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Oldest chimp at Kansas City Zoo dies at 55

The oldest chimpanzee at the Kansas City Zoo died Friday, WDAF reported. She was 55.

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Blackie, a mother of eight, a grandmother and a fixture at the zoo since arriving in 1966, was euthanized Friday, the Kansas City Star reported.

“It is with great sadness that we report that one of the Zoo’s beloved chimpanzees ... passed away Friday,” the zoo reported Monday in a news release.

The average life expectancy of a chimpanzee in captivity is 37, the Star reported. Blackie was euthanized “due to her declining health,” according to the zoo’s news release.

Blackie was born in Africa. The zoo’s oldest chimp now is Lucy, 31, born in July 1987.

“Her devoted human caregivers will especially remember Blackie for her feisty but sweet personality,” the zoo said in its release. “She loved snow and bubble baths and was a favorite of the zookeepers who worked with her. She will be deeply missed.”

Houston firefighters rescue horse from septic hole

Firefighters in Houston rescued a horse stuck inside a septic hole near Texas Southern University on Sunday afternoon, KHOU reported.

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The black horse was stuck in a 6-by-6 hole filled with muddy water when firefighters found it, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Firefighters worked for more than an hour to rescue the horse, which has been left in the custody of animal control, according to KHOU. As crews worked, the horse’s owner arrived and became belligerent with emergency responders, KPRC reported. The Houston Police Department was called and the man was arrested, the television station reported.

New Jersey police rescue dachshund trapped in pipe for 20 hours

A dog that chased a rabbit into a drainage pipe was rescued after a hairy, 20-hour ordeal, NJ.com reported.

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Khaleesi, a miniature long-haired female dachshund mix, was rescued by Secaucus firefighters shortly after noon Sunday, News12 New Jersey reported. The dog became stuck in the pipe around 5 p.m. after chasing the rabbit in a Secaucus park, according to Kristie Ann Ramos and Emilio Ramos, the animal’s owners.

“We had to dig around the pipe a good 6 feet, and at that point we were breaking the pipe little by little, using caution of course for the dog, cause the dog's tail was sticking out,” Capt. Guido Bravo, of the Secaucus Fire Department,told the television station.

Firefighters were unable to free the dog Saturday night and returned Sunday, NJ.com reported.

Officials were able to locate Khaleesi because she was wearing a transmitter collar, WNBC reported.

"Once I got near, I started hearing her bark," Emilio Ramos told the television station. 

“After a while, that bark turned into a crying noise."

After responders cut away several feet of pipe, they were able to rescue the dog, who was shivering but unhurt.

“Those men are incredible. … I was so grateful that’s she’s not hurt,” Emilio Ramos told WCBS

“It’s a really happy ending. It’s a good ending, that’s what it’s about,” Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli told the television station.

Deer wanders into Fort Worth children's clinic

Workers at a children’s urgent care clinic in Texas were startled when a deer walked into the facility, WFAA reported.

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The 2-year-old buck wandered into the Cook Children’s facility in Fort Worth on Nov. 10, the television station reported.

"I guess he came in through the back ambulance bay," Christina Williams, a registered nurse at the clinic, told WFAA

The animal apparently hit the glass outside the facility, triggering the automatic doors, the Dallas Morning News reported.

"He came down the hallway and just kind of slid in the room," Beverly McCoy. McCoy, an X-ray technician, told WFAA

McCoy told the television station that she was with a child when she heard a loud noise outside. When she looked in the hallway, the deer was into an empty exam room after breaking off its antlers.

"He was pretty good sized," McCoy told WFAA. "I've seen them out on a farm but never in a city like this." 

The staff called animal services, which tranquilized the animal and put it on a stretcher. They released the deer after it woke up.

Williams joked that the deer might have been looking for a doctor, particularly after breaking his antlers.

"It's possible, but he didn't register," she told WFAA.

Dog steps on drug needle in Milwaukee neighborhood

A Wisconsin woman walking her dog Tuesday morning had to remove a drug syringe from the animal’s paw when he stepped on it, WISN reported.

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Christina Lawrence and her fiance were walking Jack Daniels, a chocolate lab-golden retriever, when the dog yelped, the television station reported.

"Walking around daily, you see caps (to needles) lying in the road and stuff like that, needles themselves" Kodi Lillie told WISN. "You go up and down 13th (Street) and you see them all over the place."

"It hurts. He's my baby," Lawrence told the television station. "So, I'm just wanting to warn everybody, parents especially."

Veterinarians told WISN that if a dog steps on a sharp object like a needle, make sure the animal gets medical attention. Pet owners also should monitor swelling and watch for infection, the television station reported.

What $17,000 Means to Furkids

We are in the final stretch of the Give Atlanta challenge! The challenge ends tomorrow, Friday November 16th, at 11:59 p.m. That means we have a little less than 36 hours left to raise $14,000 and secure the $17,000 grand prize. 

