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Report: Family cat killed with bow and arrow

A pet cat was killed by an arrow in Florida this week, and it's not the first time that it's happened to this family.

"That was my baby," said Sarah Trump.

The Nassau County woman wants to find the person who killed her cat.

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"Just the fact that nothing is going to get done. It's just infuriating. Because it's not just an animal," Trump said.

Trump said it was the third family cat that was killed. 

Officials with Animal Control and the Nassau County Sheriff's Office said there isn't anything they can do. 

Trump found her cat, Silas, Tuesday near her driveway with an arrow sticking out of him. She believes the same person shot and killed two other family cats over the last three years. 

Owner claims dogsitter sold dogs on Craigslist

A North Carolina woman said her dogs were sold on Craigslist by a man she trusted to care for the animals while she was in the hospital.

Ekemini Udoh told WSOC she hopes someone recognizes the dogs and returns them to her.

“I am really heartbroken. I have been crying nonstop,” Udoh said. "They are my family. They are my kids.”

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Udoh saved her dogs Rosie and Bella from going to a shelter in July.

The UNC Charlotte student from Nigeria had to go into the hospital in September and doesn’t have family close by, so she reached out to the Humane Society and Animal Control to watch her dogs, because boarding was too expensive. 

When those agencies couldn't help, she posted an ad on Craigslist offering $200. 

A man named Jarred responded. After checking him online, she said she felt comfortable trusting her dogs to him.

Once in the hospital, though, she started to worry after Jarred asked for more money. 

"As soon as I was discharged, I texted him that I had his money and that I'd like to get the dogs, and he told me he'd bring the dogs to me Thursday, Oct. 10," Udoh said.

But that never happened. Eventually, Jarred stopped responding to her calls.

“I thought it was all my fault. I trusted my dogs to a complete stranger,” she said.

She made another post on Craigslist explaining what happened. 

People reached out to her saying the same person tried to sell her dogs to them. 

The ad that Udoh said is offering her dogs is still up on the site. Udoh doesn't know where Bella and Rosie are now, but wants them home with her.

"I also need them to know that, and this might sound crazy, that I haven't abandoned them and I don't intend to, and I'm going to do whatever it takes to get them back,” she said.

Udoh did file a police report. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officials would only tell WSOC that it's an active investigation.

No one has been charged.WSOC called the number Udoh had for Jarred and left a message. He has not returned the call.  

Munchkin cat Giselle capturing hearts at shelter

There's a munchkin cat up for adoption at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals that is capturing many hearts, but she is possibly the hardest cat the shelter's ever had to place in a home. 

Giselle is 2 years old and barely weighs 2.5 pounds. She came into the adoption center because her owner was overwhelmed. She is completely blind, suffers from joint and nerve pain and is recovering from a lung infection. 

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In case you were having a hard time understand just how itty bitty I am, here's a picture of me with Butters, who lives in the vet clinic. He's average size... oh, and I'm standing up! #mspca #mspcaboston #adopt #stumpycat #munchkincat #foster #snelovespets A photo posted by Stumpy Cat (@realstumpycat) on Oct 21, 2016 at 9:19am PDT

Despite this, MSPCA says she is full of life and loves companionship. 

A lot of you have been asking if I can walk- and it's one of the cutest things I do! So here's a short clip! A lot people are also asking if they can donate- THANK YOU! donations toward my vet care and the vet care of other animals @mspcaBoston can be made to Spike's Fund at #thanks!! #mspca #mspcaboston #waddle #adopt #munchkincat #stumpycat A video posted by Stumpy Cat (@realstumpycat) on Oct 22, 2016 at 5:07am PDT

She'll soon be up for adoption, though she does have special needs. The ideal adopter can keep her away from stairs. Adopters can email for more information. 

You can follow Giselle's journey on Instagram at realstumpycat.

Dog battling cancer gets sweet wagon ride around town

Joey Maxwell wanted to give his beloved dog, who is battling cancer, a special ride, and the journey has touched the hearts of people around the world.

Maverick is a 9-year-old Golden Retriever who is battling lymphoma for the second time. While Maverick has responded well to chemotherapy, he gave his owners a scare this month when he had to be rushed to the animal hospital and spent two nights in the ICU.

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After being discharged, Maxwell wanted to treat his dog to a ride around town, but he needed a wagon, since Maverick is unable to walk. He went to his local Lowe’s, but the wagon inventory was depleted in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

But once they heard what the wagon was going to be used for, Lowe’s staff sprang into action. They called area stores until they tracked down a wagon, had it sent to the store Maxwell was at and even put it together for him.

