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A pug looks up sadly beside the words “this man cannot breathe, society has wronged him.” As pet-owners, it’s our responsibility to adopt ethically. (Christa Kim | Northern Star)

Adopt dogs responsibly

By Kahlil Kambui, Senior News Reporter | April 9, 2024

When it comes to choosing pets, it is important to know where they come from. Avoid adopting purebred dogs and instead adopt from shelters. When you buy from a pet store or online seller, you are more than likely getting your dog from a puppy mill....

Cliff, a three-year-old pitbull, sits on a blanket at Tails Humane Society in DeKalb. (Courtesy of Tails Humane Society)

Tails Pet of the Week: Cliff

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | April 4, 2023

Meet Cliff, the gentle 15 lb. pitbull who’s this week’s Tails’ Pet of the Week. Cliff is a fit, floppy-eared good boy who loves to give kisses just as much as he’d like his butt scratched. He is 3-years-old and gets along with cats and dogs...

Addison, a two-year-old dog with brown fur and a white speckled tummy, sitting among a bunch of stuffed animals. (Photo courtesy of Tails Humane Society)

Tails Pet of the Week: Addison

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | March 21, 2023

Spring has sprung and Addison has just the nose to sniff it out as Tails’ Pet of the Week. She is almost 2-years-old with brown fur and a white belly and is never too shy to give some kisses or show off her training. Addison knows how to “sit”...

A dog lays in the grass

Animal shelters are the best place to adopt a pet

By Summer Fitzgerald | June 11, 2020

When my family and I adopted our first dog from a shelter four years ago, it came as a surprise. We were not sure if we could handle having a “shelter dog," as we heard people say it was always a hit or miss on how well they adapt and grow. However,...

Couple lost in woods survived on muddy water, fern fronds

February 24, 2020

INVERNESS, Calif. (AP) — A couple who went missing in the woods of Northern California for a week survived by drinking from a muddy puddle and eating fern fronds, said rescuers who had given up hopes of finding them alive.Carol Kiparsky, 77, and Ian...

Egypt’s once-reviled street dogs get chance at a better life

By ISABEL DEBRE | February 20, 2020

CAIRO (AP) — Karim Hegazi spends his days in a Cairo clinic taking care of animals long considered a menace in Egypt.Stray dogs roam in almost every Cairo neighborhood — lurking in construction sites, scavenging through trash and howling nightly atop...

No Bull: German court rules dogs not too big to be miniature

By DAVID RISING | February 17, 2020

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has decided a Duesseldorf dog dispute, ruling Monday that not only size matters in determining whether a dog is officially "miniature."The Muenster regional administrative court decision puts an end to years of battles between...

Prepping straw bedding for dogs signals Iditarod is near

By MARK THIESSEN | February 14, 2020

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Volunteers slung bales of hay onto a table Thursday, where they were swiftly stuffed inside blue plastic bags, twirled and shut with twist ties before being dragged off to waiting pallets.The 60 or so people in safety vests...

Takes a village: Bear ‘foster mom’ raises cub saved by dog

February 13, 2020

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — An orphaned black bear cub has been placed with a substitute mother this week after being saved by a dog and brought to safety.The rescue effort unfolded after the dog turned up at its owner's home in Washington County with a cub...

Court fight over lost dog survives after dog’s owner dies

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS | February 8, 2020

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a legal fight over a lost dog could continue in Mississippi, even after the dog's owner has died.The dispute is over a German shepherd named Max who jumped out a window and escaped from his...

Puppy in crime: Deputies take man, dog into custody in theft

February 6, 2020

BRANDON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man and his furry “accomplice” were taken into custody by authorities who said the man shoplifted from a store.Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said Logan Wilson was arrested Wednesday and charged with petit theft...

Neighbor uses crossbow to save man from dogs, but kills him

February 6, 2020

ADAMS, Mass. (AP) — A man was shot and killed in his apartment by a crossbow bolt that a neighbor had fired at dogs who were attacking the man, authorities in Massachusetts said.The death Wednesday afternoon in Adams appears to be accidental, according...