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The Olympic Games ended in Sochi, Russia, more than a month ago, but the plight of the thousands of street dogs in the city hasn’t been forgotten. The Humane Society International has been working with rescue groups in Sochi to bring some of the dogs to the U.S. for adoption. On Thursday, after two days of long flights, a group of 10 strays arrived at the Washington Animal Rescue League, where they’ll be given medical examinations and socialized before being put up for adoption in a few weeks, if all goes well. "They're the sweetest, most interactive, very friendly dogs, very adoptable that just happen to be unfortunate enough to be living on the street,” said Kelly O'Meara of HSI. “They have to be pretty chill to handle it like this. And they did. They all did remarkably well." Earlier this month, the HSI helped Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy bring home a family of five dogs. More dogs are expected to arrive in the U.S. from Sochi in the coming days. — Read it at CNN
In a new report, Public Health England says two people have caught tuberculosis from a pet cat. This is the first documented case of the disease spreading from a feline to a human. The agency said the samples taken from the cat and the two people in contact with it were "indistinguishable" and that the cat was considered to be "the likely source of infection." The cases were caused by Mycobacterium bovis, a bacteria that typically causes tuberculosis in cattle and is uncommon in cats. The two people who caught the disease are recovering and the agency said the risk of any further spread from cats to humans is very low. — Read it at CBS News
With the annexation of Crimea by Russia, combat dolphins who were once part of the Ukrainian navy are among Russia’s new citizens. "We plan on using our dolphins to train together with [Russian] Emergencies Ministry divers to search for submerged items or arms," an employee of the Sevastopol State Oceanarium told RIA Novosti. The military dolphin program began in the 1960s, when both Russia and Ukraine were part of the Soviet Union. Ukraine gained control of the program when the Soviet Union fell. Ukrainian authorities had planned to end the program by April, but the Russian navy now plans to continue it. The U.S. Navy also has a dolphin-training program, based at its marine mammal center in San Diego. — Read it at Live Science
When Jill Roberson was moving to a house on a busy street in North Carolina, she decided it would be best to give her 18-month-old cat to a couple living on a nearby farm. But the cat, Mayhem, had other plans. After she’d been in the new house for about three weeks, Roberson was sitting on her front porch when she heard meowing. “I walked over to the fence and called to him because I couldn’t see anything, and [Mayhem] come bounding under the fence and I have been in shock ever since,” Roberson says. The cat had somehow traveled six miles and found Roberson, even though she says he’d never even been to her new residence. “It just confirms that pets have feelings. We loved him, but we didn't realize he loved us that much, that he would track us down," she says. She said Mayhem now prefers to stay inside. — Watch it at South Carolina’s WSPA
Thousands of certified service animals are eligible to get a free eye exam during the month of May, thanks to the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. Guide, handicapped assistance, detection, military, search and rescue, and registered therapy animals can all get the exam by one of 250 board certified doctors. Registration starts on Tues., April 1, and runs until April 30. Since the program launched in 2008, nearly 22,000 service animals have been examined. While many of the patients are dogs, horses and even a service donkey have also been checked. “Early detection and treatment are vital to these working animals,” Stacee Daniel, executive director of ACVO, said. “Our hope is that by checking their vision early and often, we will be able to help a large number of service animals better assist their human friends.” — Animals can be registered through the ACVO
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