May 9, 2021
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N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Another death in Grand Falls, 15 new cases

COVID-19 has claimed the life of another New Brunswicker, pushing the total number of COVID-related deaths in the province to 38, Public Health announced Monday, along with 15 new cases. A person in their 90s in the Edmundston region, Zone 4, has died “as a result of COVID-19,” according to a news release. The person resided at Pavillon Beau-Lieu, a special care home in Grand Falls, where there’s an outbreak involving the variant first reported in South Africa. Health Minister Dorothy Shephard said she is saddened by the

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Effort afoot to designate shelter animals as Michigan’s official state pet

Several other states recognize shelter animals as their official pet; rescue animals this week became the official state pet in Oklahoma.

LANSING, Mich. — For the second time in as many years, an effort is underway to designate shelter animals as the official pet of Michigan.

A House bill introduced this week mirrors one introduced in 2019. It doesn’t specify cats or dogs or anything else. If the animal is in a shelter, it would bear the title of “official pet of this state.’’ 

“This legislation would draw attention to the animal inhabitants of Michigan’s shelters and to the goal

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Complaints About Animal Shelter Illustrate Need To Protect Pets in Facilities, Says Lawmaker

In animal-loving Colorado, a pet shelter bill with a section entitled “Colorado Socially Conscious Sheltering Act” would hardly seem controversial.

Yet, the legislation, HB21-1160, has delineated a long-standing divide in the world of rescuing, sheltering, and adopting out pets in the state.

Those in the “No-Kill” movement believe it targets them and might limit their options when dealing with animals with behavioral issues. They say that the Socially Conscious Sheltering movement attempts to impose frivolous and often duplicative rules that strain the resources of smaller shelters and rescues.

“It looks like the perfect bill,” Doug Rae, executive director of the

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New Gaston County animal shelter administrator starts Monday

Gaston County Police Department’s administrator of Animal Care and Enforcement resigned last month after six years in the position. 

Dr. Kristine Blankenship, a licensed veterinarian for more than two decades, began her role with Gaston County on Jan. 5, 2015. She resigned on March 5, 2021, according to county records, upon starting a new position elsewhere, according to Gaston County Manager Kim Eagle.

Blankenship, a former instructor at Gaston College’s Veterinary Technology program, earned a salary of $97,924 when she left the county. 

As administrator, Blankenship was responsible for managing operations at the county animal shelter, where dogs and cats

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HVAC fire causes evacuation at QA’s animal shelter adoption building | State

QUEENSTOWN — No animals or people were injured when a small fire broke out in the dog adoption area of the animal shelter in Queenstown Tuesday afternoon, April 6.

Staff members smelled smoke and traced it to the closet housing the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit near the kitchen, said Brittany Fox, communications director at Queen Anne’s County Animal Services.

“They opened the door. They could see smoke coming out, and there were some flames,” Fox said. It was in the ductwork of the HVAC unit.

They closed the door, shut off the unit and called 911. As the

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K9 trainer ordered to forfeit custody of dogs to Orange County Animal Shelter | Crime News

CULPEPER — A local man who ran a purported K9 training facility has been ordered to forfeit custody of six of his own dogs to the Orange County Animal Shelter.

Shawn Michael Deehan, 60, appeared in Orange General District Court on Wednesday for a civil hearing to determine the custody of his personally owned dogs, according to a Friday news release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. The hearing was related to his ongoing felony animal cruelty case.

OCSO animal control deputies seized the six pets on March 12 from Deehan’s property in the 3000 block of Pannell Lane in

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