The dog law enforcement unit of Pennsylvania's Agriculture Department has beefed up enforcement in several areas this year, including taking action against 37 operations it says were engaging in illegal breeding of dogs, said spokeswoman Samantha Krepps. The office has also stepped up enforcement of laws addressing dogs considered by a judge to be dangerous and gotten tougher on online sales of dogs, she said.
Fat cat Tiny Tim tipped the scales at 35 pounds when he started his 300-calorie-per-day diet regimen and exercise plan at Houston's Southside Place Animal Hospital back in January. He has since slimmed down to 27.6 pounds, although his progress briefly stalled when he was apparently sneaking late-night snacks. Tiny Tim's progress is being carefully monitored by clinicians to ensure he is losing weight slowly and safely.
Black-footed ferrets, one of the first animal species to be listed as endangered 45 years ago, have been spotted outside of special protected areas in South Dakota. The discovery raised hopes among biologists for the future of the rare mammal, which was reintroduced only to later suffer large losses to plague. "I've been in the business for 40 years, and this is only the second time in my life that I've ever seen a black-footed ferret," said Standing Rock Sioux Tribe biologist Barry Betts.
A species of piranha that lived about 10 million years ago had a bite so strong it could shatter shells and crack bones, according to a study published in the journal Scientific Reports. Megapiranha paranensis weighed some 22 pounds, which would have given it a bite force of between 1,240 and 4,750 newtons, scientists say -- stronger pound for pound than a Tyrannosaurus rex bite.
The Winn Feline Foundation Symposium will be held June 28 in Quincy, Mass., featuring veterinary cardiologist John Rush of Tufts University and genetics researcher Leslie Lyons of the University of California, Davis. They will provide information about current research, diet recommendations and treatment options for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a common and ultimately fatal disease in cats.