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2 area animal shelters getting $8 million to expand capacity

May. 30, 2020 8:47 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County is expanding its ability to shelter animals thanks to $8 million in grant money for two suburban Chicago facilities. In a news release, County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's office says $6 million will go to the South Suburban Humane Society to build a new facility. The other...

In this photo taken and released by Chinese nurse Zhang Dan, she poses for a photo with colleagues at the Wuhan Pulmonary Hospital in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province, Friday, April 4, 2020. Zhang was among the first to respond to the call for help in China's coronavirus epicenter. The 36-year-old nurse worked through grueling days, ministering to patients who needed assistance from breathing to merely eating. She struggled — but then, a little street dog helped her through. (Zhang Dan via AP)

Street dog helps see Chinese nurse through virus traumas

May. 30, 2020 1:22 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Zhang Dan was among the first to respond to the call for help in China's coronavirus epicenter. The 36-year-old nurse worked through grueling days, ministering to patients who needed assistance from breathing to merely eating. She struggled — but then, a little street dog helped her...

This image made from Monday, May 25, 2020, video provided by Christian Cooper shows Amy Cooper with her dog calling police at Central Park in New York. A video of a verbal dispute between Amy Cooper, walking her dog off a leash and Christian Cooper, a black man bird watching in Central Park, is sparking accusations of racism. (Christian Cooper via AP)

Woman fired after backlash from racist park confrontation

May. 27, 2020 5:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The verbal dispute between a white woman with an unleashed dog and a black man bird watching in Central Park might normally have gone unnoticed in a city preoccupied by the coronavirus pandemic. That changed when birdwatcher Christian Cooper pulled out his phone and captured Amy Cooper...

ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON MONDAY, MAY 25, AND THEREAFTER - In this Friday, May 15, 2020, photo, Duane Daniels and his dog Chutki are shown at their home in Madison, Wis. The two have received help from the Dane County Humane Society's Pets for Life program. (Ruthie Hauge/The Capital Times via AP)

Pets for Life helps Madison pet owners get through pandemic

May. 25, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — When Duane Daniels heard through a local veterans group, back in 2018, that pet owners in his south side neighborhood could get free pet supplies and veterinary care, he was skeptical, but he called the number he’d been given. The number belonged to Abbi Middleton, coordinator...

Police: Man killed in shoot-out after shooting officer

May. 22, 2020 7:53 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man suspected of shooting an off-duty police officer in Tennessee was later killed in a shoot-out with officers along an interstate, Nashville police said. The unidentified man shot Officer Darrell Osment while the officer was walking his dog in plain clothes Thursday night,...

In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020, photo provided by MSPCA-Angell, a 53-year-old tortoise named Ms. Jennifer stands among dandelions in Boston. The animal welfare organization put the tortoise up for adoption because the owner recently died of coronavirus. (Victoria Odynsky/MSPCA-Angell via AP)

Wanted: Loving home for 53-year-old tortoise

May. 21, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Wanted: Loving home for a middle-age tortoise that loves fruit salad, dandelions and sunshine. MSPCA-Angell, a Boston animal welfare organization, has put a 53-year-old tortoise named Ms. Jennifer up for adoption because the owner recently died of COVID-19. She is likely the oldest animal the...

In this Thursday, April 30, 2020 photo, Nikki and Andy Smith and their sons Braeden, 11, and Tyler, 8, play with their new dog Thor in front of the family's home outside of Cleveland, Minn. The pandemic motivated the family to adopt a pet because they are spending more time at home. (Pat Christman/The Free Press via AP)

Pet adoptions up during pandemic

May. 18, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Last Christmas, the Smith family from Cleveland, Minnesota, pondered the idea of getting a puppy. But as days ticked down to Dec. 25, mom and dad decided it just wasn’t the best time. But then the coronavirus hit, priorities changed and spare time needed to be filled. And what...

Virtual pet adoptions emerge in Lansing amid virus outbreak

May. 17, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The animals stare out from photos on a website, reduced to a name, a gender and an age. They hope this is the time you will click to learn more. The Capital Area Humane Society in Lansing has 19 pets available for adoption, ranging from dogs to cats to guinea pigs. They can’t...

A child plays on a grid in the San Agustin neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, May 16, 2020. President Nicolas Maduro is relaxing quarantine measures over the weekend by allowing children and older adults out of their homes for a few hours each day. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

The Latest: South Korea reports 13 new virus cases

May. 17, 2020 12:13 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — California resident who attended church on Mother's Day...

Hemorrhagic rabbit disease found in California for 1st time

May. 14, 2020 10:11 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A highly contagious and deadly rabbit disease has been found in California for the first time, the state Fish and Wildlife Department said. A veterinary laboratory confirmed the presence of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease virus type 2 in a wild black-tailed jackrabbit that was among 10...