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Dogs that killed Michigan man will be euthanized

LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — A couple charged with second-degree murder after their two dogs fatally mauled a Michigan jogger agreed Friday to give up ownership of the animals and have them euthanized.

Mich. couple held on $500k bail in dogs fatal mauling of jogger

Valbona Lucaj, 44, and husband Sebastiano Quagliata, 45, are charged with second-degree murder and possessing a dangerous animal causing death in the July 23 incident

For a Mere $12,000, Fly Fido’s Ashes to the Moon

A Houston-based company is now offering “a unique send-off for beloved pets by placing a portion of their cremated remains in a capsule and blasting them off into space,” Reuters reports. The company is Celestic, Inc., which since 1997 has been sending cremated human remains into space. Starting this October, it will “launch its first commercial pet memorial spaceflight with the remains of a ...

Couple charged after dogs fatally maul jogger

Sebastiano Quagliata, 45, and Valbona Lucaj, 44, are due in court Friday on murder charges after their two Cane Corso dogs attacked 46-year-old jogger Craig Sytsma in Lapeer, Mich.

Couple whose dogs killed runner appear in court

LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — A couple charged with second-degree murder after their dogs fatally mauled a Michigan jogger each face $500,000 bond.

Dogs who killed Livonia jogger will be destroyed

A Metamora couple was charged Friday with second-degree murder and possession of a dangerous animal causing the death of a Livonia jogger who was chased down July 23 and killed by two of their animals.

Sentinel Pet Idol: Your pictures and how to vote

Pets! Pets! Pets! You love em and we do too! Hundreds of Sentinel readers have sent us photographs of their pets, all hoping to claim the prestigious title of The Sentinel Pet Idol 2014. All the entries have been featured in today's Sentinel and these online galleries, giving you the chance to pick your favourite. Voting coupons can then be obtained in copies of The Sentinel, with daily coupons ...

Amazing Acro-Cats show proves that cats can be trained to do tricks

There's a reason why "herding kittens" is a synonym for chaos, and most cat owners learn to live with a pet that comes when it's called only if it wants to.

Island near Buffalo overrun by hundreds of cats

NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) — A small island near Buffalo has a big cat problem thanks to people who have abandoned felines there over the years.

Scientists Unlock the Secret to Prairie Dogs' Social Networks to Save Them

Jennifer Verdolin, an animal behavior researcher at the federally funded National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, spent hundreds of hours watching prairie dogs interact in Arizona, studying their special “greet kisses.” Greet kisses are a key part of prairie dog life, and they happen when two individuals approach each other, lock teeth and kiss. When she presented her work at North Carolina State ...

Hundreds of cats take over island in New York

Evan Bleier TONAWANDA ISLAND , N.Y., Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Hundreds of wild and forgotten cats have taken over Tonawanda Island in New York.

Cats overrun island. Lord of the fleas?

Cats overrun island near Buffalo, N.Y. The hundreds of feral and abandoned cats overrun island after people in the area abandoned the felines. 

Pamela Anderson wants Faeroes to stop whale drive

Pamela Anderson COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A more than four century-old pilot whales drive in the Faeroe Islands is a "barbaric, psychotic frenzy" which should cease, actress and animal rights activist Pamela Anderson said Friday.


South African group to sue over giraffe bridge collision death

A South African animal rights group is planning to sue the people responsible for the death of a giraffe that smashed its head on a bridge as it was transported in a trailer on one of Africa's busiest motorways. Eyewitnesses reported seeing two giraffes in an open air trailer being driven along Johannesburg's N1 motorway on Thursday before one hit its head on the bridge. Who thought this one through?" South Africa's National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) said they would be seeking to prosecute those responsible. The incident has caused outrage in South Africa and has been tragically compared to a scene in Hollywood film 'Hangover 3' in which bungling character Alan Garner buys a giraffe before accidentally decapitating it on a highway bridge.

Murder hearing for couple whose dogs killed runner

LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — Prosecutors say a couple whose two dogs fatally mauled a 46-year-old jogger on a rural Michigan road are facing a court hearing on murder charges.

