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Dog in Georgia tests positive for virus that causes COVID-19

Jul. 3, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A dog in Georgia is believed to have been the second canine in the U.S. to test positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, health officials said. The 6-year-old mixed breed dog was tested after its owners contracted COVID-19 and the dog began suffering from a neurological illness, the...

Police officer admits witness tampering in drug probe

Jul. 3, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A veteran New Jersey police officer has pleaded guilty to witness tampering in connection with a drug investigation. The Monmouth County prosecutor’s office said Friday that 38-year-old Joseph Ammaturo also has forfeited his position as a police officer in Deal and is barred...

State reports 1st finding of mosquito-borne virus this year

Jul. 3, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The mosquito-borne virus eastern equine encephalitis has been detected in Massachusetts for the first time this year, the state Department of Public Health said Friday. The agency said the virus was found in a mosquito sample collected July 1 in the town of Orange in Franklin County. It's...

Tucson Zoo tiger euthanized after kidney disease progresses

Jul. 3, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Malayan tiger at a zoo in Tucson was euthanized Thursday for advanced kidney disease, officials said. The 19-year-old tiger named Sita was the only tiger at Reid Park Zoo, the Arizona Daily Star reported. Sita developed kidney disease at the age of 7 before arriving in Tucson in...

Mizzou to test dog bone cancer therapy on human brain cancer

Jul. 3, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Veterinary researchers at Mizzou have had such success with a new immunotherapy approach for bone cancer treatment in dogs, the results have now helped secure FDA approval to test the method on human brain cancer patients. In collaboration with the biotech company ELIAS Animal Health,...

Yellowstone park to reconsider controversial bison plan

Jul. 1, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials plan to reconsider how they manage Yellowstone National Park's famous wild bison herds following longstanding complaints over thousands of the animals that have been killed by hunters and agencies as they attempted to migrate into Montana. Yellowstone National...

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf prepares to speak at a press conference outside UPMC Pinnacle Community Osteopathic Hospital in Lower Paxton Twp, Pa,. on Monday, June 29, 2020. (Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News via AP)

Wolf expands mask order, wants new restrictions to be local

Jul. 1, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf's administration moved Wednesday to expand its indoor mask order to public places outdoors where social-distancing is impossible, while he also said that he prefers to let Pennsylvania's local governments handle further coronavirus restrictions, as opposed to the broad...

North Alabama's lion mascot Una dies on campus

Jun. 30, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — The University of North Alabama said its 17-year-old lion mascot Una died Tuesday on campus after a brief illness. Dr. Brandon Fisher, one of two veterinarians who cared for Una and her brother Leo III, said Una died with Leo and caregivers at her side. The two lions had lived in a...

Wisconsin mink industry warned of outbreak in Europe animals

Jun. 29, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin animal health officials are cautioning the state’s mink producers about the dangers of the coronavirus following outbreaks among animals on several farms in Europe, spurring renewed calls from animal rights activists to ban the fur trade. There are no confirmed cases...

Merck plans $100M expansion at Kansas manufacturing facility

Jun. 29, 2020 10:40 AM EDT

DESOTO, Kan. (AP) — Merck Animal Health said Monday it plans to invest $100 million to expand and enhance its manufacturing facility in DeSoto, Kansas. The company, a division of Merck & Co. based in Kenilworth, New Jersey, said in a news release that it plans a technology expansion of its vaccine...