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    Doctors in Philadelphia have been given new guidance to help them deal with an influx of patients addicted to animal tranquilizer xylazine - known on the street as 'tranq'. An outreach charity is warning that the drug - a muscle relaxant intended for large animals like horses - is leaving users 'unable to walk' and with 'gaping wounds'. Philadelphia has become the epicenter for xylazine, which has slowly but surely made its way into the city's drug supply. It is most often used to cut fentanyl, the powerful opioid that has replaced the majority of Philadelphia's heroin. Philadelphia is considered to be ground zero for the xylazine crisis. The city's health department released guidance to physicians last month warning them some users might not even realize they have taken the drug as it is often cut with fentanyl  The drug prolongs the highs felt from heroin, but results in users passing out for hours at a time, while injection points ulcerate and lead to grisly wounds that spread across the body Unintentional drug overdose deaths in Philadelphia have increased over...
    The owners of a potbelly pet pig that has been labeled too 'pudgy' are at the center of a battle with Oklahoma officials regarding the size of their pet, who apparently exceeds the city's ordinance.  The ordeal began when Larry escaped from his pig pen on Thursday - oinking and running around the streets of Moore and blocking a roadway. He was later detained by police and animal control officers. After Larry's capture, the pig's owner Steffany Jones was issued a warning by city officials citing that Larry was too chubby to be kept within city limits.  Animal control officials gave her a written warning that she had two weeks to relocate her pig - or put him on a diet. 'They told me if he lost weight that I could keep him,' she said. It is unclear exactly how much Larry weighs, but the city ordinance states pigs must not exceed 75 pounds and 20 inches.  Now, Jones is in the middle of a fight with officials asking for an amendment to the city's ordinance.  Steffany Jones (pictured) giving her...
    Beverly Mitchell put in long days helping dogs and cats as a volunteer at the Los Angeles city animal shelter in Lincoln Heights. Trusted by staff, Mitchell was even given keys to medical rooms that were off-limits to other volunteers so she could check on the animals. But Mitchell’s three-year service with the city ended when she was fired in 2016. Today, she and the former head of the Animal Services department disagree on the reasons for her dismissal. The city relies on an army of unpaid volunteers to care for animals — feeding and walking them, handling adoptions and other tasks. But unlike city employees, who have the support of their union, volunteers often have few resources if they are suspended or fired. Some former volunteers say they have been fired after making critical remarks about the department over the treatment of animals, both in emails to staff and on social media. Some described clashes with city employees. Seeking to bolster their rights, a group of former and current volunteers formed the Animal Services Volunteers Assn. in the...
    Stephen Weeks has for years run the Griffith Park Pony Rides, an attraction that has drawn generations of equestrian-loving locals. Now he is putting most of his energy toward finding homes for over 30 ponies. After more than 70 years, the pony rides are closing, following protests by animal rights activists and a critical review by city officials. The Los Angeles destination for families looking for a slice of ranch life in the city and a lazy stroll around a modest corral will shut its doors Dec. 21. “My biggest concern is for my employees and my ponies,” said Weeks. “While I’m obviously disappointed, my focus right now is to find good homes, forever homes for our ponies.” The reaction from customers to the news of the impending shutdown was mixed, with some expressing concern for the well-being of the animals and others mourning the end of a Griffith Park tradition that dates back decades. Stephen Weeks has owned Griffith Park Pony Rides since 2017. “We’re animal people,” he says. “We love these animals to begin with.” (Christina House...
    A distraught California dog owner was put on suicide watch for a second time after her German Shepherd Zeus was euthanized Friday morning - months after being locked up for biting a stranger and the cop who came to seize him.  Faryal Kabir's 16-month-old puppy Zeus had been locked up and placed in isolation at Elk Grove Animal Shelter since the dog was seized by animal control officials on July 15, 2022 after it was deemed dangerous.    Lawyers Andrew Shalaby and Christine Kelly had prevented the dog from being euthanized twice, but during their third attempt to release the dog after a 105-day lock up the dog was killed. On Friday, an email was sent to both attorney's  informing them that the dog was 'euthanized humanely.' Faryal Kabir, Zeus attorney Andrew Shalaby went to his client's home hours after the execution to share the harrowing news.  Faryal Kabir and her German shepherd Zeus euthanized by the city of Elk Grove on Friday. Kabir was taken to hospital after learning the news and is now on suicide watch  Elk Grove Animal...
    Click here for a complete list of our election recommendations. While the foundation running the Oakland Zoo already collects public subsidies and gives away part of its ticket income to other organizations, it now wants city voters to boost its annual revenues by $12 million annually through a new property tax. Measure Y on the Nov. 8 ballot would tax Oakland homeowners for 20 years starting at $68 annually per residential unit — an amount that could increase, using an unusual escalator, more than the consumer inflation rate. Non-residential properties would be taxed more based on a parcel’s frontage distance and square footage. It’s an audacious and greedy tax grab in a city where property owners already are excessively burdened with special levies. And it’s especially unfair because only about 15% of the zoo’s visitors come from Oakland. At a minimum, this should have been a countywide measure rather than foisting the entire burden on Oakland residents. Most of us love the zoo. But don’t be fooled by mailers showing adorable pictures of kids petting animals, adorable big-eyed felines...
