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Family dog finds cat thought lost in house fire two months ago

It's being called a "Mother's Day miracle."Two months after a fire raged through their home, a family in Michigan was reunited with their pet cat that they thought they would never see again.

The March fire was accidental in nature, and the Marr family has plans to rebuild, according to WXMI. Firefighters were able to save the family dog, Chloe, by using an improvised oxygen mask, but the family's cat, Ringer, could not be located. The Marrs assumed that the cat was lost or had not survived.

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Christine Marr posted on Facebook that on Sunday, the family went to the house and Chloe began scratching and sniffing at a hole in the floor. Marr heard a cat meowing so the family got food to coax the animal out. To their disbelief, out emerged Ringer.

The cat had lost about half its body weight, and veterinarians believe it survived on bugs. Ringer is steadily improving and is expected to make a full recovery, according to Marr.

Couple finds dog six miles away after being missing for over a year

George, a black shepherd-lab mix with a white chest and brindle paws, slipped his leash and took off during a walk with a dog sitter on Christmas 2015 in Atlanta.

Owners Julianne Green and Matt Furniss were informed of the news while visiting New York for the holidays. Devastated, they cut their trip short so they could begin searching. 

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Nearly 17 months later, they can finally stop. 

A microchip company called the couple last week to tell them George had been picked up in Atlanta’s Oakland City neighborhood — about six miles from their Reynoldstown neighborhood — and was scanned in at Fulton County Animal Services. 

They raced to the shelter. Green was expecting George to be sick, injured or aggressive. But then they saw him.

“He came right up to us and was so lovey and happy,” she said Tuesday. “And it was like he wasn’t gone for one and a half years.”

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Green and Furniss were thrilled, but so were hundreds of others. 

George had gained a following since the couple posted about his disappearance on Nextdoor in December 2015. Many missing-animal posts are on the online forum, but George was a special case. Neighbors helped put up flyers, checked in and posted any time there was a suspected sighting. 

Eventually, the sightings slowed. A naysayer on Nextdoor said the dog couldn’t have survived the winter and advised people to stop posting about him. The couple donated George’s belongings, but remained hopeful. 

Green thinks people became invested in George’s story because he went missing on Christmas and because he kept darting between neighborhoods. Despite the occasional sightings, the then-2-year-old dog was skittish and didn’t recognize his name being called. 

The couple — who adopted George from the Humane Society in Atlanta after a bad flood hit South Carolina — had only owned him for two months.

When Green shared the news that George had been found to Nextdoor, the post got more than 230 “thanks” and more than 100 comments in less than a week.

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Since his return, the couple has since found out their dog is heartworm positive, and have started a GoFundMe to raise money for George’s treatment. Over $1,000 has been raised toward its $3,000 goal.

“He has become a local celebrity,” the fundraising page says. “Chances are when we meet a new neighbor, they have already heard a piece of his journey.” 

The couple said they’re “eternally grateful” for the neighborhood’s support.

Any extra funds from the campaign will be donated to Fulton County Animal Services in George’s name.

Pet mouse that ate heroin saved with Narcan

When a woman took an unresponsive pet mouse to an overdose prevention site in Canada over the weekend, a clinic worker jumped into action.

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The woman told staff that the mouse had eaten heroin. Clinic volunteer Melissa Patton gave the mouse, Snuggles, an oral dose of Narcan, according to the CBC. The drug is widely used to reverse the effects of an opiate overdose. Patton also gave the tiny rodent oxygen.

Snuggles responded well to treatment. Patton has adopted the mouse after the owner said she was going into a treatment center.

Dog saves family with 9 children from house fire

A dog in Des Moines, Iowa, is being called a hero after alerting a mother and her nine sleeping children to a fire in the middle of the night.

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On March 15, mom Angela Fullmer woke up to the sound of the family’s dog, Capone, barking loudly in the kitchen, the Des Moines Register reported.

At first, she called the dog’s name while still lying in bed, but Capone refused to budge.

She finally got out of bed to find a fire burning in the electrical outlet of the microwave.

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She quickly grabbed her infant and toddler and called on her 12-year-old son to get the other children out of bed and out of the house.

Within minutes, everyone was outside, including Capone, and soon the house was engulfed in flames.

“We always do a roll call every time we get in the van,” Fullmer told the Des Moines Register. “They’re used to it.”

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The family lost everything in the fire, but escaped unscathed thanks to Capone.

Fullmer’s husband is a truck driver and rescued Capone about 18 months ago from the side of a highway.

“He’s pretty special,” said Fullmer.

The family entered Capone into the American Humane Hero Dog Awards. If you would like to vote, click here.

Police want to know who's shaving other people's cats

The fur is flying in a Virginia town, and police are trying to solve the mystery.

Someone in Waynesboro is shaving other people's cats, police said.

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Since December, seven cats have been taken, have had their underbellies or legs precisely shaved, and then are returned to their owners.

Police Capt. Kelly Walker told The Associated Press Friday all the cats appear otherwise unharmed, though act a bit bothered. He said police aren't sure what crime has been committed, but they do want to find the perpetrator.

Concerned cat owners contacted police to put a stop to the disturbing activity.

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Dog food recalled after samples test positive for euthanasia drug

A dog food company has issued a nationwide recall after some samples tested positive for the euthanasia drug pentobarbital.

Party Animal said in a recent news release that it is recalling two lots of its Cocolicious dog food after a Texas retailer said a customer had brought samples of the food to a testing lab, which detected the drug.

