Animals & Pets

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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Published May 16, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Roseville’s four-legged police officers are getting an extra layer of protection while they are out on the job, thanks to a private donation for a pair of safety vests.

Roseville’s two K-9 officers, Corporal and Chase, are each receiving bulletproof and stab-resistant vests, according to Roseville Police Chief James Berlin. The vests are being provided by Vested Interest in K9s, with the $4,600 needed for them coming from sisters Sharon Peters and Patricia Settimo.

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Published May 10, 2016

ROCHESTER — When Michael Platt joined the Royal Park Hotel as its new general manager, he knew he wanted to make a few changes.

After years of the hotel not allowing four-legged friends inside, Platt decided to adopt a pet-friendly atmosphere at the Royal Park Hotel this year.

“A lot of people like to travel with their pets and I thought, ‘Why would we not welcome a four-legged guest, along with our regular people guests?’” Platt said.

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Published May 9, 2016

ROYAL OAK — They’re furry, they’re friendly and they may just be the next member of your family.

The spring 2016 Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo will take place 1-7 p.m. Friday, May 13, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the Detroit Zoo, located at the corner of 10 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue.

Organizers said the event has placed more than 22,000 homeless animals into homes since 1993.

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Published May 3, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Similar to a Planning Commission meeting in early April, a host of residents spoke out during a Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting April 27 to voice their displeasure over a proposed dog park.

The park would be located along 21 Mile Road, behind Fire Station No. 2.

Township Clerk Michael Koehs joined the residents in voicing opposition to the park by stating that there are other suitable locations within the township for it.

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Published April 22, 2016

Sterling Heights police and city officials said a recent report of a coyote sighting in the city is no cause for alarm, but they encouraged residents to cut off possible food supplies and to keep pets secure.

According to reports, someone spotted a coyote in a neighborhood near 15 Mile and Dodge Park roads April 19.

In a statement, Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Director Kyle Langlois said coyotes are “not uncommon” to the area due to the city’s large amount of wooded parkland.

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Published April 20, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Not all of the visitors to the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House grounds this spring are of the human variety. The wooded estate on Lake St. Clair also is home to more than 150 species of birds, at least for part of the year.

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Published April 20, 2016

Did you know that habitats for monarch butterflies — those orange-and-black-winged beauties — are growing scarcer?

Members of Cadette Girl Scout Troop 75160, based in Troy, plan to complete an interactive monarch waystation on the southwest side of the interpretive building at the Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center by the end of May.

“Monarchs are struggling,” said Carla Reeb, director of the Troy Nature Society, which funds and operates the 100-acre nature center.

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Published April 20, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Several Macomb Township residents have voiced their concerns about a proposed dog park that would be located on the south side of 21 Mile Road and a half-mile west of Romeo Plank, behind Macomb Township Fire Station No. 2.

Discussions for the park have been ongoing for several years, but due to the recent construction of a bypass lane on 21 Mile Road near the entrance of where the park would be, plans have heated up with construction scheduled to begin  on the park this summer.

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Published April 13, 2016

Nearly 70 penguins made an appearance April 13 during a sneak peek of the $30 million Polk Penguin Conservation Center inside the Detroit Zoo.

The 33,000-square-foot center is scheduled to open to the public April 18.

Detroit Zoological Society Executive Director and CEO Ron Kagan expects the new attraction to draw heavy attention, as it is the largest penguin habitat in the nation.

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Published April 6, 2016

Learn what’s needed to train service dogs when southeast Michigan Paws With a Cause volunteers stop by the Troy Public Library April 19.

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