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Pet goldfish released in river grows to size of football

What do you do with an unwanted goldfish?

In Australia, many people are dumping their tanks in local rivers, freeing the fish and the former pets are growing, and growing and growing.

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Scientists are finding that the fish, which are part of the carp family, are swimming in rivers, traveling more than 142 miles in a year, the BBC reported.

Dr. Stephen Beatty said his team from Murdoch University has found many of the former house pets weighing more than a kilogram, or about two pounds. 

But that's not the largest they have found. The biggest goldfish came in at 4 pounds.

They're tracking the fish movements and sizes to help learn to control the invasive species.

Experts say dumped goldfish can harm water quality, disturb habitats and compete with native species.

If left to grow and thrive, they can live up to 25 years and be more than 15 inches long, the RSPCA said.

Dog chokes to death during game of fetch, vet questions toy

A Snohomish County family is devastated after their dog choked to death during a game of fetch. The veterinarian who treated the dog says the design of the ball may have played a role.

KIRO7 met sweet, loving, energetic Bentley back in January, when his family was trying to cope with losing his pal Kado in a suspected dog poisoning. His owners, Kathy and Lee Goltscher, were heartbroken.

They never expected to watch another one of their dogs die so tragically, but Friday -- during a routine game of fetch with a ball Bentley had for years -- the pit bull mix suffocated.

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"I immediately ran over to him and said 'OK, drop the ball.' I didn't realize immediately that the ball -- he couldn't drop it because it had already gone into his throat,” Lee explained, standing in the front yard where the whole ordeal unfolded.

Lee sliced open his finger on Bentley's teeth trying desperately to dislodge the ball.

“He was in such terror,” Lee said, still traumatized.

Dr. Joel Chatterson, the veterinarian Lee rushed Bentley to, couldn't get it either.

"It was really, really in there,” Dr. Chatterson said.

The ball was thick, hard rubber with very little give, but Dr. Chatterson believes a hole in the middle is what sealed Bentley's fate.

“If that ball didn't have the hole, then maybe the Heimlich like you do on people would work but you couldn't build up -- because of that hole -- you couldn't build up enough pressure,” Dr. Chatterson explained.

He says the safest balls for fetch are solid and flexible. That means if one does get stuck you can likely grab it.

"I didn't realize there was a danger. I never thought about it happening like that,” Lee said. But just like that, another member of the Goltscher family is gone.

Rare 4-eared cat is ready for adoption

A rare four-eared cat who has been undergoing treatment at the Western PA Humane Society is ready for a new home.

The cat, named Batman, was brought to the Humane Society on July 12 after its owner could no longer care for the animal, according to officials with the organization.

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The rarely seen genetic mutation has been documented back to 1938 in Ashtabula, Ohio, with a four-eared cat named Toots. The mutation has been studied, and is argued to be a recessive gene mutation needed from both parents in order to produce four ears.

Batman, who is three years old, has been unavailable for adoption because he was being treated for an upper respiratory infection. The Humane Society said his sickness was not related to his extra set of ears and he is now feeling better.

Officials with the Humane Society said Batman is very friendly and would do well in a home with or without animals, as he came from a house with several animals.

"As an open door shelter, we take in and care for any animal brought to us. Just when you think you've seen it all, a four-eared cat comes in the door! We are excited Batman is feeling better and look forward to him finding his forever home," said Hala Nuemah, managing director of the Western PA Humane Society.

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Here's the most pet-friendly city in America

One Florida is the best place for pets in the country.

Wallet Hub compiled a list of the most pet-friendly cities in the United States, with Orlando coming in as the top spot for Fido. Tampa was listed as the third best city, with St. Petersburg following at 17. Other Florida cities on the list included: Miami (51), Jacksonville (58), and Hialeah (81).

After Orlando, the other most pet-friendly cities were Birmingham, Alabama; Lexington, Kentucky; Scottsdale, Arizona; Reno, Nevada; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Cincinnati, Ohio; Las Vegas, Nevada; and St. Louis, Missouri.

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According to Wallet Hub, the company compiled the data by comparing the 100 most populated cities in the country across three categories: pet budget, pet health and wellness and outdoor pet friendliness.

"Cities can make sure that pets have safe parks where they can run around and get exercise, and that they are welcome in places like rental housing and local businesses," Delcianna J. Winders, academic fellow in the Animal Law and Policy Program at Harvard Law School, told Wallet Hub. "More and more cities are adopting ordinances to ban the sale of commercially-bred pets and to require pet stores that want to feature animals to partner with local shelters. This is a hugely important step that helps consumers."

Orlando wasn’t only ranking highly on the overall list. It was near the top in most veterinarians, most pet businesses, most pet-friendly restaurants and most pet shelters. Miami also was ranked highly in terms of most pet businesses, with Tampa earning acclaim for most dog parks.

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Dog gets new legs after being attacked with sword

A dog in Thailand has been given two new legs. 

Cola was 9 months old when a man with a sword chopped off his legs, ABC in Australia reported. A neighbor of the owner punished the dog for chewing a pair of shoes.

The dog's owner offered his neighbor money to pay for the ruined shoes, but the neighbor came back that night with a sword. 

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The attacker said in court that it was an accident and was sent to detention for a month, according to news reports.

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The case was reported to Soi Dog Foundation, an animal welfare group in Asia, which helped save Cola's life.

Cola was fitted with a wheeled harness to help him get around as he healed. He also walked, or hopped, on his back legs. 