    The Central Park carriage horse who collapsed on a New York City street two months ago due to malnutrition and dehydration had died.  Voters for Animal Rights shared the sad news Monday morning to their social media accounts, remembering the animal and calling for action.   'We are devastated to learn that Ryder, the elderly horse who collapsed and was beaten by his carriage owner in the street in the midst of a heat wave this summer, has died,' the animal rights group wrote.  'Ryder's death is yet another tragic reminder that horse carriages do not belong on the streets of NYC,' the post continued.  Less than two months after video showed the fall, Ryder died, officials said. Ian McKeever, the rider, called to his horse to get up as his knees buckled and the carriage remained attached to him  Bystanders looked on in horror as the animal struggled to stand near an intersection in Hell's Kitchen In their calls for justice, Voters for Animal Rights included a video of the emaciated animal lying on the street after he had fallen...
    Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz called Friday for sweeping changes at the city’s Animal Services department, including regular walks for dogs, better handling of sick animals who face euthanasia and a mediation process for volunteers. Koretz, who is running for city controller, released a 46-page report that he called a “road map” of recommendations to help the thousands of dogs, cats and other animals that come through the city’s six shelters each year. The report, which was sent to Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City Council, followed Times articles about inadequate care for animals at the shelters. Volunteers and staff have accused the department of understaffing and mismanagement, describing long wait times for dogs to get taken out of kennels and shelters running out of rabbit and guinea pig food. Volunteers, whom the city relies on for basic care of the animals, have also been dismissed after speaking to the media and criticizing the department. California Rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters face neglect at L.A. city shelters, volunteers say With a rising number of animal surrenders and...
    A volunteer who criticized the city of L.A.'s care of rabbits and other small mammals at the San Pedro animal shelter in a recent Times story said she was fired by the city on Friday. Jan Bunker, 74, said she was dismissed by Juan Rivera, director of volunteer programs at Animal Services. She said Rivera told her she was being “insubordinate” after she refused his request to give up her phone ahead of a meeting with him at the Harbor shelter Friday. Animal Services spokesperson Agnes Sibal said the department doesn’t comment on personnel issues. Bunker and other volunteers recently described seeing small mammals without food and water and having to spend their own money on supplies for the animals. California Rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters face neglect at L.A. city shelters, volunteers say With a rising number of animal surrenders and staffing shortages at L.A. Animal Services, small animals face neglect, volunteers say. Thousands of rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters come through the city’s six shelters each year. At several shelters, volunteers said the...
    When the Harbor Animal Care Center faced a food crunch in August, volunteer Jan Bunker logged on to Nextdoor to plead for donations. “Hi, animal lovers! Down at Harbor Shelter in San Pedro, we are totally out of rabbit food and hay for both rabbits and guinea pigs,” Bunker wrote. Her post got a wave of responses, and strangers delivered hay — a necessity for rabbits and guinea pigs, who can quickly die if they go without food. To Bunker and other critics, the food shortage was an example of how the Los Angeles Animal Services department overlooks the smallest creatures in its care. Volunteers do most of the work of feeding and cleaning the cages of the thousands of rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters that come through L.A.’s shelter system, several said. California ‘He just sits in this concrete cell’: Abused dogs in L.A. shelters will get a break L.A. Animal Services recently began allowing volunteers to handle dogs — sometimes abused or neglected — who are considered evidence in legal cases and spend months or even years...
    The 5-year-old dog named Bruce had already suffered by the time he was housed in a Los Angeles city kennel. In May 2021, a bare-chested and barefoot man arrived at the South L.A. shelter with the brown and white dog by his side. The man demanded that the dog be euthanized. After his request was denied, he pulled out a box cutter and slashed the dog’s neck in front of horrified city employees. Bruce spent the next seven months at the shelter as investigators sought charges. He trembled in his kennel and looked scared, according to visitors, but remained off-limits to volunteers for regular walks or yard time because of the ongoing criminal case. Los Angeles Animal Services for years kept dogs who were seized in abuse or neglect cases confined to their kennels, barring them from exercise with volunteers, according to documents and interviews. Already, understaffing and crowded shelters have led to long wait times for many dogs to get walked. But until recently, the department’s practices around so-called evidence dogs left those animals further neglected by denying them...
    AN urgent warning has been issued to city residents to "keep safe" as a rampaging lone wolf continues to stalk the streets after escaping from a zoo. A pack of wolves fled through a hole deliberately cut in a fence at Greater Vancouver Zoo earlier this week. 1The zoo has been shut to visitorsCredit: Global News The zoo said most of the animals were now back safely in their care - but a frantic search is underway for the last remaining wolf. The Environment Ministry said anyone who sees a wolf should keep their distance and report the animal immediately to the authorities. British Columbia Conservation Officer Service told CTV news that people should “keep their distance” if they do see the wolves. The zoo said the manner of their escape is “suspicious, and believed to be due to malicious intent”. Read more world newsSCAREDY VLAD Putin PULLS BACK jets after Crimea blitz as troops MUTINY in humiliating videoBUSYBODIES I built £20k treehouse but council told me to tear it down…my kids were in tears The enclosure usually holds nine wolves...
    Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz on Tuesday asked city analysts to propose new funding sources, including a sales or parcel tax, to bring in money for the troubled Animal Services department. The Times reported last month that some shelter dogs aren’t walked for weeks or months at a time and that staff and volunteers say the department doesn’t have enough resources to adequately care for the animals. Koretz, who chairs the city committee that oversees animal welfare and is running for controller in the Nov. 8 election, introduced a motion Tuesday that asks for funding proposals. “Feeding the animals, cleaning the kennels and cages, providing exercise, enrichment, and veterinary care, and optimally showcasing animals for adoption opportunities, has not been achieved to the degree desired by management, staff and the public,” the motion stated. California L.A. Animal Services staffer says he regrets remarks about striking dogs A top employee at Animal Services said he regrets comments he made to staff about striking dogs and has never harmed animals. Koretz also held the second of two emergency meetings...
    A slew of celebrities, including Kendall Jenner and Alicia Silverstone, are sharing in their disgust over the video showing a horse that collapsed on the street while pulling a carriage in New York City on Wednesday. The New York City Police Department responded to the incident that happened near Ninth Avenue and 45th Street in Manhattan around 5 p.m., according to People. But before officers arrived a video obtained by NBC News shows the driver of the carriage allegedly trying to pull the distressed animal up off the ground and hitting him, yelling, 'Get up! Come on! Get up! Get up!' as he remained on the ground. The driver allegedly pulled the harness and hit the horse with the reins, but the animal puts his head down before eventually leaning over on his side. Tense moments: Video of a horse that collapsed while pulling a carriage in the Hells Kitchen neighborhood of New York City on Wednesday has some people outraged Celebrity outrage: Kendall Jenner, Alicia Silverstone and Ariel Winter are among the growing number of celebrities to express their outrage...
    Animal rights activists took their complaints about Foster City’s plans for managing a growing population of Canada geese to the city council Monday night, serving the city’s leaders with a “gander slander” citation. For more than three years, Foster City has been trying to deal with a gaggle of Canada geese that just won’t leave a city park and lagoon. Each year, their numbers have grown, rising from 181 in 2020 to 323 the following year. All indications are that the number will increase this year. Last week, the council decided to consider lethal measures while continuing to use other non-lethal methods and exploring other options. The council, however, made it clear that while it doesn’t relish killing the birds, the situation at the park has become unhealthy for bird and human alike. Among the concerns: Lagoon water quality and other sanitation issues continue to grow in the city’s parks and open spaces. A statement on the city’s web site says testing shows elevated bacteria levels in the lagoon which are directly affecting the local waterfowl population. Avian diseases also spread...
    Gabriel Jesus has revealed the Arsenal squad are hungry to end the club's Premier League trophy drought. Jesus completed a £45million move from Manchester City to Arsenal last month. 2Jesus celebrates a goal alongside Eddie NketiahCredit: Alamy 2Jesus, left, gave special praise to Martinelli, right.Credit: Getty And the 25-year-old has lavished praise on his new team-mates, with one in particular really surprising the Brazil international. Speaking on Podpah Podcast, Jesus revealed the mentality of the squad ahead of the new season, but when the name of compatriot Gabriel Martinelli came up he was full of praise. He said: "Woah! Martinelli – he’s an animal. An animal! He never gets tired! "(My new team-mates) at the club are so hungry, they’re desperate to get this club back to winning a Premier League after 20 years. This kind of challenge excites me a lot to be here." READ MORE ON ARSENALGUNNERS LATEST Zinchenko ANNOUNCES Man City exit, Saliba has 'AGREED' new deal, Arthur news Arsenal have not lifted the Premier League title since the infamous Invincibles season in 2003/04, and...
    A Parisian public official has declared the city's vast rat population is the subject of prejudice and said the animal must be renamed to prevent people killing them. Douchka Markovic, a supporter of the leftist mayor Anne Hidalgo and co-president of the animal right-touting Animalist Party, recently told a council meeting the term 'rat' encourages violence. 'I prefer to call them surmulots (which loosely translates as 'oversized field mouse') as it carries less negative connotations,' Markovic said as she rebuked the questions of centre-right councillor Paul Hatte on the need for increased pest control and extermination efforts. French ranking site Topito earlier this year declared Paris the fourth most rat infested city in the world, and the astounding population of the rodents is earning a reputation despised by the city's tourism chiefs. France's National Academy of Medicine meanwhile said the growing number of rats is a 'threat to human health because of the numerous diseases they spread through parasites, excrement, bites and scratches'. But Markovic, who is tasked with overseeing animal welfare in the French capital's 18th arrondissement, said the...
