Animals/Pets

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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Published June 14, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — With their roles as pollinators, butterflies are crucial to ecosystems. Their preservation will be the focus of two upcoming events at the Red Oaks Nature Center.

“Raising Monarch Butterflies” is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 17. The butterfly parade is scheduled for 1 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, July 15, with the parade itself starting at 3. Both are at the nature center at Suarez Friendship Woods, 30300 Hales St. in Madison Heights.

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Published June 12, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Hills resident Suzanne Zimmerly is on police duty, even when she’s strolling around the city with her pooch. 

Since April, Zimmerly has been more vigilant while walking her dog — she is on the lookout for potential crime and suspicious behavior in the city. 

If she sees it, she will report it to the Farmington Hills Police Department. From a safe distance, of course.

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Published June 7, 2017

ROSEVILLE — In the past, Roseville residents made it clear during City Council meetings that they did not want the city to have a contract with the Animal Care Hospital of Sterling Heights to provide veterinarian services and housing for animals. After months of negotiations, Roseville will have a contract with Macomb County Animal Control Services effective July 1. 

The city has a five-year agreement with the county through June 30, 2022.

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Published May 31, 2017

ROCHESTER — Those who frequent Rochester College will notice some new four-legged students on campus this fall.

Leader Dogs for the Blind and Rochester College recently launched the RC-Campus Puppy program, a new initiative that allows students to raise puppies that will become guide dogs through Leader Dogs’ training program.

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Published May 24, 2017

BERKLEY — An ordinance that would allow Berkley residents to have chickens on their properties had more discussion at the City Council’s May 16 meeting.

Since the last work session on the ordinance in April, city staff made several changes to the document that would allow a resident to keep up to three chickens on their property as pets during a pilot program that would last up to 12 months.

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Published May 24, 2017

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Organization for Bat Conservation, which has been housed in the Cranbrook Institute of Science for 15 years, is about to take flight for a new home.

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Published May 17, 2017

ROYAL OAK/CLAWSON — What do you get when you host two animal-loving events throughout the area in one weekend? A cornucopia of tail-wagging, sloppy kisses and “furever” friends.

The spring edition of Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo and the 12th annual Claws & Paws take place this weekend, and both events are free to the public for entry and parking.

Claws & Paws

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Published May 17, 2017

CLAWSON — City Attorney Jon Kingsepp was expected to continue the discussion May 16 about a new ordinance governing animals deemed a public nuisance.

Kingsepp was expected to revisit the conversation that started earlier in the month after the majority of City Council members passed the first reading of an ordinance creating sanctions aimed at animals that cause a nuisance. The council was not expected to pass the ordinance on second reading during the May 16 meeting, which was held after the Review went to press.

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Published May 17, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Mackenzie Orzechowski has always loved animals. 

She said she often talks about animals and the environment with her classmates at South Lake High School.

This summer, she’ll have the chance to discuss her passion with hundreds of students just like her at the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment June 25-30 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

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Published May 11, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Think a Ford Model T to a 2017 Mustang. Babe Ruth to your Miguel Cabrera. 

And a pit bull to an American bully — that’s what West Bloomfield resident and American bully owner Robert Thompson said of comparing his dog, Tommy Thunder Rocks, with a pit bull.

The American bully — a new breed in the past 20 years — is a pit bull offshoot.

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Published May 10, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — To get a grasp on exactly how many deer inhabit the city, the Southfield City Council recently approved the implementation of a deer monitoring service. 

At an April 24 meeting, the council voted 5-2 to award a contract for deer monitoring services to Ann Arbor-based Nature Write. Councilman Donald Fracassi and Councilwoman Joan Seymour voted against the plan. 

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Published May 10, 2017

TROY — Four baby ducklings are safe with their mama and three others are safe at the Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center after employees at AIP Marketing rescued them from a drain in the business’s parking lot May 5. 

According to reports, employees of AIP Marketing, 2041 E. Square Lake Road, called the Troy Fire Department for help because several ducklings had fallen into a storm drain. 

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Published May 5, 2017

Police arrived just in time to save a resident’s dog from a burning home in the 600 block of St. Charles Court late Wednesday night.

No one was injured in the blaze, including the household pet, Abbie.

Abbie was home alone when police said they received a couple of 911 calls at about 11:46 p.m. from neighbors who were reporting the fire.

Police said that when they arrived at the address north of 11 Mile Road and east of Main Street, they saw that the front of the house was engulfed in flames.

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Published May 3, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — It can happen when you’re walking along the sidewalk — all of a sudden, a dog runs up and wants to say hello.

Harmless, right? 

Not necessarily, and it’s against the law.

City Councilman John Caron said that residents have contacted him recently to complain about loose dogs as they are out walking their own canine on a leash. 

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Published May 3, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Spring is here, and with it comes an abundance of baby animals. 

But whether you come across a baby bird that has fallen from its nest, a young fawn hidden in the brush or a den of baby hares, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is reminding people that they can look — but don’t touch.

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Published April 26, 2017

BERKLEY — The Berkley City Council held a work session April 17 regarding an ordinance that would let residents have up to three chickens on their properties.

Following up on the introduction of the ordinance in March, council members discussed their visits to homes that have chicken coops and enclosures, with all members saying that they had positive experiences.

Mayor Phil O’Dwyer, who last month said he was against the ordinance, as he couldn’t see how chickens could be properly managed in Berkley, had a change of heart after his visit.

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Published April 26, 2017

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council approved an agreement with Macomb County Animal Control Services at the council’s April 18 meeting inside Eastpointe City Hall.

All members of the council voted in favor of the agreement, which will go into effect June 1.

After the vote, Councilman John Marion expressed his enthusiasm by saying, “Finally,” with a laugh to council members.

Previously, the city worked with Animal Care Hospital of Sterling Heights for its animal control needs.

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Published April 26, 2017

TROY — Some American Indian cultures and myths speak to the existence of animal totems, or spirit guides, that guard human spirits throughout their lives. 

Reiki master, teacher and animal communicator Leslie Cirinesi will offer a “very lighthearted, casual look, for entertainment purposes only” at animal spirit guides at 7 p.m. May 8 at the Troy Public library.  

“The theory is that the animals you need will come to you,” she said. “You don’t pick your (animal) spirit guides. They pick you.” 

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Published April 25, 2017

TROY — Mary Bogush was headed from her Royal Oak home to the area of Square Lake Road, east of John R Road, to count frogs and toads just before 4:30 p.m. April 15 as part of FrogWatch USA through the Detroit Zoo. 

While she was traveling on Rochester Road, just south of the Interstate 75 overpass, she came upon an accident in which a motorist had struck a woodchuck. 

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