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Dog deaths after grooming documented, but link uncertain

Sep. 22, 2018 12:47 PM EDT

Over the past decade 47 dogs have died across the U.S. during grooming, or within days of showing signs of ill health after grooming, at the nation's leading pet retailer, a New Jersey news organization reports, though what the numbers mean is uncertain. NJ.com said that its count is based on reports by PetSmart...

A dog's life: Uno, beagle who wowed Westminster, dies at 13

Sep. 21, 2018 7:16 PM EDT

Every dog might have its day, but not many ever had a night like this. Cheered on by a roaring, packed crowd at Madison Square Garden, the playful beagle responded like a true champ. "Ah-roo!" Uno bayed that evening, a decade ago. "Ah-roo!" Uno, who became perhaps the most popular pooch to step into a dog show...

Officials prepare to relocate wolves to Isle Royale park

Sep. 21, 2018 6:23 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A mission to rebuild the depleted wolf population at Isle Royale National Park is getting underway in Michigan and Minnesota, as specialists prepare to trap six to eight of the predators on the mainland and fly them to the Lake Superior archipelago, officials said Friday. The...

NOAA: Distemper is causing seal deaths in New England

Sep. 21, 2018 4:45 PM EDT

Researchers say an outbreak of distemper is to blame for a rash of seal deaths in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday that the main pathogen found in the seals is phocine distemper virus. The agency said avian flu also was suspected based on...

Colombia honors 14 sniffer dogs at emotional retirement

Sep. 21, 2018 4:16 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Fourteen police dogs received medals and diplomas during an emotional retirement ceremony in Colombia's capital Friday as they wrapped up years of service sniffing out drugs, bombs and bodies. Some of the German shepherds, pit bulls and golden retrievers were treated to special...

2 Wyoming bull elk, locked in battle, get help from humans

Sep. 21, 2018 3:15 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Two bull elk fighting for herd dominance in southern Wyoming got more than they bargained for when their antlers became entwined. Thanks to two humans, the animals are free to fight another day. Game warden Kim Olson said Friday she got a Sept. 5 call about the elk on a desert ridge....

Alaska troopers to cite bear watchers who stop on bridges

Sep. 21, 2018 2:58 PM EDT

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Alaska troopers said they will begin issuing citations to people found stopping on bridges on Kodiak Island to watch bears. Kodiak Post Alaska State Troopers and Wildlife Troopers have responded to multiple calls this summer about drivers and pedestrians stopping on bridges and roads...

Walk into my parlor: Greek spiders spin giant web over shore

Sep. 21, 2018 12:18 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — It's not quite the World Wide Web — but the spiders of Aitoliko in Greece have made a good start. Spurred into overdrive by an explosion in the populations of insects they eat, thousands of little spiders in the western Greek town have shrouded coastal trees, bushes and low...

Correction: Carnegie Heroes story

Sep. 21, 2018 11:43 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — In a story Sept. 20 about the Carnegie medals for heroism, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Jay Agli died trying to save a 19-year-old woman and young girl from drowning in the Connecticut River on June 11, 2017. The young girl was rescued by her stepfather, and Agli died...

Australia police arrest man accused of killing emus with car

Sep. 21, 2018 11:31 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A man in Australia accused of deliberately killing several emus with his car and then posting a video of it online has been arrested, police announced Friday. Police in Victoria said the 20-year-old man faces several charges of animal cruelty, destruction of protected wildlife...