Couple Whose Dogs Fatally Mauled Jogger Charged With Murder

Federal authorities say Sebastiano Quagliata and Valbona Lucaj are living in the U.S. illegally.

California zoo animals feast on 13,000-pound fruit donation

By Jennifer Chaussee BERKELEY Calif. (Reuters) - Animals at a zoo in California's Bay Area received an unexpected and unusual feast after a delivery truck carrying exotic fruit crashed and spilled an estimated $50,000 worth of produce across a highway, officials said on Thursday. Some of the animals at the Oakland Zoo were initially hesitant to tuck into the 13,000-pound (590 kg) donation of Thai bananas, a type of plantain, and prickly-skinned jackfruit, which can cost more than $35 each in California stores. "Jackfruit is definitely more of an unusual fruit than our animals are used to," said Nicky Mora, a spokeswoman for the zoo.

Tigers, A's add aces in MLB arms race

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Division leaders Detroit and Oakland forged an American League arms race as the Tigers got David Price from Tampa Bay and the A's dealt for Boston's Jon Lester in a frenzied finish to Thursday's trade deadline. The pair of aces could lead to an epic collision in the AL Championship Series between West-leading Oakland, who have a Major League Baseball-best record of 66-41, and the Central's Tigers (58-47), who own the biggest division lead in the majors.


New service will send your dead pet into space

Launching this fall, Celestis Pets will memorialize your pet by sending its cremated remains to infinity. And beyond.

SeaWorld, Southwest Airlines ending partnership

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld Entertainment are ending their 25-year-old marketing partnership, officials with both companies said Thursday, as the airline has been urged by animal rights activists to terminate the relationship.

Southwest Airlines, SeaWorld to end marketing partnership

Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld said on Thursday they are ending a longtime marketing partnership, as the airline faces pressure from animal rights groups critical of the marine life conditions at its popular tourist attractions. SeaWorld Entertainment Inc and Southwest Airlines Co began joint promotions in 1988. Southwest now wants to focus on international services and local market efforts, while SeaWorld is looking to new markets in Latin America and Asia, they said. The announcement followed a petition drive by animal rights activists asking the airline to end the partnership.

Dogs can feel jealous, according to study

Sure, Fido is a brown Lab. But inside, he may also be a little green. New research suggests that dogs can exhibit jealousy, a human emotion usually ascribed to squabbling siblings or the jilted third of a love triangle. A study by scholars at the University of California, San Diego found that dogs showed jealous […]

Will dog owners spend any amount on their pets? Probably.

Consumer experts say there seems to be no limit to the desire of owners to pamper their pets.

Cats overflowing at Humane Society

The P.E.I. Humane Society is overcrowded with cats, and it won't be accepting any more for at least two weeks. The Humane Society, which is the only animal shelter on P.E.I., is trying to deal with the problem by holding an adoption-by-donation event. All male cats and kittens will be available for a suggested minimum donation of $25.

Amazing Acrobatic Cats Purrform

Meet the Amazing Acro-Cats. The Bug Theatre (3654 Navajo St, Denver, CO 80211) welcomes Samantha Martin and her Amazing Acro-Cats as they dive into Denver Colorado. Purr-formances begin July 31st through August 10th , 2014. Adult tickets are $18, children are $15, and are available at www.circuscats.com. The one-hour show features over a dozen fabulous […]

Fly Fido to the moon in space send off for deceased pets

People stand and look at the moon one day ahead of the Supermoon phenomenon from a bridge over 42nd St. in the Manhattan borough of New York By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas company is offering a unique send off for beloved pets by placing a portion of their cremated remains in a capsule and blasting them off into space. Celestis Inc, which has provided memorial space flights for human remains since 1997, will launch its first commercial pet memorial spaceflight in October 2014 with the remains of a blue merle Australian shepherd, named Apollo, the company said. The space send-off options go up to $12,500, which allows the pet’s remains to be launched into deep space or to visit the moon. "Our pet service flights are an idea that’s been a long time coming," Celestis Chief Executive Charles Chafer said.