    Dogs doubled up in city kennels. Kittens dumped at shelters. Hamsters going overnight with no food or water. A Los Angeles City Council committee hearing Tuesday brought forth new details and allegations about the dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals at city shelters. The three-hour meeting brought relief to many volunteers — the unpaid members of the public upon whom the city relies to walk dogs and perform other chores at the shelters — who say they have been raising concerns to city leaders for years. Councilman Paul Koretz, who chairs the committee overseeing animal issues, held the hearing following a Times report on crowded kennels, staffing shortages and dogs that don’t get walked for weeks. Koretz started the meeting by thanking the volunteers and calling them “brave whistleblowers.” California ‘It’s inhumane’: Dogs at L.A. animal shelters go weeks or months without being walked L.A.'s animal services agency is understaffed and relies on volunteers. At one overcrowded shelter, dogs sit in kennels for weeks or months without being walked. Koretz said he intended to “scrutinize the indefensible and...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A Los Angeles City Council committee was scheduled to hold an emergency meeting Tuesday regarding the conditions at city animal shelters.The meeting is in response to a Los Angeles Times story that reported animal shelters are overcrowded and that some dogs spend weeks or months inside their kennels without being walked.Councilman Paul Koretz, chair of the Personnel, Audits and Animal Welfare Committee, called the emergency meeting after what his office described as "disturbing and unacceptable" revelations in the story, published last week.Los Angeles Animal Services relies mostly on unpaid volunteers to walk and exercise dogs, according to the Times.LA animal shelters reach capacity, ask Angelenos to adopt or foster petsEMBED More News Videos Los Angeles animal shelters have reached capacity, and workers are asking Angelenos to help by adopting or fostering animals. Councilmen Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Bob Blumenfield also voiced concerns to the Times after the story was published.In a statement last week, Koretz said he meets with the animal services department every month to discuss "every aspect of the department's operations, including complaints I've received...
    Two L.A. city councilmen called Friday for more resources for the city’s struggling animal shelters following a Times article about crowded kennels, shelter dogs that go for weeks without walks and staffing shortages. “Angelenos deserve the services we pay for,” said City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, whose South L.A. district includes Chesterfield Square Animal Services Center. “We expect animals to be treated humanely and require the city to do better.” Chesterfield Square is the most crowded of the city’s six animal shelters and houses some 300 dogs, some of whom face long confinement periods. The city relies on hundreds of unpaid volunteers to walk and exercise the dogs, but volunteers say that they can’t keep up with the influx of animals. At the same time, staffing shortages are hurting the department. Animal Services lost more than 20% of its workforce through a program that encouraged older city employees to retire. It was launched in the first year of the pandemic in 2020 when it wasn’t clear that federal funding would be available. CaliforniaFor Subscribers ‘It’s inhumane’: Dogs at L.A. animal shelters...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Animal rights activists will rally on the steps of City Hall on Thursday calling for the city to ban carriage horses once and for all.Thursday's rally comes after the New York Post reported city council members are planning to introduce a bill to replace horse-drawn carriages with electric ones.Activists have called for a ban on horses in city streets for years, claiming it's dangerous and abusive.There have been a string of incidents over the years involving carriage horses.In 2020, a 12-year-old mare had to be euthanized following an acute medical emergency, according to the Historic Horse-Drawn Carriages of Central Park.ALSO READ | American Airlines changes family's flight to another country, asks them to pay $30K, passenger saysEMBED More News Videos A family filed a complaint against American, alleging that the airline changed their return flight to depart from Saint Vincent to Saint Lucia. ----------* Get Eyewitness News Delivered * More Manhattan news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts * Follow us on YouTube Submit a tip or story...
    A Columbian-born fashion designer, whose animal skin purses have been used by celebrities and characters in 'Sex and the City,' was busted Friday on charges that she smuggled handbags made of endangered species into the country. Nancy Gonzalez, owner of Gzuniga Ltd, and two other men were arrested by authorities in Columbia in coordination with an investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for paying a network of couriers to fly hundreds of endangered python and caiman skin purses between the two countries. Gonzalez will be extradited to the US to face charges.  Gonzalez's satchels can go for up to $10,000 each and have been sold in high-end department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman.  Nancy Gonzalez seen here in handcuffs after being arrested by authorities in Cali, Columbia for smuggling endangered crocodile and snake skin bags into the US Gonzalez paid dozens of couriers to take hundreds of animal skin handbags between the Columbia and the U.S. where they sold for up to $10,000 each Gonzalez's animal skin bags have been featured by in the hit...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities on Wednesday started hauling away 177 lions, tigers, jaguars and other exotic big cats that were found at an animal rescue center in the mountains on Mexico City’s south side. The federal Attorney General’s Office for Environmental Protection said 202 animals in all, including monkeys, dogs, donkeys and coyotes, were being taken to other locations, presumably zoos or animal reserves. Dozens of heavily armed city police raided the “Black Jaguar White Tiger” animal sanctuary Tuesday after images of rail-thin, distressed and injured lions circulated on social media. The founder of the reserve told local media that he had rescued some of the animals and that some of them arrived in bad shape. Mexico City police chief Omar Garcia Harfuch said the property had been seized “for the crime of improper use of property and mistreatment of animals.” City police said in a statement that “according to the inspection, the property where the aminals were kept is zoned for agricultural or grazing purposes, not for keeping the kind of species found.” Under Mexican...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A coyote has been spotted wandering a San Francisco neighborhood on Wednesday.ABC7 viewer Christian Calderon saw the animal along Euclid Avenue near Iris Avenue in the city's Laurel Heights neighborhood.RELATED: Coyote that nearly drowns at SF's Marina Green released following rescueThe animal walked on the sidewalk for several minutes as Calderon took this video.Animal Care and Control tells us it received several reports of a coyote at the Laurel Hill playground.Coyotes are commonly spotted in the Presidio and do often wander into residential neighborhoods throughout the city.WATCH: Wild video shows cat fights off coyote, narrowly escapes attack on Texas porch EMBED More News Videos This feline wasn't about to go down without a fight! If you're on the ABC7 News app, click here to watch live
    A Ukrainian goat has injured several Russian soldiers after triggering their own tripwire and setting off a series of grenades. Ukraine's Chief Intelligence Directorate said the Kremlin forces were injured after they boobytrapped themselves in the village of Kinski Rozdory in Zaporizhzhia.  Putin's men had installed pinned grenades around the perimeter of a local hospital and placed tripwires as a 'circular defence'. A Ukrainian goat has injured several Russian soldiers after triggering their own tripwire and setting off a series of grenades (file image of goats next to Russian tanks in Ukraine) Servicemen of the 126th Separate Territorial Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine take part in military exercises in Odesa But shortly after they laid the trap, an escaped goat from a nearby farm wandered towards the hospital and clipped the tripwire. Ukraine said the animal instigated a chain reaction, injuring multiple Russian troops. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next European Parliament APPROVES Ukraine EU candidacy… but it... Little Polina's off to summer camp... and can't wait to make... Share this article...
