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Montgomery County okays money for juvenile drug treatment facility expansion - WRGT TV Fox 45

Local News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 17:13

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Montgomery County okays money for juvenile drug treatment facility expansion
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DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT)- The Montgomery County Commissioners approved money to expand the Frank W. Nicholas Residential Treatment Center for Youth in Jefferson Twp. Tuesday morning. It will nearly double the amount of beds here and double ...
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Montgomery County okays money for juvenile drug treatment facility expansion - WKEF ABC 22

Local News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 17:12

Montgomery County okays money for juvenile drug treatment facility expansion
DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT)- The Montgomery County Commissioners approved money to expand the Frank W. Nicholas Residential Treatment Center for Youth in Jefferson Twp. Tuesday morning. It will nearly double the amount of beds here and double ...

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3-year-old injured in Indiana crash released from hospital

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 16:46

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN)- The three-year-old child that was injured in a fatal crash in Indiana July 18 is now out of the hospital.

Hospital representatives tell 2 NEWS Jorden Bereda was released Tuesday after being hospitalized for nearly a week.

Bereda and his family were involved in a crash on I- 70 in Indiana that killed one-year-old Finley Bereda and five-year-old Brennen Bereda.

READ MORE: ISP: Family from Beavercreek identified as I-70 crash victims

Investigators said a semi rear-ended Bereda’s van after failing to stop or slow down in a construction zone.

A vigil was held Monday night for the two children in the Bereda who died in the crash.

READ MORE: Prayer service held for family in Indiana crash



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Grandmother dies from carfentanil, fentanyl OD three days after 13-month-old granddaughter - WKEF ABC 22

Local News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 16:42

Grandmother dies from carfentanil, fentanyl OD three days after 13-month-old granddaughter
DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - The grandmother of a 13-month-old girl who died from a carfentanil and fentanyl overdose also fatally overdosed, according to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office. Trina Miller's toxicology report ruled her cause of death ...

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UPDATE: Man seen abandoning dog and puppies identified - WRGT TV Fox 45

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UPDATE: Man seen abandoning dog and puppies identified
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DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center hopes someone can help it identify a man it says abandoned a pit bull and her four puppies. The adult pit bull is a black-and-white mix and was abandoned Thursday, July 20 ...

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Brookville Police need help identifying suspects

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 16:07

BROOKVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – Brookville Police need your help identifying these two suspects that stole cigarettes from a gas station.

Police say the two suspects were at the Speedway Gas Station on the 900 block of Arlington Road.

According to police, the male suspect went straight to the storage room and took several carton of cigarettes and ran out of the store.

The male and female in these pictures fled the scene in a Jeep Cherokee, according to officials.

If you have any information about the suspects, you are encouraged to call the Brookville Police Department.

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Library employee falls into a hole outside library

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 15:46

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) –  The Washington Township Fire Department rescued a library employee that fell into a hole near Tuesday.

The woman fell into an eight-foot deep and four-foot wide hole outside the Woodbourne Library on Far Hills Avenue around 1:45 pm.

Inside the hole, there was a metal cage. The fire department was able to rescue the woman.

Officials say the employee suffered a leg injury and was taken to Kettering Medical Center.

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By a hair, Senate votes to debate GOP health care bill

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 15:20

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie, the Senate voted by a hair Tuesday to start debating Republican legislation to tear down much of the Obama health care law. The vote gives President Donald Trump and GOP leaders a crucial initial victory but launches a weeklong debate promising an uncertain final outcome.

The 51-50 vote kept alive hopes of delivering on promises that countless Republican candidates have campaigned on for years — repealing President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care overhaul. It also averted what would have been a blistering defeat for a party divided between fervent conservatives demanding the evisceration of Obama’s statute and centrists intent on not pulling coverage away from millions of Americans.

Pence presided over the Senate during the vote, which began after dozens of protesters shouted “Kill the bill” and “Shame” from the chamber’s visitors’ gallery.

Enhancing the day’s theatrics, one pivotal “yes” vote was cast by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who flew to the Capitol just days after revealing he’d been diagnosed with brain cancer and was home considering the next steps in his treatment. With Republicans wielding a narrow 52-48 majority, the 80-year-old’s appearance let Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., lose two GOP senators and still prevail — wiggle room that would have shrunk to just one in McCain’s absence.

McCain entered the chamber 29 minutes into the roll call to a standing ovation from members of both parties and visitors watching from above. Smiling, he exchanged embraces with McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and others, then cast his “yes” vote with two thumbs up.

Before the vote, McConnell declared, “We can’t let this moment slip by,” essentially lecturing GOP lawmakers to give their party’s high-profile legislation a chance to move forward. “We can’t let it slip by. We’ve been talking about it too long.”

Moderate Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, were the only Republicans to defect from their party’s quest. Their complaints about the legislation had included its cuts in Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor, the disabled and nursing home residents.

Not a single Democrat backed the effort to overthrow Obama’s signature domestic legislative achievement. In an unusual move, most of them sat in their states during the climactic roll call, eyeing Republicans as they cast their votes.

Technically, Tuesday’s vote meant the Senate would consider a measure the House approved in May eliminating much of Obama’s statute. Like legislation McConnell crafted mostly behind closed doors — and has since revised — it would eliminate Obama’s tax penalties on people not buying policies, cut Medicaid, erase many of the law’s tax boosts and provide less generous health care subsidies for consumers.

