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Animal shelter staff put pets before themselves in Texas winter storm

Lucy Fernandez scrambled to create the emergency Facebook page for local pet owners and supporters on Valentine’s Day, when the city of Austin’s Animal Center had been closed to the public for months and bad winter weather, worse than most imagined, was on its way.

In a matter of hours, more than 1,000 strangers joined, often linking up by hashtag and ZIP codes, to get pet food, water and supplies to those nearby who posted a need.

Not long after, Fernandez and other employees at Austin Pets Alive, found themselves sleeping at a hotel, and then at the shelter

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Animal Cruelty Charges For Joliet Man Who Owns ‘Buddy’

JOLIET, IL — A Will County judge set bail at $75,000 for a 59-year-old Joliet man facing several felony charges of cruelty to animals after Joliet police say Billy Ray Wright left his pit bull named Buddy outside in the frigid cold earlier this month.

“It was determined the dog’s chain was frozen to the ground and the dog appeared to be suffering from a serious skin infection near its neck,” Joliet police announced Friday.

On Thursday night, Joliet police went to Wright’s house and took him away in handcuffs. He is now being lodged in the Will County Jail

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Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (2/24/2021)

Show some love for a senior pet! At 7 years old, Kacy is a cat of sophisticated taste. While she’s been at the Arizona Humane Society, you can usually find her lounging with some catnip and listening to classical music! She is a very laid-back lady who loves the peace and quiet. She would be the perfect companion for someone who wants a cuddle buddy to curl up with on the couch and just relax. Once Kacy gets to know you, she is very social and affectionate. When she first arrived at AHS, Kacy had to have several rotten teeth

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How ‘tiger farms’ have turned a wild animal into a species worth more dead than alive

Tigers could once be found across much of Asia, from eastern Turkey to Siberia and Indonesia. Today, they are reduced to living in just 6% of their former range. In many of these areas tigers are no longer even valued as free-ranging wild animals, but merely as products for financial profit, worth more dead than alive.

I have spent more than a decade visiting “tiger farms” in four countries in east and south-east Asia, and am currently working on a book about the different ways in which tigers are valued, both in the wild and in captivity. I found that

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