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Duke, a 1-year-old Beagle mix, was home alone in a Queens, New York, apartment when it caught fire Tuesday morning. New York firefighters rescued him but couldn’t find his owners, so they turned him over to NYPD animal abuse detectives. The detectives realized Duke was “in distress” and rushed him to the BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital, where he’s getting emergency oxygen to counteract the carbon monoxide he inhaled. He’s expected to be released after one more day of oxygen treatment. His white fur was covered in gray from soot. The charitable pet foundation Frankie’s Friends has set up a web page to help Duke’s family, who lost everything in the blaze, cover the $6,000 cost of his treatment. “Thanks to the quick action of the NYPD detectives, Duke has a much better chance of having a happy birthday,” said Dr. David Wohlstadter, a BluePearl emergency vet. Duke turns 2 later this month. “He’s a lucky dog.” — Read it at New York’s PIX 11
The National Zoo’s 18-month-old panda, Bao Bao, is growing up. That’s the age when most pandas in the wild start to separate from their moms and become solitary creatures, while the mom prepares to breed again. The keepers at the Washington, D.C., zoo are seeing that transition happen between the young panda and her mom, Mei Xiang. Last week, the pandas spent their nights together but their days in separate yards. "This is a natural thing,” said panda keeper Nicole MacCorkle. “Mama's not sad at all. It may be more of an adjustment for the cubs but we do know they get past it very quickly.” Both pandas will continue to live in the panda house for now. As part of an agreement with the Chinese government, Bao Bao will move to China when she turns 4. — Read it at CBS News
The ASPCA assisted the Choctaw County Sheriff's Office with the rescue of about 130 neglected dogs from a puppy mill in rural Alabama. The Chihuahuas, Yorkshire Terriers and Pomeranians, among other dogs who were seized, will get medical treatment and socialization at a temporary shelter. The ASPCA said the dogs suffered from many ailments including malnourishment, dehydration and hypothermia. The owners of the alleged puppy mill were detained and face animal cruelty charges. Just last week, the ASPCA rescued 100 dogs from a puppy mill in Arkansas. — Read it at WSFA
There’s a happy ending for a kitten who was saved by the ASPCA just before Thanksgiving. Back then, we told you the story of how the white kitten was rescued in Manhattan after traveling 30 miles under the hood of a car. Megan Burak, a volunteer at the ASPCA Adoption Center, read Miracle’s story on the group’s blog. When she arrived for her volunteer shift, she met the frightened and people-shy cat. The kitten hissed at Burak, but she wasn’t put off. After an hour, the stray kitten warmed up to Burak — and Burak thought her quiet household might be the perfect place for the stray kitten to adjust. “This little kitten was just asking for someone to give her the TLC she needed to come out of her shell,” Burak said. She adopted Miracle and renamed her Luna. She and her boyfriend were patient in helping Luna warm up and adjust to life as a pet, and it paid off. “My boyfriend and I crack up because she has a very raspy meow and sounds more like an old man than the tiny kitten she is! She is learning how to just relax and be taken care of, rather than fight to survive.” — Read it from the ASPCA
The Alaska SeaLife Center got a call Saturday night about two common murres in Seward who were tangled in a fishing line. The wildlife response team and bird department quickly reacted and brought the immobilized birds to the center for treatment. They were examined and had X-rays, and the team cut away the monofilament line and large snagging hook that was wound so tightly around the birds that they wouldn’t have survived. After just one night at the center, the birds were strong enough to be released into Resurrection Bay Sunday. The ASLC is reminding people to recycle fishing line to save animals from becoming entangled in it. — See photos from the Alaska SeaLife Center via Facebook
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