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Weekend's Oddest 911 Call: Bald Eagle Stuck in Car Grille

Rescuers think the bird flew in front of a car while hunting

(Newser) - The Clay County Sheriff's Office in northern Florida has been busy in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, but one emergency call over the weekend has gotten more attention than the rest: a bald eagle stuck in the grille of a car. Local police and fire and rescue were able... More »

Woman Faces 10 Years for Taking Chained, 'Dying' Dog

She says the dog was dying and she rescued it

(Newser) - Bettina Cuce Rodriguez, a dog lover who volunteers in animal rescue, heard that a pit bill mix had been chained outside a mobile home in a rural community near Virginia Beach in bad weather and without food or water. The dog was said to be near death, and the county... More »

George Clooney Is This Rescue Dog's Hero

He adopted the dog 'no one else wanted' for his parents

(Newser) - If you didn't already love George Clooney, you might after hearing this story: The actor recently adopted a "dog no one wanted" from an Ohio animal rescue, Fox 8 Cleveland reports. As the LuvFurMutts rescue explains on Facebook , Nate the terrier was rescued out of a 22-dog hoarding... More »

Dozens of Animals Perish in Massachusetts Shelter Fire

All but 5 of rescue's dogs, cats are dead

(Newser) - Heartbreaking: A Massachusetts animal shelter building caught fire late Sunday and was totally engulfed by the time firefighters got there—leading to the deaths of dozens of animals. "We didn't think we'd be able to save any of the animals. That was our first goal—to do... More »

'Saddest Dog In the World' Gets Some Good News

Thousands of applications pour in for Lana

(Newser) - A heartbreaking photograph of an obviously depressed dog in an animal rescue kennel, dubbed "The Saddest Dog in the World," got nearly 10,000 shares after it was posted on Facebook Oct. 24. But now, some much happier news for Lana, the 1-year-old Labrador retriever mix shown in... More »

With Billionaire's Help, Sochi Strays Escaping Death

Shelter has saved 80 dogs so far

(Newser) - Hundreds of stray dogs have been killed ahead of tomorrow's opening ceremony in Sochi, but some may escape that fate thanks to a shelter funded by Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska. Volnoe Deloe—or Good Will, roughly—has been grabbing up as many stray dogs as it can around Sochi... More »

Internet Saves This 'Gay' Dog

Facebook campaign goes viral, prevents euthanasia

(Newser) - The Internet came together to save a dog after his owner dumped him at a Tennessee shelter ... because he thought the dog was gay. A picture of the bulldog, who was in danger of being euthanized, was posted to Facebook in an attempt to find an adopter. "He hunched... More »

California Pooch Could Be World's Smallest

At birth, Dachshund mix 'Beyonce' could fit in spoon

(Newser) - A puppy so small that she could fit into a spoon when she was a newborn could set the record for the world's tiniest dog. Beyonce, a dachshund mix, is now two weeks old, and still only the size of a business card. She was the fifth of five... More »

Mini Horse Gets Fake Leg

Texas sanctuary gets rescued horse galloping

(Newser) - A miniature horse has a new leg and a new lease on life thanks to a Texas horse rescue group and a company that usually makes prosthetic limbs for people. Midnite, who was born missing a portion of his rear right leg, arrived at Ranch Hand Rescue after law enforcement... More »

1K Rats Found in Hoarder's Home

And you thought you needed to clean your closet out...

(Newser) - Close to 1,000 rats have been rescued from a Los Angeles man's home featured on A&E's reality show, Hoarders. The Humane Society has relocated the rats to San Jose, where they are being temporarily housed at a pet shop until they can be adopted. A previous owner's daughter... More »

'Magic' World Cup Python Seized

Doc used snake in bid to sway games

(Newser) - South African animal welfare officials have confiscated a "magic" snake that was being used with an eye toward swaying the outcome of World Cup matches. The 9-foot rock python was found in poor condition at the home of a traditional doctor, who had been accepting payment from people seeking... More »

Wandering Manatee Safe in Fla.

'Ilya' had gotten as far as CT, rescued near refinery in NJ

(Newser) - Ilya, a 10-foot, 1,100-pound manatee spotted in Connecticut waters 2 weeks ago, is safely recuperating at a Florida aquarium before being released back into the wild. Ilya was rescued 2 days ago wallowing in the warm discharge of a New Jersey oil refinery, but neither that nor his... More »

Aussies Can't Save 87 Stranded Whales

But rescuers are ultimately able to save only four

(Newser) - Rescue crews saved four long-finned pilot whales after a mass stranding in Western Australia’s Hamelin Bay, but scores of others died, the West Australian reports. Eighty-seven whales and dolphins beached Monday, prompting more than 250 volunteers and 100 conservation workers to spend a near-freezing night on the beach nursing... More »

Think You've Got it Bad? Try Being a Horse

Economy woes spur owners to abandon their steeds

(Newser) - Humans aren't the only ones hurt by recession, as hundreds of thousands of horses could attest. While more owners are abandoning their steeds as the costs become a burden, fewer people are able to help fund horse rescue centers, reports the New York Times. The result has been some 100,... More »

Wrong-Way Manatee Heads Home to Fla.

Saved from icy Cape Cod waters, 'Dennis' sets off on truck trip

(Newser) - Animal experts staged a dramatic rescue in Cape Cod yesterday, pulling ashore a juvenile 1,000-pound manatee and hauling it into a moving van bound for Florida, the Cape Cod Times reports. “Things went as well as we could have hoped for,” a rescuer told the Boston Globe,... More »

Advocates for Pit Bulls Work to Dispel Image

California couple uses Michael Vick's dogs to prove their point

(Newser) - The pit bull has long been considered a breed prone to violence—a generalization the Michael Vick case did nothing to help. But a California couple is working to show people that the dogs have become victims of stereotype and, more importantly, widespread abuse. And they're using some of the... More »

South Jersey Man Finds Gator on Side the Road

No explantion where 4-foot, 60-to-80-pound beast in cage came from

(Newser) - A South Jersey man spotted something unusual on his way to work yesterday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports: a caged alligator on the side of a road. Fred Schubert decided to help out the 4-foot, 60-to-80-pound beast, loading the cage into his pickup. After calling several wildlife agencies, an official came... More »

Wily Monkeys Elude Trappers

5 still at large after April escape from safari preserve in Florida

(Newser) - Trappers have managed to catch 10 of 15 patas monkeys that escaped from a central Florida wildlife preserve in April, the Tampa Tribune reports. But the remaining five primates continue to evade capture through a mix of guile and speed; trappers say they know where they are, but have so... More »

Farming Tigers for Profit Best Way to Save Species

Strategy may dull beasts, but conservation ridiculous when it's at human expense

(Newser) - Though animal conservationists hail the success of India's Jim Corbett National Park in increasing populations of endangered tigers, Kirk Leech complains in Spiked that numbers continue to decline—and that expanding protected areas for tigers harms indigenous human populations. His solution: for-profit tiger farms, where selling animal parts to meet... More »

Vick's Fighters Now Cuddlers

Fifty-plus dogs given second chance in new homes

(Newser) - Many of the pit bulls Michael Vick illegally trained to fight have better days ahead, the AP reports. Experts have evaluated the more than 50 dogs taken from the quarterback’s property—and only one showed aggression. The rest were transported to rescue groups nationwide; 13 took an unlikely cross-country... More »

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