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Pit Bull was only 11 months old when she disappeared from Crystal Sullenger's fenced yard in Portland, Oregon, four years ago. She searched all over for Star but finally gave up after two years. Sullenger moved to Pendleton, Oregon, where she’s been managing an animal shelter. Last week, she got an email from a shelter in Portland, telling her Star had been found during a drug raid on a local house, and was still wearing her collar. The next day, Star was transported the 3 ½ hours to Pendleton. Star was uncertain at first, but then ran right to her owner. "I was in tears," said Sullenger. "It was amazing." The
dog doesn’t want to let Sullenger out of her sight, and has been happily bonding with her family’s two other rescue
Pit Bulls. — Read it from the
AP via Seattle’s KOMO News
Seven members of the
Los Angeles County Fire Department and six search and rescue
dogs returned home Sunday after three weeks in Nepal, where they worked to find victims of a massive earthquake. While they were there, Capt. Andy Olvera and his
Labrador Retriever Stetson made headlines when they helped pull a 15-year-old boy from the rubble of a 7-story building, five days after the quake. “As rescuers, where there is a live person to be removed, we will risk almost everything to get these people out,” Olvera said. — Watch it at
CBS Los Angeles
Burmese cat named Vanilla Bean has another chance at life after groundbreaking surgery to fix a congenital heart defect. Dr. Josh Stern, a veterinarian with the
University of California, Davis, worked with a team of cardiologists — whose patients are usually humans — to correct a problem that would have lead to congestive heart failure. The technique had only been used once before, in a procedure also done by Stern. It has also been used for children born with the same problem. "I needed a human cardiology team to help guide me on this case," said Stern. "It's so uncommon in
cats. It's uncommon in children also, but they've certainly seen more cases of this than I have." Vanilla Bean was able to go home about a week after the surgery. After four months of recuperation, an exam showed he was no longer in congestive heart failure. Stern expects the
cat to make a complete recovery. — Read it from the
AP via ABC News
Clearly too young for the bar scene, this little guy was bounced from
the Beach Ball Bar in Newport Beach, California, last week. The wayward sea
lion pup was safely rescued by the Pacific
Marine Mammal Center, where he’s being rehabilitated. “Cutest bar patron
ever!” the rescue posted
on Facebook with the pup’s photo. Named Beach Ball, the pup is one of
thousands who’ve stranded along the California coast this year. Experts believe
it’s because warm waters have resulted in a shortage of the marine life that
sea lions eat. Nursing moms have to go further out to sea to find prey, leaving
their pups for longer periods of time. — Find out what to do if you find
a stranded sea lion
Six 3-week-old kittens are getting some love from an unusual source:
Henry, an 8-month-old male cat in Alaska. The kittens were left in a box and found on a
roadside by a group of children walking home from school. They were taken in by
Heather Muench, a volunteer with the Ketchikan Humane
Society, who named them after the kids on the Brady Bunch — and cast
Henry in the role of Alice. Henry has a neurological disorder that affects his
coordination, but it hasn’t stopped him from being a loving surrogate dad.
"He is very, very sweet and gentle, and he has taken a shine to these
kittens," Muench said. — Read it from the AP
via Albany, New York’s Times Union
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