Augusta animal activist Willene Colvin jailed on cruelty charge

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The head of an Augusta animal rescue was sentenced to 10 days in jail and several dozen dogs were removed her home Thursday after an emaciated, sick dog was found in her care. 

Willene Colvin, 75, who ran Save the Animals Rescue Society in Hephzibah, had been on probation since April on a prior animal-related charge. One of the conditions of her probation was not to be cited again, but on July 1 she was charged with animal cruelty.

Alyssa Shelton, a senior animal control officer with Augusta Animal Services, testified she found a dog named Cinnamon unable to walk,

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Rover promises a network of ‘trusted sitters and dog walkers.’ That wasn’t enough to save these pets

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Morgan took what she thought were adequate steps to ensure her timid then 9-month-old poodle mix would be in good hands during an upcoming trip. She interviewed a Rover sitter and did a trial run — dropping Zorro and a friend’s dog off together with the sitter for the day. Zorro’s “temperament was good,” said Morgan, after picking up her dog, which made her feel comfortable enough to book the same sitter for a five-day trip.

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TBS Greenlights David Letterman’s Iconic Segment STUPID PET TRICKS

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TBS invites you to grab your four-legged BFFs and take a walk down memory lane to revisit one of late-night’s most iconic segments on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Stupid Pet Tricks,” which has been greenlit as a ten-episode, half-hour series for the network. Host Sarah Silverman (“I Love You America” “The Sarah Silverman Podcast”), a fierce lover of funny animals and their equally funny humans, brings this classic segment into a fresh, comedy variety show filled with big laughs, extraordinary animals, and of course the most Stupid Pet Tricks out there. Production will begin in Los Angeles later

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Kansas shelters grapple with capacity crisis as pandemic-related pet returns increase

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TOPEKA — An influx of returned pets adopted during the pandemic is pushing pet shelters across the state beyond capacity.

For some shelters, this is business as usual during the summer months, but others are attributing the influx of pets to owners returning animals as they return to work in the office or face financial hardships. All are encouraging Kansans to consider ways they can help relieve the capacity crisis.

At Melissa’s Second Chances, a Shawnee pet shelter, the capacity for total cats and dogs is 80, but right now, there are close to 150 pets there. That is down

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Currituck Animal Shelter euthanizes 52 cats and kittens; advocates cry foul

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The Currituck Animal Shelter staff euthanized a total of 52 cats and kittens on July 8, saying each cat was suffering from severe symptoms of a highly contagious virus.

Currituck officials put out a statement about the incident Thursday after the county’s SPCA posted a scathing narrative on Facebook about the mass euthanization, saying protocol wasn’t followed.

“Due to a great deal of misinformation circulating on social media, including personal attacks on county employees, Currituck County is providing correct information regarding this situation,” the statement read.

An outline on how this situation unfolded, according to the county:

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