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Kitten abandoned in shelter mailbox looks for new home

A kitten that was abandoned in the mailbox of a Hawthorne, California, animal shelter is now up for adoption.

KABC reported that Brett, a black-and-white domestic short hair kitten, was found in the mailbox March 28 when a staffer heard meowing.

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Brett was 2 weeks old when he was found in the mailbox. According to a Facebook post from the shelter, his condition was touch and go after being in the heat.

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“Abandoning an animal is a crime and very cruel,” spcaLA president Madeline Bernstein told KABC. “The kitten could have easily died inside the mailbox.”

Veterinary staff at the shelter jumped into action to get Brett well. He was put into foster care where he was bottle-fed until he could eat on his own. 

Now 2 months old, Brett is ready for adoption. He was socialized through the shelter’s HEAL Program.

Adoptions at scpaLA are on a first come, first served basis. More information is available at the spcaLA website.

Charges sought after owner admits to amputating dog's leg with steak knife

A Michigan man may face animal cruelty charges after he admitted on camera to amputating his dog's leg, WXYZ reported.

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The dog's owner, Charles Wofford, told WDIV that he thought he was doing the right thing. He said his dog Blackie developed an infection in his leg after a dog fight.

The owner told WDIV that he couldn't afford to take the dog to a veterinarian, so he removed the leg himself with a clean steak knife. He told WXYZ that he used dental numbing cream before the amputation and the dog did not appear to be in pain, but instead was "relieved" after the leg was removed.

The Michigan Humane Society is caring for the dog after it was picked up Wednesday after receiving a tip from a concerned citizen, WDIV reported. Humane society officials believe a kitchen knife and garden shears were used to remove the dog's leg. The dog has undergone surgery and his prognosis is good, according to humane society officials.

The Michigan Humane Society told WDIV that it is working with authorities in hopes of animal cruelty charges being filed in the case.

Wofford told WXYZ that he hopes people can forgive him and that he loves his dog.

Family finds their dog poisoned by methamphetamine and cocaine

A Washington family is warning others, after their boxer somehow got poisoned by meth. 

They noticed something was off with their two-year-old pup “Allie” and rushed her to the pet ER Friday

The Veterinary Specialty Center in Lynwood – where they brought Allie - says cases where pets get poisoned by pot or illicit drugs is going up. Now about 25 percent of its cases are from pets eating drugs.

>> Related: Seattle mom concerned after dog bites son on school grounds

Saturday morning, Allie was able to come home, but the Bothell family is still trying to figure out where the meth came from and how their dog got ahold of it. 

“She’s a typical boxer. Out of control all the time, happy, a clown,” said Jen O’Brien, her owner. 

Her and her fiancé’s two boxer dogs have access to a fenced-in backyard and the house during the day, but on Friday, they found Allie behaving strangely. 

“She just wasn't right,” O’Brien said. “Neurotic, moving around very weird, wouldn't eat a cookie. Very abnormal for her.” 

>> Related: Dog deemed 'unadoptable' to become first-ever deaf K-9 in Washington 

O’Brien showed KIRO7 a video of a very different Allie, tapping her foot, looking confused.

Their vet recommended they take Allie straight to the ER.

A urine analysis showed she tested positive for meth, cocaine, and amphetamines.

>> Related: Hero dog takes bullet for teenager in Des Moines home invasion

“I was very startled. I’ve never heard of a dog even ingesting that before. It made sense with the symptoms she was showing, but it was pretty scary. Very scary,” O’Brien said.

The Veterinary Specialty Center’s medical director, Karen Kline said over the phone that stimulants cause heart failure in pets, and if Allie didn’t get to the hospital she could have died. 

“They said based on her urine and color, it was a substantial amount,” O’Brien said. 

What has her scared - her dogs didn't leave the house or yard. O’Brien wonders if someone, somehow left or planted the drugs on her property. 

“I think it's very strange,” O’Brien said. “I think it needs to be out there just so people are aware.” 

“I don't want any more dogs hurt. I’m worried about having my own dogs in my own yard and that shouldn’t happen,” she said. 

Kline says she has not heard of any recent cases of people intentionally dosing dogs with drugs, though again - accidental poisonings are on the rise. 