"Dear Lowe's Home Improvement, Lowe's, I cannot thank you enough for making this picture possible. Let me...Posted by Love What Matters on Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Maxwell took Maverick on a joyous ride around downtown Deland, where Maverick made many new friends and enjoyed a few treats. According to the latest update on the Everybody Loves Maverick Facebook page, Maverick’s health has stabilized and Maxwell is continuing to take him on wagon rides.

Maverick got to spend the day with some of his best friends yesterday on our downtown wagon adventures! Thanks to Eileen, Steve, and Trevor for the wonderful day, and of course the photos!!Posted by Everybody Loves Maverick on Sunday, October 16, 2016

Maverick has a GoFundMe page to assist with cancer treatment costs.

Man learns why his dog sneezed, had nosebleeds for 6 months

A Michigan man and his dog are getting back into their normal routine after the dog had a five-inch stick removed from its nasal cavity.

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Mark Kovicak told WXMI that his 2-year-old beagle, Rex, chased a rabbit into a wood lot in April and came out of the lot "acting strange."

"I knew something wasn't right," Kovicak told Inside Edition. "Rex and I went walking into the woods, and he came out and had blood all over his nose."

Kovicak took Rex to the vet, who flushed out Rex's nose and prescribed antibiotics for any possible infection.

But the once playful dog continued sneezing and having a runny nose for six months. Periodic vet visits didn't help.

It wasn't until Kovicak took Rex to BluePearl Veterinary Partners to get a CT scan that the dog owner got answers.

"It was a very long stick in his left nasal cavity," said veterinarian Amanda Conkling. "He couldn't breathe out of that side." 

Doctors pulled a five-inch stick out of Rex's nose with forceps. Luckily, Rex, whose snout is between two and three inches long, didn't suffer damage to any soft tissue, WXMI reported.

"Our doctors see a fair amount of strange foreign bodies, but usually, they've been swallowed, and usually, they're not found in a pet's nose," Carrie O’Brion, communications manager for BluePearl, told CBS News.

Kristopher Sharpe, a doctor at BluePearl, said the size of the stick affected Rex more than a smaller stick would have.

"The body attempts to wall off and remove any foreign object within the nose. If the stick was significantly smaller, then his immune system would have walled it off and slowly broken down the material," Sharpe explained. "Given the size of the stick, his body would have attempted to wall off the inflammation, but the wood material would have remained."

Kovicak told Inside Edition that Rex is "back to 100 percent now."

"He came out, I think, at 3:30 or something, and by 6 o'clock, he was frolicking around," he told USA Today. "His energy level was right back, kind of where I remembered it, prior to this all happening."

"If you're struggling to find a diagnosis with a pet, (don't) give up," Kovicak told WXMI.

Conkling recommended dogs wear protective netting over their orafices to prevent foreign objects from entering the nose and ears.

Posted by Mark Kovicak on Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Deputy saves stray kitten trapped in truck door, then adopts it

Seminole County Deputy Anthony McDaniel was patrolling a neighborhood in Winter Springs when he got an alert from a frantic resident.

The woman was desperately trying to free a stray kitten that had gotten stuck inside the door panel of a Dodge truck, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said on its Facebook page.

Several other deputies and Seminole County Animal Services also responded, but could not free the tiny black kitten.

“At first, nothing seemed to work,” the SCSO Facebook post said. “Every time they tried to move the door, even just a little, the tiny feline would get pinched.”

That’s when McDaniel had an idea.

He used baby oil to grease up the kitten and very carefully closed the door in hopes that it would free the kitten from the hinge.

“As he (closed the door), the tiny black kitten slipped out of the hinge and was freed from the door,” the SCSO post said.

The woman who reported the trapped kitten took him to the veterinarian and would have adopted him, but her other cats would not accept the newcomer.

“So she announced on Facebook that she was looking for a ‘fur-ever’ home for the kitten,” the sheriff’s office wrote. “Deputy McDaniel saw the post and knew he had to act.

“He and his family adopted the kitten and appropriately named him Dodge.”

DEPUTY RESCUES AND ADOPTS STRAY KITTEN: Last week Deputy Anthony McDaniel was patrolling a Winter Springs neighborhood...Posted by Seminole County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, October 19, 2016


This chimpanzee smokes a pack of cigarettes every day

Azalea, the smoking chimpanzee, is a star at Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea.