Parisian love of cats reaches luxury hotel market

Le Bristol Paris, cats Though the French may be better known for small, yappy pooches that fit in designer handbags, Paris has developed a growing affinity for cats in recent years, first with the opening of a popular cat café, and now with the adoption of a new feline at the luxurious Bristol hotel. It’s a move that could be construed as a way to stay relevant via the public's favorite attention-getter -- cats -- in a luxury hotel market that’s about to heat up significantly. On the eve of the opening and reopening of two major hotel rivals, the Bristol introduced the press to its latest family member, a blue-eyed, white Birman cat named Kléopatra who will be allowed to roam the hotel freely as its pet mascot. On August 1, the long-awaited Peninsula Paris will open its doors, as will the Hotel Plaza Athenee after a nearly year-long renovation, ratcheting up the competition in the city’s luxury hotel market.


Parisian love of cats reaches luxury hotel market

Though the French may be better known for small, yappy pooches that fit in designer handbags, Paris has developed a growing affinity for cats in recent years, first with the opening of a popular cat café, and now with the adoption of a new feline at the luxurious Bristol hotel. It’s a move that could be construed as a way to stay relevant via the public's favorite attention-getter -- cats -- in ...

A gym for dogs: The latest addition to the canine industrial complex

Frolick Dogs in Alexandria bills itself as the Washington area’s first sports club for Fido.

Thai Airways bans shark fin from cargo flights

A shark fin is displayed in front of a restaurant in the Chinatown area of Bangkok on March 6, 2013 Thai Airways has banned shark fin from its cargo flights as part of a growing global campaign against the popular delicacy in Asia. The carrier joins a host of other airlines in taking a stand against shark fin, highly prized by many in the region, especially in Hong Kong and China where it is commonly served as a soup at wedding banquets and corporate parties. "As part of the world community sharing in the great concern for the protection of endangered species and the environment, Thai Airways International has implemented its own official policy to place an embargo on the shipping of shark fin products," the airline said in a statement Tuesday. Thai Airways officially stopped flying shark fin from 15 July but has avoided shipping fins for over a year, according to the statement.


Oregon hunting guide pleads guilty to injuring wild cats for easy kill

An Oregon hunting guide accused of injuring or caging mountain lions and bobcats to make it easier for his clients to shoot and kill pleaded guilty on Wednesday in a U.S. Court in Denver to violating a federal wildlife law, prosecutors said. Nicholaus Rodgers of Shady Cove, Oregon, could face up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 for the felony count of conspiring to violate the Lacey Act, which bans the transportation or sale across state lines of illegally gained wildlife, according to the U.S. Justice Department. Under a plea agreement, Rodgers admitted he was part of a ring of hunting guides employed by a Colorado outfitter who shot, trapped or caged the wild cats to provide clients with faux fair chase hunts in Colorado and Utah from 2007 to 2009, prosecutors said in a statement. Rodgers, 31, is the fourth guide who worked for the Colorado outfitter, Christopher Loncarich, to plead guilty to Lacey Act violations in a case investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

New York man faces drug charges tied to 'Electric Zoo' death

A New York man has been charged with selling the potent party drug "molly" to a 23-year-old concertgoer who died of an overdose at a massive electronic music festival last summer, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Patrick Morgan, 23, is accused of selling dozens of pills at the three-day concert on New York City's Randall's Island, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. Morgan, of Buffalo, New York, has been tied to the MDMA pills linked to the death of Jeffrey Russ, Bharara said. "As alleged, Patrick Morgan sold drugs that, far from enabling a good time, resulted in tragedy with the death of Jeffrey Russ," Bharara said.

Homeless Black Cats Said to Suffer From Poor Selfie-Image

The RSPCA Claims Demand for the Dark Felines Has Decreased in the Digital Age

Pets at Home dogged by worst IPO tag

Pets at Home shares rebound after robust trading update, but retailer well below float price

Chickens share backyards and pests with dogs, cats

FILE - This undated file photo from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows an aedes aegypti mosquito on human skin. The popular push for locally-produced food has spawned flocks of backyard chickens in urban neighborhoods nationwide, but as these chickens grow in popularity, pests hitch rides on them and end up biting the family dogs and cats. (AP Photo/U.S. Department of Agriculture, File) LOS ANGELES (AP) — The popular push for locally produced food has spawned flocks of backyard chickens in urban neighborhoods nationwide, but people may not realize that feasting on fresh eggs can mean subjecting their more typical household pets to pain from a new pest that hitches a ride on hens.