But now, the Senate faces 20 hours of debate and a long parade of amendments, and if a measure eventually emerges it is likely to look quite different. Because the chamber’s moderates and conservatives are so riven over how to replace Obama’s overhaul, leaders have discussed passing a narrow bill repealing only some unpopular parts of that law — like its penalties on individuals who eschew coverage — with the ultimate goal being to negotiate a final package with the House.

In the moments before the vote, most GOP critics of the legislation fell into line to allow debate to begin. They included conservative Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah, plus moderates Rob Portman of Ohio and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia.

Paul said he was voting yes after McConnell told him the Senate would debate his proposal to scuttle much of Obama’s law and give Congress two years to enact a replacement — an amendment that seemed certain to lose.

Trump kept up the pressure on GOP lawmakers, tweeting that “After 7 years of talking, we will soon see whether or not Republicans are willing to step up to the plate!” He added: “ObamaCare is torturing the American People. The Democrats have fooled the people long enough. Repeal or Repeal & Replace! I have pen in hand.”

McConnell’s bill would abolish much of Obama’s law, eliminating its tax penalties on people not buying policies, cutting Medicaid, eliminating its tax boosts on medical companies and providing less generous health care subsidies for consumers. But at least a dozen GOP senators have openly said they oppose or criticized the measure, which McConnell has revised as he’s hunted Republican support.

Besides allowing an early vote on Paul’s repeal plan, moderates were seeking additional money for states that would be hurt by cuts in Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor, the disabled and nursing home patients. Conservatives wanted a vote on a proposal by Ted Cruz, R-Texas, letting insurers offer bare-bones policies with low premiums, which would be illegal under Obama’s law.

With leaders still struggling to line up enough votes to approve a wide-ranging overhaul of Obama’s law, there was talk of eventually trying to pass a narrow bill — details still unclear — so House-Senate bargainers could craft a compromise. That, too, was encountering problems.

“This idea that we’re going to vote on something just to get in conference and then figure it out later is nuts,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told reporters.

Had Tuesday’s vote failed, it would have been an unalloyed embarrassment for a party that finally gained control of the White House, Senate and House in January but still fell flat on its promise to uproot Obamacare. Republicans could try returning to the bill later this year if they somehow round up more support.

Obama’s law was enacted in 2010 over unanimous Republican opposition. Since then, its expansion of Medicaid and creation of federal insurance marketplaces has produced 20 million fewer uninsured people. It’s also provided protections that require insurers to provide robust coverage to all, cap consumers’ annual and lifetime expenditures and ensure that people with serious medical conditions pay the same premiums as the healthy.

The law has been unpopular with GOP voters and the party has launched numerous attempts to dismantle the statute. All until this year were mere aspirations because Obama vetoed every major one that reached him.

Ever since 2010, Republicans have been largely united on scuttling the statute but divided over how to replace it.

Those divides sharpened with Trump willing to sign legislation and estimates by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office that several GOP bills would cause more than 20 million people to become uninsured by 2026. Polls showing growing popularity for Obama’s law and abysmal approval ratings for the GOP effort haven’t helped.

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Police need help identifying suspect using stolen credit card

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 15:19

CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) –  The Centerville Police Department is asking the public to identify a suspect using a stolen credit card.

Police say the suspect used a stolen credit card June 16 around 10:00 a.m. at the Fifth Third Bank ATM in Trotwood.

If you have any information about the suspect, you are encouraged to contact police.

These photos come from the Centerville Police Department.

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Trump praises Senate for taking up health care

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 15:16

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is praising the Senate for moving forward on health care repeal.

He says a vote Tuesday to take up the Republican health care bill “was a big step.”

Trump is speaking at a joint press conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

Trump is also thanking Arizona Sen. John McCain, who returned to Washington his brain cancer diagnosis, to cast a vote.

Trump adds that he wants “to congratulate the American people” because better health care is on the way.

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6 Things to Know After Pet Adoption

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 14:58

A cute puppy stole your heart at an animal shelter, or maybe you adopted an older cat. Now what? Are you ready to bring your new pet home with you? 

Two animal experts can offer advice on what to know after you adopt a pet. Johanna Chawziuk-Sisk is executive director of the Pampered Paws Sanctuary for cats in Farmington, New Hampshire. She turned her home into a shelter, providing lifetime care to about 30 disabled, elderly and special-needs cats.

Brian Glaudel is a kennel worker at Barstow Humane Society in Barstow, California, and a certified dog trainer. He handles up to 30 new dogs each day at the shelter.

Before bringing a dog home, Glaudel advises, think about whether you have enough time for it.

“It’s not necessary for everybody to own a dog,” he said. “You have to make sure that you’re giving the dog enough attention, as if it was a family member. Otherwise it’s cruel.”

If you already own a female cat, the second cat you adopt should be male. If you have an older cat, you should adopt a younger one so “the existing cat still feels special and the new cat becomes a subordinate,” according to Chawziuk-Sisk.

“That helps in the acclimation process because the older cat doesn’t feel like it’s being replaced by a cute kitten,” she said.

When making the initial introduction, put the cats on opposite ends of a room or separate the new cat’s space with a screen; this way, they have time to scope out their surroundings. 

People who are interested in adopting a dog from Barstow Humane Society are invited to bring in their other dogs in to meet potential siblings ahead of time.

