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17 Oct

America's Cutest Channels Its Disney Side This "Howl-O-Ween"

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A dalmatian dressed up as Cruella de Vil…the irony! (Photo Courtesy of Disney Parks)

Who says Halloween has to be spooky and scary? You’ll never look at the holiday the same way again when Animal Planet and Disney comes together Saturday for America’s Cutest: Disney Side Howl-O-Ween.

Hosted by actor John O’Hurley, the hour-long special will be chock-full of adorable pets showing their “Disney Side” dressed up as some of Disney’s most iconic princesses, pirates, heroes and villains. It was filmed in Walt Disney World during the park’s first-ever Disney Side Dog's Day, as 101 (what other number could it be?) dogs took over Magic Kingdom for a pet-tacular day filled with a doggie dance party and a parade down Main Street USA, led by the latest winner from America's Cutest Pet.

Which the winning pooch had a “hairy-tale” ending and won? You’ll have to tune into America’s Cutest: Disney Side Howl-O-Ween SATURDAY at 9/8c to find out! Until then, check out some amazing photographs from Disney Side's Dog Day and get the inside scoop on how the event went, courtesy of the Disney Parks blog!

Cute pets in costumes and the happiest place on Earth…what could be better?

17 Oct

Shark Feeding Frenzy Is Nearly On Shore

Land Shark?! This unusual event was captured on a North Carolina beach last week, reminding us that sharks are indeed among us. We have no information as to what species of shark they were, but likely one of these sharks native to the area, and local news reports "masses" of Blacktip sharks on the Carolina coast this week. The YouTube post suggests they were feeding on blue fish, and you can see that pelicans and other sea birds are keen on picking up the scraps. Check out the thrashing caudal (tail) fin action! 

Check out Discovery News for more information on this encounter. Then see out our collection of amazing shark videos, as well as our LIVE Shark Cam!


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See another feeding frenzy!

14 Oct

(Adorable) German Shepherd Naps Like My Dad

Here's an adorable video of one tuckered out pup! He MUST be in a deep, deep sleep, dreaming of squirrels, fetching things and delicious, meaty treats ... It may be an oldie from last year but it's still CUTE AS EVER: 

Not to mention, he totally looks like my Dad napping on the couch on a lazy weekend. I LOVE YOU, DOG!!!

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14 Oct

Dog Survives Euthanasia Attempt

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In what many are calling a miracle, an Alabama dog is surviving and thriving despite a euthanasia attempt last month.

The dog, now named Lazarus, was surrendered to a shelter Aug. 19 after its owner said they could no longer care for him. The dog was also injured having been hit by a vehicle, according to People. When nobody stepped up to adopt the dog despite several attempts via social media, he was set to be euthanized Sept. 10. According to the People article, an animal control officer witnessed the contract veterinarian administering the lethal dose of drugs and saw the dog put back into a kennel. When volunteers came back the next day, Lazarus was awake and had moved to an outdoor pen linked to the interior kennel.

No one is quite sure how Lazarus managed to escape death. Some claim it's a miracle. Other theories suggest that an improper dose was given or a vein dodged the needle. Either way, Lazarus is living a happy life with a foster family in Birmingham, Alabama.

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13 Oct

Dog In Texas Put Into Quarantine After Owner Gets Ebola

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A makeshift shrine was made outside Excalibur's home. A sign above reads "Excalibur. You are free now. Rest in peace" (Photo Credit: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

Last week in Spain, a dog was euthanized out of precaution after his owner was diagnosed with Ebola. This week in Texas, a different dog will be spared from a similar fate.

Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings announced that a dog owned by a nurse with Ebola will be quarantined, according to The Dodo. The Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center will oversee the dog's care with assitance from government officials, as mentioned on Twitter.

The decision comes less than a week after Spanish officials decided to euthanize a dog named Excalibur after his owner became infected, despite protests and a petition signed by around 400,000 people.

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9 Oct

Dog Euthanized in Spain After Owner Is Diagnosed With Ebola

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Excalibur barks from the balcony of his owner's residence. He was euthnized October 8. (Photo Credit: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

The Ebola virus that has resulted in more than 3,000 deaths this year has now claimed the life of a dog.

It wasn’t virus itself that resulted in the mutt’s death, but rather a decision by Spanish authorities to euthanize the dog, named Excalibur, after his owner became ill.

Despite protests and a petition signed by around 400,000 people, Excalibur was euthanized in his home Wednesday, as reported by CNN. His owner, María Teresa Romero Ramos, tested positive for Ebola after treating a priest who had been brought back to Spain after working with Ebola patients in West Africa. She has been hospitalized in Madrid, while her husband is under observation for any symptoms.

According to the World Health Organization, Ebola is transmitted to humans through “blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals.” And while fruit bats are considered to be the natural host of the virus, Ebola has been documented in infected chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines. Ebola is then spread through direct human-to-human contact with “the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people.”

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9 Oct

Animal Cruelty Now a "Crime Against Society," Will be Tracked by FBI

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In a big win for animals and animal lovers everywhere, the FBI will now begin tracking animal cruelty cases via the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) and reports from local agencies, according to CatChannel.com.

Formerly, animal cruelty cases were classified under "all other offense" and they were difficult to track because a variety of local law enforcement agencies, animal control officers and humane society agents enforced animal cruelty laws. Under the inclusion, animal cruelty will be an offense in a distinct category simlar to that of murder, assault and arson crimes.

Simply put, animal cruelty is now a "crime against society" and this new classification should motivate law enforcement agencies to pay greater attention to animal cruelty cases - particularly those within the four categories: simple/gross neglect, intentional abuse and torture, organized abuse and animal sexual abuse.

For more info on the update, check out CatChannel.com.

See Tia and crew rescue pit bulls from a fighting ring, featured on the latest episode of Pit Bulls & Parolees, every Saturday at 10PM E/P.

8 Oct

Washington Firefighters Rescue Family of Hamsters

 

BABY-HAMSTER-OXYGEN-500 Firefighters in Lacey, Washington, had the chance recently to be heroes in more ways than one when they rescued a family of hamsters from the home of their human family.

"I can think of a handful of times where we have saved small animals (rodents, birds and even a few fish) from house fires," Battilion Chief Tim Hulse told Animal Planet. "The most common animal rescue is family dogs and cats. Obviously, our first priority is to locate and rescue any humans in the structure. Once we have confirmed that the house is clear and that the situation is under control, checking for family pets is often one of our next tasks."

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The firefighters found the family in the living room and after removing them from the structure, they gave them oxygen via breathing tubes, which were tiny enough to act like teeny oxygen masks for the hamsters. Sadly, one baby hamster was lost, but two adults and two other babies were saved - which is pretty amazing considering what they went through.

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8 Oct

*Kraaazy* Kangaroo Street Fight, Because Australia

Call me naive but I had NO IDEA kangaroos actually, really, for real, REAL-LIFE boxed like THIS:

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7 Oct

This Must be What Heaven Looks Like

 

Cu546 We don't know much about this video, but what we do know is that if heaven is a place on Earth, it's here in this pile of pug puppies.

Holy cuteness!

Want even more adorable pups? Check out Too Cute!

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