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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.

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.

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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. 

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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.

Texas pet shelter gets food donations from community 

A Texas animal services company got some paw-sitive news this week, KSAT reported.

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San Antonio Animal Care Services announced last week that it had just nine bags of dog food in its pantry, the television station reported. Since then, the nonprofit group had more than 8,000 pounds of pet food donated within 24 hours, KSAT reported.

The pantry was part of the shelter’s Furst Responders Team, the television station reported. 

"Your donations have allowed our Pet Pantry program to keep running strong and help pets in need," officials wrote in a Facebook post. "Thank you for helping us make a pawsitive difference. Seeing your support encourages our continued commitment to help animals in need."

You can join the Furst Responders team here. People who want to donate pet food and other supplies can check the shelter’s Amazon Wish List.


Oklahoma town reeling after barn fire kills high school FFA's animals

An Oklahoma community devastated by a fire that killed five animals at a barn used by a high school agriculture club is receiving nationwide donations and support, KFOR reported.

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The animals in the barn near Cashion High School -- three show hogs, a goat and a sheep -- were killed Saturday afternoon when an electrical fire gutted the older structure used by the school’s FFA chapter, The Oklahoman reported.

Firefighters were able to put out the fire within 10 minutes, but the animals died of smoke inhalation, Cashion Fire Chief Michael Henry told The Oklahoman.

"It was just heartbreaking to see and know that you could do nothing. You just had to sit by and watch this building burn and there was nothing that you could do," Cashion High School FFA President Keegan Hertensen told KFOR.

Hertensen, 17, a senior, lost Eleanor, her show hog Eleanor, that had placed fifth at the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, in June and second at the Kingfisher County Fair in August, The Oklahoman reported.

"It was really hard to lose her because I had grown so attached to her. I had had her for so many months," Hertensen told the newspaper.

Hertensen said she was at her home, located a few miles away from the barn, when the fire broke out around 3:20 p.m. Saturday.

"I didn't even analyze what was going on. So many things were running through my head," Hertensen told KFOR.

Stephanie Payne, the high school’s agriculture instructor, said her students are still in shock.

"You think that`s never going to happen, it's fine, and then it happens and it's devastating," Payne told KFOR. "We took a day and we grieved and now we are going to pick ourselves back up and we're going to figure out what the next steps are.”

News of the fire spread quickly on social media, and donations already have been pouring in, the television station reported. Hertensen told the television station she has received an offer from someone to replace her goat and sheep.

"It's so amazing to see the support that everybody has given us," Hertensen told KFOR. "It shows that there's still good in this world and it shows that one little chapter, even if something happens, this whole organization has our back and it’s so comforting."

Cashion Public Schools will be accepting donations, the Cashion Fire Department said on its Facebook page. They can be made at the main office of the school at 101 N. Euclid St., Cashion, Oklahoma 73016 during normal hours or at the Cashion Bank in reference to Cashion FFA, the fire department wrote.

Owner has emotional reunion with dog that was missing for more than a year

A Massachusetts pet owner was emotionally reunited with her dog after more than a year apart.

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The owner, Cheryl Kelly, had adopted the 7-pound terrier mix named Carl from the MSPCA Adoption Center in Jamaica Plain in 2007.

Then, the journey came full circle when she took home the dog from the same location Thursday.

Carl had gone missing more than a year ago, and was nervous and groggy before the reunion after coming out of anesthesia. 

Meanwhile, Kelly had feared the day for a reunion would never come. Then, she was able to walk toward her beloved pup Thursday and embrace him for the first time in far too long.

"Oh my God, Carl!" Kelly said when they reunited. 

Carl went missing in July 2017 when he was 14 years old, and Kelly and her friends posted flyers, knocked on doors and filed lost dog reports as they searched for Kelly's missing companion.

"It's unreal," said Kelly's friend, Shamus Moynihan. "I mean, a year-and-a-half ago, he went missing. After a while, you still want to have hope, but a year and a half is a long time."

They had hope during their search at first, but so much time had passed.

"I missed you so much," said Kelly's friend, Bethany McIvor. "I never thought this would happen."

With his ears cleaned and his matted fur shaved, Carl is healthy and very happy to be back home.

"I just wanted to know where he'd been and what he'd seen," McIvor said. "If he could only talk and tell us where he was for a year and a half."

The reunion was made possible after someone found Carl on the street, decided to keep him and brought him into the Jamaica Plain MSPCA's clinic Thursday for a neuter and grooming. Staff quickly realized Carl, who had been microchipped, belonged to someone else.

"This is the first dog that I can think of that we’ve had come in for an appointment, and then be able to reunite them with somebody who had been looking for them for so long," Anna Rafferty-Fore, associate director of the MSPCA Boston Adoption Center, said.

After all of this time, Kelly knows how lucky she is to have Carl back in her life. 

"I'm going play my numbers later," Kelly said.

Though Carl is going home to be nurtured and spoiled, he'll be sharing the attention with a new addition from the last 17 months.

"I had a baby," Kelly said. "Carl hasn't met the baby yet. We'll see how that goes." 

Texas company will pay $100 an hour to pet puppies

Here’s another reason to cherish man’s best friend.

A Texas company is looking for people to pet puppies for $100 per hour.

You read that right. 

MUTTS Canine Cantina, a pup-friendly restaurant, bar and dog park, announced plans for its first “Puptern” for its new location in Fort Worth, the company announced on its Instagram page.

“Do you have what it takes to be the first-ever MUTTS Puptern at our brand new location in Fort Worth?” the company asked.

To apply, post a photo or video by Nov. 12 that displays your skills at petting puppies. The company suggests using the hashtag #MUTTSpuptern or @muttscantina.

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