“If there’s a problem [between the two dogs], it’s immediate. It can combust right away,” Glaudel explained, adding that it’s important to do a meet-and-greet on neutral territory, like a park or a street, to figure out if the animals will get along. Keep them on a leash when you introduce them.

“A little posing, growling and snapping is natural; they have to determine their pecking order. If it’s bad, you will know right away,” he said.

Glaudel said he introduces news dogs to the shelter environment every day, placing two to four dogs in each cage due to overcrowding. 

If your new pet comes from a mainstream shelter, it should already be vaccinated, spayed and neutered, according to Chawziuk-Sisk. If it has been microchipped, you should get that information, too.

Vaccinations protect your pet for a year, so remember to renew them. Dogs that are not vaccinated are susceptible to parovirus, a highly contagious viral disease that attacks the intestinal tract, causing diarrhea that can lead to life-threatening dehydration, according to Gladuel.

When it comes to vets, it’s about the “personal connection,” Gladuel said. He warned about vets who overcharge and those who “sense if you have a deep emotional tie to your pet and take advantage of it.”

“I’ve seen vets charge six times more of what the procedure would cost because they can,” he said. “They get you at a time when you’re vulnerable.”

Learn more from the Humane Society about choosing the right vet.

The type of food you give your pet depends entirely on your budget, according to Chawziuk-Sisk. Most people can’t afford expensive food, so if your cat is healthy, it’s fine to mix high-quality food with some more cost-effective options.

“A lot of animals decide for themselves and some cats never eat wet food,” she said, adding that her cats eat every four hours.

Glaudel follows a simple rule when it comes to feeding dogs: “If you can buy the dog food at a grocery store, you shouldn’t it give it to your pet.”

The main ingredient in inexpensive dog food is corn, a filler that lacks nutrients, according to Glaudel.  

“It makes a huge difference if you spend extra money on quality food,” he added.

Small dogs should eat every few hours because otherwise they can become hypoglycemic, while larger dogs can be fed once in the morning and once in the evening, Glaudel suggests.

He said he gives his own dogs “people food” as a treat but “if you’re just going to give them people dinner all the time, that’s a terrible idea.” He warned that things like onions, chocolate or tomatoes in sufficient quantities can kill them. 

More information on how to properly feed your pet is available through Petco.

Cats don’t need to be walked, but they love to chase things, play with toys and interact with their owners. Chawziuk-Sisk said her cats enjoy chasing laser dots and anything tied to a wand.

“They do need interactive play time with the owner to bond with them and to get some exercise, which depends on their age,” she explained.

For big dogs, exercise is critical, Glaudel said, which means you have to take them out for long walks and runs. When dogs have behavioral issues and start chewing on your furniture or shoes, it’s probably because they’re not getting enough exercise.

“A tired dog is a good dog,” he said. “Half of your behavioral problems will go away if you exercise them outside. They will get used to a routine and won’t do it.”

Small dogs will probably get enough exercise inside your house, since they’re hyper by nature, Glaudel said. 

All cats should have scratching posts or some piece of furniture that they can scratch to keep their nails trim, Chawziuk-Sisk said.

“We don’t declaw because we consider that to be inhumane,” she explained, adding that you can clip your cat’s nails if the animal is sick or old and not moving enough. Cats with long hair should be brushed. 

Most big dogs require brushing, and they enjoy it, according to Glaudel. Short-haired dogs will shed less if you brush them regularly. Smaller, long-haired dogs, meanwhile, need grooming quarterly, so they don’t get skin sores or stool stuck in their hair. If you have the budget, treats your furry pal to a pet spa once in awhile. 

Cats should have a cat bed in a location they like to frequent and where they feel safe, Chawziuk-Sisk recommends.

“The cats are known to stay in one spot for six months at a time and then they can take up residence someplace else,” she explained.

“We had to buy a king-size bed because our queen-size bed wasn’t enough for us and the cats,” said Chawziuk-Sisk, who shares her bed with her husband and many of her 30 cats. “It’s cozy and if you want to move around they move out of the way.”

Dogs can sleep with you on your bed or in their kennel on a comfortable surface, as long as the kennel door remains opened. Closing the door to the kennel, Glaudel said, will make them feel like they are being punished.

Older dogs often have joint problems, so a soft place for them to rest is essential. Dogs don’t require fancy pillows; repurpose your old blankets, he recommends. 

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Suffering From Allergies? Adopt This Kind of Cat

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 14:58

You’ve decided to open your home to a little kitty. And why not? Cats are playful and cute, and they don’t require as much maintenance as dogs.

But there are things future cat owners need to consider before bringing little Fluffy home. Being a pet parent is a big commitment that requires time, effort and a lot of love. You also need to be make sure being around your new feline friend won’t have you rushing to the emergency room in search of an epipen.  

Pet allergies are very common — between 5 and 10 percent of the population suffers from allergic reactions after being exposed to household pets. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), cat allergies are about two times more common than those caused by dogs. That’s because dog allergens don’t stay airborne as long as cats’ do, according to

Unfortunately, that also means a lot of animals — many of them cats — become homeless. 

About 11 percent of cats end up back in shelters because their owners are allergic, according to the ASPCA. With 3.4 million cats in shelters across the country each year, that’s about 374,000 felines surrendered because of allergies. And that number doesn’t include cats dumped out on the street each day. 

There is a lot of confusion and misinformation about what exactly causes an allergic reaction to cats. 

