Minneapolis Animal Control Finds Woman's Lost Dog, Gives It Away to New Owners

Categories: Animals

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Portia Miller
Minneapolis Animal Care and Control opted to give away Portia Miller's dog to a family that adopted him after he'd been stolen from her home two years ago.

Portia Miller adopted her beloved Shih Tzu Mercutio in 2007, following the murder of a close friend. When the dog was stolen from her St. Paul home in April 2013, she reported him missing to police and microchip company PetKey. Two years went by without a word. She thought he was gone for good.

Last Friday, Minneapolis Animal Control called. Officer Heather Vocke told Miller that Mercutio had suddenly turned up as a stray, and since he was registered to her via his microchip, all she needed to do was bring an ID to pick him up. Miller was ecstatic.

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Furever Wild Fur Farm Battles Neighbors Over Howling Wolves, Stinky Pigs, and Security

Categories: Animals

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Neighbors are suing Eureka Township for allowing a fur farm full of dozens of exotic animals

Living next to an exotic fur farm is not nearly as cool as it sounds, according to Jeanie Fredlund.

She lives in Eureka Township just south of Lakeville with her husband, Ralph. Their neighbor is Furever Wild, a fur farm that raises a wide range of fur-bearing animals and harvests their pelts when they die of natural causes. Furever Wild hosts hundreds of furry creatures: wolves, cougars, bobcats, foxes, otters, beavers, lynx, fishers, martens, and badgers, to name a few.


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Five Puppies Missing After Rescue Pet Van Stolen, $500 Reward Offered [UPDATE]

Categories: Animals, Crime

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Angela Boone
This is one of the five puppies that was stolen

PUPDATE 4/20 10:15 AM
Two of the puppies have been returned! RPAW just announced two of the puppies were turned into a gas station in Hugo last night, but the other three are still at large.

Around 5 a.m. Tuesday, Liz Gigler, director of Rescue Pets Are Wonderful (RPAW), loaded five five-week-old pit bull puppies into her silver Dodge Caravan.

Then she went back inside her Maplewood home to get ready to drive the puppies out to a foster home in Isanti. When she came back out the van was gone.

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First the Bird Flu, Now a Mysterious Dog Flu Is Crossing the Midwest

Categories: Animals

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Dakota Callaway/Flickr
Dog parks are a main source of the flu's spread

This year's bird flu virus has been confirmed in 26 flocks across Minnesota so far, forcing Minnesota turkey farmers to put down more than a million birds.

That scary virus already has farmers on edge, and now Cornell University is raising alarm about a new "dog flu" virus spreading among pets in the Midwest.

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Owner on Dangerous Dogs Map Worries Someone Will Take Revenge

Categories: Animals

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Screenshot/City of Minneapolis
"If they're not going to list the exact addresses of sex offenders, then why are they listing the exact addresses of dangerous dogs?"

Last summer, Sarah's then-boyfriend gave her a new rescue dog he got from Animal Control. It was a pit bull-Boston terrier mix with serious trauma in its past.

"She was super emaciated, she couldn't keep food down for a couple days, and was obviously abused," says Sarah, who asked that her full name not be used. The dog also had scars indicating it was trained for dog fighting.

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Here's Where Minneapolis's Most Dangerous Dogs Live [MAP]

Categories: Animals

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All photos submitted to city of Minneapolis
35 dogs are on the list

Every time a dog in Minneapolis bites another animal or a person, the city's animal control department declares the dog either "potentially dangerous," "dangerous," or, if the offense is especially bad, it can order the animal to be put down.

As a public service in conjunction with the launch of its new (and improving!) open data website, Minneapolis put together a list of dogs that have been classified as dangerous.

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Mall of America Exhibit Temporarily Closes Due to Stressed-Out Stingrays

Categories: Animals

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SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium/YouTube
The new exhibit is off to a rocky start

Mall of America's new "Meet the Rays" stingray exhibit was great at first.

People could line up at the edge of a new $2.2 million saltwater pool and touch and feed the flat, spongy sea creatures -- a weird and interesting sensation, by all accounts.

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Small Relief for Dairy Cows Whose Horns Are Gouged Out of Their Heads

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Gunnar Richter
Milking parlor

Dairy farmers don't want horns on their cows. When the animals are stuffed into tight, stressful pens next to other unhappy cows, fights are bound to break out.

For decades, farmers have pacified the problem by burning away calves' horn tissue before their horns start to take shape. They'd apply caustic chemicals or white-hot irons directly to the skull. The teenage calves whose horns have already started to peak will have to have them cut or gouged out. None of this happens with painkillers.

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Hero Traveler Helps Remove Icee Cup From Skunk's Head

Categories: Animals

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notoriousid on Instagram
A brave rescue

Robert Kolbe was driving in Mankato with his fiancee Bobby Jo Eckstein last Saturday afternoon when he saw a skunk stumbling around with an Icee cup stuck on its head.

He had to laugh, just for a moment, before springing into action.

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Convicted Cattle Thief Dale Douglas Charged with Beagle Murder

Categories: Animals, Crime

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Winona County Sheriff
Douglas was charged with shooting his neighbor's beagle with a pellet gun

On February 20 a beagle was let outside for 20 minutes to run around in rural Winona County. When it returned home it was short of breath, acting sick, and had a mysterious wound in its right side.

The owner called the Winona County Sheriff, but by the time a deputy arrived the beagle was already dead. Three days later, the dog owner's 46-year-old neighbor, a convicted cattle rustler named Dale Douglas, admitted to shooting the dog, according to charges filed Wednesday by the Winona County Attorney.

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