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In this Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 photo, University of Washington School of Medicine researcher Daniel Promislow, the principal investigator of the Dog Aging Project grant, rubs the head of his elderly dog Frisbee at their home in Seattle. Can old dogs teach us new tricks? Hoping to shed light on human longevity, scientists need 10,000 pet dogs for the largest-ever study of healthy aging in canines. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
November 14, 2019 - 7:20 am
SEATTLE (AP) — Can old dogs teach us new tricks? Scientists are looking for 10,000 pets for the largest-ever study of aging in canines. They hope to shed light on human longevity too. The project will collect a pile of pooch data: vet records, DNA samples, gut microbes and information on food and...
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FILE - In this June 19, 2019 file photo, a dog taken from a property in Klingerstown, Pa., looks out from its cage during an animal cruelty investigation. Congress has passed a bill making certain types of animal cruelty a federal felony. (Jacqueline Dormer/Republican-Herald via AP)
November 06, 2019 - 1:07 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has passed a bill making certain types of animal cruelty a federal felony. The bill would expand a 2010 law that made creation or distribution of so-called "animal crushing" videos illegal. The new bill would make the underlying acts of cruelty a federal crime. The Senate...
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A dog dressed as Yoda from "Star Wars" won the cosplay costume contest award at Doggy Con in Woodruff Park, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, in Atlanta. Cosplay is the practice of dressing up like a fictional character. (AP Photo/Andrea Smith)
August 17, 2019 - 6:11 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's scorching August heat didn't stop Megan Nelson from slipping on a long faux fur coat and dressing up like Cruella de Vil for her first Doggy Con convention, a pet event for costumed canines inspired by the upcoming Dragon Con convention. Doggy Con drew hundreds of dog...
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August 16, 2019 - 4:31 am
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a professional fighter allowed his pet cougar escape from his Florida home earlier this year. The Sun Sentinel reported Thursday that 33-year-old Tyrone Spong was charged with offenses including keeping the animal without a permit. Spong is the World Boxing...
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FILE - In this May 17, 2016, file photo, a cat named Rubio walks in front of the podium during a news conference in Albany, N.Y. Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing a ban on the practice of declawing cats. A bill that would prohibit declawing is scheduled for a public hearing at the Statehouse on Monday, July 22, 2019, before the Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. In May, New York become the first state in the nation to ban the declawing of cats. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)
July 22, 2019 - 2:36 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York became the first U.S. state to ban the declawing of cats Monday, joining most of Europe, several Canadian provinces and a growing list of American cities that already prohibit a procedure animal advocates call cruel and unnecessary. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, signed...
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FILE - This Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 file photo shows a Shetland sheepdog at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. A study published Thursday, June 6, 2019 in the journal Scientific Reports, suggests that dogs owners experiencing long bouts of stress can actually transfer the stress to their dogs like a contagious infection. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
June 06, 2019 - 9:03 am
NEW YORK (AP) — When dog owners go through a stressful period, they're not alone in feeling the pressure — their dogs feel it too, a new study suggests. Dog owners experiencing long bouts of stress can transfer it to their dogs, scientists report in a study published Thursday in Scientific Reports...
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June 04, 2019 - 5:39 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Legislature passed a bill Tuesday that would make the state the first in the U.S. to make it illegal to declaw a cat . The bill, which would subject veterinarians to $1,000 fines for performing the operation, now heads to the desk of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose...
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FILE - This Dec. 1, 2015 file photo shows Grumpy Cat posing for a photo in Los Angeles. Grumpy Cat, whose sour puss became an internet sensation, has died at age 7, according to her owners. Posting on social media Friday, May 17, 2019, her owners wrote Grumpy experienced complications from a urinary tract infection and “passed away peacefully” in the arms of her mother on Tuesday, May 14. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
May 17, 2019 - 10:13 am
MORRISTOWN, Ariz. (AP) — Grumpy Cat, whose sourpuss expression entertained millions on the internet, has died at age 7. Her owners wrote on social media Friday that she experienced complications from a urinary tract infection and "passed away peacefully" Tuesday "in the arms of her mommy." Her...
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FILE - This Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 photo shows Shelley, an adopted cat, at its new home in Philadelphia. A study released on Thursday, April 4, 2019, suggests house cats respond to the sound of their own names. Researchers said it’s the first experimental evidence that cats can distinguish between words people say. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
April 04, 2019 - 9:01 am
NEW YORK (AP) — This may not surprise many cat owners, but a new study says cats can respond to the sound of their own names. The researchers said it's the first experimental evidence that cats can distinguish between words people say. To test for that, the Japanese researchers had animals listen...
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In this Feb. 21, 2019, photo, Joe and Deb Colgan sit with their German shepherds Gracie, on the floor, and Takaani, on the couch, in their home in Oconomowoc, Wis. The Colgans started feeding their two previous dogs raw meat seven years ago and continued with Gracie and Takaani because they say they have less health problems and cleaner teeth. U.S. pet owners are increasingly feeding raw, freeze dried or lightly cooked meat and vegetables to their dogs and cats. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)
April 04, 2019 - 12:15 am
DETROIT (AP) — Kibbles for Fido? Nope. These days he's getting diced chicken with sweet potatoes and spinach. U.S. pet owners are increasingly feeding fresh food to their dogs and cats. Some order pre-proportioned meals of meat and vegetables or frozen raw meat online. Others find them in...
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