 

What exactly would winning this prize mean for Furkids? It's more than just a number - each and every one of those 17,000 dollars equals more lives saved. For example:   

  • We spend $175-200 on initial vetting for each dog or cat we bring in. $17,000 would cover the intake of 85 new aniamls. 
  • The average amount of time a dog spends in our care is a little less than one month. A month of care costs us about $50, so $17,000 would cover the care of 340 dogs.
  • Some of our cats, including our FIV+, FeLV, and seniors, take a little extra time to find their perfect forever home. It takes $600 to keep an animal fed and taken care of for an entire year, so $17,000 would cover a full year of care for 28 of our special, long-term residents. 
  This is the impact you can have by participating in the Give Atlanta Challenge! Not only will your personal donation go directly towards saving more lives, but you are also helping us secure the $17,000 grand prize that will help even more cats and dogs.  

Please click here to make a donation and follow along in the last hours of the challenge. Thank you for helping us!

Men rescue shivering horse in backyard pool hiding from Camp Fire

Two California men helped save a horse he found tangled in a backyard pool while trying to find a safe spot as the Camp Fire raged through the city, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

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Jeff Hill of Paradise was checking on a neighbor’s house Saturday when he found the horse, shivering and tangled in a pool cover.

"There's no telling how long she was there but she was shivering uncontrollably," Hill wrote on Facebook. "She was all caught up in the pool cover but her being suspended by it prevented her from drowning."

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Hill added in his post that he and a friend unhooked the pool cover and guided the horse out of the shallow end of the pool.

When the horse scrambled out of the pool, it “loved on us for a few minutes as a thank you," Hill wrote.

>> Sandra Bullock donates $100,000 to help animals impacted

Hill and his friend called for help and waited for authorities to escort the horse out of the fire zone, CNN reported.

Tennessee boy reunited with rare dog that was stolen during walk

A Tennessee boy has been reunited with his dog two days after it was stolen while they were walking in a Shelby County neighborhood.

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Shelby County officials said the 12-year-old boy was walking the white American bulldog, Diamond, on Sunday when someone assaulted him and took off with the dog. 

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The boy's father, John Black, told WHBQ in Memphis that a man in a Chrysler PT Cruiser "pushed my son down, grabbed the leash, took the dog and drove off."

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Black said he got the expensive, rare dog from a Sacramento, California, breeder in September for his son.

Black's Facebook post about the theft quickly went viral, with more than 34,000 shares.

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After sharing the story, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office announced on Tuesday that a woman dropped off the stolen dog at the Ridgeway precinct. 

Police said no arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing. 

Read more here.

Houston athletes help neighbors rescue puppies from storm drain

Major-league pitcher Daniel Mengden and Ironman competitor Rick D’Amico helped rescue two puppies that had been trapped in a Houston storm drain for several days, KHOU reported.

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The two athletes were helping a group called Reggie's Friends to retrieve the pups, KPRC reported. LaChrystal Ricke, who runs Reggie’s Friends, said she had been unsuccessfully trying to round up a pregnant dog before she gave birth to a litter of eight. Over three weeks, Ricke said rescuers were able to rescue the mother and six of her puppies, but two had strayed, the television station reported.

Residents could hear the two puppies barking in a storm drain, and on Monday the Houston Fire Department opened a manhole cover to allow rescuers to find the dogs, KTRK reported.

"We could hear them crying so we knew they were still alive," D'Amico told KHOU.

"You know they're hungry. You know they're potentially hurt because they fell a great distance," Ricke told the television station. "No food, no clean water, and it's really hard."

D'Amico and Mengden put a ladder into the sewer water to lure the pups to safety. .

"I was whistling to them and they kept yelling and barking. Finally, it just got louder and louder and louder," Mengden, a pitcher for the Oakland Athletics and a Houston native, told KHOU. "One of them kind of put up a fight. It was biting at us and stuff. It was just scared.”

The dogs were taken to a veterinarian to ensure they were healthy.

Mengden said he and his girlfriend were going to adopt the two puppies, KHOU reported.

Boy pushed to ground, rare dog stolen during walk in Tennessee neighborhood

A Tennessee father is angry after someone allegedly assaulted his son while the boy was walking his dog.

The father also told WHBQ in Memphis that the person stole his son’s rare dog.

John Black said someone assaulted his son, Brandon, while walking his white American bulldog, Diamond, in the 7000 block of Hedgington in Shelby County.

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The 12-year-old told Black that before he could make it back home, a man in a Chrysler PT Cruiser "pushed my son down, grabbed the leash, took the dog and drove off,” Black said.

Black said he got the expensive, rare dog from a Sacramento, California, breeder in September for his son.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office confirmed it is investigating the incident.

Officials could not release any other information regarding this incident. 

"I'm glad Brandon didn't fight back,” Black said.

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Black said he’s hopeful his son will get his dog back.

He said the obvious blue patch on the left side of the dog’s face will help people identify the dog.

"I've already had one young lady inbox me and tell me they saw the dog in Millington. So he could be in that area,” Black said.

Black said he is encouraging whoever is in possession of the dog to bring in to the vet.

If you have any information regarding the dog's whereabouts, call the Sheriff's Office at 901-222-5600 or 901-379-7625.

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