Most people believe what they’re allergic to is cat hair — which isn’t necessarily true. The real culprits are the kitty’s saliva, tears, urine and dander — those dried flakes of skin that fall off. When a cat grooms itself or goes to the potty, it releases Fel-d1, a feline allergen, into the air, and onto its skin and hair. An allergic reaction happens when someone with a cat allergy breathes the air or comes into contact with protein-laden hair or dander.

Some of the symptoms of cat allergies include coughing and wheezing, hives or rashes, red, itchy eyes, runny noses, and sneezing. It can take anywhere from a few minutes to hours for symptoms to appear. 

All cats produce the allergen, so there isn’t a truly hypoallergenic cat. Male cats produce the most allergens, and those who are intact make more allergens than neutered males, according to

Some breeds can be more problematic for allergy sufferers than others. Cats with darker coats tend to give off more allergens. And allergy sufferers should stay away from short-haired cats since their coats don’t hold the protein against their skin like long-haired cats, suggests. 

There may be relief for people who suffer from allergies but still love cats.

Even though it hasn’t been medically or scientifically proven yet, there are cats that may be considered hypoallergenic, which means they are unlikely to cause an allergic reaction.

The Balinese, the Bengal and the Burmese are all breeds that produce low levels of allergens. But the consensus is the Siberian is best suited for people with cat allergies.  

It’s believed the breed may have low levels of these allergens or proteins, according to Siberian Research’s website. About 50 percent of Siberians are said to have levels lower than normal cats, the group’s research showed, while about 15 percent of the breed produces very low levels and could be placed with people who have severe or dangerous reactions to cats.

Erica Rice said she and her husband adopted a Siberian kitten after they discovered their 2-year-old daughter Brianna couldn’t live with cats.  

“We had a cat before she was born,” Rice said. “But she started getting runny noses and we weren’t able to figure out why.”

After getting Brianna tested, their doctor determined she had allergies. 

When their cat died, the family didn’t want to get another one because of the potential health risks to Brianna. 

“She also has cystic fibrosis, and we didn’t want to take any risks. There’s a higher risk of her getting infected because of her allergies,” she added. 

Rice said because Brianna loves animals, her husband did some research online and contacted Siberian breeder Kate Stryker about adopting a kitten. Stryker runs ForestWind Siberian Cat Breeder in Buffalo, New York, and has been breeding Siberians since 2005.

“About 80 percent of our buyers are cat allergic or asthmatic or both,” said Stryker, who also happens to be highly allergic to cats.

Stryker said she gives potential adopters questionnaires, asking them detailed questions: whether anyone in the household has allergies, if they’ve had allergy shots and about the types of reactions and symptoms. Once all the information is collected, she invites potential adopters to spend time with the felines — to ensure the cat is a good fit and so the animal won’t be surrendered because of allergies.

“I am very aware of the necessity to take a slow beat and to consider all of the various factors that go into making a successful kitten placement into a cat allergic or asthmatic home,” she said.

According to Rice, Brianna and Duncan — now 23 weeks old — are inseparable, and the 2-year-old hasn’t had an allergic reaction since they brought him home. 

“All around, he’s just awesome,” she said.

Because purebred cats can often come at a high cost, potential adopters can still consider shelter cats with some medical intervention. 

Cat allergies can be controlled with over-the-counter allergy medication — antihistamines and decongestants or nasal sprays. also recommends allergy shots, which have been known to make a big difference in some allergy sufferers.

The AAFA also suggests some lifestyle tips to help allergy sufferers minimize reactions while keeping kitty happy at home:

  • Keep pets out of the bedroom and change clothing after prolonged exposure to an animal.
  • Allergens love to settle into deep carpeting, which can make allergies worse. Think about getting rid of carpeting and sticking with a bare floor. 
  • Using air cleaners with a HEPA filter can help remove pet allergens from the air.
  • Although it may only be a nominal decrease, bathing a pet regularly can reduce the number of airborne allergens. 
  • And it may go without saying, but remember to keep kitty’s litter box clean. 

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What Kind of Dog Should You Adopt?

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10 Shelter Stories That Will Make You Smile

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 14:57

An unlikely friendship. A mutual rescue. An unbreakable bond. The stories of these 10 lucky pets are sure to tug on your heartstrings.


When Eric O’Grey remembers his shelter dog Peety he wonders, “Who rescued whom?”

In 2010, O’Grey weighed 340 pounds and struggled with high blood pressure, cholesterol and Type 2 diabetes. His doctor told him if his lifestyle didn’t change, he would be dead within five years.

O’Grey went to the Humane Society in Silicon Valley and asked for “an obese, middle-aged dog so that [O’Grey] would have something in common with him,” he said in a video published by SFGate.

The two formed an inseparable bond. They took long walks together every day — ‘Grey lost 140 pounds and Peety dropped 25. It wasn’t long before O’Grey finished his first marathon.

Sadly, Peety developed a large cancerous growth on his spleen and died. O’Grey will never forget the way Peety changed his life — and hopes to return the favor with his new shelter pup, Jake.


Estella, a 2-year-old guinea pig from California, was found last fall in a carrying case on the side of the road, unable to move the lower half of her body.

She was brought to the Harvest Home Sanctuary in San Francisco, where volunteers realized a child must have squeezed her tight enough to break her back, according to the animal rescue organization.

