Animals & Pets

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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Published September 20, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — In celebration of the opening of its new Canine Development Center, Leader Dogs for the Blind is inviting residents inside the training facility.

Leader Dogs will hold an open house noon-4 p.m. Oct. 8 at its facility on the corner of Rochester and Avon roads.

The new $14.5 million center replaces outdated on-site kennels and aims to provide the optimal environment for the breeding, training and care of present and future Leader Dogs.

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Published September 19, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At noon on Saturday, Sept. 24, Macomb Literacy Partners will host its inaugural Run, Walk & Wag 2 Read event, a timed 5K along partially shaded trails at River Bends Park.

MLP Director Alisa Diez said the canine-friendly event came about when staff at the nonprofit organization decided they wanted to hold a fundraiser that included pets and provided families with a fun outlet to walk or run through a park amid cooling temperatures and leaves beginning to turn.

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Published September 14, 2016

FARMINGTON — Dogs and dog owners, unite! 

This year’s third annual Bark in the Park event is sure to be a hit, said GrowFarmington founder Vera Lucksted, event creator.

“Farmington has a lot of much-loved pets; they deserve their own day,” Lucksted said in an email about the noon-3 p.m. Sept. 25 event at Riley Park, 33113 Grand River Ave.

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Published September 13, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The Grosse Pointe Public Library offers a wide array of programs, many of them about nature, but on Sept. 12, the staffers found themselves caring for an injured critter themselves.

During the afternoon, patrons reported to library staff that a pigeon that appeared to be injured was lingering outside the entrance to the Woods Branch of the library system, said Pat McClary, the Woods Branch coordinator and youth librarian. 

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Published September 12, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Grab your pooches and prepare for a barking good time at the 2016 Paws in the Park Royal Oak.

The annual event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 17 and 18 in Memorial Park, located at the northeast corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road. The happening is sponsored through a cooperative effort between the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce, 360 Event Productions and Street Marketing.

Event organizers said the pet-friendly event will include contests, food, shopping and plenty of entertainment for owners and their pets.

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Published September 9, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Macomb County Animal Control is partnering with Wolverine Harley-Davidson in Clinton Township to raise money for the shelter’s Animal Welfare Fund, which helps provide medical treatment and enrichment to the lost, abandoned and abused animals that are rescued and cared for by Macomb County Animal Control.

The agencies are hosting the Dogs and Hogs Fundraiser 2016 from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 17 at Wolverine Harley-Davidson, 44660 N. Gratiot Ave. in Clinton Township. There will be live music, dinner, drinks and raffle prizes at the event.

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Published September 7, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Lightning has struck Kennedy Middle School.

But don’t worry, there’s no damage.

Lightning is a 7-year-old black labrador and Bernese mountain dog mixed-breed canine that is the new face of the middle school — its therapy dog. 

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Published September 7, 2016

HARPER WOODS — The BP gas station at Harper and Vernier hosted a fundraiser on Aug. 26 to raise money to fund a new K-9 unit for the Harper Woods Police Department.

The fundraiser was organized by the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society, a local group that fosters adoption in the Grosse Pointe area and works to improve animal well-being. The K-9 unit would consist of a specially trained police dog and a designated police officer who would manage the animal.

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Published September 7, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The dog days of summer may be behind us, but there are still plenty of pooches available this month during the Detroit Zoo’s upcoming pet adoption event.

The fall 2016 Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo will take place 1-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Detroit Zoo, located at the corner of 10 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue.

Organizers said the zoo’s adoption events have placed more than 23,000 homeless animals into homes since 1993.

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Published August 23, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township will collect donations of canned pet food, sealed bags of dry pet food and pet food coupons through Sept. 16 to give relief to low-income senior pet owners.

The initiative kicked off when township employees heard from Meals on Wheels volunteers that seniors living in Macomb County-subsidized senior housing complexes were sharing delivered meals with their furry companions.

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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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