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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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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.

WATCH: Elephant escapes angry crocodile with help from its friends

Elephants were on high alert when one of their buddies found himself in a deadly predicament at Liwonde National Park in Malawi.

A crotchety old croc lurking in the local water cooler scared the living daylights out of the group of African elephants when it popped up and chomped on the trunk of one of their friends.

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The poor elephant let out a blood-curdling cry, and all of his fellow elephants joined in, sounding the alarm.

Although the croc was determined to hang on, a leading elephant was up to the tusk – errrr, task – in fending off the predator.

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Alexander Makanga had his camera rolling while this insane nature moment was taking place and later uploaded it to YouTube.

He had been riding along in a boat in a nearby river.

When asked on YouTube whether he filmed the video, Makanka replied, “Yes, I filmed it myself using a humble Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. I did not realize the severity of the situation until I had finished recording. Absolutely insane. This happened just few meters from the boat.”

(H/t Daily Mail)

April the giraffe fans, here's how you can help name the new calf

April the giraffe's long-awaited calf is finally here – but he doesn't have a name.

That's where her throngs of fans come in.

>> World rejoices as April the giraffe finally gives birth

The home of the proud mama, Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, is holding a contest to name the new baby boy, born Saturday morning as 1.2 million viewers watched via livestream after months of anticipation. 

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To enter the contest, visit NameAprilsCalf.com. Votes are $1 each for a minimum of five votes. 

"For about 10 days, you can vote on any name or names you choose for April's new calf," the website says. "You even get to decide your own spelling. Come back and vote as many times as you'd like."

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After the initial voting period, the park will reveal the top 10 names and hold another vote to determine the winner.

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The money will benefit giraffe conservation efforts, Ava's Little Heroes and Animal Adventure Park, the site saysLearn more here.

The park said it will livestream April and her calf through Thursday.

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Ohio animal shelter hosts yoga with adoptable cats

Even though one of the basic poses is downward dog, cats are the stars of the class in these yoga events.

For the past two years, the Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals in Kettering, Ohio, has been offering Yoga With Cats, featuring adoptable cats that appear to form partnerships with the participants during class. The nonprofit organization’s community-engagement team suggested the idea.

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“It’s good socialization for the cats, and it shows the variety of cats available for adoption,” said SICSA development coordinator Sam Lake. “It’s a really popular event; it fills up every month.”

Last year, Kettering SICSA facilitated the adoption of 1,654 animals. The numbers were fairly even for dogs and cats. The morning yoga class is scheduled for every third Saturday of the month. Matt Turner, a registered Dayton Yoga Club instructor, leads the classes.

“It’s my way of giving back to the community and sharing yoga with people,” said Turner, who has a home studio at the Dayton Yoga Club.

Turner is an animal lover who calls himself a cat person. He currently has two rescue cats, Sally and Frank. He lost a longtime buddy, Sammie, who died last November. He is a founding member of the Dayton Yoga Club, formed by regular members of Practice Yoga that was closed down in the Oregon District about a year and a half ago.

“The great thing about yoga with cats, it actually brings people to the class who might be hesitant to try yoga. They might think they don’t have the right body, or they’re too old, or not flexible enough,” Turner said. “They come for the cats, stay for the yoga, and come back for the yoga.”

Turner said cats love the texture of the yoga mats. For that reason, people are encouraged not to bring their best mats to class, as the cats might scratch them. The cats also tend to stay with certain people during the whole session.

“One time a person was in the downward dog pose, and a cat walked under her shirt and fell asleep,” said Turner, who is a nursing student at Sinclair and also works in the emergency room at Good Samaritan Hospital. “During kitten season, we had seven or eight kittens running around, climbing up on people and sitting on their shoulders.”

The cats are given treats and catnip, and provide extra stress relief for the participants. Class size is limited to 25, but Turner said they sometimes squeeze in a few more.

“It’s a great fundraiser; we take donations. It brings awareness to SICSA and the cats up for adoption,” Turner said. “We have lots of social-media outreach. We have a pretty large presence on Facebook and Instagram. By doing that, the adoptable cats get noticed.”

The organization also wants the younger animals to get noticed.

Lake said SICSA plans to start Knitting With Kittens on June 11. If it’s successful, then it will schedule more knitting events.

“I like working at SICSA, because my time and efforts are spent doing something positive for animals who can’t help themselves,” said Lake, a Dayton resident. “Hopefully, this will bring people to SICSA to adopt the great animals we have here.”

Puppy recovering after being thrown from third-story window in domestic dispute

By all accounts, Callie is a sweetheart who has had a rough start to her young life.

Callie, a 10-month-old Westie mixed breed, was rescued Sunday by a Chicago police officer who was responding to a domestic dispute call, according to Fetching Tails animal rescue. The officer found the dog barely moving on the ground in an alley. When he responded to the domestic situation between a boyfriend and girlfriend, he learned that the children in the family had found the dog as a stray and brought her home over a month earlier. The boyfriend had been threatening to throw the dog out the window, and was accused of making good on his threats. 

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Callie suffered a fractured neck, pelvis and ribs. She underwent surgery to repair her fractured pelvis, and her neck was placed in a splint. Her ribs should heal on their own, according to Fetching Tails. In spite of being in a great deal of pain, shelter staff said Callie was extremely sweet throughout the ordeal. She is resting comfortably now in a foster home, where she will spend several months recovering from her injuries before she is available for adoption.

The man accused of throwing Callie out the window was arrested, but since there were no witnesses who would go on the record to confirm his actions, he will only face a misdemeanor charge, instead of a felony charge, according to the officer. 

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