Visit North Carolina is seeking a dog to help tell the world about the state’s best travel destinations.
The lucky canine will be the state’s first Dog Travel Agent.
The search began on National Dog Day (Aug. 26), when North Carolina dogs and their humans were invited to submit a one-minute application video at DogTravelAgent.com, according to public relations and advertising agency LGA, which partnered with Visit North Carolina for the campaign.
The recruitment effort runs through tomorrow.
The campaign “was inspired by the insight that most dog-focused content is created by and for people, not their pupper pals,” according to LGA.
Dog Travel Agent will produce and curate dog-friendly travel content showcasing the state’s beaches, national parks, cities and outdoor activities, along with information such as where to stay, what to eat and how to get around. Dog influencer visits and in-market activations are also in the works.
Here are the benefits of the job, according to Visit North Carolina:
- A travel stipend to help your hooman buy more of those souvenir stuffies that keep exploding.
- Four sight-sniffing trips to hike mountains, explore parks and bite waves all across North Carolina.
- Be your own pupparazzi with a GoPro camera and harness just for you.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert denied giving 2018 Triple Crown winning horse Justify a banned substance that caused a positive test prior to last year’s Kentucky Derby and blamed the result on contaminated food.
Baffert said Thursday that he “unequivocally” rejects the implication he’d give Justify or any other horse scopolamine, which the colt tested positive for after winning the Santa Anita Derby in April 2018.
The New York Times reported Justify tested positive for the substance and that the California Horse Racing Board did not adequately investigate the matter. Justify was allowed to continue racing and won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes to become the 13th Triple Crown winner in history.California Horse Racing Board equine medical director Rick Arthur told the AP that the amount of scopolamine in Justify’s blood was “minuscule” and that he recommended based on his findings that the case not be prosecuted. Scopolamine, also known as hyoscine, can be used to treat motion sickness in humans and in limited equine cases can relieve intestinal spasms, though it can be toxic to horses.
Scopolamine, which has been nationally downgraded from a class 3 to a class 4 level substance in horse racing, can come from jimson weed that grows wild in California. “Neither Churchill Downs nor the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission had knowledge of any potential positive tests that may have emanated from California in advance of the 2018 Kentucky Derby,” Churchill Downs Racetrack President Kevin Flanery said. “We do know that all pre- and post-race tests for 2018 Kentucky Derby participants came back clean, including Justify.”
New York State Gaming Commission director of communications Brad Maione told the AP all of Justify’s blood and urine samples tested by the New York Equine Drug Testing and Research Laboratory at the Belmont Stakes came back clear “with no evidence of impermissible medication.” Veterinary records from the 2018 Belmont showed Justify was treated orally for dehydration the day before the race.
A vegan activist who smeared fake blood over a McDonald's in Brighton has been convicted of criminal damage. Dylan Roffey, 24, wore a pig's mask as she protested at the fast food restaurant on 18 May against the slaughter of animals.
She was one of about 20 protesters who "overwhelmed" security when they entered the premises holding signs and chanting through a megaphone. Wearing a t-shirt which said 'meat the victims', the actress claimed in court that her actions were legal because she was trying to save animals from slaughter.
Roffey said the "blood" was a "completely edible" mixture of flour and food dye and said she used it to highlight the plight of animals she claimed were being "murdered". Her defence was rejected by magistrates in Brighton and she was found guilty of criminal damage.
However she was cleared of obstructing a police officer, with district judge Amanda Kelly saying she was "not sure" the officer used reasonable force. Robert Frost, assistant manager at the Brighton McDonald's, told the court that between 10 to 20 protesters arrived at about 7.30pm. He said: "They overwhelmed security.
"One of them had a loudspeaker chanting slogans about how there are animals being killed and they began throwing red paint, to show blood, across the premises. "Some of the customers were quite upset." He said he called police and some protesters left, but one woman refused to. He said he saw officers pull her up and take her outside. Roffey, 24, told Brighton Magistrates' Court she wanted to highlight the "murder" of animals by McDonald's during the protest.
Of her motivation she said: "To raise awareness of what McDonald's is doing to animals and to save the lives of animals by being there and stopping the sale of their bodies.
"By raising awareness through what we were saying, changing people's minds and secondly every sale that they do not make results in less animals being murdered." She added: "I wasn't intentionally trying to damage anything."
Her solicitor said Roffey had made sure to smear the blood in places that would normally have been cleaned. Sentencing Roffey, Judge Kelly said: "Not withstanding the fact that the mixture was flour, water and food dye... the damage need not be permanent in order to be criminal. "I am absolutely sure that Miss Roffey intended that damage.
"I find that Miss Roffey's purposes was to raise awareness and attract publicity for her cause but that these purposes are too far removed from providing the animals' immediate protection. "I have a lot of respect for a young woman with strong principles which you clearly do but this is not the way to go about it."
A Lakewood Colorado man filed a federal lawsuit Friday against the Lakewood Police Department alleging a police K9 "viciously attacked and nearly killed" him last year.
Spencer Erickson's lawsuit claims the police dog bit his neck repeatedly leaving him with deep and potentially fatal cuts near his jugular vein.
"If these would have been mere millimeters deeper, Mr. Erickson would be dead," suggested the lawsuit.
Lakewood Police responded to an apartment on W. Hampden Ave. on September 21, 2018, after receiving a 911 call from Erickson's roommate.