    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- A family in Huntington Beach wants the city to address the rise in wild animal encounters in their neighborhood after their Boston terrier was attacked by a coyote.The incident was caught on security camera, too difficult to watch for Melissa and Freddy Patriarca.Their Boston terrier, Sadie, screeched in pain, as a coyote shook her violently by the neck."My heart was breaking when I heard her scream," Freddy said. "And just knowing that a wild animal like a coyote could just jump the wall so easily and almost take our loved one away."The video then shows brother Cody, a lab, save the day. Now with backup, Sadie, the alpha of this pack, even helps chase away the predator."Big brother came to try to save her, and even her, like running after the coyote after," Melissa Patriarca said.After suffering a few bites, Sadie was on antibiotics and back to her normal self Monday. The Patriarcas were grateful they were in the kitchen on that night with the door open, and able to hear their pet's cries for...
    Lock your doors at night! A chupacabra may be on the loose.! Amarillo, Texas, city officials are stumped by a human-like animal seen on zoo surveillance footage last month and they took to social media in their search for answers. The city tweeted: 'Is it a person with a strange hat who likes to walk at night? A chupacabra? Do you have any idea of what this UAO - Unidentified Amarillo Object could be?'  Amarillo residents were quick to provide witty answers, with several weighing in that it was a skinwalker - a Native American mythological shape-shifting creature.  One Twitter wrote: 'Clearly a skinwalker phasing between two densities/dimensions and what better place but the zoo. I mean. DUH.'  Others suggested it could be the cartoon character Swiper from Dora The Explorer or Sonic the Hedgehog.  The city of Amarillo, Texas, was stumped by a human-like animal creature found lingering outside the zoo last month. They jokingly dubbed it as a UAO - Unidentified Amarillo Object John Dough wrote on Twitter: 'Obviously Swiper,' alongside a side-by-side comparison of the beloved children's character...
    The Asian man who was brutally beaten in a New York City subway station Friday said the ultimate indignity came afterward when the attack was depicted as vigilante justice – after he was anonymously accused of attempting to molest a girl on the train. 'I'm the victim here!' the Asian man, a 42-year-old married father from Queens who asked not to be identified, told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview Tuesday. 'I fell asleep on the train, and I woke up to a bunch of guys grabbing me and assaulting me. 'I was targeted and held against my will, was put in a full nelson and assaulted by two different guys,' he added. 'I didn't even know what the hell was going on. And there was a crowd watching and nobody was helping.' A disturbing video, shared online over the weekend, shows him being restrained and pummeled by a group of men at the Fulton Street station in Manhattan on Friday afternoon. The Asian man who was brutally beaten in a New York City subway station Friday said he was unjustly...
    FOSTER CITY, Calif. (KGO) -- The debate over what to do with an over-population of geese in Foster City is about to get very loud.Tuesday night, animal-rights advocates will rally outside City Hall to protest a plan to kill the birds.The number of geese in the city has gone from 180 in 2020, to 323 geese last year.Residents near the lagoon and beach areas say the poop is everywhere.VIDEO: Massive flocks of pesky crows take over downtown Sunnyvale; how city is dealing with the nuisanceEMBED More News Videos Thousands of crows are leaving Downtown Sunnyvale residents and visitors with a list of grievances. Here's how the city plans to deal with them. "We cannot walk here and we cannot sit on grass. They are always fighting with each other and this road is always dirty," said park visitor Rupinder Kaur.It's not just a cleanliness problem.Foster City says it has found poop bacteria polluting waterways.The city is waiting for approval of a federal permit to kill the geese, and then look for other ways to control the population.RELATED: Feds tagged to...
    Ivana Trump was all smiles as she enjoyed a post-lunch stroll with a male companion in New York City on Tuesday.  The 73-year-old socialite was spotted on Madison Avenue wearing an eye-catching leopard trench coat over a black top and dress pants. She topped off the bold look with black patent leather flats and her beloved Lady Dior mini bag. Ivana appeared to be in great spirits as she walked arm-in-arm with a man wearing a three-piece gray suit and a black tie. At one point, she flashed a peace sign at the paparazzi.  Ivana Trump, 73, was spotted enjoying a stroll in New York City on Tuesday afternoon  The Czech-born socialite was wearing an eye-catching leopard trench coat over a black top and dress pants for the outing  Ivana walked arm-in-arm with a man wearing a three-piece gray suit and a black tie after having lunch in her Upper East Side neighborhood  Her platinum blonde hair was pulled back in her signature beehive with her bangs framing her perfectly made-up face, and gold drop earrings dangled from her ears.  She sported...
