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    Special rescues help ailing owners find pets’ next home

    NEW YORK (AP) — Who will take your pet when you die? The question often doesn’t have an easy answer, especially for ill or older people headed to residential nursing care or assisted living. During the pandemic, specialized rescue, advocacy and adoption services run by volunteers are trying to fill the void, one pet at a time. Leaders in the small movement said the past couple of years have opened the eyes of many. “The thing about COVID is a lot of people are thinking, I can’t be guaranteed to be around forever. A lot more people are trying to make plans in advance, which is the best thing to…

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    US soldier seeks financial help to bring home cat he saved overseas

    A United States Army specialist found the purr-fect pet while serving overseas — and now seeks financial support to help bring the kitty home. Spc. Kaiden befriended the striped tabby named Tiger while on deployment after noticing the feline would hang around his base of operations but run scared whenever someone approached, according to Suffolk County, NY-based Paws of War. Kaiden sat down next to Tiger, and the rest is history, according to the group, which helps veterans bring their wartime pets back home. “Tiger took to sitting on SPC Kaiden’s shoulders and always running up to him when he was around,” the organization said in a statement. “She was…

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    10 pets killed in fire at Pompano Beach home

    POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – A married couple has been displaced and 10 of their 11 pets are dead after a fire broke out inside their Pompano Beach home Wednesday. Gene Sovey, who lives at the home, told Local 10 News reporter Madeleine Wright that he came home from work Wednesday and saw black smoke coming from the front door to his home in the area of Southwest 13th Court and Ninth Avenue. Sovey said he opened the door and saw that a fire had erupted inside the living room. He then grabbed a bucket of water and worked to extinguish the flames, which were out by the time firefighters arrived.…

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    3 charged after man found dead, 45 pets neglected inside filthy Pittsfield Township home

    PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A woman has been charged with murder and two others face charges after a man was found dead and 45 dogs and cats were neglected inside a filthy Pittsfield Township home, officials said. The discoveries were made at 11:18 p.m. Aug. 27, 2020, at a home in the 7900 block of Crane Road in Pittsfield Township, according to police. Officers said they were called to the home on a death investigation and found Andrew Nelson, 76, had passed away. While inside, authorities said they noticed several dogs and cats, fecal matter scattered throughout and possible flooding in the basement. The Huron Valley Humane Society investigated for…

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    Pet cougar found living in NYC home

    Mountain lion in the Bronx A family in the Bronx surrendered a cougar that they were keeping as a pet. The cat was taken to an animal sanctuary. NEW YORK – An 80-pound cougar was removed from a Bronx home and is now headed to an out-of-state animal sanctuary. Crews were called to a private home in the Bronx on Thursday.  They found the 11-month-old female cougar inside the home. “I think it was her size and increasing aggression,” Humane Society Director of Animal Disaster Response Kelly Donithan said. The big cat was transported to the Bronx Zoo to be cared for by veterinarians and animal care staff over the weekend.  On…

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    Manistique woman charged with felony animal cruelty after 65 cats found in home

    MANISTIQUE, Mich. (WLUC) – A Manistique woman has been charged with a felony animal cruelty charge after more than 65 cats were found in her home. According to the Manistique Public Safety Department (MPSD), 67-year-old Kathleen Ann Hurkmans, of 112 South Maple Street in Manistique, was arrested on Wednesday, Sept. 1. Hurkmans was arraigned in 93rd District Court Sept. 2, on a felony charge of Animals-Abandoning/Cruelty to 24 or more animals (did fail to provide 25 or more animals with adequate care, or negligently allow 25 or more animals to suffer unnecessary neglect, torture, or pain). The charge is punishable by up to 7 years in prison, a $10,000 fine,…

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    Cougar that was kept as illegal pet removed from NYC home

    NEW YORK (AP) — An 80-pound cougar was removed from a New York City apartment where she was being kept illegally as a pet, animal welfare officials said Monday. The owner of the 11-month-old female cougar surrendered the animal on Thursday, Kelly Donithan, director of animal disaster response for the Humane Society of the United States, said in a news release. The cougar, nicknamed Sasha, spent the weekend at the Bronx Zoo receiving veterinary care and is now headed to the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas, officials said. The Humane Society coordinated with zoo officials, the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York Police Department on the…

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