"She told them that Mr. Erickson, who had been her roommate for three months, had created a hole in the attic and was possibly in the crawlspace," according to the lawsuit.
She also reported, "he had consumed some vodka and that he may have smoked marijuana at some point in the previous three hours."
Erickson was 25-years-old at the time and had three outstanding arrest warrants for DUI and criminal mischief cases.
Six Lakewood officers and a K9 responded to the scene, the lawsuit says.
After trying to call Erickson on his cell phone and ordering him to "come out with his hands up," the lawsuit suggests the Lakewood police officers decided to let the K9 search for Erickson in the apartment.
The lawsuit alleges the dog used that night had previously bit a Lakewood Police officer leaving the officer "out of work for a month."
The Trump administration is moving forward with a plan to revoke California’s authority to set its own vehicle greenhouse gas standards and declare that states are pre-empted from setting their own vehicle rules, three people briefed on the matter said on Thursday.
President Donald Trump met with senior officials on Thursday at the White House to discuss the administration’s plan to divide its August 2018 proposal to rollback Obama era standards through 2025 and revoke California’s waiver under the Clean Air Act to set state requirements for vehicles, the people said.
The meeting included Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow, Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and acting Office and Management and Budget director Russell Vought, the sources said. The White House and the agencies declined to comment.
On Tuesday, Wheeler told reporters the administration had not made a final decision to divide the rule into two parts. Following the meeting, sources said the administration plans to move ahead in coming weeks to divide the final regulation and finalize first the portion dealing with preempting states before issuing the new yearly standards.
The EPA in August 2018 proposed revoking a waiver granted to California in 2013 under the Clean Air Act as part of the Trump administration’s plan to roll back Obama-era fuel economy standards.
Under Trump, federal regulators backed freezing emissions requirements for new cars and trucks at 2020 levels through 2026. Administration officials say its final regulation will include a modest boost in annual efficiency requirements but far less than what the Obama administration set in 2012.
The Obama-era rules called for a fleetwide fuel efficiency average of 46.7 mpg by 2025, with average annual increases of about 5%, compared with 37 mpg by 2026 under the Trump administration’s preferred option to freeze requirements.
Last week, Reuters and other news outlets reported the U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether the decision of four automakers in July to reach a voluntary agreement with California to adopt state emissions standards violated antitrust law.
Ford Motor Co, BMW AG, Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) and Honda Motor Co struck a deal to adopt standards that were lower than Obama era rules but higher than the Trump administration’s 2018 proposal.
Swarms of dragonflies are taking over several western Pennsylvania communities and have even showed up on weather radar.
KDKA reports that meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Cleveland spotted an unusually large blob on their radar earlier this week. It turned out to be dragonflies.
Entomologists say the swarms of dragonflies are quite common, and usually happen when they are migrating south to find warmer weather as winter approaches.
The swarms have also been reported in Indiana, Ohio and Virginia.
A lightning bolt has killed 23 cows after it hit one and then traveled along a metal fence the others were standing next to.
Disturbing footage shows the animals, which have scorch marks on their stomachs, lying in a row on a farm in Texas after a thunderstorm.
Rancher Bobby Woody III said it was one of the 'wildest and craziest' things he had ever witnessed.
'When the lightning hit, it had such strong voltage, it basically jolted one cow in the middle of the field,' Woody wrote on Facebook.
Bobby Woody III said he made the grim discovery on his farm outside Annona in Red River County a few days after the storm had passed.
The video shows the bloated cows' carcasses covered in flies, some with their legs sticking up into the air.
The camera then pans to show a row of bodies lined up by a fence.
A Rutland County farmer is living a nightmare after discovering last Sunday that 13 of her meat goats were gone and seven were found dead. But just what killed the animals remains a mystery.
A Vermont Fish and Wildlife biologist visited Falkenbury Farm in Benson Tuesday but was unsuccessful finding tracks from the predator. The farm's Jacki Ambrozaitis says seven of the goats were found dead Thursday but that six remain missing.
The dead goats had bite marks on their heads and broken necks but otherwise were completely intact. Wildlife officials say if the goats were killed by a cat, they would have scratch marks, but there are no scratches. And because their bodies are intact, the hunter wasn't looking for food.
Vermont Game Warden Lt. Justin Stedman says that makes domestic dogs the likely suspect. "It's like your house cat playing with a ball of yarn. To them, it's like they're playing, so they go out and things run, so they grab it and they shake it and it dies and then they go chase the next one," he said.
But the warden isn't sure because some of the dead goats were large. Vermont Game Warden Spc. Robert Sterling says a dog or a wild coyote could be the killer. "We don't know for sure if it was domestic or wild, however the indications from the animals that I've seen leads towards it could be a wild coyote," he said.
State wildlife officials granted the family permission to set traps out of trapping season to hopefully catch the predator. "They'll use a foot-hold style trap so if the animal turned out to not be a wild animal, that it wouldn't harm it, it would simply be able to be identified so they could find the animal that might be damaging the property and then it would safely be released," Sterling said.
As for the six missing goats, officials say they were either killed and eaten or ran off. "If anyone were to see some goats roaming around, definitely call the state police in New Haven, or call fish and wildlife, or if you know the farmer -- they're from the area -- to call them," Lt. Stedman said.
Ambrozaitis says there is one neighbor with a dog who walks by, but it's always on a leash. Other neighbors know their dogs are not welcome on the farm.