Pet Scoop: Two Homeless Poodles Rescued From Junkyard, Extremely Rare Rhino Dies

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Elmer and Elsie relax in their foster home after being rescued from a junkyard.
Hope for Paws
Elmer and Elsie relax in their foster home after being rescued from a junkyard.

Rescued Dogs Need Home Together

After hiding together in a Los Angeles area junkyard, two Poodles were so covered in motor oil that they looked gray instead of their natural white. Rescuers Eldad Hagar and Lisa Arturo of Hope for Paws first focused on the scared female, gently pulling from her hiding place to safety. Her brother, who wasn’t as frightened, reappeared just as his sister decided to let Arturo pick her up. “Come here good boy! Look who we have,” Hagar says in a rescue video released Sunday. The male pup is offered a piece of hamburger, but he’s more interested in giving his sister kisses and making sure she’s OK. They snuggle together with Hagar before heading off to get medical treatment — and a bath. The now happy pups have been named Elmer and Elsie, and they’re being fostered by Maltese Rescue California, which is hoping to find them a home together. — Watch it at YouTube

One of the Last Northern White Rhinos Dies

Suni, one of only two breeding males left of his subspecies — the northern white rhino— died Friday at age 34, possibly of natural causes, at Kenya's Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Suni was monitored around the clock, so officials are sure that he wasn’t killed by poachers, and an autopsy is being done to determine his cause of death. His death leaves six northern white rhinos in the world, including only one male. Suni didn’t father any offspring in his lifetime. The northern white rhino subspecies was already isolated and had low numbers before it faced the devastating threats of poaching and habitat loss. "It's not just another charismatic animal — it's also a species that has a very clear ecological role, and we need to be very worried that we have lost that," said Stuart Pimm, a conservation ecologist at Duke University in North Carolina. — Read it at National Geographic

Restaurant Apologizes to Vet Over Service Dog

When customers complained about a dog being in Mickey’s Café in North Carolina, owner Wendy Smith asked Vietnam veteran Lacy Miller and his service dog to leave. Now she’s apologizing, and explaining that she thought service dogs were only for people with physical disabilities. Miller’s dog helps him cope with his post-traumatic stress disorder. “I understand the law now,” Smith said. “And I sincerely apologize to Mr. Miller and his family and all the other people that I have offended in this situation.” Miller said he wants to use the experience to educate others about service dogs, and Mickey’s Café plans to donate at least $2,000 to Patriot Rovers, a local group that trains service dogs for combat veterans with PTSD. — Read it at North Carolina’s Fox 8

Police cruisers chased an escaped carriage horse in Manhattan Sunday.
Police cruisers chased an escaped carriage horse in Manhattan Sunday.

Police Chase Horse in N.Y.C. Streets

Police cruisers chased a wayward carriage horse named Barney through the Hell’s Kitchen area of Manhattan after he got away from his handler while being groomed Sunday. The incident, which was caught on video, has given more ammunition to groups who want to end the practice of horse-drawn carriage rides in New York. “This is the latest example of why horse-drawn carriages are not just inhumane but entirely unsafe in a city congested with cars, trucks and buses,” Allie Feldman, executive director of NYCLASS, said in a statement. “It’s time for the City Council to act and get the carriage horses off the streets of New York City.” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has wanted to ban the horses but said in April that he expected the city council to ban the practice by the end of the year. Steve Malone of the Carriage Drivers Association said the escape was a rare occurrence and an “isolated incident.” Barney got a checkup and had a clean bill of health and was back to pulling carriages Monday. — Watch it at CBS New York

John Oliver Replaces Supreme Court Justices With Dogs

The Supreme Court doesn’t allow cameras in the courtroom, but they do release audio recordings of the arguments. Comedian John Oliver thinks it’s important that American citizens pay close attention to what’s happening in the court, and the sketches of the justices just aren’t cutting it, so he has a solution: dogs. “This week, we spent an incredible amount of time and an almost immoral amount of resources to produce an entire Supreme Court featuring real animals with fake paws,” he said on Sunday’s episode of his HBO show, “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.” “We invite all major news networks to use this footage to make Supreme Court arguments more compelling to watch.” — Watch it at Buzzfeed


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