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Could Your Dog Be The 2015 Military Pet Of The Year?

Jan. 28
By Beth Ford Roth
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Time is running out to enter Dogs on Deployment's "2015 Military Pet of the Year" contest. Dogs on Deployment is a non-profit group that helps find temporary homes for the beloved canines (and kitties) of troops during their deployments.

Therapy Dogs Would Help Veterans With PTSD Under New Bill

Jan. 23
By Beth Ford Roth
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Veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder could help train therapy dogs for other veterans under a pilot program being considered by Congress.

San Diego Shelter Seeks Owner Of Two Pit Bulls Found On Sailboat

Jan. 22
By City News Service
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Lifeguards boarded a 24-foot catamaran and found the pair of pit bulls after spotting the vessel Wednesday morning.

SeaWorld Releases Fur Seal After Rehabilitation

Jan. 9
By City News Service
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Scientists attached a transmitter to the fur seal and hope to learn where she travels, forages for food and, ultimately, where she thrives.

Animal Control Finds Owner Of Snake That Came Out Of Toilet

Jan. 8
By City News Service
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Dan DeSousa of Animal Services said the snake belongs to Gaslamp Quarter resident. He said the snake probably made a fairly quick passage through the structure's plumbing.

San Diego Zoo's Northern White Rhino Returns To Habitat

Jan. 8
By City News Service
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A northern white rhinocerus at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park — one of five remaining members of the species — is doing better after being placed under veterinary supervision almost two weeks ago.

Oceanside Outlaws Sales Of 'Puppy Mill' Pets

Jan. 8
Promise Yee
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A divided Oceanside City Council decided Wednesday to join 16 other California cities and 54 more across the nation that have banned the sale of "puppy mill" dogs and cats.

Boa Constrictor Slithers Out Of Toilet In Gaslamp Quarter Office

Jan. 7
By City News Service
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A woman reported that the snake had slithered from the plumbing while she was plunging the toilet due to an excess of water in the bowl.

San Diego Zoo's Baby Gorilla Is A Crowd Pleaser

Dec. 31
By City News Service
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The still-unnamed male was born Dec. 26 to mother Jessica, 34, and father Paul Donn, 25.

With 5 Left in World, San Diego Zoo Checks Health Of Its Northern White Rhino

Dec. 29
By City News Service
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Zoo officials said Nola, 40, displayed behavioral changes and a thick nasal discharge Saturday.

Monocled Cobra That Went Loose In Thousand Oaks Now At San Diego Zoo

Dec. 23
By City News Service
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A venomous white monocled cobra that was captured after four days on the loose in Thousand Oaks moved into her new home Wednesday at the San Diego Zoo.

Tips On Finding The Right Pets For Your Family

Dec. 15
Midday Edition
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Staff from Helen Woodward Animal Center will also share tips on keeping your pets safe around the holidays.

Rare Northern White Rhino Dies At San Diego's Safari Park

Dec. 15
By City News Service and Associated Press
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Angalifu was one of six left in the world. He was 44 years old and apparently died of old age.

Oceanside's New Council Takes Up Issue Of Puppy Mills

Dec. 4
Promise Yee
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Sixteen California cities, including San Diego, have passed ordinances to ban sales of mass-bred dogs and cats.

Three-Legged Marine Corps Dog Subject Of New Book (Video)

Dec. 2
By Beth Ford Roth
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A retired Marine Corps bomb-sniffing dog with a local connection is the subject of a new book, “Top Dog: The Story of Marine Hero Lucca.” Lucca lost one of her paws in an improvised explosive device blast in Afghanistan back in 2012, and she spent her physical rehabilitation at Camp Pendleton before being medically retired by the Marines.