If this case warrants it, O’Brien is offering a $1,000 reward that leads to an arrest. 

O’Brien says she is filing a police report with Bothell Police. 

Stray dog named Publix rescued, then adopted by his guardian angel

A stray dog who lingered around a former Publix grocery store in metro Atlanta for a year has finally found a loving home. The story behind the adoption is heartwarming.

The animal shelter PAWS Atlanta posted Publix's story Friday on its Facebook page. Shelter staff said a woman came rushing to the office Thursday as it was closing, asking if they had Publix.

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Publix was a dog that shelter staff and concerned residents had been trying to rescue for a year. In December, shelter staff were able to rescue the dog and house him at the shelter. The woman who visited the facility Thursday evening knew the dog well; she called him Buddy. She said the dog would visit her shop and she would feed him, and the two had developed a close bond. When the dog disappeared in December, she had feared the worst.

The woman was overjoyed to learn that the rescue organization had Publix, after a friend alerted her when she saw the photo of the dog on the shelter's Instagram feed.

Shelter staff said Publix was thrilled to see the woman who had been so kind to him, and that they'd never seen Publix so happy or animated.

The woman decided to adopt Publix, making for the happiest of endings for all involved. In an update posted on Instagram Monday, the happy new owner said that Publix is her “little shadow,” and goes to work with her each day.

7-year-old cat who walked 12 miles to owners who gave him away finds forever family

A 7-year-old cat given away by his family walked 12 miles back home -- only to be given away again.

WRAL.com reported that, according to an April 4 Facebook post from the SPCA of Wake County, Toby, a fluffy orange and white cat, was given to another family but found his way back to his home.

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“When he arrived, he was met with heartbreak,” the post said. “The family he thought had loved him took him to a shelter and asked staff to euthanize him. The shelter called us at the SPCA to ask if we could take him in and help him find a new family. Of course we said YES!”

The animal shelter said it took Toby in from a county shelter at the end of February.

Toby was adopted by his new mom, Michele, on Friday the 13, SPCA of Wake County communications manager Tara Lynn said in a blog post.

“It’s funny. He’s very sweet, but he didn’t get along with his (feline) roommate,” Lynn told People Pets. “We thought he’d need to be adopted out as the only cat in a home, but his new family has two other cats and he’s fine with them. He’s just been through a lot and wasn’t settled yet.”

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Lynn told People that she wasn’t sure if Toby, who is FIV-positive, was given up by his family because of his disease, but it didn’t seem to impact interest from potential adopters.

“It’s cool, people were interested in him despite his FIV,” Lynn said.

Toby’s life with his forever family is captured on his own Instagram page, a.cat.named.toby. The page has more than 15,000 followers and includes a post supporting the SPCA of Wake County’s annual Dog Walk, which benefits all animals in the shelter.

Dog rescued from New York subway tunnels after 3-mile journey

A dog ran for miles on subway tracks in Brooklyn after it narrowly avoided being hit by a train, WCBS reported.

Around 3:40 a.m. Monday, the dog took off running after nearly getting hit by a train. The train slowed to 10 mph, following the dog for nine stops, according to WCBS. It lasted 40 minutes and the dog ran more than three miles through the tunnels before he was able to be pulled to safety, WCBS reported.

Because of the subway pup, trains were backed up, but luckily it was early and before rush hour, track inspector Edlin Cruz told WCBS.

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Cruz was the man who rescued the dog.

“I sprung into action. I got his attention, showed him a little bit of caring. He was scared, hungry,” Cruz told WCBS.

>> Pet pot-bellied pig named Molly cooked, eaten by new owners after adoption from shelter

The dog, a pit bull, had no collar or identification and was handed over to the ASPCA. Metropolitan Transportation Authority workers named the dog Lucky, WCBS reported.

>> One lucky dog: Deaf K-9 started off as unadoptable shelter dog 

Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this story.

Boy bullied for having different-colored eyes, cleft lip adopts cat that looks like him

A bullied Oklahoma boy and his adorable new best friend look like they could be twins — well, almost.

According to "Today," Madden Humphreys, 7, of Owasso started feeling sad after other children made fun of his cleft lip and different-colored eyes, also known as heterochromia iridium.

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“He wasn’t (insecure) until other kids started pointing it out to him and then saying not nice things to him,” his mother, Christina Humphreys, told "Today." 

