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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Florida woman upset over her dog being dyed by groomer

LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman got a colorful but unwanted surprise when she picked up her dog from a grooming session. The Palm Beach Post reports Graziella Puleo’s Goldendoodle named Lola was scheduled for a buzz cut and teeth cleaning recently at a Lake Worth grooming center. When Puleo picked up the dog, its eyebrows and tail were shaved and dyed neon green, and its ears were neon pink. The dog’s underside was left pink from the close cut, which caused an infection that had to be treated by a vet. Amore’s Pet Salon Dog Grooming Day Care Boarding Spa owner Raquel Adams says they thought Lola was “missing something” and wanted to “beautify” the dog. Adams says the dyed areas could be easily trimmed with scissors.

Red panda triplets born in Virginia

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A zoo in Virginia has announced the birth of red panda triplets. The Virginia Zoo in Norfolk announced Monday that the triplets were born two months ago and are thriving in a climate-controlled den that’s out of sight from the public. Zoo veterinarian Collen Clabbers said red panda triplets are a “unique situation” for the endangered species from Asia. But she said the mother is “doing a great job.” The two males and one female were born to mother Masu and dad Timur. The cubs will live in the red panda exhibit. That’s after zoo staff members feel the cubs can navigate the exhibit’s trees and other features. The zoo is auctioning naming rights in support of red panda conservation. Bids can be placed on this website:

Police seize animals from zoo

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — Suburban Detroit police say they’ve seized more than 300 hedgehogs and other animals that were being kept by what they’re calling a “bootleg zookeeper.” The Romulus Police Department says it also rescued six Flemish giant rabbits, three large iguanas, two kangaroos, a peacock, an Arctic fox and a 16-foot, 200-pound reticulated python Thursday from a building on one of the city’s main roads. Police say they were acting on a call from a concerned resident. They say the animals have been turned over to experts who can properly take care of them.