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California considers banning declawing of cats in most cases

May. 26, 2022 16:58 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers could soon ban the declawing of cats solely for the convenience of humans, advancing a bill on Thursday to halt what animal rights activists say is a painful procedure used primarily to prevent torn furniture and scratched skin. Claws...

Bad Kitty: German town grounds cats to save rare birds

May. 18, 2022 05:23 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — What a cat-astrophe! Authorities in the southwest German town of Walldorf have ordered some cat owners to keep their pets indoors until the end of August, to protect a rare bird during its breeding season. The decree is designed to help save the crested...

Americans bet $125B on sports in 4 years since legalization

May. 13, 2022 13:28 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Americans have bet more than $125 billion on sports with legal gambling outlets in the four years since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for all 50 states to offer it. On Saturday's anniversary of the decision in a case brought by New Jersey,...

Homeless shelters begin to see value in making room for pets

May. 01, 2022 13:37 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Being homeless in Los Angeles and struggling with addiction is hard enough, but Rachel Niebur couldn't imagine enduring it without her dog Petey. Niebur credits her constant companion, an energetic black and white chihuahua mix, with helping her keep off drugs...

50 dogs and cats rescued from fire at Westport pet kennel

Apr. 21, 2022 08:09 AM EDT

WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — Emergency responders rescued 50 dogs and cats from a fire at a pet boarding facility in Westport after three people had escaped the flames by jumping from a second-floor window, authorities said Thursday. The fire was reported shortly before midnight...

Company settles dog-leasing allegations for more than $900K

Apr. 14, 2022 16:50 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A California-based finance company has agreed to pay more than $900,000 to settle allegations that it was illegally leasing dogs in Massachusetts, the state attorney general's office said. As part of the agreement entered in Suffolk Superior Court on Wednesday,...

Three-legged dog celebrates 15 years of inspiring others

Apr. 03, 2022 01:04 AM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Jeanie the three-legged dog is the oldest therapy dog in the Lake Charles area, and perhaps the most celebrated. She was flown to Hollywood after she won a national pet therapy award in 2019. She’s been on TV in commercials, on the Hallmark Channel and...

Woman walking dog in Eugene splashed with acid

Mar. 29, 2022 11:46 AM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a woman and her dog walking in Eugene, Oregon, were injured after a person “splashed and burned” them with “an unknown acid substance." KOIN reports the attack happened around 11:30 a.m. Monday. The woman was taken to the hospital for...

Authorities search for California man after his dog is found

Mar. 20, 2022 17:26 PM EDT

TRAIL, Oregon (AP) — Authorities and volunteers searched Sunday for a missing Northern California man whose dog was found walking alone near a road in southern Oregon. Tyler Evans' dog Ali was spotted Wednesday near Trail, Oregon, a town about an hour north of the California...

‘Black Noah’ is saving Alabama animals, 1 creature at a time

Mar. 19, 2022 00:06 AM EDT

BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) — It’s hard to miss Calvin Tucker. He pulls up in his SUV, which is wrapped with photos of dogs and cars and a big SOCAT logo, to a spot in Bessemer where we agreed to meet. He tells me to follow him to his largest cat colony — a home about...