But Christina soon found something she knew would cheer him up — a rescue cat that looked like her son.

“Last week, a friend posted an image of the cat in our cleft moms group," she wrote in a now-viral post for Love What Matters. "This kitty was taken in by a rescue group in Minnesota. We knew immediately that this kitty was meant to be part of our family. Not only does he have a cleft lip like our 7-year-old son Madden, he also has complete heterochromia iridum, like Madden. They were destined to be best friends. Funny how a pet can make you feel less alone."

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Although money was tight, friends helped the family fund the road trip to Minnesota. There, they adopted the cat, Moon.

“We’re usually not spontaneous people, but we knew that we were meant to love this kitty," she wrote for Love What Matters. "Moon, the kitty, and Madden are the perfect companions for each other. In a word full of bullies and hateful words, we will choose to chase love. I think it’s safe to say that this kitty is love, and was certainly meant to be part of our journey and Madden’s journey."

You can follow Madden and Moon on Instagram at @maddenandmoon.

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Pet cat attack sends Ohio woman to hospital

An Ohio woman was taken to Miami Valley Hospital after receiving various bite and scratch marks from her 1-year-old cat that attacked her inside of her Dayton home, according to a police report. 

>> On WHIO.com: Woman arrested for allegedly pepper spraying a cat

Officers responded to the 400 block of Richmond Avenue Wednesday afternoon and noticed the woman had open, bleeding wounds on her right arm and hand from the cat attack. The woman explained that she confined the cat to the basement as a result.

>> On WHIO.com: Cat is rescued from tree near Hospice of Dayton

The woman was given an animal bite quarantine form by officials to send to the public health department.

>> Cat reunited with owner 14 years after hurricane disappearance

She reportedly said the cat is updated on shots.

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The woman has since been released from the hospital

Cat reunited with owner 14 years after hurricane disappearance

Perry Martin probably can’t stop pondering about his cat.

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In 2004, the orange tabby Thomas 2, or simply just “T2,” disappeared.

It happened when the Fort Pierce man moved into a friend’s house in Stuart after Hurricane Jeanne stormed through the area, according to TCPalm.

>> Delta under fire after flying a puppy to the wrong airport

The retired K-9 officer grieved, but then came to terms with the idea that his cat had moved on to other ventures, or to that great catnap in the sky. 

That all changed on March 9 with a phone call.

“Someone said, 'What if we told you T2 was alive?' I figured it was a mistake," Martin told TCPalm. "It was too crazy to believe."

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Worn and weary, the fiery feline was found wandering the streets of Palm City.

He was brought into the shelter, where a scan of his skinny shoulder detected a microchip, which eventually led him back to Martin. 

Next thing you know, the tabby, now 18 years old, is back snuggling on his owner’s lap

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The cat is content, but Martin’s questioning persists.

"Could you imagine if he could talk for just 15 minutes to tell us what he's been through?" Martin told TCPalm. "He'd probably say, 'Why did you keep the door shut, Dad?'"

Read more at TCPalm.

Delta under fire after flying a puppy to the wrong airport

Delta Air Lines is coming under heat after accidentally flying a puppy to the wrong airport.

>> United suspends pet cargo service in wake of mix-ups, dog death

Josh Schlaich posted about the incident on Facebook over the weekend when he was trying to figure out where the 8-week-old puppy was. He was supposed to pick up the puppy at the airport in Boise, Idaho. But instead he got a message from a Delta rep at the Detroit airport saying the puppy would be sent to a boarding location because of a flight delay.

>> Dog dies on United Airlines flight after being placed in overhead bin

After misrouting and confusion, the puppy was eventually delivered safely and “seems happy and healthy,” Schlaich posted later in the weekend.

But the incident has drawn national attention, in the wake of an incident in which a puppy died in an overhead bin on United Airlines.

Delta issued a statement after the incident: “We know pets are important members of the family and apologize for the delayed shipment of a dog, which is now in the hands of its owner, after it was routed to the wrong destination. Delta teams worked quickly to reunite the dog and his owner, while remaining in constant contact with the customer throughout the process to update him on the status of his pet.”

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The airline said it refunded the shipping costs and started a review of the incident.

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