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Georgia shelter closed over fatal pet illness set to reopen

Oct. 17, 2019 3:19 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta-area animal shelter that closed to suppress an infection resulting in at least four dog deaths could reopen as early as Friday. Cobb County spokesman Ross Cavitt has said tests on dogs at the county shelter showed they had the highly contagious illness streptococcus zooepidemicus....

Rancher hopes to improve plight of sheep industry's canines

Oct. 6, 2019 3:31 AM EDT

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — The grandson of a longtime rancher and former state lawmaker has recently started a program that has in some ways made him the black sheep of Idaho's ovine community, the Idaho State Journal reports. Cory Peavey of the Flat Top Sheep Co., which operates out of a ranch north of Carey...

Don't let your vet bill dog you forever

Oct. 1, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

On a normal car ride, Grace the brown-white Chihuahua might have been happily "singing" along in traffic with her owner, Ellen Ross. But this wasn't a normal ride. Ross, author of the lifestyle blog Ask Away, was driving her 9-year-old dog to the veterinary specialist's office in September 2016 after noticing...

Alpaca breeder says she fell in love with the animals' fiber

Sep. 28, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

PLYMOUTH, Ill. (AP) — A western Illinois alpaca breeder says she's found her art through working with the animals' luxurious fibers. Lindsey Moore is showcasing the alpacas at her farm in Plymouth during this weekend's National Alpaca Farm Days. Moore, who owns a total of 53 Suri and Huacaya alpacas, said...

'Dog the Bounty Hunter' star faces his own health problems

Sep. 27, 2019 11:35 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Duane Chapman, known to millions as the star of the "Dog the Bounty Hunter" reality TV show, tells People magazine that he is facing his own medical problems after the death of his wife from cancer. Chapman, 66, appeared on Monday's episode of "The Dr. Oz Show" in which he learned that he's...

Idaho officials say cat has rabies, first case in decades

Sep. 19, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho health officials say a cat has tested positive for rabies for the first time in 27 years. The Department of Health and Welfare says the cat in Owyhee County was behaving aggressively and bit its owner. It tested positive for a strain of rabies normally associated with bats. The...

2 puppies euthanized after contact with rabid bats

Sep. 13, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Officials say two German shepherd puppies were euthanized after they came into contact with bats that tested positive for rabies in southwestern Washington. KATU-TV reports Cowlitz County environmental health manager Season Long said Friday a 4-month-old and a 5-month old German...

5 new cases of mysterious disease found in dogs in Norway

Sep. 11, 2019 6:32 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian authorities says five more cases have appeared of an unexplained disease that has affected dozens of dogs and killed at least 26 animals across the country. The Norwegian Food Safety Authority says it is still investigating the cause of the disease, whose symptoms...

Mysterious disease killing dogs in Norway

Sep. 7, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Norwegian authorities haven't been able to detect the cause behind an unexplained disease that is estimated to have killed dozens of dogs in the country in recent days, officials said Saturday. The Norwegian Food Safety Authority said that it had been informed of another six cases of dogs...

Georgia shelter quarantines dog area for parvovirus

Sep. 5, 2019 7:34 AM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The dog area of a Georgia animal shelter is under quarantine after three puppies tested positive for the highly contagious canine parvovirus. News outlets report Athens-Clarke County Animal Shelter announced Wednesday that the area will be quarantined until Sept. 16. The shelter says...