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2009-07-08 15:22:00

LOS ANGELES, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL), a California-based nonprofit organization focused on reducing pet overpopulation through legislation, today reported that the total number of euthanasia of cats and dogs entering California municipal shelters increased 14.6 percent statewide - from 378,445 to 433,512 -between 2004 to 2008 based on recently released figures from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). In addition, the total yearly number of...

2009-06-24 16:07:26

Minneapolis animal control authorities said a cat that has twice been impounded for attacking dogs is one of only two felines labeled potentially dangerous. Dan Niziolek, manager of Minneapolis Animal Care and Control, said Hoppy the cat, was returned to its home Tuesday after it was impounded for the second time in two years for attacking passing people and dogs, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Wednesday. Niziolek said Hoppy is one of only two cats considered by the city to be...

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2009-06-22 12:50:00

Researchers are now warning that doctors should be aware of the risk of MRSA infection when treating people for dog and cat bites. MRSA (multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a bacterium responsible for difficult-to-treat infections in humans. The bacteria are found on everyone's skin and are usually harmless, but an insect bite or a skin wound of any kind can allow the bacteria to creep in and cause an infection. Lancet Infectious Diseases reviewed existing evidence on infection...

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2009-05-06 16:30:00

Human denizens of Salt Lake City are waiting for an annual blessed event, the hatching of chicks in a peregrine falcon nest high on an office building. The birds now using a nest box on the 12th floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building have produced three eggs, which are expected to hatch around May 22, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. The box has been in use for more than 20 years. Susan McFarland, a volunteer with the falcons, says that she learned of their existence four years ago after...

2009-03-27 09:37:30

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 86,000 people are injured each year in falls caused by their cats and dogs. That's an average annual injury rate of 29.7 per 100,000 people, the agency said in a release. Nearly 88 percent of the injuries were associated with dogs and women were twice as likely to be injured than men. The findings are based on data from hospital emergency departments. Nearly 62 percent of dog-related injuries occurred inside or immediately...

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2009-03-27 06:50:00

A dog may be man's best friend, but a new government study found they are also the cause of thousands of accidents every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cats and dogs are a factor in more than 86,000 serious falls each year. Yet, the incidents are relatively rare; they account for just 1 percent of injuries from falls. CDC officials noted that they affect the elderly disproportionably. They recommend that older people improve lighting, remove pet toys, and...

2009-03-16 10:00:00

Ninth Nesting Season for Harrisburg's Female Peregrine Falcon HARRISBURG, Pa., March 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A live, 24-hour Web-cast of two Peregrine falcons who nest on a ledge on Pennsylvania's Rachel Carson State Office Building in Harrisburg resumed for the season today. "The popularity and notoriety of these magnificent creatures grow each year," said acting Secretary John Hanger. "Through technology, we are able to provide the world with a front-row seat to watch the story of...

2009-02-19 17:00:40

A Chinese man said he caught a 6-pound rat the size of a cat by its 12-inch tail in a residential area of the city of Fuzhou. The man, identified only as Xian, said he caught the gargantuan rodent after seeing a group of people crowding around it, The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday. Xian said he grabbed the rat, which he speculated might be a rare species or other valuable specimen, by its tail and the scruff of its neck. I did it, I caught a rat the size of a cat, he said before shoving...

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2008-09-18 15:42:53

Puzzled about why Fido acts the way he does?  Although some pet behaviors may seem a bit odd, there is usually a sound reason for all of them.  As Cesar Millan, host of the National Geographic Channel's Dog Whisperer, says "pay attention"¦.you can break the code." For example, many pets spontaneously start running through the house as though they are on fire, appearing almost crazy to their unsuspecting owners.  Millan attributes this behavior to simple boredom....

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2008-09-10 10:05:00

TAU has a "purrfect" recipe for interspecies harmony at home Thinking about adopting a perky little puppy as a friend for your fluffy cat, but worried that they'll fight -- well, like cats and dogs? Think again. New research at Tel Aviv University, the first of its kind in the world, has found a new recipe for success. According to the study, if the cat is adopted before the dog and if they are introduced when still young (less than 6 months for kittens, a year for dogs), there is a high...