Pets

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Meet Our Pet Guest Of The Week: Duke

Cathy Johnson from the Northwoods Humane Society brought Duke, a lovable, laid-back Lab/Shepherd mix who likes to cuddle and is a great listner. Cathy says he doesn’t bark a lot and is very friendly around people!

05/22/2015

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Teen Flees Pet Store With Expensive Puppy, Chase Ensues

A St Paul teenager is under arrest, accused of stealing an expensive puppy from a pet store. The store’s owner says 18-year-old Isis Gladney shoved a Yorkie-Poo, priced at $2,000, in her purse and left.

05/16/2015

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It’s ‘Wag Walk & Run’ Time!

Sunday is the Helping Paws ‘Wag Walk & Run’ event at Eden Prairie’s Purgatory Creek Recreation Area! There will be a one-mile kids’ run starting at 8:40 a.m., and a 5K six-legged run starting at 9:30 a.m.

05/16/2015

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4 Your Pets: An Update On Jayla, & Pet Pulltabs?

WCCO viewers may remember Jayla from a story we did in January. The Boxer mix was found wandering the streets in Alabama by a vet tech. Her fur was almost entirely gone due to mange, she had heartworm was very malnourished. Luckily, Jayla made her way to Minnesota with the help of Ruff Start Rescue.

05/15/2015

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Pet Guest Of The Week: Della

We like to end each week meeting a pet in need of a great home. This week, Carrie Libera from the Animal Humane Society stopped by WCCO studios with Delta, a 1-year-old terrier mix.

05/15/2015

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5 Tips To Get Your Pet Ready For Summer

Help your pet enjoy the Summer by preparing them with these five tips.

05/12/2015

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America’s Top 5 Must-Visit Aquariums

Want to explore the ocean’s depths while staying on dry land? Visit 5 of the most must-visit aquariums in the U.S. according to Sy Montgomery, author of, “The Soul Of An Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into The Wonder Of Consciousness.”

05/12/2015

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Pet Guest Of The Week: Jesse

This week, Jeanette Wiedemeier Bower from Minneapolis Animal Care and Control stopped by the WCCO studio with Jesse, a 3-year-old Basenji mix with quite a bit of energy!

05/08/2015

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Leech Lake Stray Pets Taken To Humane Society By The Dozen

It’s hard to imagine anyone abandoning a litter of puppies, but that is the reality for many dogs and cats on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation.

05/01/2015

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4 Your Pets: Rocky & Waffles – Where Are They Now?

For the next few weeks, 4 Your Pets will be highlighting Ruff Start Rescue, a unique, non-profit animal rescue in central Minnesota.

05/01/2015

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What The Label ‘Dangerous’ Means For Owners And Dogs In Mpls.

Every year, animal control officers around the state investigate hundreds of dog bites on humans and other animals. In some cases, the animal will be labeled dangerous and it can be a life changing process for both the dog and its owner in the name of public safety.

04/28/2015

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Vets Investigated After Dogs Burned By Heating Pads

A Minnesota couple blames their veterinarian for burning their dogs so badly it killed one of them. But what happened after, they consider even worse.

04/27/2015

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Pet Guest Of The Week: June

We like to end each week by featuring a local pet in need of a good home. Brenda Zelinka from the Northwoods Humane Society stopped by our studio with this week’s guest: a 1-and-a-half-year-old kitty named June!

04/24/2015

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4 Your Pets: Ruff Start Rescue’s Prison Program

Late last spring, Ruff Start Rescue founder Azure Davis and company started a program at the Moose Lake Correctional Facility, where rescue dogs are paired up with select offender trainers.

04/21/2015

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4 Your Pets: Meet Ruff Start Rescue’s Azure Davis

It’s not too often you find your life’s passion while in your teens, but that’s just what happened to Azure Davis of Princeton. She started bringing animals home when she was 16. “My parents weren’t happy with it,” Davis said.

04/15/2015

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Delta Air Lines Offers ‘Pet Tracking’ Device

Pet owners know that traveling can be stressful. You either have to find someone to take care of your furry family member, or take them with you. And if you’re flying, that’s a whole other level of stress. If your dog or cat is too big to fit under the seat in front of you, they have to go into the cargo space of a plane.

04/01/2015

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Pet Blog Video Of The Week: Monkey + Puppies = OMG!

Nothing to see here folks. Just a super-adorable capuchin monkey bonding with some super-adorable puppies, that’s all. Thanks to Jesse Lightfoot on YouTube for making many of us consider monkey adoption.

04/01/2015

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Fundraiser To Help Pay Vet Bills Of Tampered Dog Treat Victims

Earlier this month we told you how someone was deliberately hurting dogs in Lakeville. Screws and safety pins were hidden in pieces of hot dog, and thrown into yards.

03/24/2015

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Delta Deems Speaker’s Dog Not Famous Enough To Fly 1st Class

On any given day, or any flight, chances are pretty good there’s a dog on board. For $125 each way, Deb Pullen is happy to pay to bring her Maltese along as a carry-on. “He likes to travel,” Pullen said. “No one’s really said anything, but some people ignore him and others just go nuts over him you know, and want to talk about him.”

03/24/2015

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Mahtomedi Family Overwhelmed By Support After Pets Die In Fire

A family of three narrowly escaped a house fire earlier this week in Mahtomedi. The Bonifas family woke up to see flames outside their home early Monday morning. They lost five pets in the fire that engulfed their house in minutes.

03/23/2015

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Pet Blog Video Of The Week: Dachshund Cops!

The world can’t get enough of wiener dogs on patrol! Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund is back, and he’s still in hot pursuit of one dirty dog. You can get your Crusoe fix by visiting his own YouTube channel.

03/19/2015

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Pet Blog Video Of The Week: Ferret Bowling

Ferrets, the most rascally of all legal pets, never fail to entertain. And this little one’s aptitude for bowling makes it a frat house’s dream!

03/12/2015

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Pet Blog: Turn Your Dog Into An Antler Hunter!

Deer antler shed hunting has been around for a long time. When breeding season is through, adult males shed their antlers — and that’s when “hunting” season begins, typically between December and February.

03/09/2015

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Harmful Dog Treats Leave Animals Hospitalized In Lakeville

Dog owners in a Twin Cities suburb believe someone is deliberately trying to harm their pets. Over the past several days in south Lakeville, they’ve found nails, screws and other harmful items hidden in food or treats, left outside for dogs to eat.

WCCO-TV–03/08/2015

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Service Dogs In Training Board Flight At MSP

A dozen service-dogs-in-training boarded a Twin Cities flight Saturday as part of the “Can Do Canines,” training program. Preparation for a life of service means exposing the dogs to new experiences. The busy crowds and security of an airport can cause distraction and stress.

03/07/2015

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