Animals & Pets

Published February 22, 2017

PLEASANT RIDGE — Pleasant Ridge’s City Commission passed a new ordinance at its meeting Feb. 14 to clarify what pets are allowed in the city’s households.

The ordinance defines what an animal hoarder is and what types of pets are household pets and what types are non-household pets.

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Published February 21, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — A local author and illustrator is coming to the Madison Heights Public Library to discuss her book about the last Detroit Zoo elephants. The presentation, recommended for kids ages 6-12, will also talk about elephant conservation and why they must be protected.

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Published January 18, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — With temperatures in recent weeks dipping well below freezing on a nightly basis, Madison Heights Animal Control Officer Suzette Gysel says it’s crucial for people to bring their pets inside at night. She reminds the public that failing to do so is a potential misdemeanor or felony offense that can result in jail time and fines.

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Published January 18, 2017

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METRO DETROIT — Last year’s mild winter meant that mosquitoes stuck around longer and had more opportunities to spread heartworm in dogs and cats. The parasite is damaging and even deadly if left untreated, and an infected pet may not show symptoms for months. That’s why experts recommend having your pet checked out at a vet this winter, and why every pet should also be on heartworm preventative to avoid infection in the first place.

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Published January 10, 2017

FERNDALE — The Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., will be hosting a bayou-themed benefit to raise money for the Ferndale Cat Shelter and Catfé Lounge.

The event, Cat Cabaret, will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, which, along with the cuisine, will have a Mardi Gras feel to the atmosphere.

Co-founder of the shelter and Cat Cabaret organizer Kristen Schmitt said that a lot of nonprofits do fundraisers, but in her opinion the fundraisers have become a little generic.

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Published January 5, 2017

METRO DETROIT — On Dec. 12, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development released a health update via email to subscribers stating that in 2016 the state has seen a record number of cases of the reportable disease leptospirosis, commonly found in dogs, cats and rodents.

But in an effort to combat the disease in the new year, MDARD attached information to the email on mitigating backyard wildlife that could infect domestic pets — and some animal advocates were none too pleased with the suggestions.

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Published January 4, 2017

LANSING — It’s been years in the making, but Logan’s Law — a package of bills aimed at preventing animal abusers from adopting pets — is finally the state law in Michigan.

Well, at least half of it.

On Dec. 28, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley announced that he had signed 12 pieces of legislation into law, including House Bills 4353 and 4355, which were part of a four-bill package known as Logan’s Law.

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Published December 20, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville City Council voted unanimously in favor of a memorandum of understanding between All About Animals Rescue and the city at the Dec. 13 City Council meeting.

The memorandum states that it pertains to the neuter and return of community cats brought to AAAR by Roseville animal control officers and will be effective immediately.

According to the MOU, the roles and responsibilities of AAAR are as follows:

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Published December 13, 2016

The city of Sterling Heights is issuing a reminder on the best way to manage recent coyote sightings so that “howlidays” stay happy.

Sterling Heights Animal Control officials report that they have taken multiple reports from residents who say they have spotted coyotes in the city. They said the main area for sightings is within the area of 14 Mile, 15 Mile, Dodge Park and Schoenherr roads.
City officials said animal control personnel have checked out the coyote incidents and said the animals have not acted unusually; the coyotes tried to flee from people.

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Published December 13, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Have a pair of gently used shoes you no longer need? Donating them to Pet Adoption Alternative of Warren (PAAW) will not only help support the rescue animals in their care, but also entrepreneurs trying to make a living in third-world countries.

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Published December 6, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Roseville City Manager Scott Adkins announced at the Nov. 22 City Council meeting that Roseville would stop working with the Animal Care Hospital of Sterling Heights.

“Nov. 30 will be our last day that we will be working with the Animal Care Hospital of Sterling Heights,” he said. “We will be separating away from that arrangement, and we will be working again with the county to try to do something in the interim, and we have had discussion with the Humane Society of Macomb County.”

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Published November 15, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Deer are a common sight in local backyards. 

But backyard deer hunting — strictly prohibited in the city — is much less common.

Avon Circle Drive resident Mark Trudeau woke up early Nov. 7 to find a dead deer that had been shot in his backyard. 

“I called 911 right away,” Trudeau said. “They came out a couple of hours later and left the deer.” 

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Published November 9, 2016

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — With Roseville looking at its animal control options amid public pressure, Eastpointe City Manager Steve Duchane had some concerns about Eastpointe’s animal control operations.

Eastpointe, along with other cities, had a contract with the Animal Care Hospital of Sterling Heights to provide services and housing for animals.

During the Eastpointe City Council meeting Nov. 1, Duchane announced that he would be having a meeting with Macomb County “within the next week or so.”

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Published October 27, 2016

ROSEVILLE — At past City Council meetings, residents and nonresidents have expressed their opinions about the animal control services in Roseville and the city’s contract with the Animal Care Hospital of Sterling Heights to provide veterinarian services and housing for animals.

On Oct. 11, Roseville City Manager Scott Adkins released a statement regarding the city’s animal control.

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Published October 19, 2016

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METRO DETROIT— Families across Michigan could grow by one — or maybe more — this Saturday, as the Bissell Pet Foundation foots the tab for adoption fees across the state.

More than 50 shelters and rescue organizations in Michigan will participate in the promotion Oct. 22, when prospective adopters can take home a cat or dog completely free of charge, license included.

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Published October 17, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — A young Madison Heights couple is seeking answers after their dog recently had its leg amputated after being shot by their neighbor, who reportedly ran inside his home to retrieve a gun when the dog jumped the fence Oct. 3, and then came back outside to shoot it.

The dog’s owner, Lauren Foster, says the neighbor, an officer with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, also trained his gun on her when she came to the fence line.

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Published October 11, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — A golden opportunity to keep your pets safe will take place at the upcoming Guardians for Animals Pet Expo and Adoption Fair, where microchipping will be available for just $10. There will also be many animals up for adoption from no-kill rescues and shelters, as well as raffles with high-value prizes, Halloween-themed activities and more. The annual event helps raise awareness and funds to keep homeless animals out of shelters that may otherwise euthanize them.

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Published October 11, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Six months of work has been incorporated into an amended animal control ordinance that melds county regulations into St. Clair Shores’ current ordinance.

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Published October 3, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s Inc., located in Taunton, Massachusetts, donated bullet- and stab-protective vests to the Roseville Police Department’s K-9s, Chase and Corporal, and now the department has the vests, according to a press release from Police Chief James Berlin Sept. 26.

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Published September 26, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Sept. 24, the Humane Society of Macomb invited the public to check out improvements at the shelter, take tours and share a meal.

The shelter at 11350 22 Mile Road has come a long way since protesters took a stand outside the building, demanding that the shelter change its policies and lower its euthanasia rate. On Sept. 15, the Humane Society of Macomb won an award from the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance at the Michigan No-Kill Conference for most improved kill rate of a limited admission shelter.

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