• Dog

    Leo, the Cinque Terre hotel dog who saved his owner’s life

    (CNN) — Ten years ago, the Italian area of Cinque Terre was hit by a deadly flood. On October 25, 2011, the five tiny fishing villages — which had long been a magnet for tourists from all over the world — were hit by one of the worst inundations the area had ever seen. Thirteen people were killed, and many more lost property and possessions. The streets of Vernazza, perhaps the most famous of the villages, were feet-deep in mud. Everyone in Cinque Terre has a story to tell about that terrible day. One of the most extraordinary comes from a local hotel owner, Pierpaolo Paradisi. He says that on…

  • Pets News

    Best Friends Pet Hotel in Indianapolis accused of animal neglect by customers

    INDIANAPOLIS — A hotel for pets is currently under investigation by Indianapolis Animal Care Services (IACS) following allegations of animal neglect. It comes after several owners alleged that when they went to pick up their dogs, left in the care of the Best Friends Pet Hotel at 8224 Bash St. in Indianapolis, there was nobody there and that it took hours to reunite with their pets. Billy Brown said he left his dog Bella in the care of Best Friends Pet Hotel for four days while his family traveled to Kentucky for a funeral. He said he’s never boarded Bella before, so he relied on recommendations from people who shared…

  • Pets News

    Pet hotel Platinium Dogs Club’s owner jailed 2 weeks, fined

    Shetland Terrier Prince (left) and Jack Russell Terrier QQ died while under the care of Charlotte Liew. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman, Joanne Png, Elaine Mao) SINGAPORE — The owner of a pet hotel where at least two dogs died following a stay at its Bukit Panjang premises, was sentenced to two weeks’ jail and fined $35,700 on Tuesday (31 August).  Charlotte Liew, a 33-year-old Singaporean who ran Platinium Dogs Club, was also disqualified from running an animal-related business for 12 months, with effect from Tuesday. Liew pleaded guilty to one count of furnishing false information, obstructing the course of justice, one count under the Business Names Registration Act 2014 and four…