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Rabid bats found in Portland and Beaverton

Sep. 15, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Officials say a rabid bat has been discovered in Northeast Portland. This is the first animal to test positive for rabies in Multnomah County since 2014, according to the county. Another was found in Washington County earlier this month, KGW...

Vermont's annual rabies bait drop to begin Thursday

Aug. 02, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The 25th annual rabies bait drop is getting underway across much of Vermont, officials said Monday. Beginning on Thursday, technicians will begin distributing 450,000 quarter-sized blister packs containing rabies vaccine that will be distributed...

SC officials looking for rabid puppy's lost littermate

Jul. 28, 2021 15:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina health officials are looking for people who may have come in contact with a rabid puppy or its missing littermate along the Georgia-South Carolina border. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said Friday...

Maryland using dogs to target alcohol in prisons

Jul. 25, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

HAGERSTOWN, M.D. (AP) — The state of Maryland has begun to deploy dogs to sniff out illicit alcohol in correctional facilities. Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Robert Green told The Washington Post the new team of canines was created in...

Rabid bat found in Shawnee County, Kansas

Jul. 21, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas county health department on Wednesday announced it found a rabid bat. A Shawnee County Health Department official said a dog pulled the bat out of a tree July 12. Test results showing the bat had rabies came back...

Unwanted pets: Giant goldfish turn up in Minnesota waterways

Jul. 13, 2021 12:42 PM EDT

BURNSVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Officials in Minnesota said they’re finding more giant goldfish in waterways, prompting a plea to citizens to stop illegally dumping their unwanted fish into ponds and lakes. The goldfish, which can grow to the size of a football, compete with...

Roaming exotic cat caught, but owner won't get it back

Jul. 09, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — An exotic cat that was roaming parts of Atlanta has been captured, but the owner is being forced to give up her pet because it's illegal to keep such cats as pets in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources said Thursday that a serval, a...

Cincinnati zoo training great apes to receive COVID vaccine

Jul. 08, 2021 17:41 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Great apes, big cats and other animals are among creatures the Cincinnati zoo is prepping for the coronavirus vaccine later this summer, the zoo said Thursday. The zoo has begun training animals to accept the vaccine voluntarily, similar to training...

Big cats, bears, ferrets get COVID-19 vaccine at Oakland Zoo

Jul. 03, 2021 21:04 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area zoo is inoculating its big cats, bears and ferrets against the coronavirus as part of a national effort to protect animal species using an experimental vaccine. Tigers Ginger and Molly were the first two animals at the...