Goose the puppy has found his wingman; now, he needs a way to get home.
According to Guardians of Rescue, an animal welfare nonprofit, Staff Sgt. Corey recently met Goose while deployed overseas. Several soldiers found the stray puppy whimpering, stuck in a drain, and decided to rescue the scared dog and bring him to Staff Sgt. Corey. The soldier and pet instantly fell in love, and now Staff Sgt. Corey is determined to bring the dog to his family and home in Kentucky.
"I never thought I would try to rescue a life 5,000 miles away from home, but I am glad I did," Staff Sgt. Corey said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.
Staff Sgt. Corey is working with Guardians of Rescue to get Goose to the U.S. to meet his wife and son. Unfortunately, the steps required to transport a pet overseas safely are costly and complicated, so the nonprofit is helping the soldier raise money for Goose's trip while also covering the logistics and veterinary care needed to move the pet to the U.S.
"I know my family is excited to meet him and their happiness and peace is my priority," Staff Sgt. Corey added. "I know Goose will make them smile while I am away and be such a source of joy when I return home. I am so grateful for Guardians of Rescue and everyone who is willing to help get Goose home."
A rabid fox attacked two people in separate incidents in an Eastern North Carolina county, health officials said. Brunswick County Health Services said in a news release, that a fox believed to have attacked two people in the western part of the county tested positive for rabies after being captured and euthanized.
Both people who were attacked are “receiving the necessary rabies vaccinations,” officials said.
“Health Services and the Animal Protective Services division at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are working together to investigate the incidents and inform the community about proactive safety steps they can take wherever they live in the county,” the release said.
Both are common across all 100 counties, according to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, but only the gray fox is native to the state. Sightings of the animals have become more common because of the “abundance of food and den sites available to foxes in suburban environments.”
Fox attacks on people are rare, the commission says.
But “any mammal can transmit rabies,” and health officials recommend taking steps to protect yourself and pets from “potentially rabid animals:”
▪ Keep pets up to date on their rabies vaccinations. In North Carolina, pet dogs, cats and ferrets are required by law to be vaccinated when they are 4 months old.
▪ Supervise pets and keep them on a leash when outside.
▪ Do not feed pets outside, as it attracts wildlife.
▪ Do not feed wild animals.
▪ Keep garbage cans secure with wildlife-proof lids.
▪ Leave young wildlife alone and contact a professional if “you find a juvenile animal that appears to need help.”
If bitten or scratched by an animal that could have rabies, health officials say to “clean the wound well with soap and running water for 15 minutes and contact your doctor.” Your doctor will decide if you need rabies vaccinations.
“Do not try to catch any wild animal that bites or scratches you. Call animal control immediately to capture the animal for rabies testing,” officials say. “If the animal is someone’s pet, get the owner’s name and address and provide them to the animal control officer.”
A dog named Mr. Happy Face is the new “world’s ugliest dog.”
The dog won the not-so-serious competition at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, CA, HuffPost reports.
Mr. Happy Face was adopted in August at age 17 by Janeda Banelly in Arizona.
In a contest bio, Banelly explained that the dog “needed a second chance and deserved to be loved.” When she first met him, he was “the happiest creature that I had ever met.”
Banelly added: “I believe that this humble soul is … an example, in subtle ways, to help humans realize that even old dogs need love and a family too.”
Check out Mr. Happy Face at : www.sonoma-marinfair.org
Trumpet, a bloodhound from Illinois, has won Best in Show at the 146th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog.
He’s the first bloodhound to win the honor, CBS News reports.
Heather Helmer, co-owner of Trumpet, said she was “shocked” by the win, according to The Associated Press.
“Sometimes I feel the bloodhound is a bit of an underdog,” she said.
Taking second place was, a French bulldog. Winston has a celebrity connection in that his co-owner is Morgan Fox, an NFL defensive lineman.
Over 3,000 dogs participated in the competition.
