Pet Scoop: Beagle Detects Illegal Food at NYC Airport, Hero Shelter Dog Saves a Volunteer

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Izzy with her partner, Officer Meghan Caffery.
Izzy with her partner, Officer Meghan Caffery. 

Suitcase-Sniffing Beagle Puts His Nose to Work at Kennedy Airport

Izzy, a 6-year-old Beagle, is the first line of defense when it comes to stopping illegal international foods from entering the U.S. through New York’s Kennedy International Airport. She’s part of a team of Beagles who work at the airport, sniffing for food concealed in luggage as it comes through the baggage carousel. Izzy and her pals save officers hours, taking just seconds to determine whether a bag is worth searching. When she finds something, she sits — and waits for a treat. —  AP via YouTube

Shelter Dog Defends Florida Volunteer From Attack

A 17-year-old volunteer at a Florida animal shelter was allegedly assaulted by a registered sex offender when she was taking one of the shelter’s dogs for a walk behind the building. Luckily, Mabeline, a Rhodesian Ridgeback, jumped to her defense, scaring away the suspect. Mabeline has since been adopted. "I looked at my dog and I thought, 'You are a hero,'" her new owner said. — Read it at Fox News

Serious Illness Detected in Gulf Dolphins

Dolphins in Louisiana’s Barataria Bay are suffering from ailments — low blood sugar and even cancer of the liver and lungs — that scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say are likely related to toxins from petroleum that was leaked into the bay during the BP oil spill in 2010. — Read it at The New York Times

Hawksbill turtle

Hawksbill Turtle Hatchlings Recover at SeaWorld

Two hawksbill turtle hatchlings found stranded on separate Florida beaches are receiving around-the-clock care at SeaWorld Orlando. Both of the endangered turtles, who are about 2 months old and only weigh about 2 ounces, are showing positive signs, despite the long road ahead in their recovery. — Read about SeaWorld’s Animal Rescue program 

New Scorpion Species Uncovered in Death Valley

A University of Nevada, Las Vegas doctoral student has found a tiny species of scorpion in Death Valley National Park. The scorpion — which is only about half an inch long, and likely lives underground — was found using an ultraviolet light during a nighttime search. — Read it at the LA Times

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