But new prosthetics help Cola run and play.

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Cola also found a new home. The foundation's owner John Dalley and his wife Gill have taken Cola into their home. Gill Dalley and Cola have something in common. She is also a double amputee after losing her legs when she contracted a rare bacteria while rescuing a dog from a flooded field in 2004, ABC reported.

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Rollerblade wheels and PVC give ‘Boo' the Dachshund a new lease on life

When Osceola Animal Services found Boo in June, his back legs were paralyzed and covered with sores, and his owner had confined the dog to a crate covered with a tarp.

The owner told deputies that Boo hadn’t walked in more than a year and had never been taken to a vet, Osceola County Animal Services said.

Eventually Boo’s owner surrendered him to Animal Services where he became “an example of what love and attention can do,” the department said.

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Feeling bad for the long-haired Dachshund mix, an intern with Animal Services’ Veterinary Assistant Program decided to do something about Boo’s mobility issues.

Getting some recommendations from a veterinarian, Sophia Vermeulen took some PVC pipe and rollerblade wheels and constructed Boo a cart and sling for his back legs.

Now, the little black pooch has become a fixture at Animal Services and can often be found in an inflatable pool with Vermeulen doing water therapy.

Considering Boo’s condition when he came to the shelter, seeing the two splashing and playing in the water is “something no one would have imagined a month ago,” Animal Services said in a release.

“The little guy has made amazing progress,” Animal Services director Kim Staton said. “All because of the passion of the staff and volunteers who work here.”

Vermeulen is currently fostering Boo.

Animal shelter out of cat food, asks for public's help

Three hundred cats at Seattle Humane need your help.

The non-profit shelter is in the middle of kitten season, and staff is asking for help getting food for all the cats and kittens for whom they’re trying to find homes.

As of Tuesday afternoon, their pet food bank was completely out of cat food.

“Ordering it is best,” Seattle Humane’s Marketing Communications Manager Jenna Pringle said. Using the Seattle Humane link through Amazon also gives the organization a portion of the overall sale, part of the Amazon Smile program, she said.

Use this link to order on Amazon. The shelter’s address for shipping is 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way in Bellevue, zip code 98005. People also can drop off food there.

This weekend, Seattle Humane is hosting Catapalooza, a two day discounted adoption event Saturday and Sunday at their Bellevue headquarters.

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“We have lots of kittens,” Pringle said. “But lots of times our older cats can be overlooked by the kittens.”

Older cats’ personalities are pretty well established, and they don’t always require as much attention as kittens, she said.

The Seattle Humane Pet Food Bank provides free pet food and supplies to low-income seniors and community members living with cancer or HIV/AIDS so they can keep their pets when they need them most.

The program currently serves more than 300 families in King County, staff said.

Through August 2, Seattle Humane adopted 3,515 cats and dogs in 2016.

WATCH: Man discovers family of bears in his home, freaks out

Rodney Ginn uploaded frightening footage from his home in Mammoth Lakes, California, to Facebook on Saturday.

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The video shows the moment a bear comes running through his home and climbs up the staircase.

“We have a bear inside of our house right now,” Ginn says in the viral video.

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You can hear the bear for a split second and then watch as Ginn runs away. Even though Ginn tries to flee, he doesn’t stop recording. You can see the bear run up the stairs. Luckily, Ginn was able to shut the door in time, avoiding the animal.

After hearing the bear leave, Ginn and his friend leave the room.

“Dude, I thought it was you,” Ginn said to the other man who was with him.

Ginn uploaded a photo to Facebook showing the bear and saying that two of her cubs joined the party, as well.

According to Ginn, the bear and her cubs managed to leave the house on their own through one of the doors of the house.

(h/t Mashable)

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WATCH: Toddler reads bedtime story to pit bulls in adorable viral video

An adorable video of a Kansas toddler reading a bedtime story to his two pit bulls has gone viral.

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According to KCTV, Jenna Bearde's rambunctious pit bulls, Ronnie and Macy, are full of energy – that is, until her 2-year-old son, River, reads to them and sends them to dreamland.

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“He started reading to them and it ended up being instant,” Bearde, a Spring Hill resident, told KCTV last week. “I pulled out the video camera and started shooting.”

The video, originally shared on Bearde's Facebook page for Ronnie, a rescue dog, has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times. 

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Man creates hilarious 'family dog contract'

Having a dog is a lot of responsibility, which parents often remind children before they get a family dog.

But one man wanted to make sure his family understood the commitment involved in getting a pet.

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Reluctant to let his children get the dog they were asking for, the dad created a "family dog contract."

The man posted the contract, which includes 13 rules to which each family member had to agree before getting a dog, on Reddit.

Some of the rules are standard, like making sure the animal goes to the bathroom in the side yard and keeping its nails clipped so it doesn't scratch the floor.

But some of the rules aren't ones that you might expect.

"Dad never has to pick up dog poop. Ever. The dog’s poop is picked up at least (three times) per week by children to Dad’s satisfaction," the contract says.

The contract also says: "The dog does not receive organic, gourmet or special diet dog food. All parties agree that plain old dog food is fine."

The document was signed by every member of the family.

In the comments where the picture was originally posted, the man updated the situation, saying that the family got a dog two weeks later and all the rules were followed.

"Everyone (including Dad) adores the dog, which has been a fantastic addition to (though not member of) our family," he wrote.

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