Ever wonder what your state dog is?
That's kind of a trick question. As it turns out most states don't have an official dog, The Cheat Sheet reports.
On 13 states have designated an official dog. In a 14th, Ohio, a bill is moving through the legislature to potentially make the laborador retriever the state dog.
State dogs range from the malamute in Alaska to the chinook in New Hampshire to the American Foxhound in Virginia.
Efforts have popped up in other states over the years to name official dogs, without success.
The publication notes: "It seems strange that every state hasn’t jumped on this bandwagon – especially considering how many people love dogs."
Brexit could mean a significant change for the pets of Great Britain, Quartz reports.
Currently, British pets can travel freely throughout the European Union on a European pet passport. About 300,000 of them do so each year, according to Quartz.
That will change after March 29, 2019, the day Britain leaves the European Union, unless a deal is first reached on terms of the departure.
If officials can't arrive at a deal, passports for British pets will no longer be valid for EU travel. The UK will be an "unlisted third country" and procedures for travel will be much more involved, with requirements for a blood sample and a health certificate.
People in Log Lane Village were already calling Danielle Lee Daniels whenever they had a problem with cats around their homes. Now, she’s taken the position full-time and started a shelter to deal with the dozens of feral cats.
“We just can’t keep them all,” Daniels joked. “I’ve always loved animals.”
Daniels drives 80 miles to the Dumb Friends League facility in Denver to have about a dozen cats spayed and neutered almost every single day. In the afternoon she picks up the cats, drives back to Log Lane Village and eventually releases them back into the town.
It’s the first time a consistent sterilization of strays in the history of the town. So far, Daniels has taken about 50 cats to get fixed.
“We decided to do TNR which is trap, neuter, and return. It’s proven to work better than just capturing cats and killing them because they keep the other cats from coming into the neighborhood, so it keeps the population down,” she said.
Daniels admits she didn’t know what she was getting herself into.
“Just kind of threw myself into it. Filed my paperwork and just kind of did it. It was just kind of trial and error,” she said about setting up a system to collect the cats, store them, and take them to a veterinarian.
“Doing it on a regular basis then we can get all the cats and keep control of the population. My goal is to have them all spayed and neutered,” Daniels said.
Now, she’s hoping this will lead to a bigger shelter for her organization Paws Helping Hands. So far neighbors have appreciated her effort.
“They seem to encourage it. They really like it. They’re happy to see somebody doing something,” Daniels said.
A Shawnee man is recovering from wounds suffered during a bizarre encounter with a defensive deer.
In a video on Facebook, the deer can be see charging, forcing Travis Hurst to try and hold the buck to avoid his sharp antlers.
Hurst was putting together a bonfire for his church on Wednesday night when a buck came out of the woods and straight up to them.
“He gets closer and closer and we're thinking, 'Well, we might feed him or something,'” said Hurst.
Then, the deer charged Hurst.
“He stabs my legs and stabs my arms and everything,” said Hurst. “He's wearing me smooth out and finally, I am able to let him go.”
After about five minutes, the deer eventually turned around and went back into the woods.
“He got the best of me,” said Hurst. “I think that he`s had some human contact because he wasn't afraid of us at all.”
Capt. Wade Farrar, with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife, agrees, saying the deer was likely hand raised by someone he isn't scared of humans.
Farrar says deer are in rut right now, meaning they're frisky and ready to fight.
“He's going to try to act like a big bad deer and if he thinks we are a threat, then he's going to treat us just like he would a big buck out in the woods,” said Farrar.
He says anytime you come across deer or any wildlife, it's best to leave it alone.
“Never a good idea at all,” said Farrar. “It's best to contact us and let us take care of it.”
Hurst says he learned a few lessons from this experience and hopes to never be in this dangerous position again.
“Not posing a threat to him,” said Hurst. “I might keep my hands down and I think that doing this caused him to charge me.”
Looking back and watching the video, Hurst says he's thankful his injuries aren't worse.
