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Texas state reg could hurt no-kill movement

AUSTIN, Texas – Strict enforcement of a previously obscure state regulation is threatening the no-kill movement across Texas and could result in animal shelters euthanizing tens of thousands of additional pets each year, advocates warn.

Farmington considers revisions to animal code

FARMINGTON – Revisions to the city’s animal code, which could take effect in mid-August, will improve the welfare of the city’s animals, according to one city official.

Cat is thinking outside the box

Q: Last year during the July 4 fireworks, my 5-year-old cat tried to use the litter box, messed on himself, and got a urinary infection.

Plato the 150-pound tortoise is captured by animal control officers in Santa Fe on Tuesday after he escaped from her owner's home. (Mark Oswald/Albuquerque Journal)

Heartsick tortoise home after fleeing

SANTA FE – A possibly depressed, 150-pound tortoise named Plato made a break for it and escaped from her owner’s Santa Fe home before being corralled Tuesday morning by animal control officers on Old Santa Fe Trail, where he was backing up traffic.

In this Nov. 2013 photo, Officer Cassandra Wells takes Murphy out for a ride in Portland, Ore. Murphy lost 200 pounds to join the force and has just captured his first suspect. (Dave Killen/The Oregonian/The Associated Press)

Slimmed-down horse nabs first collar

PORTLAND, Ore. – Murphy the horse, once a woebegone Oregon ranch animal, had to shed 200 pounds to make the Portland police force and now he has collared his first suspect.