After quickly raising $500 on social media, the Harvest Home Sanctuary was able to fit Stella with a tiny wheelchair, making the little guinea pig ready to roll.


A lonely puppy found his new family and now has five brothers and sisters — they all just happen to be feline.

Bobby, a 5-week-old Chihuahua mix, was taken to the Michigan Humane Society in April after his mother was struck by a car and killed, the “Today” show reports.

At the time, the shelter was housing a cat named Gwen who had just given birth to five kittens. Gwen had enough motherly love to go around and took in Bobby as one of her own.

Eventually, the shelter will find Bobby a home with other dogs, but for now the adorable family is happy and thriving.


A collegiate baseball team in Georgia took on a furry new member this spring.

Daisy, a 7-week-old puppy, was found alone and crying last month outside Grayson Stadium in Savannah, according to the Savannah Bananas’ team website.

She had no tags or microchip and quickly found a new home with team president Jared Orton and his wife Kelsey.

“It was just meant to be that we’d have a team dog as part of our staff,” Orton said in a statement posted on the team website. “We took Daisy to the vet and aside from being hungry and dehydrated, she was in pretty good health.”

Daisy has been appointed “bat dog” and helps out in the office every day.

“We aren’t sure how big she’ll get, so it’s hard to say if she’ll be able to pick up a bat or just coach first base,” Orton said. “But as she grows, she’ll be a fixture at the ballpark.”


Two severely injured rescue dogs shared a touching moment that captured hearts nationwide.

Photos of Sammie and Simon went viral when the Paws & Claws Animal Clinic posted them on Facebook. Simon, a rescued border collie, is seen comforting 3-month-old Sammie after surgery at the South Carolina clinic.

Sammie arrived at the clinic from New York in early May. He had been shot in the head, dragged behind a car and sprayed with bug repellent that turned his fur blue — then left outside for three days, according to the clinic’s Facebook page.

Simon was rescued from another shelter where he would have been euthanized. When he got to the clinic in late April, he was emaciated, had hook worms and was “in so much pain he cried when he moved or if you touched him,” the clinic wrote.

According to the shelter, Sammie is healing faster than expected and Simon looks better every day. Both dogs have returned to New York to find new homes.


Life hasn’t always been easy for Fleetwood Mac the Chihuahua, but she fits right in with her new family.

The Umbrella of Hope animal welfare organization had long tried to find a home for 8-year-old Fleetwood Mac. But a rare condition called ectrodactyly, which causes fused digits on the hands and feet, deterred potential adopters, the “Today” show reports.

The organization shared Fleetwood’s story on a Facebook group for people affected by ectrodactyly. It caught the eye of Victoria Campos, whose daughter Grace was born with ectrodactyly in her hands and feet, as well as a cleft palate.

In early March, Fleetwood traveled from California to the Campos’ home in Hobart, Indiana. The family hopes Fleetwood will help support Grace as she grows and faces the reality of living with ectrodactyly.

“You don’t just throw away something because it’s different. We want her to learn from that,” Campos told “Today.”


Nobody puts this puppy in a corner.

Video of a 1-year-old rescue dog sashaying from side to side took social media by storm ealier this year. The footage was posted on Facebook in February by the Orange County Animal Services in Florida and captioned, “Looking for a new partner.”

Shared more than 250,000 times, the video features a dog fittingly named after Ginger Rogers, who starred alongside Fred Astaire in “Dirty Dancing.”

It looks like this Ginger has found her Fred — according to shelter workers, the pup was adopted after her dance moves won heart across the country.


A dog might be man’s best friend, but who’s to say he can’t be cheetah’s best friend too?

That’s what happened when Kumbali met Kago.

Kumbali, a cheetah cub born at the Metro Richmond Zoo in Virginia, was the runt of his litter. When his mother wasn’t producing enough milk to feed all her cubs, zookeepers began to hand raise Kumbali.

But cheetahs are meant to have companions in the wild and Kumbali was lonely — at least until he was introduced to Kago, a yellow Lab mix rescued from a kill shelter in Alabama.

The two hit it off right away. Initially, they were kept in a zookeeper’s home for close monitoring. Kumbali and Kago, both born in May 2015, have since moved to an outdoor enclosure and remain the best of friends.

Dogs have been used as companions for cheetahs for more than three decades, providing behavioral cues and a calming influence, according to the Metro Richmond Zoo.


It turns out reading really can set you free. A pit bull named Pirate is out of the shelter with a little help from his reading buddy.

Pirate made headlines when he found a friend in 6-year-old Jacob, who has autism. Every Thursday, Jacob would visit the Carson Animal Shelter in Southern California and sit in front of Pirate’s cage to practice his reading.

“If I read to the dogs, they will come out of their cages and find homes,” Jacob said in an interview with NBC Los Angeles. “They have to find new homes because they are alone.”

There’s a happy ending to this story. Shelter workers told NBC Los Angeles in May that Pirate had left the shelter to be trained for a permanent home, and Jacob now reads at a third-grade level, according to his mother.


Call them “Catman” and Robin. One South Carolina police officer has found his new sidekick in a feline friend.

Officer Cody Garrett, 28, told NBC’s “Today” show he adopted Squirt after a colleague found the kitten seeking shelter from the rain under a dumpster and brought him to the police department.

Garrett already had two dogs at home, along with another rescue cat who had just given birth to four kittens and was still nursing. The timing was ideal.