    Share this: We are writing to you on behalf of parents of New York City school students to seek your help in protecting children in New York City. Given the current spread of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian flu throughout New York State and the possibility that it could mutate into a strain that infects humans, we believe that the operation of New York City’s 70+ live animal slaughter markets, especially those located in close proximity to schools, should be suspended until a risk assessment is conducted. In New York City, over 100 schools and playgrounds are located near live animal markets. These retail slaughter markets have been described as “breeding grounds for the spread of diseases” by health experts and physicians. As this new video shows, children and their guardians walk past these markets on their way to and from school. Sometimes, the public sidewalks in front of these neighborhood slaughterhouses are contaminated with bird feces, blood, and other biohazards. These conditions would never be tolerated in wealthy neighborhoods, yet they are unfairly forced upon marginalized communities.
    As Russian bombs rain down on Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, volunteers dart through the city, dodging artillery on a mission to save lives. Panicked family members who have fled the city call the operators at Animal Rescue Kharkiv with desperate messages: Our dog is still home, our cat is trapped inside our apartment. Many residents of Kharkiv have already left, risking the journey in hopes of finding a break from the constant bombardment. But even before Russian forces attacked the city, Animal Rescue Kharkiv decided to stay. Russian bombs have struck the group’s adoption center, killing five dogs and leaving another five to escape into the woods. “Our team decided before the war started that we will stay here and we will do the work and we won’t leave our city. We’ll continue working and helping the animals,” Olga Ilyunina, one of the group’s founders, told The Daily Beast.
    Friday Update: Folsom police say the owner of the lizard has now been found and will soon be reunited with their pet. Previous story below:  READ MORE: Unions Representing Sacramento City Teachers Vote Yes To Authorize StrikeFOLSOM (CBS13) — Know anyone missing a several-foot-long tegu lizard? Folsom police say the large lizard was located in the area of School Street and Penaranda Drive early Thursday afternoon. READ MORE: Sequoia National Park Fully Reopens Giant Forest After KNP Complex FireResidents in the area spotted the animal in the street and called animal control. A friendly animal control officer was able to wrangle the creature. Animal Control said the lizard will be taken to the Folsom City Zoo. Anyone who knows the lizard’s owner is urged to reach out to Folsom police. MORE NEWS: Sacramento Police Find Missing At-Risk Teen Safe | UPDATETegu lizards are often kept as pets and can grow up to four feet in length.
    Hiring someone to coordinate animal shelter volunteers and provide outreach is one of several Contra Costa Grand Jury recommendations the city of Antioch agrees would help improve animal services. Council members on Tuesday approved a letter responding to the 2021-2022 county grand jury investigation — the third one — into animal services and shelter operations in Contra Costa and the subsequent summary this government watchdog group gave of its findings and recommendations. Before voting on the response, Mayor Lamar Thorpe noted that the grand jury’s report’s recommendations were just that and not binding. “It’s only if we agree and want to do it,” he said before the council unanimously approved the city’s response. The city agreed with several of the conclusions that jurors came to after researching the facility’s practices and interviewing officials, shelter workers and rescue groups. It wanted more time to study, however, to explore the jurors’ recommedation of possible sharing of resources or collaboration with the county on services. Among the findings were that there is a need for improved animal services throughout the county and that...
    EAST BAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A 72-year-old northern Michigan man has been charged with animal abuse and neglect after authorities said 164 dogs were found in and around his Traverse City-area home. Raymond Feagles of East Bay Township pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported. (iStock) Grand Traverse County and township officials discovered the dogs Friday as they were conducting a court-sanctioned cleanup of the property as part of an earlier blight case. The dogs were inside and outside the home, according to the newspaper. A half-dozen animal control departments from nearby counties and a couple of area humane societies responded to the property. Attorney Paul Jarboe who represented Feagles during Tuesday's hearing in 86th District Court said he has requested a court-appointed lawyer due to Feagles' limited finances. Feagles has a Feb. 22 preliminary hearing scheduled.
    Oklahoma City sports radio host and former Major League Baseball player Jim Traber issued an apology for nearly blurting out the N-word on-air. Traber’s mistake came as he addressed the harassment Carmelo Anthony received last week from Philadelphia fans during the Lakers game against the 76ers. Thursday night, Anthony confronted Philly fans who were taunting him with the racially charged word “boy.” Friday afternoon on 98.1 The Sports Animal, Traber went on a rant to defend Anthony and condemn the Philly fans, but as he discussed things people shouldn’t say, the radio host allegedly almost let the N-word slip. After listeners pointed out the shocking mistake on Twitter, Traber posted a video to say sorry “if I offended anybody.” “If you were listening, I was talking about what happened with Carmelo Anthony in Philadelphia about how they were making offensive words towards him,” Traber said. “I was talking about how disgusting it is when people do that. And I was basically talking about a couple of things that you just can’t say.” We hear you. We sympathize and apologize....
