Pet Scoop: Firefighters Rescue Dog Trapped on Ledge, Kitten Found on London Tube

July 15, 2013: We've scoured the Web to find the best and most compelling animal stories, videos and photos. And it's all right here.

A firefighter rescued a dog from a second-story window ledge in Brooklyn.
A firefighter rescued a dog from a second-story window ledge in Brooklyn.

FDNY Saves Pooch in Brooklyn

A dog appeared to wiggle his way out of a second story window in Brooklyn, but because the window had a guard that’s required in apartments where children live, he couldn’t get back inside. Firefighters backed their truck up to the building, and a rescuer in the cherry picker worked to gain the trust of the pup, who was trying to keep his footing on a 6-inch ledge. The firefighter offered the dog water and treats before putting a leash on him and carefully lifting him into the bucket. The crowd that had gathered below cheered when the firefighter picked the dog up. "It was pretty nerve-wracking," said James Morgan, who lives in the neighborhood and caught Thursday night’s incident on video. It wasn’t clear where the dog’s owner was at the time. — Watch it at NBC New York

Man Thought to Be First Professional Dog Walker Dies

Jim Buck, who’s believed to be the first person to professionalize dog walking, died on July 4 at age 81. Buck started walking groups of dogs through New York City streets in the 1960s, growing his business until he had two dozen assistants and walked a total of 150 dogs a day. He would never reveal the names of his clients, but they included some of the biggest names in the arts, government, finance and industry who lived on the Upper East Side. He retired about 10 years ago, closing his business, Jim Buck’s School for Dogs. Some of the city’s professional dog walkers today are his former employees. — Read it at The New York Times

More Companies Offer Pet Insurance Benefit

A growing number of companies discount and subsidize pet insurance as a perk to their workers. The nation’s largest pet insurer, Veterinary Pet Insurance, offers policies at one out of three Fortune 500 companies, as well as another 3,400 companies and organizations across the country. "Like any kind of health care offering, (pet insurance) is viewed as an employee enticement and retention tool," said Charles J. Sebaski, an insurance analyst for BMO Capital Markets in New York. — Read it at AP via Today

A 4-week-old kitten was found in a box on a London Underground train.
A 4-week-old kitten was found in a box on a London Underground train.

Kitten Found on London Train

Believed to be just 4 weeks old, a tiny black kitten was found in a box on a District Line train last week. The London Tube riders who found her turned her in to staff at Victoria station, who brought her to the animal charity Blue Cross. "We see a lot of lost property at Victoria station, but it isn't usually so wriggly!” said the London Underground. Named for the central London station where she was found, little Victoria is being hand-fed around the clock by nurses at Blue Cross. They said she’s doing well and will be transferred to an adoption center next week. — Read it at BBC News

Norman the Scooter Dog Sets World Record

On Friday, we told you how Norman, a 3-year-old French sheepdog, was trying to set a Guinness World Record as the fastest dog on a scooter. Well, he did it! Norman traveled 100 feet in under 20 seconds — 10 seconds faster than was needed to set the record. The event in Marietta, Ga., and helped raise money for the animal rescue group Road Trip Home. — Watch it at ABC News and read it at California’s KTLA


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