He posted a photo on Instagram of his new buddy Squirt donning a stick-on mustache that matches his own. Garrett’s picture has received more than 2,000 likes, something he says is “hard to believe.”

“I just wanted to show some people my new kitten, and it’s kind of blown up,” he told “Today.”

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Madonna Dancer’s Dog Fatally Shot by Police in Brooklyn

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 14:57

A dog belonging to a professional dancer touring with Madonna was shot and killed by police officers while they were issuing an arrest warrant in Brooklyn Tuesday, police and friends say. 

The officers went to a home on Montauk Avenue in East New York in the early evening to serve a warrant to a 29-year-old man wanted in an open complaint, police said.

There, the suspect had a pit bull loose, and the dog bit one of the officers in the arm. His partner opened fire on the dog, killing it, police said.

“They came into the gate. He had the dog loose and the dog came out,” said witness Micky Burgos. 

The cop who was bitten was treated for minor injuries. 

The dog belonged to a friend of the suspect, who was watching it while the owner — a professional dancer named Stanley “Sheik” Mondesir — wraps up his tour with Madonna in Los Angeles, friends said.

A witness said the officers had no choice but to shoot the animal, but friends said the dog was well-trained and cops should have tried to avoid it.

“The dog is a good dog,” said Peaches Simmons, a friend of Mondesir. “I feel like if they really needed to get in the house — that’s why the need animal control.” 

Simmons called Mondesir to let him know his dog was killed, and said he was distraught.

“He started crying ’cause he had Stonnie since he’s a baby,” said Simmons.

The dog, named Stonnie Boy — an apparent slang term for “get wild” and something Madonna yells onstage — was about 3 or 4 years old. 

People in the neighborhood said the dog was well-behaved and never seemed aggressive. But Burgos said the officers did what they had to do.

“I told the police officer, ‘I’m sorry, it wasn’t your fault,’ ’cause the dog came at him,” said Burgos. 

Police would not describe the nature of the warrant that was being issued against the suspect. 

Mondesir is a so-called “bone-breaker” dancer who has been touring with Madonna over the past year, friends said. He was also part of a popular dance crew, RingMasters, that appeared on MTV. 

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Shelter Pets Rescued From Death Row

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 14:57

Hundreds of dogs and cats on “doggy death row” were flown to new homes across the nation Saturday after Fourth of July fireworks and recent wildfires pushed shelters to capacity.

Bruin, a Jack Russel Terrier, was the “20,000th” rescue to find a forever home in Seattle. He had been in the shelter on “death row” after his owner surrendered him weeks ago, but now has a new lease on life.

Nonprofit Wings of Rescue flew 400 animals who had been in the shelter for weeks or months as part of a two-day trek to New Jersey and Seattle after shelters saw high-intake of SoCal dogs and cats after Independence Day fireworks and wildfires.

Overcrowding put the pooches and kitties at risk in Southern California, so Wings of Rescue came to the rescue. The animals were flown to Seattle and New Jersey where shelters were underpopulated or in need of animals for adoption.

Wings of Rescue was founded by two pilots in 2009. Yehuda Netanel and Cindy Smith have been flying shelter pets to their new homes since then, relying solely on donations to pay for the flights.

Kriser’s Natural Pet headquartered in Santa Monica and St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, based in New Jersey, partnered together with Wings of Rescue to send the 400 on their “freedom flights.”

Kriser’s Natural Pet raised $20,000 to contribute to the shelter pets, including the flights. 

In addition, Kriser’s and The Honest Kitchen will send each pet with a voucher for a “free box of high-quality, all-natural food to get their new lives started out right.”

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The Puppy Mill Problem: Where They Persist and Why

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 14:56

When Melva Langford’s Broken Spoke Kennels in Whitewright, Texas, was inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture last year, one Italian greyhound was found dead. Other dogs were living in a mix of mud, urine and feces, according to a federal report.

State inspectors discovered two emaciated Labradors, their ribs protruding, at Larry Rummel’s STP Kennel in Larue, Texas, and fined him $4,375.

And at Jolene Martin’s kennel in Seneca Falls, New York, one matted dog had feces trapped in its fur, another had no teeth and a third had pressure sores developing on its back legs, according to the USDA.

These are some of the breeders on the Humane Society’s “Horrible Hundred” list, a yearly tally of problem puppy mills in the United States. Four years after its first report, the Humane Society continues to find horrendous conditions across the country — animals with open, festering wounds, puppies left outside in frigid temperatures and C-sections performed on dogs in a dirty shed.

“We’ve got to get rid of these puppy mills that are mass producing dogs in filth and misery,” said John Goodwin, senior director of the Humane Society’s Stop Puppy Mills Campaign.

Puppy mill dogs are typically kept in overcrowded and unsanitary kennels, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. To maximize profits, female dogs are bred repeatedly with little time to recover between litters and are killed when they can no longer reproduce. Puppies often arrive at pet shops or in new homes with diseases ranging from parasites to pneumonia, the ASPCA said.

“A lot of people don’t know that when they go into a pet store, they’re probably buying a puppy whose mother lives in a cage in a puppy mill,” Goodwin said. “And when they order a dog online sight unseen, there’s a good chance that they’re buying from a puppy mill. The key is to either adopt through a shelter or a rescue, or if you’re going to purchase a dog from a breeder, insist on seeing how the mother dog lives.”

