A judge in Calvert County, Md., decided that a divorcing couple will share joint custody of their dog. Under Maryland law, family pets are to be sold if the divorcing couple cannot decide on who gets to keep them, and proceeds from the sale are divided between the parties. "It was very clear that both of them love this dog equally," said the judge. "The only fair thing to do was to give each one an equal chance to share in the love of the dog."
A 4-foot-long white tip shark at the Florida Aquarium that underwent surgery last year to remove a foreign object trapped in its throat has made a remarkable recovery and ate its first meal Thursday. The surgery, a mix of state-of-the-art machinery and traditional veterinary procedures, reportedly was a first for the aquarium.
While Ohio's agriculture sector has agreed to a compromise with advocates on animal-care standards, livestock groups in Nebraska are gearing up to fight any such initiatives. "We feel that we are using facilities and the type of animal care that's acceptable by the American Veterinary [Medical] Association and, yes, we probably will fight it," an official with the state's pork producer association said.
Extremely hot weather could put cows at risk for heat-related problems, including stress, which can lead to decreased milk production, one veterinarian said. High temperatures also can be deadly to weaker cows with health problems. Farmers are advised to take measures to protect their cattle from the heat, including giving the animals plenty of water and electrolyte-enriched feed.
Oregon's public health veterinarian is warning in-state pet owners to have their animals vaccinated against rabies. The veterinarian said nine confirmed cases of rabies have been reported in the state this year, with most cases linked to exposure to rabid bats.