Animals/Pets

Published August 17, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The animal shelter in Madison Heights has a long history of working with rescue agencies to find homes for dogs and cats in its care. But now it will also be able to do direct adoptions, something that hasn’t been allowed at the shelter for years.

The Madison Heights City Council unanimously approved direct adoptions at its meeting Aug. 8.

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Published August 12, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — In just a few short weeks, romping in the waters will be reserved for the dogs.

It’s no secret that this summer has been exceptionally warm, and while residents have enjoyed cooling down at the Family Aquatic Center on Farmington Road, the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission is preparing to close down the outdoor pool with the annual Pooch Plunge on Aug. 27.

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Published August 9, 2016

FERNDALE — Two local organizations will be holding a charity softball game to raise money for two establishments dedicated to helping cats and dogs.

The Ferndale Cat Shelter and Bubble & Bark will hold their softball game from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21, at Geary Park, 1198 Earle Blvd.

The money raised from the event will go toward the Catfe Lounge and I Heart Dogs Rescue and Animal Haven.

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Published August 3, 2016

ROCHESTER — Firefighters are often known to rescue cats stuck in trees, but the Rochester Fire Department saved a different kind of animal in distress early last month.

Firefighters were called in to try to rescue a bird that was hanging from the cables over the duck pond in Rochester Municipal Park July 1.

Rochester Hills resident Noreen Warner said she saw the bird while walking her dog in the park, and she flagged down city staff to get help.

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Published August 1, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — Due to complaints about the number and treatment of animals in Utica and Shelby Township, respectively, both municipalities recently took steps to amend their ordinances.

In Utica, the removal of approximately 40 animals from a home prompted the city to revise its definition of a kennel. In Shelby Township, caged beagles outside an apartment complex prompted the township to allow Macomb County to respond immediately to the situation.

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Published July 13, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — For many senior citizens living in Macomb County, a special dog or cat may be their only companion. 

And while they provide unconditional love and companionship, their presence may be a burden on the low-income owners who keep them.

“In many cases, these seniors that are low-income or no-income wind up giving their own food to their pets. They’ll go hungry before their pets go hungry,” said Diana Rascano, president and co-founder of 4 Paws 1 Heart in St. Clair Shores.

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Published June 29, 2016

UTICA — On June 7, Shelby Township 41-A District Court Judge Douglas Shepherd granted a defense attorney’s motion to return three of 35 dogs taken, along with nine cats, during a March 31 raid of a Utica home on Nancy Avenue.

Macomb County Animal Control Chief Jeff Randazzo said he opposes returning the three animals until the case is resolved. Randazzo said the other animals currently are in the care of foster homes and rescue groups, and they are doing great.

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Published June 27, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A 28-year-old Royal Oak resident was taken to Beaumont Hospital the morning of June 27 after she was hit by a vehicle in the crosswalk at Main and Fourth streets.

According to a statement issued by the Royal Oak Police Department, she suffered a non-life-threatening injury to her leg and was transported to the hospital by the Royal Oak Fire Department.

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Published June 22, 2016

ROYAL OAK — City officials have an important message they want to spread: Do not feed the deer.

Members of the Royal Oak City Commission decided unanimously during the June 13 meeting that the best way to handle the surge in deer population is to wage a public information campaign telling residents to abstain from feeding the animals.

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Published June 20, 2016

With their own boat and specially trained officers, the Grosse Pointe Farms Public Safety Department is ready and capable of making aquatic rescues whenever necessary.

But on the afternoon of June 20, officers found themselves engaged in a different sort of water-related rescue.

A mother mallard duck’s nine ducklings tumbled down into a storm sewer in the parking lot of Christ Church Grosse Pointe, leading to a desperate effort to save the tiny, fuzzy birds, who could periodically be heard from below peeping for Mom.

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Published June 16, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — It’s a tale as old as time — a cat in a tree. 

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Published June 13, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — It was a first of firsts June 10 on the 11th floor of the Old County Building, 10 N. Main Street.

One female peregrine falcon chick was given her first checkup and tagged for migratory purposes during a now annual event hosted by Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel.

Along with representatives from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Detroit Zoo, Hackel welcomed the federally-protected falcon chick who hatched on May 15, and, like he does each year, named it.

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Published June 1, 2016

METRO DETROIT — You know the drill: You hop online to order tickets for the whole family to that great theme park you’ve been dying to visit.

Two adults, three kids. But there’s no option for Fluffy?

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Published May 25, 2016

Mother’s Day was winding down for Farmington Hills resident Irene Forbes and her husband and children when they discovered that one family member was missing: Livvy, their 15-year-old schnauzer.

“If your dog gets picked up you pray to God that they bring him to the authorities,” Forbes said last week.

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Published May 25, 2016

METRO DETROIT — During the spring and summer months, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and local nature centers receive an increase of calls from people across the state about helping baby animals that appear to be in trouble. 

But despite our instinct to help, experts say it’s important to leave wild animals in the wild.

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Published May 24, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council voted 4-0 at its meeting May 17 to end animal control veterinary services with East Detroit Animal Hospital and Eastpointe Animal Hospital and return to using the Animal Care Hospital of Sterling Heights.

Public Safety Director John McNeilance said that the city had previously used Animal Care Hospital after the Macomb County Animal Shelter raised its fees beyond what the city had wanted to pay. The city ran into the same problem with Sterling Heights, however.

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Published May 24, 2016

BERKLEY — Baby animals always are a delight to observe, but they can find themselves in dire situations.

Such was the case on Thursday, May 12, when a group of 13 ducklings and their mother were trying to cross the road near the intersection of Robina Avenue and Wiltshire Road.

Berkley resident Meagan Hunyor said that when she saw the group trying to get across, she ran to them to make sure they traveled safely and weren’t hit by a car. But when she turned around to leave, she saw three of the ducklings fall into a nearby storm drain.

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Published May 20, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Several new requirements have been made law in Madison Heights regarding the tethering of dogs — changes that local officials generally agree are for the best, although some wonder if the new rules are necessary and not a bit intrusive.

In a 6-1 vote at its meeting May 9, the Madison Heights City Council approved on second reading a set of revisions to the ordinance currently in code.

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Published May 19, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Kari Willard was on her way to pick up her son from school the afternoon of May 16 when she noticed a lone female duck at the side of South River Road.

Willard said it appeared as if the duck was in distress, possibly looking for something, simply by the way she was standing.

“Her neck was stretched,” she said. “It didn’t look right.”

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Published May 18, 2016

CLAWSON — Excitement is bubbling over for the 11th annual Claws & Paws event happening this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Clawson City Park.

The 2016 event, brought to the public by Guardians For Animals and the Clawson Chamber of Commerce, will celebrate everything and anything pet- and owner-related and will include all of the excitement attendees have come to expect in the past, along with some interesting additions.

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