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Thirteen Fort Worth, Texas, police officers were honored Thursday for the great detective work they used to find a puppy who was stolen from his home and reunite him with his excited family. Petey, a 4-month-old Collie and Heeler mix, was taken from his owners’ home on May 7, along with property including jewelry and electronics. The detectives found items that belonged to the family at a local pawn shop, figured out who’d pawned them and got a search warrant. When they arrived at the address on May 20, they immediately spotted the rest of the family’s stolen belongings — including Petey. Then, they decided to surprise the Templeton family with their puppy. They told Julia Templeton they had a few more questions and asked where they could come to meet with the family. It turned out that they were at her 10-year-old daughter’s birthday party. So, the officers delivered the greatest surprise gift. “This is the best birthday present ever!” Templeton can be heard exclaiming in a sweet video of the reunion that was shared on Twitter this week in celebration of the officers being honored by the city’s mayor. — Watch it at ABC News
When Florida Humane Society President Carol Ebert got a call saying water was running out of the back door of the shelter Thursday morning, she thought it might be a burst pipe. But the staff soon realized the problem was coming from the cat room, where one of the felines turned on a faucet and left it running for about 17 hours. The flooding that ensued ruined the floors, cabinets and walls, resulting in about $5,000 worth of damage. The kitty residents weren’t harmed, though — they waited out the floods while hanging out on climbing structures. The faucet has now been replaced with one the cats can’t turn on, and the shelter is hoping to get donations to cover the cost of the renovations. — Watch it at Miami’s Local 10
The high court has agreed to consider the case of a Michigan girl with cerebral palsy and her Goldendoodle service dog, Wonder. The court will decide whether Ehlena Fry’s family can sue the Napoleon Community Schools and the Jackson County Intermediate School District for damages because they initially wouldn’t allow her to bring her service dog to school. Fry’s parents brought the case against the school districts in 2012 under the Americans With Disabilities Act, arguing school officials denied the now 12-year-old girl equal access to programs and the chance to interact with other students. The school had argued that the student’s needs were already being met with a human aide. The Supreme Court is now on recess and will begin its next term in October. — Read it at the Detroit Free Press
Swimmers getting ready in some of the most important races of their lives got the chance to put some of their stress aside thanks to some furry visitors. For the first time, USA Swimming brought in some local therapy dogs to help swimmers unwind at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials in Omaha, Nebraska. The trials will determine who’s qualified to swim for the U.S. in the Olympic Games in Rio in August. Domesti-PUPS is providing therapy teams to be in the swimmer lounge for six hours a day, so there are four or five dogs there to comfort the swimmers at all times. “We had one swimmer who spent 20 minutes petting the dog,” said volunteer Sandy Ludwig. “Then she went and did her trial. She came back about an hour later and said that was the best trial she has ever swam.” — Watch it at Omaha’s KETV
This week, actress Amanda Seyfried has been opening up about her greatest role yet: mom to her beloved rescue dog, Finn. “Finn has made me more present,” she said. “He's always so sensitive and in-the-moment — it’s all he has. He feels deeply. I love just randomly going upstairs and falling asleep next to him. It's my favorite thing in the world.” Now, Seyfried is working to educate others on the benefits of adopting a rescue dog. She’s working with the Utah-based Best Friends Animal Society to inspire other animal lovers to take part in Strut Your Mutt, where you walk 9,000 steps to raise money for the more than 9,000 dogs and cats who lose their lives in shelters across the country each day. “It doesn't need to be this way,” Seyfried said. — Read it at People Pets
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