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By LOU MUMFORD, Tribune Staff Writer | March 19, 2010
BENTON HARBOR — Two dogs are getting a second chance at life after showing up in deplorable condition Wednesday at the Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan in Benton Harbor. And, should both survive as expected, it'll largely be because of the thousands of dollars in community support raised in short order, with little publicity. A plea on the Internet netted more than $3,000 in a 12-hour period, said Jill Svoboda, the Humane Society director. "We were overwhelmed," she said. "But when we weren't crying about the dogs' condition, we were crying tears of joy about the way the community stepped forward.
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Mike Collins | Mike's Perspective | December 19, 2012
There are two grade schools within three blocks of my house and I drive by one or both nearly every day. Last Friday I drove by one of those schools late in the morning, came home, turned on the computer and found the first reports of the massacre in Newtown. It took a few minutes for me to make the connection between what I just read and what I just saw on my drive. The kids at the school I passed by, the school my grandson attends, were playing outside protected only by a high chainlink fence and only a few yards from one of the busiest roads in South Bend.
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By Kelli Stopczynski (kstopczynski@wsbt.com) | WSBT-TV Reporter | May 10, 2012
He has soulful brown eyes, unwavering confidence and he's the reason Kelly Holland keeps going … literally. “He sleeps beside my bed, on my side of the bed,” Holland said.  “When I get up, he gets up. When I go somewhere he goes with me. And he's my stabilizer.  He keeps me from falling, he keeps me standing up, walking straight.” “He” is Bear - a 90-pound chocolate Labrador Retriever, trained to be Holland's...
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By John Paul (jpaul@wsbt.com), Click here to follow John on Twitter | By John Paul (jpaul@wsbt.com), Click here to follow John on Twitter | September 22, 2011
One of the world's largest and most aggressive snakes, an African Rock Python, was found in Elkhart County and is assumed to be someone's lost pet. With the snake weighing in at 65 pounds and 12 feet long, the python is making Elkhart County Humane Society agents feel uncomfortable because of its unpredictable behavior. Agents from the Humane Society captured the python on Wednesday after the county police saw teens playing with the snake outside a home. ”This snake is a very aggressive and could have easily constricted and killed them,” said Anne Reel, director of the Elkhart County Humane Society.
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By Annie Chang (achang@wsbt.com) | WSBT-TV | July 16, 2013
MISHAWAKA - The St. Joseph County Humane Society is flooded with felines. The shelter currently holds more than 600 cats who have not yet been adopted. Volunteers say they're running out of cat food, cat litter, and space for these animals. “My staff is overburdened with cleaning cats,” says Carol Ecker, executive director of the county's office. “I mean, we do it all day long. It seems like that's all we get done.” Dozens of cats are being dropped off every week.
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May 3, 2012
DETROIT (AP) - An abandoned beagle is receiving medical attention after being found in a urine-soaked trash bag on Detroit's east side. The Michigan Humane Society says Thursday that the 2-year-old dog may have been inside the bag for days and possibly suffered some type of trauma before she was found Wednesday by a person who works in the area. The dog appeared to be in pain when picked up by the Humane Society. It was examined by veterinarians and given painkillers.
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By Clifton French | August 10, 2010
BRISTOL — Cats are invading the Elkhart County Humane Society by the hundreds. Cats and kittens are being dropped off at the facility by the dozens every day. More than 550 cats and kittens came into the Humane Society   in July alone, with more than 2,500 so far this year. It is costing the humane society thousands of dollars everyday and making it hard to care for so many animals. Rooms dedicated to the cats are full. Three overflow cages are now posted in the lobby, and offices nearly all have at least one cat lying around.
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By Ed Ernstes (ernstes@wsbt.com) | April 1, 2010
The Elkhart County Humane Society needs your help to replenish its supply of dog food. If it can't do that, it may have to drop a program that provides free dog food for families in need. The Elkhart County Humane Shelter has been able to provide food for the animals it takes in, and at the same time make it available for free to families who can't afford it. "If we can help offset some of the pet care costs by at least providing food, then we hope that will allow them to go ahead and secure proper veterinary vaccinations and things that they need on an annual basis,” said Anne Reel, Elkhart County Humane Society director.
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WSBT-TV Report | July 5, 2013
The executive director of the Elkhart County Humane Society said a firework children threw at a pit bull “literally blew the dog's face off.” This happened late Thursday in the 1200 block of South Main Street. The dog picked up one of the fireworks and it exploded in the dog's mouth, according to Executive Director Anna Reel who cited apparent witnesses at the scene. She says an Elkhart city police officer brought it into the Humane Society and they had to put it down because the injuries were so severe.
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