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By Chad Damp (damp@wsbt.com) | January 19, 2011
A house fire can put every member of a family in need of medical help. That includes the family pet. A recent donation to several fire departments could help save our four-legged friends. The Humane Society of Elkhart County received five pet resuscitation kits from Matt Miller at Tom Naquin Chevrolet-Nissan. Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Millersburg and Wakarusa fire departments were chosen at random to get the kits, which normally cost around $80. The kits come with specially-designed masks that fit around the animal's muzzle.
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December 22, 2012
DETROIT (AP) - A 5-foot-long alligator that was abandoned on Detroit's east side has found a home -- at least temporarily. WDIV-TV reports http://bit.ly/RL0Gsh that the reptile was tossed from a truck into a vacant lot Thursday night as Detroit's temperature was just above freezing. Shontez Gibson told the television station that he and his uncle saw the animal being dumped in the field and rescued it. Gibson kept the alligator in his own room. A space heater was used to keep it warm as Gibson fed the animal fish.
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WSBT-TV Report | December 28, 2010
Rescuers in Osceola spent the early afternoon trying to rescue a dog from the St. Joseph River just off of Vistula and West County Line roads. Click here to see a map. A WSBT photojournalist at the scene said two separate attempts were made by the Penn Township Fire Department to reach the stranded pup using a floating ice-crossing device and later a rubber raft.  During the firefighters’ second attempt, a kayak manned by Jim Lung, who lives nearby, and the chief animal control officer of the St. Joseph County Humane Society, tried to navigate the open river water and reach the dog. This spooked the animal into walking further down river, causing it to briefly fall through the ice.  "Once we started banging on the ice with the kayak paddle and the boat, he just kind of took off, ran about 20 to 30 feet, fell in, got himself out and took off for shore again," Lung said.
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By Kristin Bien (kbien@wsbt.com) | May 24, 2011
An Elkhart principal puckered up for pets Tuesday. She told her students she would kiss a farm animal if they helped raise money and food for the Humane Society. Sara Jackowiak is the principal at North Side Middle School in Elkhart. She met Francis the sheep and Francis' baby, Prancer, just minutes before they locked lips. Jackowiak agreed to kiss the sheep in front of each student who donated at least $3 or a three-pound bag of dog food to the Humane Society of Elkhart County.
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By Colleen Ferreira (cferreira@wsbt.com), Click here to follow Colleen on Twitter | WSBT-TV | September 28, 2012
A good reminder if you have pets.   Make sure they are vaccinated for rabies. The St. Joe County Humane Society is seeing cases of it this year...in fact, more than last year. Rabies is a deadly virus and vaccinations are required by law for a dog, cat or ferret.   Once that pet hits 12 weeks old you must get them the vaccine every year or you're breaking the law. You, me, our pets, anyone can get if they're bitten by an animal that has it. In Indiana, bats are the problem.
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March 14, 2010
ELKHART — For the second time in recent days, Elkhart Police have discovered a home that’s keeping chickens within city limits, a violation of the city’s ordinance against keeping farm animals in town. Police were called to a home in the 1500 block of Cone Street about 9 a.m. Saturday because of a complaint about an aggressive rooster. That rooster came from a different home on Columbian Avenue, where 12 hens, six roosters and two chicks were discovered. Animal control was called to assist with the chickens, who were taken to the Elkhart Humane Society.
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August 16, 2013
BRISTOL -- The Humane Society of Elkhart County, 54687 County Road 19, will present Pet Fest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The event is open to all pets and their people and will include games for children and pets, a costume contest, an agility course and more. Free toys will be available to all pets at registration. Pet-related vendors will include kennels, groomers and bakeries, and there will be a group pet blessing and memorial prayer for homeless animals at 11:30 a.m. at the gazebo.
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By DAVE STEPHENS, Tribune Staff Writer | January 25, 2010
Potato chips were apparently not enough to placate a pit bull on Sunday, which reportedly bit one officer and lunged at others before it was shot and killed. According to police reports from the South Bend Regional Airport and St. Joseph County officers, the bizarre incident started just after 3 a.m. Sunday, when an Airport Authority officer spotted two dogs on the south side of the intersection of Lincoln Way West and Lexington Avenue. The officer was patrolling the area and stepped out of his vehicle after spotting the two pit bulls, a brown female and a black male.
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By Kirk Mason (mason@wsbt.com) | January 27, 2010
If you are having trouble making ends meet and you have a pet, that doesn't mean they have to suffer. Pam of Granger has a Good Question: "Is there any place that can help with food for pets?" Yes, there are places that can help. Many animal shelters across our area offer free pet food. That includes the St. Joseph County Humane Society on Grape Road in Mishawaka. Their food comes from donations. They give out the pet food to families in need, because otherwise those animals might wind up in their already crowded shelter.
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WSBT-TV Report | May 31, 2013
LAPORTE COUNTY - An official with a LaPorte County animal shelter has been charged with stealing more than $100,000 from the organization. LaPorte County prosecutors have filed felony forgery and theft charges against 41-year-old Jennifer Westphal of Michigan City over the money missing from the Michiana Humane Society. Westphal has been director of shelter operations for the Michigan City-based group that cares for about 1,500 animals a year. Michigan City police say an audit alerted the group about the fraud in April, and officers are still investigating how much money is missing.
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