Latest Animal health News

Commission report blasts decision to cull all Denmark's mink

Jun. 30, 2022 11:31 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish Parliament-appointed commission has harshly criticized the country's government for its decision to cull millions of healthy mink at the height of the coronavirus pandemic to protect humans from a mutation of the virus. The 2020 decision to wipe...

Climate change means more mice, demand for pest control

Jun. 28, 2022 08:13 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — At her home in Rockford, Illinois, Rita Davisson said the “one or two” mice she normally sees during the waning winter months “have turned into more like 10 or 15” in the last couple years, and scientists say the warmer weather might have something to do with it. ...

Animal shelter workers trained as veterinary assistants

Jun. 26, 2022 00:05 AM EDT

WILSON, N.C. (AP) — Wilson County animal enforcement officers have a new tool in their toolbox. Wilson County Animal Services Center manager Sgt. Rodney Harper and adoption coordinator Alyssa Whitney just became certified veterinary assistants after completing a five-month program...

Pair face fines after taking raccoon into pet store

Jun. 23, 2022 13:13 PM EDT

ATTICA, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man and woman face fines of $500 each after they took a raccoon to a pet store to shop for food and a store worker ratted them out, authorities said. A state Department of Environmental Conservation police officer got an urgent call from the Erie...

Hundreds of birds wash up on island, officials fear bird flu

Jun. 21, 2022 13:41 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Hundreds of dead birds have washed up on Martha's Vineyard and animal control officials there think a highly contagious strain of avian flu may be responsible. The Tisbury Animal Control posted an “avian influenza warning” on social media Monday, telling residents...

Dog show 101: What's what at the Westminster Kennel Club

Jun. 20, 2022 20:16 PM EDT

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Thousands of dogs started competing Monday toward the best in show prize at the illustrious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. To the casual viewer, the annual exhibition of dressed-up handlers leading well-mannered dogs around a ring might seem like a somewhat stilted walk...

At Westminster dog show, new focus on veterinarians' welfare

Jun. 18, 2022 10:40 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The dogs get the spotlight, but the upcoming Westminster Kennel Club show is also illuminating a human issue: veterinarians' mental health. In conjunction with a first-time Veterinarian of the Year award that will be presented on the show's final day Wednesday, the...

Starving California pelicans released after rehabilitation

Jun. 17, 2022 18:11 PM EDT

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A dozen of the hundreds of brown pelicans found starving on the Southern California coast were released Friday after rehabilitation at a wildlife center. The pelicans were returned to the wild at Corona del Mar State Beach after treatment at the...

Oregon reports first probable case of monkeypox

Jun. 16, 2022 19:05 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon health officials have reported the first probable case of monkeypox in the state. The Oregon Health Authority said in a statement Thursday the case was in an adult male who had travelled to a community with confirmed cases. He remains isolated and is...

Bird flu outbreak waning but threat of virus lingers

Jun. 16, 2022 18:26 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A bird flu outbreak in the U.S. that led to the deaths of more than 40 million chickens and turkeys and contributed to a spike in egg and meat prices appears to be waning, but experts caution the virus hasn’t disappeared and worry another surge could take hold this fall. ...