Animals & Pets

Published May 10, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — To get a grasp on exactly how many deer inhabit the city, the Southfield City Council recently approved the implementation of a deer monitoring service. 

At an April 24 meeting, the council voted 5-2 to award a contract for deer monitoring services to Ann Arbor-based Nature Write. Councilman Donald Fracassi and Councilwoman Joan Seymour voted against the plan. 

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Published May 10, 2017

TROY — Four baby ducklings are safe with their mama and three others are safe at the Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center after employees at AIP Marketing rescued them from a drain in the business’s parking lot May 5. 

According to reports, employees of AIP Marketing, 2041 E. Square Lake Road, called the Troy Fire Department for help because several ducklings had fallen into a storm drain. 

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Published May 5, 2017

Police arrived just in time to save a resident’s dog from a burning home in the 600 block of St. Charles Court late Wednesday night.

No one was injured in the blaze, including the household pet, Abbie.

Abbie was home alone when police said they received a couple of 911 calls at about 11:46 p.m. from neighbors who were reporting the fire.

Police said that when they arrived at the address north of 11 Mile Road and east of Main Street, they saw that the front of the house was engulfed in flames.

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Published May 3, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — It can happen when you’re walking along the sidewalk — all of a sudden, a dog runs up and wants to say hello.

Harmless, right? 

Not necessarily, and it’s against the law.

City Councilman John Caron said that residents have contacted him recently to complain about loose dogs as they are out walking their own canine on a leash. 

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Published May 3, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Spring is here, and with it comes an abundance of baby animals. 

But whether you come across a baby bird that has fallen from its nest, a young fawn hidden in the brush or a den of baby hares, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is reminding people that they can look — but don’t touch.

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Published April 26, 2017

BERKLEY — The Berkley City Council held a work session April 17 regarding an ordinance that would let residents have up to three chickens on their properties.

Following up on the introduction of the ordinance in March, council members discussed their visits to homes that have chicken coops and enclosures, with all members saying that they had positive experiences.

Mayor Phil O’Dwyer, who last month said he was against the ordinance, as he couldn’t see how chickens could be properly managed in Berkley, had a change of heart after his visit.

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Published April 26, 2017

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council approved an agreement with Macomb County Animal Control Services at the council’s April 18 meeting inside Eastpointe City Hall.

All members of the council voted in favor of the agreement, which will go into effect June 1.

After the vote, Councilman John Marion expressed his enthusiasm by saying, “Finally,” with a laugh to council members.

Previously, the city worked with Animal Care Hospital of Sterling Heights for its animal control needs.

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Published April 26, 2017

TROY — Some American Indian cultures and myths speak to the existence of animal totems, or spirit guides, that guard human spirits throughout their lives. 

Reiki master, teacher and animal communicator Leslie Cirinesi will offer a “very lighthearted, casual look, for entertainment purposes only” at animal spirit guides at 7 p.m. May 8 at the Troy Public library.  

“The theory is that the animals you need will come to you,” she said. “You don’t pick your (animal) spirit guides. They pick you.” 

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Published April 25, 2017

TROY — Mary Bogush was headed from her Royal Oak home to the area of Square Lake Road, east of John R Road, to count frogs and toads just before 4:30 p.m. April 15 as part of FrogWatch USA through the Detroit Zoo. 

While she was traveling on Rochester Road, just south of the Interstate 75 overpass, she came upon an accident in which a motorist had struck a woodchuck. 

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Published April 19, 2017

HARPER WOODS — The Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society will be hosting another fundraiser to continue its support of the recently instituted Harper Woods Department of Public Safety K-9 program.

The program began to raise funds in early 2016 to purchase a specially trained dog for the department. In January of 2017, Kaiser joined the force and went to work with his human partner, Officer Steve Johnson.

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Published April 18, 2017

HUNTINGTON WOODS — A family in Huntington Woods will be holding a special garage sale in mid-May to benefit animal charities in neighboring cities.

Dan and Patti McCarty are holding their third annual Pet Rescue Event and Garage Sale from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 19-May 21 at 13322 Elgin Ave.

The McCartys collect items all throughout the year to sell at the sale, which will benefit three different animal rescues and shelters: the Royal Oak Animal Shelter, Tigerlily Cat Rescue and Kim’s Kritter Rescue.

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Published April 10, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — A local animal rescue is trying to scrape together funding to cover the medical expenses of two dogs that recently arrived in critical condition, and it wants to do so before kitten season kicks into gear and inundates the rescue with cats.

The fundraiser will take place Wednesday, April 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Big Boy, 30460 John R Road in Madison Heights. To donate a portion of your proceeds, you must mention the PAAW fundraiser while placing your order that evening.

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Published April 5, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — More than 90 percent of all animals encountered by Madison Heights Animal Control were saved in 2016, according to statistics released by the shelter. It was also able to place a number of them in homes faster than ever, thanks to direct adoptions through the shelter.

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Published March 31, 2017

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council voted 3-2 for the second reading and adoption of its new chicken ordinance at the March 28 meeting at Eastpointe City Hall.

Council members Cardi DeMonaco Jr., Sarah Lucido and Mayor Pro Tem Michael Klinefelt voted in favor of the ordinance, while Councilman John Marion and Mayor Suzanne Pixley voted against it.

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Published March 22, 2017

BERKLEY — The Berkley City Council is looking into an unusual ordinance amendment that would allow residents to house up to three chickens on their property for personal use.

The council held the first reading of an ordinance at its March 6 meeting that permits, regulates and establishes requirements relating to the housing and care of chickens.

Council discussed the ordinance with some skepticism and many poultry-filled puns, debating what impact allowing chickens in the city could have on Berkley.

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Published March 14, 2017

HAZEL PARK — While it only has a few animals right now, Hazel Park Animal Control has been busy with construction work at the shelter building that will benefit the staff and animals there. And early next month there will be a low-cost vaccination and microchipping clinic so pet owners can better protect their furry friends.

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Published March 7, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — Rochester Hills City Councilman Kevin Brown said he frequently sees coyotes walking across his backyard.

“But other than seeing them, I am not aware of any major issues they are causing,” he said. “I am not hearing of any effects on pets and children.”

City naturalist Lance DeVoe said he has received a few complaints from residents recently about coyotes in city neighborhoods.

“They are a free-ranging wild animal,” he said.

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Published February 28, 2017

BEVERLY HILLS — Kids and their furry friends are getting ready to show their stuff. The 36th annual Kids Dog Show is returning to Berkshire Middle School.

The dogs will compete for prizes in eight categories: best dog costume, best behaved, most personality, best trick, best looking, best treat catcher, waggiest tail and best in show.

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Published February 27, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At 7 p.m. Friday, March 24, the Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center will host Holly Hadac, a veteran wildlife rehabilitator based out of Oxford Township, to discuss the challenging and rewarding profession of saving wild animals.

Hadac will discuss what it takes to become a licensed wildlife rehabilitator through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and offer tips on what to do if you or someone you know comes across an injured or baby animal.

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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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