Reputable dealers, who want to screen potential buyers to make sure their puppies are going to good homes, do not sell their dogs in stores, the ASPCA said.


There could be up to 10,000 puppy mills in the U.S., although an accurate count is difficult because breeders often operate out of view and with no oversight, according to the ASPCA. Some 1.8 million puppies are born in such conditions each year, according to estimates.

Many puppy mills are in the Midwest, especially in rural areas where family farms have been devastated by industrial agriculture. Some farmers have turned to breeding dogs to make a living.

“Unfortunately, they started raising dogs in the same sort of factory farm climate that was created by the people who had put them out of livestock farming,” Goodwin said. “These are factory farms, it’s just that they’re factory farming dogs.”

With 30 kennels, Missouri tops the Humane Society’s list for the fourth year in a row, followed by Iowa, Kansas, Ohio, Nebraska and Pennsylvania.

Missouri is centrally located and has more individual farms than any state except Texas, almost 100,000, according to Bob Baker, executive director of the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation. In the 1980s, most dogs were raised in chicken coops because the chicken business had been taken over by conglomerates. In the 1990s, the same situation occurred with hogs.

“It’s just been really hard to tackle,” Baker said. “Most of these places are hidden away so most people don’t see them.”

Buyers get their dogs from pet stores or well-designed websites and do not know how the dogs are raised, he explained.

Missouri has made progress in eliminating more than half its puppy mills — from 2,000 kennels in 2011 to 800 now, Baker said.

The drop was a result of the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act, passed in 2011, which increased the standards of care and, for the first time, gave the state’s attorney general the power to prosecute kennels, he said. As part of the legislation, a special unit has been established in the attorney general’s office, the governor appropriated an additional $1.3 million and the number of inspectors was increased from seven to 18.

“We still have a lot more to do, but I think we’re making progress and I’m very pleased that we’re moving in the right direction anyway,” he said.

The state now requires that dogs have continuous access to water and the outdoors, hands-on veterinary exams, and improved floors and space requirements that are double and will eventually be triple the federal standard, according to Sarah Alsager, a spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

“In addition to ensuring that commercial breeders are licensed and inspected, the program has also made it a priority to ensure that facilities with violations are inspected more often, and facilities with substantial and ongoing violations are closed,” she said.


The Humane Society has accused the American Kennel Club of working to maintain the status quo. The AKC registers many dogs that are raised in puppy mills and gets a fee from each, Goodwin said.

“The AKC should be part of the solution,” he said. “They should work with us to grow the pool of responsible breeders. But instead they are digging in their heels and opposing bills from state to state that are very moderate and just phase out the worst elements of puppy mills.”

The AKC refutes the charge. It does not oppose laws or regulations and expects dog owners to understand and obey them, the club said in a statement.

“We do, however, oppose many legislative proposals each year that would harm dog ownership, the rights of responsible dog owners and the wellbeing of dogs,” the AKC said. “We also support many that advance the wellbeing of dogs.”

When it does oppose a measure, the AKC provides alternatives, it said. And it supports bills to protect dogs from cruelty and improve the oversight of retail pet stores and rescue organizations.

The AKC conducts thousands of inspections every year of breeders who register their litters with the club and does not condone the substandard care of “puppy mills,” it said. Any breeder who refuses an inspection is prohibited from using the club’s services.

“If we find anyone engaging in behavior that is detrimental to the health of any dog, we report them to the local authorities,” it said.


The Humane Society’s “Horrible Hundred of 2016,” which includes many repeat offenders, is not meant to be a comprehensive list, but to expose conditions prevalent among disreputable dog breeders and brokers, the Humane Society said.

Langford — who on says, “At our place we strive hard to provide you with a healthy, happy puppy” — did not return a call requesting comment about the condition at her kennels. The USDA report notes moldy feed, greyhounds fighting through their cages, dog enclosures in poor repair and a Shih Tzu with fur that was knotted even after being groomed.

At Rummel’s STP Kennel, inspectors also found three full-sized, pregnant Labradors housed in plastic “pet taxi” carriers, according to a report from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. A veterinarian had not examined the dogs at the kennel since July 2013, the report said.

Rummel, asked for his response to being included on the Humane Society list, said he did not have one, then insulted the organization. “They’re full of s— too,” he said.

At Martin’s kennel, in addition to the dogs in need of veterinary care, at least 20 feeders had feces in the food and a layer of grime on top. The inspector was told the dogs had put the feces there, according to the report. Martin also did not return a call seeking comment.


The USDA enforces the federal Animal Welfare Act, passed in 1966 and most recently amended in 2008, which sets basic standards for animals bred for sale.

The Humane Society and other animal welfare groups have criticized the standards for being so minimal that licensed dealers can keep hundreds of dogs in small, stacked cages with no exercise as long as they are provided with basic provisions such as food and water. They want breeders to be required to provide more space for the dogs, regular exercise, better veterinary care and the removal of wire floors in the animals’ cages.

The USDA did revoke the licenses of a few dealers who showed repeated problems in caring for their animals, the Humane Society notes. More than two dozen of the problem puppy mills identified in its last few reports have closed. But the Humane Society says many puppy mills are never inspected at all and others are protected by inspectors who fail to record violations accurately.

