Animals & Pets

Published January 19, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — While you can easily catch them at the zoo or in a bird show, it still seems to surprise residents when they spot the symbol of the country hanging around a local field or backyard.

“We were driving down Jefferson and we looked at this bird. ... We ran back home and she got her camera. These pictures were amazing,” said Cathy Sitek, of St. Clair Shores. 

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Published January 12, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The Detroit Zoo reported record-breaking 2015 attendance numbers last week, smashing totals reported in previous years.

Zoo officials announced Jan. 5 that total attendance reached 1.48 million visitors in 2015, breaking the record of 1.36 million visitors set in 1997. Officials said the 2015 numbers mark the ninth consecutive year the zoo’s attendance exceeded 1 million visitors.

Detroit Zoo Communications Director Jennie Miller said she believes the new record was set as a result of many factors, including new exhibits, animals and attractions.

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Published January 12, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — More than two years after a mixed-breed dog who allegedly lunged at police officers was shot by an officer, a federal district court judge has ruled that a lawsuit against the city of St. Clair Shores and the officers involved will be dismissed.

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Published January 6, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Arriving via FedEx, 20 gentoo penguins marched into the Detroit Zoo last month to nest in the Polk Penguin Conservation Center when construction wraps up this April.

Zoo officials said the aquatic birds – 10 females and 10 males – currently are chilling in a special quarantine area at the Penguinarium. People can recognize the long-tailed penguin by the white stripe extending across its head and its bright red-orange bill. It is the third-largest penguin, reaching a height of up to 30 inches and a weight of up to 20 pounds.

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Published December 30, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Organizers of the Make My Christmas Merry holiday pet adoption event are calling it a success, and the official count of forever homes is still growing.

Event organizers said about 100 people came through the shelter’s doors on Saturday, Dec. 19, and four pets went home that day with their new families in time for the holidays.

“We had so many people in and out, and it was just amazing how many people we had,” said shelter volunteer Pamela Wilson.

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Published December 22, 2015

FRASER — More than two months after Fraser first delved into the topic of commercial pet breeding, the city unanimously approved an ordinance to provide stability in the future.

The decision, which was made Dec. 10 by City Council, comes on the heels of an October presentation made by Pam Sordyl, founder of Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan, which came to fruition in 2008.

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Published December 16, 2015

FERNDALE — Does everyone in your household want a dog? And if you get a dog, do you really have time to give it the exercise and attention it needs?

These questions, and more, were discussed by FIDO Personal Dog Training during a free dog adoption informational event held Dec. 9 at the Ferndale Area District Library. The presentation was meant to educate families on the questions they should ask before deciding which dog to adopt, or any dog at all.

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Published December 16, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Six months after retiring in April, former Shelby Township Police Department K-9  dog Henry succumbed to an aggressive infection Dec. 6 at age 11.

Since November 2005, Henry lived and worked with his handler, patrolman Kevin Treworgy. The duo went on hundreds of raids, sniffed out the tracks of countless criminals and helped fight crime in a wide range of capacities.

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Published December 15, 2015

Chris Barnett and his family are breathing a huge sigh of relief this morning now that they have their dog back at home where he belongs.

According to Bloomfield Township police Cmdr. James Gallagher, Barnett had walked his dog Kodi  up to the Kroger on Telegraph just before 7 p.m. Dec. 14. He made the trip nearly every day, and like always, he tied the dog’s leash to a pole out front and then went inside the store to shop for around 20 minutes.

When he came back outside, Kodi was gone.

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Published December 14, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The city’s animal shelter has a lot of animals at the moment, and employees are hoping those prepared for a pet would like to place a furry friend in their forever home during the holidays.

To help assist with a perfect pairing, the Royal Oak Animal Shelter is hosting Make my Christmas Merry from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the shelter, located at 1515 N. Edgeworth Ave.

The adoption event will feature reduced fees, cookies and giveaways from local businesses upon pet adoption.

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Published December 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Rachel Webster, formerly of Madison Heights, loves her horse, Al. But currently she’s unable to take care of him, and he’s in need of a place to live.

The chestnut-colored thoroughbred gelding, 20, raced for eight years — a lengthy career, considering most horses only run for two or three.

Hoping to give Al a well-deserved retirement, Webster took him in when he was 11, but due to changing circumstances, she had to give him up when he was 17.

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Published December 9, 2015

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — One of the newest employees at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores loves her job so much, she’s willing to work for free.

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Published December 8, 2015

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STERLING HEIGHTS/ST. CLAIR SHORES — A Sterling Heights author hopes to add a new wrinkle to getting young people interested in reading with his book about a pug dog’s international adventures.

Author Daniel David Elles released a children’s book this fall called “The Adventures of Elvis the Pug: Lost in Canada.”

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Published November 18, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — The puppies are playful in the new Leader Dogs for the Blind Canine Development Center, which features a cheerful visitor display area.

“The lobby is set up for tours,” said Jeff Stein, Leader Dogs canine care manager. “We have puppy viewing, where people can see 8-week-old puppies year-round.”

The first phase of the new development center is now complete. The center includes new puppy litter bays, an expanded veterinary clinic, a custom breeding suite and a protected puppy litter drop-off area.

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Published November 18, 2015

FERNDALE — When the Ferndale Cat Shelter was created in 2014, its purpose was to rescue local homeless cats and find permanent residences for the felines. Now, a year and a half later, the shelter is bringing a new way for people to meet their future pets.

The Catfé Lounge opened the first week of November at 821 Livernois Ave. in Ferndale. It provides a space for patrons to meet cats who are looking to be adopted, as well as enjoy an array of drinks and snacks.

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Published November 2, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — When the ground thaws this spring, contractors will be digging into the vacant space near the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office headquarters to construct a new $15.45 million home for Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center.

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Published October 30, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — The economy may be showing signs of recovery, but money is still tight at the Madison Heights Animal Shelter.

“It’s still a lean year — we don’t have any non-lean years,” said Suzette Gysel, the city’s animal control officer. “Trying to get funding, whether through grants or budget or whatever, is a total struggle each day.”

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Published October 28, 2015

FRASER — The Fraser City Council has decided to join the statewide and national movement to deter individuals from obtaining pets — notably dogs — from commercial breeders that may result in sick and abused animals.

During an Oct. 6 council meeting, officials unanimously approved the drafting of the Humane Pet Acquisition Ordinance. Per city approval, City Attorney Jack Dolan was granted permission to draft an ordinance in accordance with the model ordinance provided by the Macomb County Board of Commissioners.

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Published October 14, 2015

METRO DETROIT — You and your dog probably had a lot of fun together this summer, right? Long walks as the sun went down, exciting trips to the park and maybe even a dip in a nearby lake.

But brace yourself: Winter is coming.

The options for keeping your pup occupied seem to drop right along with the temperatures, since dog parks and long jaunts around the neighborhood are more difficult in the cold. So what’s a pet parent to do?

Get creative, that’s what. 

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