The affected products, manufactured in 2015, include 13-ounce cans of Cocolicious Beef & Turkey dog food (Lot #0136E15204 04, best by July 2019) and Cocolicious Chicken & Beef dog food (Lot #0134E15 237 13, best by August 2019).

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"The safety of pets is and always will be our first priority," Party Animal said in a statement. "We sincerely regret the reports of the discomfort experienced by the pet who consumed this food."

Customers who have the recalled products "should return them to the place of purchase and will of course receive a full refund," the company said.

"Party Animal wishes to emphasize that we have submitted many recent lots of our beef flavors for testing and all have tested negative for any pentobarbital," the company added. "We have also had extensive discussions with our manufacturer regarding the potential cause of the reported contamination of the 2015 lots, and we will continue with such discussions even as we await testing results for the 2015 lots. In order to ensure adherence to our commitment to the safety of pets, we are also actively re-examining our manufacturing processes."

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Giant 3-foot rabbit found dead on United Airlines flight

While still dealing with legal action and negative public relations after a man was forcibly dragged from a flight, United Airlines is now investigating an incident in which a giant rabbit was found dead aboard one of the airline’s international flights.  

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According to the BBC, a nearly 3-foot-long giant rabbit named Simon was traveling from London’s Heathrow airport to Chicago’s O'Hare airport in the cargo space of a United plane on April 19.

The rabbit was being shipped to a new owner in the U.S.

Simon’s breeder, Annette Edwards, from Worcestershire, England, said the rabbit had been seen by a veterinarian hours before the flight. 

“Simon had a vet’s checkup three hours before the flight and was fit as a fiddle,” Edwards told The Sun. “I’ve sent rabbits all around the world and nothing like this has happened before.”

Edwards said the unidentified American buyer is upset.

“I haven’t got a clue who’s to blame, but it’s certainly very weird when Simon was so healthy,” Edwards told CNN.

Simon, a 10-month-old Continental Giant rabbit, was poised to grow to be the world’s largest rabbit, according to NBC News. The largest rabbit on record, as noted by the Guinness World Records, is Simon’s father, a 4-foot-4-inch and 50-pound animal named Darius.

“We were saddened to hear this news. The safety and well-being of all the animals that travel with us is of the utmost importance to United Airlines and our PetSafe team,” the airline said in a statement. “We have been in contact with our customer and have offered assistance. We are reviewing this matter.”

Earlier this month, United Airlines made headlines when a passenger, David Dao, was forcibly removed from a flight after refusing to give up his seat for a United employee on a fully booked flight. United CEO Oscar Munoz said no one would be fired for the incident.

Pit bull breaks from chain, mauls man to death

A man was mauled to death Tuesday by a pit bull, said authorities in Dayton, Ohio. 

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Three dogs were removed from a house after a dog fatally mauled a man who was walking in an alley behind the house.

The victim in the attack was identified as 60-year-old Maurice Brown, of Dayton, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. 

Police said Brown was attacked around 5:15 a.m. by a vicious adult male pit bull. Officers found and removed three pit bulls from the property. 

Authorities quarantined the dog that attacked Brown before shooting and killing it.

Police said it appears that the dogs did not have food or water and might have been hungry.

Police responded to a report Tuesday morning after a neighbor called 911 and reported hearing someone yelling for help. 

The caller told the 911 operator that he heard a man outside, crying for about three to five minutes. 

“There's a man outside yelling, ‘Jesus, help me. Help me,’” the caller told the dispatcher. “Sounds like he’s in pain. He’s yelling at the top of his lungs. All the dogs are barking.” 

Police are working with the Animal Resource Center to find out what dogs in that area might have licenses or any problem animals reported by neighbors.

Police Lt. Andrew Booher said the owner of the property where the dogs were found is in a nursing home, and it's unknown if the property owner also owns the dogs. However, police said that there's evidence people were feeding and caring for four dogs at the home.

Potential charges in a fatal dog attack could range from control of animal to felony offenses, but Booher said the prosecutor’s office will be consulted. 

"The injuries were pretty severe from the dog itself," Booher said, adding the dog was still attacking the man when officers arrived on scene. "This isn't something that ordinarily happens."

Girl's tearful plea to find missing dog answered

An Ohio girl's tearful plea asking the public to help find her missing dog went viral this week. Now there's good news: Buddy the dog has been found and reunited with his family.Laura Wallace posted a video of her 5-year-old daughter Madison's emotional plea and a photo of Buddy on her Facebook page on Wednesday. She had no idea that the video would go viral, being viewed over 9 million times.

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The girl's father, Matt Wallace, told WKYC that Buddy was found Saturday morning. He said the extensive news coverage generated tips that ultimately helped bring Buddy home. 

Photographer captures loving relationship between grandfather with Alzheimer's and cat

A photographer in Japan has captured the special relationship that has formed between her grandfather, who has Alzheimer's, and a kitten that she rescued.

Akiko DuPont says that her grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2009, and his demeanor changed over the subsequent years, according to KTVU. Her grandfather lost interest in life and became grumpy.

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Enter Kinako, a four-month-old kitten. DuPont was hesitant to introduce the kitten to her grandfather, who had always been more of a dog person. But she says the minute her grandfather laid eyes on the orange cat, his eyes lit up. 

Kinako is a loyal companion to DuPont's grandfather, following him while he engages in his daily routine and even sleeping in a similar position. DuPont has captured the images on her website.

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