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David Snyder’s dog, TJ, got lost in a Fort Collins, Colorado, park in May while he was with a dog sitter. In the first few weeks after the Beagle disappeared, Snyder got several tips from people who’d spotted him but couldn’t catch him, and even created an online map to track his whereabouts. Then, on July 9, TJ was struck by a car in Boulder, which is 50 miles away. He had serious injuries, but Snyder was relieved to get a call saying he’d been found. Sadly, TJ had to have his right hind leg amputated and needed surgery on his right front leg, but the tough little Beagle is recovering and is expected to go home next weekend. Snyder is grateful to the people who helped search for TJ and for those who have generously contributed to a Give Forward fund to cover his medical treatment. “I never thought I’d see him again or have him back as a member of the family,” Snyder said. “It’s really nice to have him back.” — Read it at ABC News
New research suggests dams and irrigation projects that divide the Indus River into sections have led to a dramatic decline in the range of the freshwater dolphins who live there. The scientists studied reports of Indus River dolphin distribution from the 1870s, before the first major dam was built, until the present. They found that the dolphins’ habitat had been broken up into 17 segments over the years. The endangered dolphins still live in six of those sections but have disappeared from 10 others, and their status in one of the segments is unknown. "This increased understanding of species decline in fragmented river systems is especially important because hundreds of new dams and water developments are planned, or are under construction, in many of the world's rivers, and large losses of aquatic biodiversity can be expected,” said lead author Gill Braulik, a cetacean specialist at the Wildlife Conservation Society in Tanzania. The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE. — Read it at Discovery News
Mic Mac Mall in Nova Scotia, Canada, is launching a pet patrol program to keep customers from leaving their pets in locked vehicles while they shop. The new program comes on the heels of a recent incident at the mall where police were called to break into a car to save an overheated dog. If the patrol spots an animal in a car, they’ll assess its condition and try to contact the car owner. If that doesn’t work and the animal appears to be in danger, the patrol will call the police. — Read it at the Huffington Post
Lions, tigers and bears at a Japanese zoo are designing jeans to raise money for charity. As part of a campaign to raise awareness for the zoo among younger customers, a fashion designer wrapped enrichment toys used by some of the facility’s largest residents in denim, and let the animals tear into it. Three of the four pairs of distressed jeans were auctioned for $1,200 each, and the money was donated to the World Wildlife Fund. — Watch it at USA Today
When a homeowner planned to tear down an old shed, they called Humane Wildlife Services first to help relocate a mother fox and her seven kits who were living under the structure. The staff pulled up the floorboards so the mother wouldn’t want to live there any more, and carefully placed the babies in a reunion box. The box was left in the shed, and mom quickly got the message that she should move her family to a new den. She did lots of coaxing to get her energetic little ones to follow her. Once they were out, the mom went back and collected all the food she’d stored there. The foxes found a new den, and the homeowner was happy to find a humane solution. — Watch it at Live Science
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