Iron Range animal rescue working to improve shelter after hard times

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MAKINEN, MN– There’s a shelter on the Iron Range working really hard to move forward after some difficult years.

Five months ago, Sara Matuszak got a phone call.

Contented Critters, a 25-year-old animal rescue in Makinen, was in trouble.

“I was contacted by one of the volunteers and said, things are really bad out here. Can you help?” said Matuszak.

This busy teacher, mom of four, and pet mom of seven didn’t hesitate to add “shelter board president” to that list.

She immediately got to work turning things around.

“We just started from the ground up,” said Matuszak. “We talked

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Woman faces 12 counts of animal cruelty after dog found emaciated

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A woman faces 12 counts of animal cruelty after officials say more than a dozen animals in her care were found living in “deplorable conditions” nearly a month ago. 

Phoenix police last month responded to a report of animal neglect at a home near Van Buren and 40th streets, said Phoenix police spokesperson Sgt. Maggie Cox. Police on April 19 had probable cause to arrest Rachel Ussery-Welch on suspicion of 12 counts of animal cruelty, Cox said.

Details about the events leading to Ussery-Welch’s arrest were not immediately available since she was not in the Maricopa County Superior Court’s system

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In China, Deaths of Mail-Order Pets in Mystery Boxes Set Off a Backlash

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HONG KONG — The mystery pet boxes are listed on e-commerce platforms in China as a bargain, priced at little more than a few dollars, and they often contain cuddly animals ready to be mailed straight to your doorstep.

The recipients of the pet “blind boxes” typically don’t know exactly what’s inside — other than that it’s a puppy, a kitten, a hamster or an unhatched turtle egg. Though the unauthorized transport of live animals across the country is illegal, that has not stopped vendors from openly holding cheap sales and promising fast deliveries. The practice has become increasingly popular.

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Local animal shelters weigh in on nationwide report of owners surrendering their pets

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Erie’s ANNA Shelter is seeing what they say is “an unfortunate” increase of pet owners surrendering their fur babies. This comes after nationwide reports of people returning to work and not having the time to care for their pet.

The ANNA Shelter continues to be a place for animals that are looking for a forever home. With people returning to work after being home during the COVID-19 pandemic, forever hasn’t lasted very long.

“Unfortunately, and I was hoping I wouldn’t see that, but we are seeing more owner surrenders than we have in the past.” said Ruth Thompson, Founder of

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11 Best Narwhal Toys 2021: Plush Narwhal Stuffed Animals

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Narwhal plush stuffed animals are the latest kid craze. Kids firmly believe that real-life narwhals are adorable and magical, and to be honest, we aren’t convinced the magical part isn’t legit. They’re the mythical unicorns of the sea, after all. No offense to real narwhals, but they’re nowhere near as attractive as their stuffed animals make them out to be. However, their mysteriousness, super long tusks, and overall cool factor make up for their lack of good looks.

If you have a kid who wants every narwhal stuffed animal they can get their little hands on, you’ve come to

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