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Carla Daniels says her family’s
Pit Bull puppy, Miyah, was sleeping in her 14-year-old daughter’s bedroom when someone broke in to their Connecticut home early Sunday morning and stole the
dog. She believes the intruder came through her daughter Alicia’s open window, and also took items including a PlayStation console and a laptop computer. Monday night, Daniels got a text from a woman who said she’d seen the 5-month-old puppy in the basement of a home around the corner from Daniels. Police did find the dog there and returned her to Daniels and her two daughters at about 11 p.m. Daniels says the family was “ecstatic.” She says she offered a reward to the woman who texted her but she refused. “She says she just wants to see our family happy," Daniels says. The police, who haven’t commented on the case, haven’t found the other stolen items, but Daniels isn’t concerned about those things. “We got the most important thing back,” she says. — Read it at
A team from the
University of Montreal's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has created a plant- and supplement-based treatment for dogs that could help with their arthritis without side effects. The formula includes two stages of treatment. The first, which is plant based, treats the inflammation, while the second adds nutritional supplements to help with healing the dogs’ joints. Thirty-two
dogs took part in the study, with 16 of them getting the new treatment while the other 16 had a placebo. After a 2-month period, the researchers found that the dogs who got the treatment had greater paw strength on average and increased their daily activity. The dogs who got the placebo, however, became less physically active, and 35.8 percent of them had a decline in their health. The treatment is not yet available commercially. The study was published in the journal
Research in Veterinary Science. — Read it at
Lawyers for Andre Robinson, the 22-year-old Brooklyn man caught on video kicking a stray cat 20 feet in the air in May, motioned to dismiss the case Monday, arguing prosecutors haven’t claimed the cat suffered ill effects from the incident. “The accusatory instrument fails to allege any injury or pain experienced by the cat,” wrote lawyer Risa Procton, who’s new to the defense team. The cat was treated at an
ASPCA hospital when he was captured at the housing project three days after the kicking incident. He was then adopted and named King. A judge is expected to rule on the motion in January. — Read it at the
New York Daily News
Jovian, a Coquerel's sifaka, was the star of the PBS kids’ show “Zoboomafoo,” which aired from 1999 to 2001 and was hosted by brothers Martin and Chris Kratt. The lead character, Zoboomafoo, was most often played by a lemur puppet, but the Kratt brothers wanted to include footage of a live lemur. They found Jovian at the
Duke Lemur Center and made him a star. "He was great to work with," said Martin Kratt, a 1989 Duke graduate who had volunteered at the Lemur Center as a student. "He'd jump in through the window and we'd feed him mangoes or garbanzo beans. Sometimes he'd grab our noses with those soft sifaka hands." Jovian was born at the center and had seven offspring, as well as several grandchildren. He died of kidney failure. — Read it from
In an effort to promote her upcoming Christmas movie, Grumpy
Cat is going to battle. The unhappy kitty will host the WWE’s “
Monday Night Raw” professional wrestling program on Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on the USA Network. “WWE’s mission is to put smiles on people’s faces — and now we will attempt the same with a grumpy cat,” said WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon. “We are going to do everything in our power to make sure she has a good time.” Grumpy
voiced by “Parks and Recreation” actress Aubrey Plaza in “
Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever,” which airs Sat., Nov. 29, on Lifetime. — Read it at
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