“I've had a lot of people call and check on me, ask me what happened because the video doesn't tell what happened but he's OK and I'm OK,” said Hurst.
A Utah man has become the state's first recorded rabies death in nearly three-quarters of a century. Gary Giles, 55, passed away on Sunday at the Intermountain Medical Center hospital in Murray, Utah, surrounded by his family, according to his obituary. Gary likely contracted rabies from bats that he and his widow, Juanita Giles, would allow to land on their hands and lick them, and even walk around in their beds.
'The bats never hurt us, and we were always catching them in our hands and releasing them outside because you hear all the time about how bats are good for the insect population, and you don’t want to hurt them,' Juanita told KSL.com.
Gary is the first person in Utah to pass away from rabies since 1944. A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family to help pay for Gary's medical expenses and funeral costs. Gary was taken off of life support on Sunday, after the effects of the rabies had left him with no brain activity for days. While about 7,000 cases of rabies in animals are reported to federal officials each year, human rabies is rare in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. With Gary's death this week, there have been only 56 cases diagnosed since 1990.
The CDC recommends immediately undergoing rabies treatment if you're bit by a rabid animal, rather than waiting for symptoms to show up, which may take days, months, or even up to one year. Rabies can also be transmitted through saliva, which was likely the case for Gary. If left untreated, rabies can cause pain, fatigue, headaches, fever, and irritability, followed by seizures, hallucinations, and paralysis. Gary's rabies infection first presented as intense back and neck pain, so he went to the emergency room, where he was diagnosed with a likely pulled muscle.
Those symptoms quickly progressed to numbness and tingling in his arms, followed by muscle spasms, seizures, and delusional behavior, according to the GoFundMe campaign page. Human rabies is almost always fatal, with death occurring within days of these types of advanced symptoms. The CDC recommends vaccination immediately upon potential exposure, rather than waiting for any sort of rabies symptoms to develop.
'A person who is exposed and has never been vaccinated against rabies should get four doses of rabies vaccine – one dose right away, and additional doses on the third, seventh, and fourteenth days. They should also get another shot called Rabies Immune Globulin at the same time as the first dose,' the CDC said. 'A person who has been previously vaccinated should get two doses of rabies vaccine – one right away and another on the third day. Rabies Immune Globulin is not needed.'
Animals exhibiting characteristics of being infected with rabies may be either acting hostile and aggressive, or tame and easily approachable, according to the CDC. Animals infected with rabies, like raccoons and bats - which are the most common source of human infection - may also appear to be foaming at the mouth, as the disease causes excessive saliva production. So far, the state of Utah has returned 14 positive tests from bats for rabies. The annual average is 25.
‘If you find yourself near a bat, dead or alive, do not touch, hit or kill it,' state epidemiologist Dallin Peterson told the Salt Lake Tribune. ----------------------------------------------------------------------
Two St. Francis Catholic High School teachers were transported to the hospital Thursday morning after being exposed to fumes from containers storing dead cats preserved in formaldehyde.
Sacramento firefighters responded at about 10 a.m. to a 911 call about a suspected gas leak at the East Sacramento school, said fire department spokesman Capt. Keith Wade.
Wade said there were reports of an “unpleasant smell.”
Along with the teachers, nine students were assessed by first responders, who determined they did not require further treatment, said Wade.
Kevin Eckery, spokesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento, said the teachers were taken to the hospital out of “an abundance of caution,” and no update on their condition was immediately available.
Pacific Gas and Electric technicians investigated the school and discovered the preserved cats were the source of the smell, Wade said. The containers, stored in a lab, became warm because they were near a heater, increasing the odor of the formaldehyde, Wade said.
The cats are used for dissections in a biology class, said Eckery.
Exposure to formaldehyde can cause watery eyes; a burning sensation in the eyes, nose, and throat; coughing or wheezing; nausea; and skin irritation, according to the National Cancer Institute.
By 11:30 a.m. classes were back in session, though some parents had picked up their kids early, Wade said.