Check out more at www.westminsterkennelclub.org
Bond has been set for “Tiger King” star Bhagavan “Doc” Antle on charges he laundered more than half a million dollars, money federal prosecutors have said that he believed to be the proceeds of an operation to smuggle people across the Mexican border into the United States. A federal judge in Florence, South Carolina, on Monday set a $250,000 secured bond after which Antle will be confined to his 50-acre (20-hectare) wildlife tropical preserve in Socastee, outside Myrtle Beach. Prosecutors had argued in court filings that Antle should remain in custody prior to his trial because he is a flight risk, noting his “significant financial resources” and “contacts that know how to make false identification documents.”
Arguing for his release, Antle’s attorneys said the 62-year-old has no prior convictions and suffers from an irregular heartbeat and high blood pressure, “which can exacerbate the symptoms of COVID-19 should Antle contract the disease while he is incarcerated.” Charges against Antle and Andrew Jon Sawyer, one of Antle’s employees at Myrtle Beach Safari, were revealed during a federal court hearing earlier this month.
According to federal prosecutors, Antle and Sawyer laundered $505,000 over a four-month period by doling out checks from businesses they controlled, receiving a 15% fee of the money that passed through their hands. The checks, prosecutors allege, falsely purported to be payment for construction work at Myrtle Beach Safari but were in reality intended to serve as evidence that the recipients had legitimate income.
According to a federal complaint, Antle discussed his plan to conceal the cash he received by inflating tourist numbers at his wildlife preserve. Prosecutors also said he had previously used bulk cash receipts to purchase animals for which he could not use checks. According to authorities, Antle and Sawyer each face a maximum of 20 years in federal prison if convicted. Sawyer was released earlier this month on $100,000 bond, according to court records.
Antle is featured prominently in “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” a 2020 Netflix documentary miniseries that focused on tiger breeders and private zoo operators in the U.S. The series focused heavily on Oklahoma zoo operator Joe Exotic, who also was targeted for animal mistreatment and was convicted in a plot to kill a rival, Carole Baskin. Animal rights advocates have accused Antle of mistreating lions and other wildlife. He faces multiple charges in Virginia, including animal cruelty, wildlife trafficking and 13 misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to violate the Endangered Species Act.
Federal prosecutors said Antle was on bond for those state charges when he committed his alleged crimes in South Carolina. In May, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals asked the IRS to probe Antle’s Rare Species Fund, a nonprofit raising money for wildlife conservation. PETA alleges he uses some of the fund’s money to subsidize his safari site. In a statement Monday, Michelle Sinnott, associate director of PETA’s Captive Animal Law Enforcement Division, said that a federal agent who testified at Antle’s detention hearing “made it clear that additional federal charges are expected within the month.”
Antle has a history of recorded violations, going as far back as 1989, when he was fined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for abandoning deer and peacocks at his zoo in Virginia. Over the years, he has had more than 35 USDA violations for mistreating animals.
Deadly bufo toads in Florida are causing problems for pets in Florida, WPTV reports.
The toads, which are not native to the state, are showing up in increasing numbers, said Jeannine Tilford, owner of toad removal company Toad Busters.
“It takes one toad to kill your dog,” she said, “so it’s important that … everybody understands that these guys live here. We can just help reduce the numbers.”
The toxin that the grayish brown toads produce can be fatal when consumed by dogs, WPTV reports. Among the symptoms are “dilated eyes, heavy panting and red gums.”
Giant African land snails, referred to by the Florida Department of Agriculture (FDACS) as "one of the most invasive species on the planet," have been found near New Port Richey in Pasco County, and now a significant portion of the area is under a quarantine.
Reports of the invasive snail first appeared on June 21. The snails were soon found near New Port Richey two days later, sending Pasco's southwestern corner into treatment and quarantine to prevent the snails from spreading.
According to FDACS, the quarantine area starts "at the northwest corner of U.S. Highway 19 and Ridge Road. Proceed east on Ridge Road, south on Little Road, west on Trouble Creek Road, north on U.S. Highway 19."
Treatment of the area has begun, wherein FDACS's Division of Plant Industry are treating the quarantined properties with a metaldehyde-based molluscicide.
During this time, it is unlawful to transport an African land snail, or any yard waste, debris, compost or building materials through the quarantined area without a compliance agreement.
