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

Categories: Animals

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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

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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]

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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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Dangerous Dogs of North Minneapolis

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

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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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Hero Traveler Helps Remove Icee Cup From Skunk's Head

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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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Animal Ark Clings to No-Kill Philosophy, Contrary to Fox 9 Report

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Animal Ark news release

Animal Ark shelter for cats and dogs has always been a no-kill shelter and it plans to stay that way despite rumors that the new owners may throw a pet here and there to the wolves.

The Hastings shelter blasted a recent Fox 9 report implying that it plans to re-brand as low-kill. "We are NOT straying from our no-kill philosophy. Any allegation that we are is simply untrue," current management posted on Facebook Sunday, directing supporters to the no-kill policy on its website.

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Man Steals Kitten From Petsmart, Returns It After Social Media Uproar

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Man Steals Kitten From Petsmart, Returns It After Social Media Uproar

Categories: Animals, Crime

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Angela Boone via Ruff Start Rescue Facebook
Never underestimate the power of a social media shaming
A kitten thief had a change of heart over the weekend, just as social media outrage was whipping into a frenzy.

Last Friday a man walked into a Minneapolis Petsmart, apparently with bolt cutters, and stole a three-month-old kitten named Wednesday (pictured above).

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Dog Mayor of Cormorant, Minn. Was Pretty Chill About Losing "Dog of the Year" Bid

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Dog mayor don't care
Last fall Cormorant, Minn. citizens elected Duke, a seven-year-old Great Pyrenees, as their mayor in a landslide victory.

Since then he's become the small, northwestern Minnesota town's biggest celebrity, but he's experienced some slights along the way.

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Police: Anthony Sather Kidnapped, Tortured, Shot Girlfriend's Dog on Camera

Categories: Animals, Crime

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Sherburne County Sheriff's Office, YouTube
Anthony Sather is charged with two drug felonies and animal torture. The victim: husky pup Draco.

In October 2014, 21-year-old Andrea Godfrey's husky ran away from her Princeton, Minnesota home. She and her boyfriend, Anthony Sather, canvassed the neighborhood searching for 3-year-old Draco. A good Samaritan called a few days later -- Draco had been found, wearing his customary blue bandana. So Sather went to get him.

By the time Godfrey got home from work that same day, her boyfriend claimed that Draco had run away again. He said as soon as he opened the car door, the dog bolted.

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