    RIVERSIDE COUNTY (KABC) -- Riverside County Animal Services took in 37 dogs last week from a man who said he needed help after finding out he'd likely get evicted if he didn't get rid of some of the pets.According to the county, a man in Cathedral City visited the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms requesting assistance. He told workers he would likely get evicted if he didn't reduce the number of dogs at his home.Crews took all 37 dogs, mostly Chihuahuas, to their shelter where they all underwent medical exams and received vaccinations. Thirty-one of the dogs have been sent to a partner organization called Never Forgotten Animal Society in Pahrump, Nevada.Four of them got to stay with the man as his personal pets after they were spayed, neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. The remaining two dogs will stay at the shelter for special care, according to officials. "This was a situation where someone clearly needed our help, asked for it, and we provided him help," said Jackie Schart, an animal services chief who oversees operations at...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Animal shelters and rescues are struggling to keep up with an influx of abandoned pets in the pandemic, and to make matters worse, staffing is being hit hard by COVID. Stephanie Hite-Witt adopted the newest member of the family at Animal Care Centers‘ Staten Island location on Veterans Road West. READ MORE: Man Fatally Shot, Police Officer Injured In Incident At Keansburg Strip Mall“l think we just need a little sprinkle of joy in our household,” she told CBS2’s Dave Carlin. Hite-Witt went straight home to Mariners Harbor to surprise her 11-year-old brother, Amiere. That’s a family overjoyed, helping a rescue that is overburdened. In the pandemic, too many dogs and cats are being left there. “It’s usually those older animals, those older cats, those older dogs that have challenges,” Animal Care Centers manager Paul Sanders said. As of Jan. 6, ACC has 544 cats and dogs in its facilities on Staten Island, Brooklyn and Manhattan. One year ago, the total was 353. It’s a 54% increase. This building on Staten Island has twice the expected...
    Police in Royal Oak again had to track down a missing caracal cat, and this time there were consequences. The large cats had been in the news just two months ago, after one was found by authorities, returned to its home. The African cat, one of four, was to be removed from the city by the owner in the aftermath of that incident. At about 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20, officers from Royal Oak were called to East LaSalle Avenue to help located the escaped feline. “Officers quickly located the cat nearby and returned it home with the help of the owner,” the city of Royal Oak stated on its Facebook page. “She was issued a citation for Keeping of Non-Domestic Animals, a misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of not more than $500 and/or 90 days in jail. The owner agreed to surrender the cats to an animal sanctuary out of state.” Related Articles Cat found in office rubble nine days after tornado Readers share their stories about cats providing comfort and care when...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A young Chicago woman is heartbroken with Zeus, her beloved golden retriever, no longer in her life. The sadness could have been avoided, Karly Moran-West said, if city workers had done their jobs and followed Illinois law. As CBS 2’s Jim Williams reported Tuesday, she has filed suit to get the dog back. READ MORE: FDA Authorizes Merck Pill For COVID-19; Second Antiviral Pill Approved To Treat VirusMoran-West said her golden retriever puppy was a perfect match the moment she saw him. “Zeus, he was very outgoing – he came straight up to me,” she said. “He was playing with us, and I was like, that is the one I want. He acts exactly like me.” For six years, Moran-West had the dog she called Zeus. “He was very outgoing. He was very lovable,” she said. “He loved everybody.” Moran-West embroidered Zeus’ name and her cell number into his red collar. If he got lost, the contact information was right there. “I’m still blown away by the fact that there’s a dog with a collar, with a...
    TURLOCK (CBS13) — Turlock shelter pets looking for their forever homes just got a big assist. All pet adoptions from the City of Turlock Animal Shelter will now be free during the month of December. READ MORE: Suspect In Deadly Stockton Hit-And-Run Identified As 70-Year-Old ManThe Turlock Poker Room is sponsoring all of the adoption fees, the shelter says. READ MORE: I-80, Highway 50 Back Open In Sierra; Another Cold Storm On The WayDog adoptions include spaying or neutering, rabies vaccination, first vaccines, a microchip, and a City of Turlock license for residents in town. Cat adoptions include spaying or neutering and a microchip as well. Prospective animal parents will need to have proof of home ownership or rental agreement. MORE NEWS: Weather, Water Supply Issues Complicate Battle Against Fire In LodiPets available for adoption at the Turlock shelter can be seen on their Facebook page or at Petharbor.com.
    OAKLAND (BCN) — A report released late Monday afternoon by a public safety advocacy group says Oakland police do not have a staffing problem as elected city leaders have been saying but a mismanagement problem. The report by the Anti Police-Terror Project, which has been advocating for reduced spending on police in Oakland and more spending on preventative public safety measures, says the Oakland Police Department is not focused on violent crime but is wasting time on non-criminal and non-violent issues. READ MORE: COVID: Health Officials Find More CoCo County Restaurants Not Checking Vaccine CardsThe report, which is based on data from the Reimagining Public Safety Task Force and the OPD Budget/Staffing Workgroup, says by eliminating the Police Department’s responsibility for animal control, blight, welfare checks, general inquiries, mental health, and traffic, the department would free up more than 60 officers. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is proposing to grow the Police Department by 60 officers by spending $5.8 million to pay for two more police academies and unfreeze 20 positions in the Police Department. She said that will not reduce funding...
