Pet Scoop: Puppies Ditched in a Suitcase Find Homes, Beluga Baby Fights for Life in Atlanta

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Some of the puppies found in a suitcase in Toledo play with a toy.
Six puppies who were found in a suitcase in Toledo now have homes.

Puppies Abandoned in a Suitcase Find Forever Homes

Last month, six Bulldog mix puppies were found inside a suitcase that had been left in an alley behind a Toledo, Ohio, grocery. The Toledo Area Humane Society has since found all of the pups, dubbed the "Suitcase 6" — and their mom — loving homes after receiving 132 adoption applications. “If you still have the space in your heart and in your home, check out the animals at your local shelter," said Cyndi Condit, who works for the Toledo Area Humane Society. "Many of them have just been left somewhere, just like these puppies." — Read it at Today

Meet Moses, the Internet’s Latest Feline Sensation

When two couples in Tennessee found Moses the Cat, he was so small that they weren’t even sure what he was. “He looked like a little mouse,” one of his rescuers told ABC News. “None of us had ever seen a kitten that small.” They took in the 4-ounce stray, who was just a few days old when his mom was hit by a car, and started a blog called Moses the Cat about his progress — complete with adorable videos. Needless to say, he quickly became an Internet star — and he’s now a healthy, frisky kitten. — Read it at ABC News

Ohio Changes Stance on Blanket "Vicious" Pit Bull Label

According to law, the state had defined a vicious dog as one that seriously hurt or killed a person, killed another dog or was simply a Pit Bull. In a victory for animal rights activists, a new measure removes the reference to the Pit Bull breed — and instead states that dogs in Ohio can only be labeled as vicious if they do something that warrants it. — Read it at the AP via the Huffington Post

baby Beluga whale born at the Georgia Aquarium
Beluga whale Maris gave birth to a calf at the Georgia Aquarium on Friday.

Baby Beluga in Critical Condition at the Georgia Aquarium

The much-anticipated birth of a beluga whale at the Georgia Aquarium has taken a sad turn: At 82 pounds, the calf was below normal birth weight, and couldn’t swim to her mom. She’s in critical condition, and under close supervision by aquarium staff. — Read it at KSDK

Prince William Calls Out the Royal Dogs Over Their Loud Barking

In an interview for a documentary about Queen Elizabeth II, the prince said that his grandmother’s beloved Welsh Corgis and Corgi-Dachshund mix dogs cause quite a ruckus. "I don't know how she copes with it,” he said of the dogs’ barking. "She has got to switch off . . . She enjoys it. I would just question the noise!" — Read it at People Pets

Kirkland Cat Food Joins the Diamond Recall

The Diamond Pet Foods recall has been expanded to include the following cat food brands: Kirkland Signature Super Premium Maintenance Cat Chicken & Rice Formula and Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Cat Formula. Pet owners should check the Diamond site to see the full list of recalled brands, and read our update from earlier this week.

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