Wagging Tails For Pets At Home As Sales Rise

Pets at Home (LSE: PETS.L - news) has revealed quarterly revenue growth of more than 10%, amid an ambitious expansion plan. In an interim management statement, the pet food and accessory retailer said total revenue grew by 10.4% to £210.8m in the 16-week period to July 17. It said like-for-like sales were up 4.1%, boosted by its VIP Club membership scheme and a growing presence in veterinary ...

PETS AT HOME WI (LSE: PETS )

In the 16 weeks to 17 July, the company grew revenue by over 10% to £210.8 million - Goldman Sachs had pencilled in a 2.4% increase for the quarter and 9% for the full-year. Merchandise revenue, which includes food and accessories, rose 9% to £192.5 million and sales from services like grooming, pet sales and vet joint venture practices surged by 27% to £18.3 million.

Pets at Home Group PLC Surges On Impressive Sales

Down boy! Pets at Home Group PLC (LON:PETS) jumps 8% after a great set of first-quarter sales numbers.

U.S. charges Canadian antiques dealer with smuggling wildlife

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - An antiques dealer in British Columbia was indicted by a U.S. grand jury on Tuesday for smuggling into Canada more than $500,000 of wildlife items, including rhinoceros horns and sculptures made from elephant ivory and coral, U.S. prosecutors said. Xiao Ju "Tony" Guan, 39, was accused of buying the goods through a Manhattan-based online auction house, and with the help of others smuggling them out of the United States. Prosecutors said Guan would sometimes mail items directly to Canada with false paperwork and without the required declarations. On other occasions, he would allegedly ship the items to Point Roberts, Washington, less than a mile from the border, use mislabeled boxes to deceive customs and border protection agents, and then take smuggled items to his business in Richmond, British Columbia, near Vancouver.

There's a New Awards Show, and It's for Dogs

There's a New Awards Show, and It's for Dogs Awards season in Hollywood is already crowded enough, but next year will feature another show: The CW will air the inaugural World Dog Awards. Per The Hollywood Reporter's Michael O'Connell, the show will honor a variety of dogs, from the show biz types to military and medical service animals. The World Dog Awards are set to to take place in January 2015, right smack in the middle of Hollywood's busiest time. 


Quantum Wonderland: Neutron 'Cheshire Cats' Created

Quantum Wonderland: Neutron 'Cheshire Cats' Created The Cheshire Cat of the classic children's book "Alice in Wonderland" had a smile that could disconnect from its body. For instance, a particle can apparently exist in two or more places at once or spin two opposite directions at the same time, a property known as superposition. Theoretical physicists last year predicted that the peculiar nature of quantum physics might allow the properties of particles to exist in two or more places simultaneously. This mimics the story of the Cheshire Cat, in which Alice notes, "Well! I've often seen a cat without a grin … but a grin without a cat! It's the most curious thing I ever saw in all my life!"


Quantum Wonderland: Neutron 'Cheshire Cats' Created

The Cheshire Cat of the classic children's book "Alice in Wonderland" had a smile that could disconnect from its body. For instance, a particle can apparently exist in two or more places at once or spin two opposite directions at the same time, a property known as superposition. Theoretical physicists last year predicted that the peculiar nature of quantum physics might allow the properties of ...

Rare Sri Lankan leopards born in French zoo

Two female Sri Lankan leopard cubs, born on July 1, 2014, play in their cage in Maubeuge zoo, northern France, on July 29, 2014. The Sri Lankan leopard is a threatened species, with an estimated 700 living in the wild and 65 in captivity Two rare Sri Lankan leopard cubs have been born in a zoo in northern France, a boost for a sub-species that numbers only about 700 in the wild, the head of the facility said Tuesday. "There are only a few of them in captivity with about 60 spread across some 20 European zoos," said Jimmy Ebel, of Maubeuge Zoo.