According to the state department's pest alert, the snails can grow up to eight inches and can cause environmental and agricultural damage "wherever it is found," as the hardy mollusk can feed on over 500 varieties of plants, including stucco and paint found on home foundations.
Notably, the snails also pose a risk to humans, and carry the parasite rat lungworm, known to cause meningitis. The alert advises against handling the snails "without proper protection and sanitation."
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the snails have been identified in southern Florida once in the 1969, eradicated in 1975, and again in 2011, eradicated in 2021 — both times, it took millions of dollars address the issue.
What makes these snails so hard to stop? The snails reproduce quickly and can at just four months, are able to lay thousands of eggs in its multiple-year lifespan.
Though the snails are federally illegal to sell and own, the snails are popular in pet trade in other countries.
Pasco isn't the only Bay Area county in Florida under quarantine for an invasive species. Last month, Oriental fruit flies were identified in Pinellas County, prompting a 113-square mile quarantine zone to be established.
Dogs weren’t always our best friends. Humans domesticated them from gray wolves over 15,000 years ago. However, it’s still not clear where this happened.
New research shows that all dogs share genetic ancestry with ancient wolves from East Asia. But some dogs share additional ancestry with wolves from the Middle East. Researchers suggest that dogs might have been domesticated twice, or dogs from Asia interbred with wild wolves in the Middle East as they migrated westward.
The team sequenced genomes from 72 ancient canine fossils from Europe, Siberia and North America that spanned the last 100,000 years. By tracing genetic changes across 30,000 generations, the researchers reconstructed the timeline of the species’ evolution.
The unprecedented timescale of the genomic analysis helps researchers see “evolution play out in real time rather than trying to reconstruct it from DNA today,” says Pontus Skoglund, senior author and group leader at the Francis Crick Institute in a press release.
The team discovered that ancient wolves were genetically connected across continents during the ice age. This means any adaptations that arose in one area could quickly spread through the entire species, even across continents.
For example, a gene that controls jaw shape went from nearly zero percent to 100 percent of the species over the course of 10,000 years. Adapting to a change in prey could have helped wolves survive the harsh conditions of the ice age.
This connection in wolves also explains some conundrums about dog domestication. Many experts assumed that the wolf population that produced the first dogs went extinct because no modern-day wolves match dog genetic ancestry. However, wolf genes are constantly blending across continents, which could mask the relationship between the two genes.
The researchers compared early dog genomes to ancient wolves to infer where the first dogs might have evolved. Early and modern dogs most closely resembled ancient wolves from East Asia. However, none of the wolves that the team sequenced were direct matches for the dog descent. The source population remains to be found.
Some early dogs from the Near East and Africa also shared ancestry with a second source of ancient wolves from the Middle East. These western dog genes spread across Europe as agriculture emerged, and across the world during European colonialism.
The findings get us closer to an origin story for dogs but leaves us with ambiguity. Researchers still search for the original dogs to know for sure.
Researchers are warning beachgoers that they may not be the only ones headed to Cape Cod this summer, as great white sharks are expected there.
The warm weather in the northern U.S. typically coincides with the migration of the fierce creatures to the Massachusetts area.
"Just know that large sharks are here," Atlantic White Shark Conservancy scientist Megan Winton said at a news conference on Wednesday, The Associated Press reported. "They're a constant presence from June to fall."
Winton's words of caution followed a great white sighting on Tuesday that resulted in Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro, Mass., being closed for an hour. Locals were able to learn of the closure from the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy's Sharktivity app, which tracks confirmed and unconfirmed shark sightings.
As of Wednesday, the app showed that there have been 11 sightings — both confirmed and unconfirmed — over the course of the past week.
The great whites are mainly focused on the part of Cape Cod facing the Atlantic Ocean, according to Grek Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. This is due to that area's seal population, which the sharks prey on.
One way for people to avoid sharks, Skomal said, is to be wary of areas where the ground at the shoreline has a steep drop, resulting in deeper water.
"Sharks will come close to the shore when they have water depth," said Skomal.
The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy notes, however, that the only way to avoid sharks is to stay on shore.