Animals & Pets

Published September 6, 2017

ROYAL OAK — What do you get when you combine dogs, craft beer and live music? Barktoberfest, of course.

The Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce’s Barktoberfest will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 16 and 17 at Memorial Park, located at the northeast corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road.

“With the popularity of craft beer and the focus of so many businesses on pets and Michigan-made products, Barktoberfest creates a destination event that owners and their four-legged friends can enjoy together,” said Chamber Executive Director Shelly Kemp.

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Published September 3, 2017

HARPER WOODS — The Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society is inviting the public to hop on a Harley and support a good cause with its Hogs for Canines event.

Hogs for Canines is a fundraiser for the animal adoption organization’s K-9 officer program in Harper Woods. It will raise money through a motorcycle poker run and luncheon hosted on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Salter Park in Harper Woods.

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Published August 22, 2017

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council introduced and gave first reading to an ordinance Aug. 15 that would regulate the conditions required for tethering a dog.

Eastpointe Mayor Suzanne Pixley, Mayor Pro Tem Michael Klinefelt, Councilwoman Sarah Lucido and Councilman Cardi DeMonaco Jr. all voted to go forward in the process to amend the previous ordinance.

The council scheduled the ordinance for second reading and consideration for adoption at its Sept. 5 meeting at Eastpointe City Hall, 23200 Gratiot Ave. The meeting will start at 7 p.m.

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Published August 21, 2017

LANSING — It seems that these days, there’s a national holiday for just about everything.

And if July 19 can be dubbed National Hot Dog Day, then a month after that we can certainly recognize the sad dogs. Cats too, of course.

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Published August 14, 2017

BINGHAM FARMS — Residents from Bingham Farms, Franklin and Livonia came to the rescue after two kittens were dumped from a moving car onto Telegraph Road, near 13 Mile Road, Aug. 7.

The two kittens were believed to be between 8 and 10 weeks old. One of the pair died in the street, but with the bravery and kindness of a police officer and a passerby, the other was rescued and is now in foster care.

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Published August 8, 2017

HARPER WOODS — National Church Residences Park Place, a senior living center in Harper Woods, is asking the community to come by and help make the neighborhood a little furrier and maybe a little healthier.

Park Place will be hosting its third annual “Ole Skool Lawn Party,” which will be incorporating the Mission Day initiatives of its parent company, National Church Residences. The event will be focused on raising money for a dog park for senior center residents.

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Published August 7, 2017

CLAWSON — When retired veteran Phil Weitlauf learned about an abandoned canine graveyard years ago, even he couldn’t have imagined what the western Oakland County property would come to mean to him and service dogs throughout the United States.

“I went to investigate it, and in the middle of the cemetery was a big monument that said, ‘War dogs.’ It had some writing on it, and it was erected in 1946,” he said, adding that he learned it was created in 1936 and abandoned in the mid-1980s.

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Published August 2, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — Greencastle subdivision resident Melanie Williams has a message for whoever left a deathly ill kitten near her doorstep: Shame on you.

Williams and her husband, Justin, were greeted with an unpleasant surprise the morning of July 7 after Justin — heading out for work around 6 a.m. — noticed the small black animal right at the front doorstep of their home on Greenmeadow Circle, near Middlebelt Road.

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Published July 26, 2017

TROY — Although it was sweltering July 21, Marcy Korpalski, a client service consultant for Ulliance, a firm that provides workforce services, gave up her lunch break to walk a dog around their office building on Wilshire Drive in Troy. 

She took Teeron — a 2-year-old male pitbull who currently lives at the Oakland County Animal Shelter — for a mile-long walk. Korpalski and other Ulliance employees have walked temperament-tested dogs every other Friday since May as part of Oakland County’s Fitness Unleashed program. 

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Published July 26, 2017

Thanks to local firefighters, life turned out just ducky for a swarm of ducklings July 12, but officials warned that people should not endanger themselves by attempting to rescue such animals from a sewer or storm drain.

Sterling Heights firefighters from Fire Engine No. 2 went to Windwood Drive, which is near Hall Road and Lakeside Circle, at around 5 p.m. July 12 after learning that some ducklings had fallen into a sewer.

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Published July 26, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On June 20, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees, at the request of Police Chief Robert Shelide, unanimously adopted an ordinance aimed at enforcing “dangerous animal” situations.

Shelide said the ordinance would give police officers some teeth to deal with vicious animals that they encounter, especially vicious dogs. The offense is punishable as a misdemeanor.

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Published July 24, 2017

BLOOMFIELD HILLS/TOWNSHIP — Bloomfield Hills resident Orlando Rivero was at the Bloomfield Township Senior Center earlier this spring when he spotted a familiar face.

Or rather, a familiar set of feathers.

It was Mr. Turkey, a common sight around the senior center, though it’s not known if that’s his given name. But he’s not the only gobbler that’s been spotted in the Eagle’s coverage area.

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Published July 19, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — While Suzette Gysel, the animal control officer for Madison Heights, was away on vacation, a Chevy Silverado rolled into the parking lot of the local Police Department July 7, stuffed with items for the homeless animals and gift cards worth hundreds of dollars.  

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Published July 19, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On June 20, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously adopted an ordinance to control and regulate the feeding of certain birds and waterfowl within the township limits.

Township Attorney Rob Huth stressed that the offense will be a municipal civil infraction, meaning it will not go on a person’s record, and that it does not include songbird feeders.

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Published July 12, 2017

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD — Recently, Birmingham Police Chief Mark Clemence traded in his badge for a pen to author an article about playing nice with pets in the city.

The article, published in various local newspapers and websites, was inspired after officers were called twice within a year to respond to incidents involving unleashed dogs.

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Published July 11, 2017

Roseville police were dispatched to the 26000 block of Lehner Street at approximately 10:30 a.m. July 8 after a 52-year-old Roseville resident shot a pit bull that had attacked the resident’s dog, according to a police press release July 10.

Police described the 52-year-old’s dog as a “mastiff type breed” that was on a leash.

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Published July 8, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — For the first time, peregrine falcons Hathor and Nick were unsuccessful at producing young atop the old Macomb County Administration Building in Mount Clemens.

And there are many possible reasons as to why.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel said several factors have been considered by wildlife officials, from the continued construction work being done to the 13-story building to the cold and wet spring.

“They’re saying it could have been complicated by the construction,” Hackel said.

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Published June 22, 2017

On June 20, Utica Police Chief Sean Coady told C & G Newspapers that the Police Department is well aware of a coyote that has staked out the field near a floodplain and wooded area across the street from St. Lawrence Catholic Church and School.

Coady said the department receives more than 10 calls a day from people who have spotted the coyote. He said the coyote has so far kept to itself, but he wanted to caution people not to feed it and to stay a safe distance away.

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Published June 20, 2017

BERKLEY — Beginning July 5, Berkley residents will have the chance to apply to own up to three chickens on their properties.

The Berkley City Council approved the pilot program at its June 5 meeting. Five permits will be available for residents.

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Published June 14, 2017

CLAWSON — Members of the Clawson City Council unanimously voted June 6 to amend the city’s existing animals ordinance and add a new section that will declare certain actions as a nuisance with a punishment for humans of up to $500.

Elected officials said the intention of the new law is to allow a resident the opportunity to file a complaint for processing through the office of the Clawson prosecutor.

City Attorney Jon Kingsepp reiterated that residents will play a crucial role in enforcing the newly adopted law.

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