The 19-year-old female chimp smokes about a pack of cigarettes a day, according to the zoo. They say she doesn’t inhale, however.

According to the Associated Press, visitors roared with laughter while watching her smoke. If given a lighter, she is able to light her own cigarette. She can also light up off an already lit cigarette.

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Thousands of people visit the zoo each day. It is home to two chimps.

The Central Zoo also features performances by other animals trained to do tricks, including a monkey who can slam dunk, dogs who appear to do addition and subtraction, and does that land on a woman skating on a stage.

– Information from the Associated Press was used in this report. 

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You can take adoptable dogs to the beach in Maui

For these dogs, life’s a beach.

The popular Beach Buddies program sponsored by the Maui Humane Society allows visitors to take an adoptable dog out of the shelter for a day and frolic on one of the island’s beaches or hike in a state park.

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Meet the happiest Pittie Roxy #97!Posted by Maui Humane Society on Saturday, October 15, 2016

The program operates on Wednesdays and Fridays and can have a lengthy backlog. Participants receive a talk about safety and a backpack with supplies. The dogs benefit from the program by getting exercise and social interaction. Sometimes, visitors fall in love with their beach buddy and end up adopting the dog.

Beach Buddies!Mahalo to Beach Buddies volunteer Darlene Rayhill of Ohana Films for taking shelter dog Hina out for a day of fun in the sun, and for putting together this short film. Hina's BIG SMILE says it all!Learn more about Beach Buddies here: by Maui Humane Society on Thursday, October 6, 2016

Day outside the cage is the day well spent. Adoptable (sweet, peaceful and happy) Kuiaha at the #mauihumanesociety #beachbuddies A photo posted by Olga Shmaidenko (@riverflowsthroughit) on Apr 30, 2016 at 4:04am PDT

All the dogs in the Beach Buddies program come with a yellow leash that says, “Adopt Me.” The extra public exposure gives dogs more opportunities to find their forever homes. Visitors post photos of the dogs enjoying their day out on social media, which also can help them find good homes.

7-year-old saves $2,000 in lemonade sales for pet horse

A 7-year-old boy in Queensland, Australia, earned enough money to buy a $3,000 pony.

On Oct. 11, Juliana Kent posted a video of her son, Sabastian Kent, meeting his new pony for the first time.

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Sabastian, 7, cried tears of joy when he saw a white pony named Tom Boy in his family's red barn. He sold lemonade for two years to save enough money to make it happen. 

"He saved his tooth fairy, Christmas and birthday money, too," Kent told CNN.

When his lemonade business took off, Sabastian expanded his product offerings by selling iced tea and iced coffee. He even began selling the drinks in bottles with custom labels.

Kent told Inside Edition that Sabastian was 4 years old when he rode a horse for the first time. Since then, he'd been asking his family for a pet horse almost every day.

Kent told CNN Sabastian eventually saved about $2,200.

"I was so proud I almost burst," his mom said. "I was happier than a butcher's dog."

Kent said she was never too worried about the money but wanted her son to learn the value of commitment.

"It was never about the amount of money he saved but actually about his commitment and determination at his age to (achieve) his dream," she said. Kent told Inside Edition that she kept the whole thing a surprise from Sebastian. "We had Tom Boy transported overnight and delivered while he as at school," Kent said. Kent said Sabastian was so happy on the day he met Tom Boy that he stayed on the horse even when he was tired and fell asleep on the horse. Watch the now-viral video of the big reveal below:

Share our joy ...Introducing "Tom" to our boys today...Yes ''Family" pony to allow our youngest son enjoy the moment...Posted by Juliana Kent on Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Leotards for dogs? New fashion for Fido aims to control shedding

Who knew that Fido could be such a fashionista? Apparently, a new (and hilarious) style craze is coming to canines' closets – the doggy leotard. 

According to The Dodo, Tyson Walters invented the pup-sized onesie, called the Shed Defender, to prevent his Saint Bernard from shedding all over his car.

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"Harley's hair would intertwine in the fabric and not want to ever come out," Walters said. "She would shake and the hair would just explode off her and disperse all throughout the car. I looked around on the internet and dog stores, but I couldn't find a solution. So I decided to make one."

The company's website claims the snug bodysuits, priced at $44.99, not only cut down on dander but also ease anxiety, keep dogs warm and clean, protect against bugs and cover wounds. 

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