The Cats of the World, Mapped

There are a lot of cats in the world, and there are a lot of cats on the Internet. Did you ever think, for example, that someone would take the time to locate the many cats of the world on a digital map? Owen Mundy, an artist, designer, and programmer who teaches at Florida State University, recently published "I Know Where Your Cat Lives," a project that tracks the world's cats—or, well, 1 ...

How to Care for Your Pets After You’re Gone

As anyone who has worked at an animal shelter will tell you, a number of the pets there were beloved companions who became homeless because of their owners’ deaths. Perhaps the most spectacular illustration of estate planning for a pet was the $12 million fortune that hotel magnate Leona Helmsley bequeathed to her little white Maltese, Trouble.

Kids with Pets More Likely to Avoid Meat

Kids with Pets More Likely to Avoid Meat Those children who have formed attachments to their pets may develop empathy toward other animals, too, which can result in greater avoidance of eating meat, the researchers suggested. "Once an individual feels empathy toward animals, it makes it harder to eat animals," study author Hank Rothgerber, a professor of psychology at Bellarmine University and a vegetarian for more than 12 years, told Live Science in an email. "For these individuals [who get attached to their pets as kids], the love they feel toward their childhood pet(s) was likely so strong that they have a hard time not seeing some aspect of their companion animal in the meat that they wish to avoid," Rothgerber added. In the study, Rothgerber and colleagues asked 273 people if they ate meat, and, if they did, how much meat they normally ate, as well as whether they owned a pet in childhood and how attached they were to their pets.


Kids with Pets More Likely to Avoid Meat

Those children who have formed attachments to their pets may develop empathy toward other animals, too, which can result in greater avoidance of eating meat, the researchers suggested. "Once an individual feels empathy toward animals, it makes it harder to eat animals," study author Hank Rothgerber, a professor of psychology at Bellarmine University and a vegetarian for more than 12 years, told ...

Vietnam's taste for cat leaves pets in peril

Diners enjoy a dish of cat meat while drinking beer at a restaurant in Hanoi on June 19, 2014 The enduring popularity of "little tiger" as a snack to accompany a beer in Vietnam means that cat owners live in constant fear of animal snatchers, despite an official ban. At an unassuming restaurant next to a carwash in central Hanoi, a cat is prepared for hungry clients: drowned, shaved and burned to remove all fur before being cut up and fried with garlic. "A lot of people eat cat meat. Vietnam has forbidden the consumption of cats in an effort to encourage their ownership and keep the capital's rat population under control.


Gillnet fishing halted off California to protect endangered turtles

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fresh-caught swordfish will be off the menu in California restaurants for at least the next month, due to a federally imposed temporary ban on drift gillnets in the Pacific to protect endangered sea turtles starting on Friday. The closure, to remain in effect through Aug. 31, covers 25,000 square miles (62,160 square km) of ocean waters off Southern California that constitute the prime West Coast fishing grounds for swordfish and thresher sharks caught with gillnets. The new gillnet ban marks the first time such a restriction has been imposed off California by the National Marine Fisheries Service as a safeguard for loggerhead turtles, an endangered species that normally feeds in more southern waters off Mexico's Baja Peninsula. The agency's 2003 loggerhead conservation plan calls for closing the waters off San Diego and Los Angeles to gillnet fishing in years when the ocean-warming pattern known as El Nino occurs or is forecast, said Ben Enticknap, a senior scientist with the environmental group Oceana.

Dogs get especially jealous of other dogs: study

Dogs get especially jealous of other dogs: study One of the objects was a toy dog that barked and wagged its tail when a button on it was pushed. Certain dog behaviors were much more common when owners played with the toy dog versus the other objects, the researchers found. For instance, dogs more often snapped, pushed their owners, pushed against the object and tried to get in between the owner and the toy dog than they did with the other toys. The dogs were about twice as likely to push their owner (78 percent of dogs did this) when he or she was playing with the toy dog than when the interaction involved the jack-o-lantern (42 percent).


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