Pet Scoop: Man Adopts Cat He Rescued From Highway, Missing Puppy Survives House Fire

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Freeway has recovered from his ordeal and started a new life with the man who rescued him.
Freeway has recovered from his ordeal and started a new life with the man who rescued him.

Cat Goes Home With His Hero

Last month, Richard Christianson rescued a scared orange cat from the median on Interstate 17 in Arizona. The cat had injured his jaw in his attempts to chew through a chain-link fence on the median, while sitting in the hot sun. Christianson called the Department of Public Safety, but fearing the cat wouldn’t survive until they arrived, he took matters into his own hands and pulled his car about 20 feet from him. He captured the rescue on video. “I wrapped my shirt around him. He just went limp and started purring,” Christianson said at the time. The cat was named Freeway, and he was nursed back to health by a foster with the Arizona Humane Society. Now Freeway is settling into his new home with his hero, Christianson. — Read it at the Huffington Post

Police Drop Charges Against Veteran Who Freed Dog

There was a public outcry last week when a military veteran was arrested for criminal trespass in Georgia after breaking through a window to free a panting dog from the hot vehicle. Michael Hammons, 46, used a piece of his wife’s wheelchair to smash the window of a Ford Mustang in a shopping center parking lot. Hammons was arrested and charged at the insistence of the dog’s owner, and the situation has sparked debate over whether Georgia laws should be changed to allow someone to break a window to save an animal, which is the case in some states. — Read it at Atlanta’s 11 Alive

Study: Pets Create Community Bonds

A new study from the University of Western Australia finds that pets act as a “social lubricant” to create connections between people. The researchers conducted telephone interviews with 2,500 people in the U.S. and Australia. “We found that people who had a pet were more likely than those who didn’t own a pet to get to know people in their neighborhood that they didn’t know before,” said researcher Lisa Wood. “Having a pet can actually lead to more meaningful relationships between people.” The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE. — Read it at Discovery News

Firefighters found Bella sitting on her owner's bed in their burned out home in Massachusetts.
Firefighters found Bella sitting on her owner's bed in their burned out home in Massachusetts.

Puppy Survives House Fire

The Porter family feared the worst for their Yorkshire Terrier puppy when their Auburn, Massachusetts, home caught fire Monday. Homeowner Bill Porter was able to get his family and two of their dogs out of harm’s way, but they couldn’t find 1-year-old Bella. After the flames were out and he’d found a place for his family to stay, Porter went back to his home to search for Bella. "Just as I pulled up, one of the firefighters was coming out with her in his arms. It was just for me and it was just an unreal feeling,” he said. Firefighters who were working on extinguishing hot spots in the house had discovered Bella sitting on the bed in the master bedroom, which is where she waits for her owners to come home every day. — Watch it at Boston’s WHDH

California Governor Adopts Second Puppy

Sutter, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi who Gov. Jerry Brown adopted from his sister, now has a new pal at the California capital. The governor and his wife have announced the arrival of their newest addition: 2-month-old Colusa “Lucy” Brown. Named after Colusa County, where the Browns own property, Lucy is a “Borgie,” or mix of Border Collie and Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Sutter’s little sister is making herself at home and already has her own Twitter handle, @ColusaBrown. — See photo at the Los Angeles Times


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