- State urges protection against mosquitoes as trapping begins Updated: May-29-16 12:24 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - State officials are reminding residents to protect themselves against mosquito-borne diseases as they prepare to begin trapping mosquitoes to monitor for West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
- Family pays $70,000 for rabies shots after bat enters home Updated: May-29-16 11:32 am
ALPHARETTA, Georgia - A family of five is taking extra precaution by shelling out $70,000 for rabies shot after a bat flew into their suburban Atlanta home.
- Purdue center, Amish dog breeders work to create standards Updated: May-29-16 11:30 am
LAFAYETTE, Indiana - A Purdue University center and commercial dog breeders from southern Indiana's Amish community are working to create standards meant to improve dogs' well-being.
- Community coping with loss of girl in freak rodeo accident Updated: May-28-16 12:55 pm
BUTLER, Missouri - A 12-year-old Missouri girl's death in a freak rodeo accident has many in her community struggling to find words to express their grief for a family who has lived there for generations.
- Larch inmates rehabilitate endangered Western pond turtles Updated: May-28-16 3:02 am
YACOLT, Washington - On May 17, the final day of their five-month stint at Larch Corrections Center, nine Western pond turtles lurked out of sight near the bottom of their tanks, just as wary of people as they were on day one.
- Cellphone radiation study raises concerns despite low risk Updated: May-27-16 7:28 pm
WASHINGTON - A new federal study of the potential dangers of cellphone radiation, conducted in rats, found a slight increase in brain tumors in males and raised long-dormant concerns about the safety of spending so much time with cellphones glued to our ears.
- Feds propose closing sheep grazing in west-central Idaho Updated: May-27-16 6:28 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Federal officials have released a plan to close about 30 square miles of grazing allotments to domestic sheep and goats in west-central Idaho to protect bighorn sheep from diseases.
- Officials: Ground squirrels in SW Idaho likely have plague Updated: May-27-16 1:52 pm
BOISE, Idaho - For the second year in a row, Idaho health officials say preliminary tests on dead ground squirrels south of Boise have come back positive for plague.
- Poultry returning to state fairs, Farm Show, after ban Updated: May-27-16 3:35 am
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - A year-long poultry ban at state fairs in Pennsylvania is about to be ended.
- Nebraska pig supplier promises to investigate alleged abuses Updated: May-26-16 6:21 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - A national pork supplier promised Thursday to investigate abuse allegations at one of its Nebraska facilities after an animal rights group released an undercover video showing pigs with open wounds and other health problems.
- UMaine to collect, evaluate lobsters for shell disease Updated: May-26-16 12:29 am
ORONO, Maine - The University of Maine is creating a team to collect and evaluate sick lobsters that are harvested in state waters.
- PETA asks LSU to stop using captive tigers as mascots Updated: May-25-16 9:32 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Two animal rights groups are asking that Louisiana State University stop using captive tigers as mascots a day after LSU said its mascot was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
- Elephant rescued from Swaziland delivers calf at Dallas Zoo Updated: May-24-16 9:11 pm
DALLAS - An elephant rescued from the southern African nation of Swaziland has given birth to a baby at the Dallas Zoo.
- Illinois lawmaker, university spar over research animals Updated: May-24-16 11:20 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A bill that would've required universities in Illinois to offer healthy cats and dogs to rescue organizations after animal testing has provoked a dispute between its Democratic sponsor and the University of Illinois.
- Sacramento Zoo euthanizes zebra after declining health Updated: May-24-16 9:11 am
SACRAMENTO, California - Sacramento Zoo officials say a 20-year-old zebra has been euthanized after a rapid decline in health.
- Chimp housed at Kansas zoo for 17 years dies at 44 Updated: May-23-16 8:14 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - A chimpanzee housed for more than 17 years at the Wichita, Kansas, zoo has died at the age of 44.
- Man trying to kill rabid raccoon admits to shooting neighbor Updated: May-23-16 5:46 am
CULPEPER, Virginia - A Culpeper man has pleaded guilty to accidentally shooting his neighbor while trying to kill a raccoon that he thought had rabies.
- Researchers think eagles could help track toxin in nature Updated: May-22-16 2:58 pm
MONROE, Michigan - Researchers who band baby eagles in Michigan are hoping blood samples analyzed for signs of cancer-causing DDT and PCBs, as well as lead, mercury and common pesticides will eventually also help monitor for the toxin microcystin.
- To claw or not to claw? NY cat proposal sparks frisky debate Updated: May-22-16 1:14 pm
ALBANY, New York - For many decades, declawing cats has been a routine veterinary procedure, but this is no simple pedicure. There's anesthesia, pain medication and the amputation of the cat's toes back to the first knuckle.
- UMass lab steps up tick testing efforts Updated: May-22-16 12:56 pm
BOSTON - A University of Massachusetts laboratory that tests ticks that people find on themselves or their pets for diseases that could possibly be passed on is stepping up its efforts as tick season kicks into high gear.
- Captured Florida sea turtle covered in algae is on the mend Updated: May-21-16 1:39 pm
NAVARRE, Florida - A sick loggerhead sea turtle covered with barnacles and algae is recovering this week at the Gulfarium in Fort Walton Beach.
- Montana to destroy half million hatchery trout Updated: May-21-16 11:59 am
HELENA, Montana - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is destroying half a million hatchery trout because of disease concerns.
- Saving devils, in a single disease-free corner of Tasmania Updated: May-21-16 3:19 am
TASMAN PENINSULA, Australia - Drive over one narrow isthmus in Tasmania, and then another, and you'll reach the last place on Earth where wild Tasmanian devils live apart from a contagious cancer that threatens the fearsome marsupials' existence. Conservationists are doing everything they can to keep it that way.
- Former at-risk teen in animal care program earns vet degree Updated: May-21-16 3:02 am
EUGENE, Oregon - Nine years and four months ago, a headline in the Register-Guard's City and Region section read, "Troubled students find cat-alysts for change."
- UN: Growing environmental threat from animal-to-man diseases Updated: May-20-16 8:41 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The most worrying environmental threats facing the world today range from the rise in diseases transmitted from animals to humans to the increasing accumulation of toxic chemicals in food crops as a result of drought and high temperatures, according to a U.N. report released Friday.