An internal audit at the USDA in 2010 indeed found that its own enforcement process was ineffective against problem breeders and dealers. Its inspectors took little or no action against most violators, relying instead on educating them about the regulations, a strategy that seems not to have worked. The audit noted that from 2006 through 2008, when 4,250 violators were re-inspected, 2,416 had repeatedly violated the Animal Welfare Act.

In addition, the USDA inspection service leveled minimal fines even after Congress had tripled the maximum penalties allowed. It reduced the fines awarded to encourage violators to pay rather than demand a hearing, the audit said.

Some large breeders circumvented regulations entirely by selling animals over the Internet, the audit found.

Since that audit, the inspection service has made “great strides,” said USDA spokeswoman Tanya Espinosa.

It created standard procedures for all inspectors to follow, hired a kennel specialist and sought stiffer sanctions in cases involving problematic breeders or dealers, Espinosa said. It revised the definition of retail pet store to ensure that animals sold over the Internet and by phone- and mail-based businesses are better monitored for overall health and humane treatment, she said.

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Why You Should Adopt a Shelter Animal

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 14:56

Thinking about taking home a new furry friend? Here’s why you should head to a local animal shelter to adopt during Clear the Shelters on August 19.

Pets can help you maintain an active lifestyle

It’s important to take good care of a pet, but pets can also take care of their owners, providing both physical and mental health benefits.

Because pets require a lot of attention, especially dogs, who need to go outside every few hours, owners have a reason to get off the couch and be active.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pet ownership has been shown to help lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels and feelings of loneliness.

You can save a life — or two

Every year, six to eight million dogs wait to be adopted from animals shelters — so many that millions are euthanized each year due to overcrowding, according to PETA.

Adopting a shelter animal not only gives your pet a second chance in a happy home, but can also save it from being euthanized in an overcrowded shelter.

By taking home your new pet, you also make room at the shelter for another animal with nowhere else to go.

“Every single pet that is adopted frees shelter staff up to work with and prepare the next pet for potential adoption,” said Kenny Lamberti, director of strategic engagement and companion animals for the Human Society.

Adopting makes the marketplace less available to puppy mills

They may be cute, but those wiggly little pups in pet stores often come from puppy mills, where they live in unsanitary, overcrowded conditions.

According to Kathleen Summers, director of outreach and research for the Puppy Mills Campaign, even looking to buy an animal from a pet store helps prop up the puppy mill industry, because pet stores separate “the consumer from the reality of where mass-produced puppies come from.”

“Great strides have been made in reducing the euthanasia of healthy homeless pets in this country,” Summers said. “But a return to buying puppies from pet stores instead of adopting from shelters and rescues could turn back the clock to the days when the United States euthanized millions more adoptable dogs than we currently do.”

Many shelter animals are already housetrained

One of the big myths about shelter pets is that all of them have behavioral issues or have been rescued from abuse. Many shelter animals, however, end up there because their owners can no longer care for them.

“The majority of pets in shelters are there because of ‘people problems’ like financial crisis/loss of income, divorce, lack of pet accessible housing or lack of access to veterinary care,” said Cory Smith, director of public policy for companion animals at the Humane Society.

Many of these animals, especially older ones, have already been housetrained and socialized. Shelter and rescue staff work hard to prepare pets for the transition to a new home and family.

“The goal of most shelters and rescues is to get pets out of their care and into homes as efficiently as possible,” said Lamberti of the Humane Society. “So house training, basic training, and social skills are very important.”

Shelter animals are often healthier than animals bought elsewhere

Animals undergo full physicals when they are brought to a shelter and many shelters have veterinary clinics on site to treat any medical issues that arise. Shelter staff makes sure animals are in top shape before they are ready to be adopted into a new home.

Many pet stores and even some breeders do not offer animals the same health services prior to adoption. Dogs born in puppy mills and sold at pet stores can carry diseases ranging from parasites to pneumonia, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Adopting a shelter animal is cheaper than buying from a breeder

The financial cost of adopting a shelter animal is almost always less than purchasing an animal from a breeder.

Depending on the age and breed of the animal, buying from a breeder could cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to upwards of $1,000, but this does not usually include any health benefits, according to

Many shelters spay and neuter animals before adoption, saving adopters hundreds of dollars. Rescue animals are also often microchipped and vaccinated, which can cost up to $60 and $150, respectively.

Although adoption fees can still be hundreds of dollars, they include initial veterinary costs, which can add up quickly. Shelters around the country will waive or discount adoption fees on Saturday, August 19 during Clear the Shelters.

A pet will always be there for you

Shelters provide a space for animals of all different breeds, ages, shapes, sizes and personalities. They house so many different pets that you are sure to find an animal that fits your lifestyle and will serve as your perfect companion.

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Officials need help identifying a McDonald’s hit and run suspect

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 14:49

WARREN COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to identify this McDonald’s hit and run driver.

Officials say the incident happened early Tuesday morning at the McDonalds on Kings Mill Road.

Officials say the suspect crashed into seven vehicles in the fast food restaurant’s parking lot. Officials say only two of the vehicles had major damage.

Officials also say people were not in those vehicles at the time.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office said there is surveillance video of a white male and a female passenger in the truck.

Officials say the truck is a black Ford F-150 with a tan stripe running around the bottom and a white decal on the center of the rear window.

The sheriff’s office released photos of the suspect.

If you have any information about this incident, you are encouraged to call the Warren County Sheriff’s Office at 513-701-1800.

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