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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.
By Ed Ernstes ( | WSBT-TV | July 25, 2013
ELKHART COUNTY - A local Humane Society is finding several dogs do not have an important vaccination. The parvovirus attacks a dog's intestinal system, producing a life-threatening illness. Dogs that end up with the virus run the risk of transmitting the disease to your pet, and you may not realize it until it's too late. From late spring through the summer, the Elkhart County Humane Society sees a surge in the number of animals dropped off, especially dogs.
June 20, 2011
SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) — A prolific cat burglar has stolen hundreds of precious possessions from homes near San Francisco. But police are staying off the case — the burglar really is a cat. Dusty, a 5-year-old feline from San Mateo, has taken hundreds of items during his nearly nightly heists. Owner Jean Chu tells the San Francisco Chronicle he has pilfered gloves, towels, shoes and more since she adopted him from the Humane Society. Dusty has a special love for swimsuits.
September 28, 2012
DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio sheriff's department says a woman has been struck by a pet llama that was trying to greet her and has died. A report by the Delaware County Sheriff's Office says former coroner Florence Lenahan apparently had a heart attack as she was being taken to a hospital. The report says the 74-year-old Lenahan called for help Tuesday after a llama named Baby Doll slipped on wet grass while running to greet her and knocked her down, causing her to hit her head on concrete.
November 20, 2010
SPRING LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — After three years on the lam, Terri Essex's cat is back. Essex was out of town when her house sitter told her the cat named Harrison was missing from her Muskegon home. The Grand Haven Tribune reports that the cat was caught this month about 10 miles away in Ottawa County's Spring Lake Township and returned thanks to a microchip implanted in the pet. Harrison also still had his collar on. Essex says she always suspected that Harrison had found a way to survive.
August 26, 2013
BINGHAM FARMS, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan animal welfare group has added features to its website to help people find lost pets. The map is intended to help people contact an animal shelter that could have their cat or dog. The map also helps people find the right shelter if they discover a lost pet. It's all on , which is run by the Michigan Partnership for Animal Welfare. Linda Reider of the Michigan Humane Society says most counties have a single shelter that holds stray animals, but urban areas could have many.
Tribune Staff Report | February 23, 2010
Elkhart police and Humane Society workers removed at least 50 cats and a dog from a mobile home in the Four Season Trailer Park on Tuesday. According to a news release, Cpl. Dennis Russell, the department’s animal control officer, was flagged down by a maintenance man who told him about a possible cat problem. The cats were in poor health with upper respiratory problems, matted eyes and insect infestations, according to the release. Police said at least 10 to 15 other cats were apparently also living there but not captured and that cat litter and feces were all over the home.
June 4, 2011
HILLIARD, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio animal shelter with an abundance of chubby cats is having a sale on its fattest felines, hoping a discount entices potential owners to take one home. The Capital Area Humane Society says the fat cats are on sale this summer for $15 each or two for $20, instead of the usual $70 adoption price. Development manager Mary Hiser says the cats packed on the pounds before arriving at the shelter, and the extra weight can cause them health problems.
By Kelli Stopczynski | WSBT-TV Reporter | September 24, 2012
You wouldn't know it by looking at her, but a sweet, fluffy Calico cat named “Pixie” has been through a lot.     “See the enflamed eye where she was beaten?” St. Joseph County Humane Society Director Dr. Carol Ecker pointed out. “She's sore around her head and neck. We're giving her medication for pain.” According to a police report filed by a Mishawaka officer Saturday, Pixie's owner received a call from family members who told her they were bringing her a puppy.
May 7, 2012
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A cat that got national attention for tipping the scales at 39 pounds has died. The Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society said Monday that the orange and white tabby named Meow died over the weekend, likely from complications from his morbid obesity. Meow, who was between 2 and 5 years old, was taken to the shelter last month after his 87-year-old owner could no longer take care of him. The shelter put Meow on a diet and posted all his weigh-ins on a Facebook page that got national attention.
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