squirrel named Joey.

Adam Pearl told KIVI that he knew something wasn’t right when he arrived home Feb. 7 and found snowy footprints leading around to the back of his property. Once inside, he found doors opened and scratches on his gun case. A few small items were missing from his home.

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Pearl called police and officer Ashley Turner came out to take a report. She was startled by Pearl’s pet squirrel and asked Pearl if Joey would bite, according to the KIVI report. Pearl said the squirrel normally didn’t bite, but he couldn’t rule it out.

Turner left to investigate the crime, only to return to Pearl’s residence a few hours later with some of Pearl’s stolen merchandise. When questioning the suspect, Turner noticed he had scratches on his hand and asked if he got them from a squirrel. The man said the squirrel wouldn’t stop attacking him until he left the house.

Pearl said Joey is basking in his heroic actions by enjoying his favorite treat – Whoppers candy.

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Cat reunites with shocked owner after 15 years apart

The Takayesu family never thought they’d see James the cat again.

James, a female tortoiseshell tabby named by the son after a Thomas the Tank character, disappeared 15 years ago in Maui, shortly after the family moved. After searching for her in vain, the family eventually went on with their lives and adopted dogs. The Takayesu children are now grown, so it was mother Tori Takayesu who took the call that caught her completely off-guard.

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What a great story! It just goes to show the importance of having identification on your pets. Please remember to...Posted by Maui Humane Society on Monday, February 6, 2017

The Maui Humane Society called Takayesu on Jan. 26 and told her that they’d found her cat, according to The Maui News. She had no idea what cat they were talking about at first. When owned by the Takayesu family, James had been microchipped and the cat had received an ear tattoo for identification purposes. Even with the explanation, Takayesu had doubts that the cat was James until she went to the Humane Society and saw her in person on Jan. 29. She told The Maui News that she knew instantly that it was her long-lost cat.

James appears to be in good health, and was likely well-cared for before making her way back to the Takayesu family. James was not claimed by anyone while at the Humane Society, so she is back with the Takayesus for good.

The family, who now have four dogs, said they will make their new blended family of pets work. Takayesu said the dogs will have to adjust because James “was here first.”

Must see: German shepherd adopts brood of baby chicks

A video shared online shows adorable baby ducks getting some tender love and care from a German shepherd.

The ducks and dog sit contentedly on a shag rug as the chicks chirp happily between the dog’s massive paws.

The gentle pooch nudges the chicks with his nose as they snuggle in front of him.

Baby chicks will often adopt any animal or human as a surrogate if they lose their mother.

Source: German Shepherd helps raise newborn baby ducks by Thorin on Rumble

Evanger's dog food recalled after euthanasia drug found in one batch

Evanger's has recalled some of its dog food after a euthanasia drug was found in one batch.

The company voluntarily recalled five lots of 12-ounce Hunk of Beef cans because of pentobarbital exposure in one batch of food. The drug can cause possible side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea or, in extreme cases, death.

Five dogs reportedly got sick and one died after eating Hunk of Beef Au Jus with the lot number 1816E06HB13.

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"Although pentobarbital was detected in a single lot, Evanger's is voluntarily recalling Hunk of Beef products that were manufactured the same week," the company said in a news release.

The voluntary recall includes lot numbers that start with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB and 1816E13HB, and have an expiration date of June 2020. The second half of the barcode reads 20109, which can be found on the back of the product label.

The products were sold in the following states: Georgia, Florida, Washington, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, South Carolina, California, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Maryland. 

Visit the Food and Drug Administration’s website for more information about the recall.

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Evanger's Dog and Cat Food recalls specific lots of Hunk of Beef product for potential contaminant Pentobarbital. https://t.co/qz6GzNYwFU pic.twitter.com/Gdg2OkXl1M— U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) February 6, 2017

Investigation underway after puppy found with metal rod in head

An investigation is underway after the University of Veterinary Specialists in Pennsylvania received a 10-week-old puppy with a 5-inch metal rod through his head and eyes.

The UVS Express Pet Transport was dispatched on Friday for a suspected abuse case.

The dog is in stable condition and underwent testing to determine the severity of his injuries and surgical options.

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UPDATE: The puppy is in stable condition and awaiting surgery. We owe a huge thank you to the BIG EASY Animal Hospital...Posted by University Veterinary Specialists on Friday, February 3, 2017

"We are going to evaluate him to see if the metal rod damaged anything critical, and for surgical planning. Once we know that outcome, we will know how best to repair the damage," Chief Medical Officer Dr. Rory Lubold said in a release.

Lubold said it’s going to take several surgeries to remove the rod and repair the damage.

“Let's see if we can salvage his vision because at this point, I don't know if he'll ever be able to see again. We're going to do everything we can to save that,” Lubold said.

The UVS Cares Foundation will be covering the dog’s medical costs. Donations to the UVS Cares Foundation can be made by check or credit card by calling 724-717-CARE (2273).

“There's a lot of animals in our community and animals that come into our hospital where the owners don't have the funds available to help cases like this,” said Dr. Christina Chamberlain of the UVS Cares Foundation.

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