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Hikers found a dog with an injured paw all alone near the Living Room trail in Salt Lake City, Utah, Sunday and called firefighters for help. A crew hiked 2.3 miles to reach the Vizsla, who was stuck on a high ledge. They got to him at about 7 p.m. and gave him some water. Then, firefighter Tony Stowe put the dog on his shoulders and carried him back down the trail to safety. "We're just happy that the dog is OK and we had a successful rescue," Fire Captain Ginger Barraclough told ABC 4 Utah. The dog was reunited with his owners Monday. His name is Rue, and he has a history of getting out of his yard and running off. Officials thought he might have been scared by July 4 fireworks and run off, reported Salt Lake City’s Fox 13. — Read it at Utah’s Desert News
A new study suggests that feral cats roam in suburban and urban parks and yards, but rarely head out into the wilderness. Cats can be fierce predators, especially when it comes to birds, so that’s good news for wildlife, researchers said. "Protected areas that we put cameras out in had very few photos of cats, the implication being that there are not a lot of cats in those protected areas," said study author George Hess of North Carolina State University. A review of millions of hours of footage found that cats were 300 times more likely to be spotted in residential yards than in parks. Researchers think this is due in part to coyotes in the wilderness, who keep the cats at bay. The study was published in the Journal of Mammalogy. — Read it from Live Science via Yahoo
Researchers at North Carolina State University are developing a “smart harness” as a “platform for two-way computer-mediated communication between dogs and handlers," said Dr. David Roberts, an assistant professor of computer science. The prototype backpack is fitted with a webcam, vibrating motors that allow communication and a wireless USB adapter, among other things. The researchers said the technology can be customized for different applications, including for working dogs and for training pets. — Read it from Reuters via NBC News and watch video at YouTube
After a long recovery, there’s good news for Bruce Almighty, the cat from Canada who was found in March with his paws and legs bound in electrical tape. His new owner, Melissa Fiacco, picked him up from the Regina Humane Society last week, and he’s been happily settling in to his forever home. Bruce endured several surgeries to save his legs, and lost eight of his toes. He got lots of TLC throughout the process from the staff at the humane society, and they bid him an emotional goodbye on Thursday. More than two dozen families applied to adopt Bruce, which might not come as a surprise after 814 people donated nearly $25,000 for his care in a GoFundMe campaign. “By the looks of you cuddled up to your new adoptive Mom, we have no doubt your new life will be filled with an abundance of joy and love!” the Regina Humane Society wrote in an update on its GoFundMe page. — Read it at Canada’s Global News
When Nicole Elliot adopted Chester, she knew they wouldn’t have a lot of time together — and she wanted to spoil him rotten in his final days. The dog had been surrendered to a Georgia shelter with a large tumor on his head in April. Elliot brought Chester home on June 27, and started planning little adventures for him, including playing in a stream, eating a hot dog lunch and going on a shopping trip where he got a bed, toys and treats. She documents Chester’s fun times on his Facebook page. “He is just very sweet and he soaks up any love that you give him,” Elliot said. "He deserves it … His past life didn’t seem too well." She hopes Chester’s story will help inspire more people to adopt older and terminally ill shelter animals — something she plans to continue to do in the future. — Read it at ABC News
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