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Maggie, a Pointer mix, picked the perfect time to have her first litter, giving birth to a whopping 16 healthy puppies starting at the stroke of midnight on Mother’s Day. It took about 4 hours for the shelter dog to give birth to 10 boys and 6 girls. Maggie was pregnant when she arrived at the Suncoast SPCA in Florida, and had her pups in the comfort of a staff member’s home. So far, everyone is doing great. “She deserved a pretty amazing Mother's Day. She is the absolute sweetest dog,” said Kerrianne Farrow, the shelter’s executive director. “She just wants to be with her babies. She caters to them and she's such a good mom.” The shelter has created two teams of eight puppies each — Team Solids and Team Stripes — so they can alternate their nursing times. They’re identified by their colorful collars. All of the puppies — and their mom — will be ready for adoption in about eight weeks. You can see more pictures and get updates from the Suncoast SPCA via Facebook. — Read it at ABC News
In 2012, Mugly the Chinese Crested won the dubious World’s Ugliest Dog contest in California. But despite his looks, the 12-year-old dog spent many years working as a therapy dog, helping kids with reading and visiting adults with physical disabilities through Nationwide Therapy Dogs in Britain. Now, the pooch has been honored with a much different kind of award. Last weekend, Mugly took home the 2016 Heroic Hounds award at the National Pet Show in London. “He is just so sensitive and for a little dog that is up against it in the looks department he really makes up for it with his personality and sensitivity,” said his owner, Bev Nicholson. — Read it at the Washington Post
The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has affected pets, too. In the year and a half when water contaminated with lead was used, the pets were exposed to it in their drinking water. Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine has been helping coordinate efforts to get dogs in the area tested for lead, with vets, students and technicians volunteering their time to screen close to 300 dogs. Four dogs of the 300 were found to have lead contamination, and three other who were tested in other places had it as well. High levels of lead can cause neurological changes in dogs, as it can in humans, but lead intoxication is “extremely rare in dogs in cats,” said Daniel Langlois, assistant professor at Michigan State. It’s been recommended that pets in Flint be given bottled or filtered water. — Read it from CNN
A critically endangered Sulawesi crested macaque was born on April 17 at the Chester Zoo in the U.K. Mom Lisa is taking good care of her new little one, and the zoo reports that both of them are doing well. This is also the first baby to be fathered by dominant male Momassa. Keepers haven’t yet determined the new baby’s gender. There are only an estimated 5,000 of the macaque species left on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia due to habitat loss, poaching and over hunting. — See photo at Zooborns
Today cohost Kathie Lee Gifford Tweeted on Wednesday that one of her three dogs had passed away. “Hail! King Louis! You were dearly loved. R.I.P. 2006-2016,” she posted with a photo of the Bichon Frise wearing a gold crown. After condolences poured in, Gifford thanked her fans for their “love and support regarding the loss of our precious Louis. You comfort us and we are grateful.” Gifford has often spoken about how close she is to her dogs. Louis is survived by pups Bambino and Lola. — Read it at People Pets
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