Pet Scoop: Three Kittens Rescued From Drainpipe, Newborn Pup Found in Dumpster

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Los Angeles firefighters rescued three kittens from a drainpipe and reunited them with their siblings and mom.
Los Angeles firefighters rescued three kittens from a drainpipe and reunited them with their siblings and mom.

Kittens Reunited With Mom

Firefighters in Los Angeles came to the rescue of three little kittens who were trapped inside a drainpipe at an apartment complex. A resident called the fire department after hearing the 2-month-old kittens crying for hours. Then, another firefighter found two more kittens and their mom on the roof of the complex. The kittens who’d been pulled from the pipe were reunited with their mom and siblings, and the whole family was brought to Los Angeles Animal Services’ East Valley Shelter, reported NBC Los Angeles. An evaluation found they were healthy, and the kittens will be put up for adoption in a few weeks. — Watch it at Los Angeles’ ABC 7

First Dog Flu Case in Iowa

Iowa’s first canine influenza case has been confirmed at the Perry Creek Animal Hospital in Sioux City. The sick dog is believed to have the H3N2 strain that’s new to the U.S. and has sickened more than 1,000 dogs in the Midwest, but the strain hasn’t yet been confirmed. Dr. David Ray said he first treated the sick dog on April 20 and the dog’s owners say his health is improving this week. Other dogs in the area are also suspected of having the flu. Veterinarians are monitoring the situation closely and encouraging owners to isolate their dog if they show signs of the flu. — Read it at Iowa’s Sioux City Journal and find out how to protect your dog

Fewer Zoo Elephants Likely in Future

The Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, which had taken care of elephants for nearly 95 years, made national headlines as it closed its elephant exhibit and decided to move its two remaining pachyderms to the Oklahoma City Zoo. A growing number of people feel African and Asian elephants shouldn’t be confined to zoos, and new guidelines requiring an increased herd size and expanded facilities are leading to closures at many zoos. In Defense of Animals says 21 North American zoos have closed their elephant exhibits since 1991. There’s very little agreement among animal experts about the best path forward for elephants currently residing in U.S. zoos. — Read it from the AP

A woman rescued a newborn puppy from a dumpster in Arizona.
A woman rescued a newborn puppy from a dumpster in Arizona.

Newborn Pup Saved From Dumpster

Joanna Cipriani saw a call for help on a community Facebook page in Arizona after a tiny puppy was seen wrapped in a Panda Express bag and tossed into a dumpster. Cipriani saw where the dumpster was and rushed to the scene. “The kids grabbed my ankles and I went in,” she said. She dug through three quarters of the dumpster to get to the puppy. “One person’s trash is now my treasure. I don’t see how people can be so heartless for anything living.” Cipriani took the young pup to an emergency animal clinic and is now bottle-feeding her. She’ll keep the puppy, who she named Panda. — Watch it at NBC News

Firefighters Use Duck Ringtone to Rescue Ducklings

On Saturday, a resident in Slidell, Louisiana, reported seeing several baby ducks tumble into a storm drain and called the St. Tammany Parish fire department for help. Firefighter Cody Knecht lowered himself into the drain — and used a realistic sounding duck call ringtone on his iPhone to try to lure the ducklings closer. He spent about 90 minutes wrangling four of the six ducklings. The crew then went back to the firehouse to give the ducks a chance to calm down. They returned an hour later and rescued the last two ducklings and returned all of them to their mom in a nearby canal. The St. Tammany Parish fire department is earning quite a reputation for helping ducks. Just last week, they came to the rescue of a duck who was trapped in a home’s chimney. — Watch it on Facebook


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