    This is the terrifying moment an escaped buffalo rammed a woman off her scooter before injuring seven others in a rampage through a Chinese city. The footage of the animal on the loose was captured in Yulin city in Guangxi province, China, on November 9.  Seven people were injured during the terrifying rampage before police surrounded the buffalo and shot it dead.  This is the terrifying moment an escaped buffalo rammed a motorcyclist before injuring seven others in Yulin city in Guangxi province, China, on November 9 The video shows a woman waiting on her moped at a junction when the rampaging buffalo suddenly appears. In the dashcam footage, she is butted from her scooter and her helmet comes flying off, before she cowers on the ground in front of shocked motorists and a traffic officer. The animal then runs away down the road in front of her as terrified locals flee the area.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next What's wrong with nuts? Squirrel is spotted carrying an... Bear hugs! Video montage shows panda twins...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Election Day to determine New York City's next mayor is just two weeks away, and one issue in the race focuses on a controversial topic: cars and bikes safely co-existing.Cars may not be a dying breed in the Big Apple, but bike ridership is booming.But when it comes to sharing the road, Democrat Eric Adams and Republican Curtis Sliwa are riding different positions.On Tuesday morning, Adams -- the frontrunner in the race to New York City's Democratic majority -- received an endorsement from biking advocates.ALSO READ | NYC mayor's race: Candidates disagree on vaccine mandatesEMBED More News Videos The two nominees for mayor of New York City, Eric Adams and Curtis Sliwa, disagree when it comes to the topic of vaccine mandates. He is promising more bike lanes and vowing to tackle congestion and increasingly dangerous streets in the city by focusing on pedestrians and bikers -- not just cars."We can share our streets," he said. "Historically, streets have been built just for cars. That culture has changed, so there's a way to share the streets."Sliwa...
    CULVER CITY (KABC) -- If your pet needs a check-up anytime soon, you may want to try and make an appointment now.Veterinarians are experiencing a high volume of appointments and emergency visits that they can barely keep up with."Our patient loads over the last four years has increased 90%," said Access Specialty Animal Hospital administrator Michael James.At Access Specialty Animal Hospital in Culver City, you could wait five to seven hours for a walk-in appointment."Before the pandemic there just weren't as many pets. So with that, the number of emergency visits weren't as significant," James said.Angela Lindstrom came all the way from Fullerton for her cat's appointment."I was trying to make an appointment about a little bit over a month ago and the earliest that I could get in Orange County was November 17," Lindstrom said.James also said there's an industry-wide staffing shortage, and that the increase in patients has also led to burnout."The more patients you add on to that, it becomes a strain on the staff," he said.Follow Sophie on social media:FacebookTwitterInstagram
    (CBS DETROIT) – Detroit Mayor Duggan announced the cities plan to build a new, $5 million facility for Detroit Animal Care and Control. The facility will include an animal shelter and office building for DACC. READ MORE: Michigan High School Unhappy After Soccer Opponent Sets Record For GoalsThe 30,000 square-foot building will provide almost twice as much space as DACC’s current 16,000 square foot building provides. New DACC facility after $5M renovations. | Credit: City of Detroit It will have 200 kennels for dogs and cats, an increase from the 86 kennels at the current DACC building. It will also have a larger outdoor area for dog runs. “The team at Animal Care and Control have done tremendous work to pick up more loose dogs, educate pet owners and significantly increase their live release rate,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “The one thing that has been missing is a new facility.  When this new shelter is completed, the DACC staff, as well as residents and animals, will have the type of first-class facility they deserve.” Kennels and...
    CHICAGO — Could a feral cat program be the solution to Chicago’s rat problems? At a budget hearing for Animal Care and Control Wednesday, Alds. Anthony Napolitano (41st) and Andre Vasquez (40th) asked whether Executive Director Mamadou Diakhate had thought about using feral cats to combat rats. “We’ve had an incredible uptick in rodents, rats in our ward,” Napolitano said. He asked if the city could let loose feral cat colonies as an “organic” solution. Diakhate said the city is “slowly looking into” if an official city feral cat program would work. The Tree House Humane Society has placed 1,000 feral and free-roaming cats in communities as part of its Cats at Work program since it was founded in 2012, but it is not an official city program. The cats are placed two or three at a time into residential or commercial settings, and are often brought in to provide environmentally friendly rodent control. At the meeting, alderpeople also said the agency needs more resources to get a handle on the city’s coyotes, raccoons, skunks, rats,...
    DALY CITY, Calif. (KGO) -- A Daly City household had quite a wake up call Tuesday morning just after 5 a.m. when it was discovered a mountain lion was hanging out in the backyard.The resident of an in-law unit on Callan Boulevard discovered the animal. Police then arrived and alerted the residents of the main house."We were informed by the police when they came knocking that there was a cat- big mountain cat- outside," Cynthia Louie said.When police shined their flashlight she got a good look, and picture, of the animal. Officials with the Fish and Wildlife Department said it looks like a young male. They suspect he separated from his mother recently and is looking for new territory. Here it is- the mountain lion that greeted the residents of a Daly City home. The animal was hanging out in the backyard. Authorities were called in but the animal ran away. pic.twitter.com/P7SLJvImFD— Amy Hollyfield (@amyhollyfield) September 28, 2021"It's beautiful- quite beautiful. I love cats, but maybe not a cat for a household pet," Louie said, laughing.The mountain lion did not...