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Archive: May, 2013

POSTED: Friday, May 31, 2013, 7:50 AM

The federal government is suing a western Pennsylvania homeless shelter for barring entry to a needy man and his dog.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it is charging City Rescue Mission of New Castle (CRM) after an investigation found the shelter denied a reasonable accommodation request to allow the man to keep his dog in the shelter, in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

POSTED: Thursday, May 30, 2013, 7:55 AM

(This story has been updated to reflect status of bill in Senate)

Legendary game show host Bob Barker is putting his mouth where his money is.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 8:32 AM

Two area animals are vying for the title of nation's top hero pet.

POSTED: Monday, May 27, 2013, 1:47 PM

The sculpture above is not from the Civil War. It's from 2001, depicting horses carrying Green Berets through the dangerous and mountainous terrain of northern Afghanistan.

POSTED: Sunday, May 26, 2013, 9:21 AM

Dogs and cats are welcome on planes and many hotels, so why not on trains?

Well, it will take an act of Congress to make it happen.

POSTED: Thursday, May 23, 2013, 12:40 PM
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POSTED: Thursday, May 23, 2013, 11:35 PM

Think your pet-filled home is a bacteria factory? Well, guess what, it is - and, as Martha Stewart would say - that's a good thing.

A study, published in PLoS ONE, found that homes with dogs had more bacteria, including types that are rarely found in dogless homes.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 9:33 AM

When it comes to longevity, Pennsylvania dogs and cats are below average.

A new report, produced by Banfield Pet Hospital, looked at the lifespans of 2.5 million of its dog and cat patients across the country and found where a pet lives may determine how long they live..

The biggest factor? Spaying and neutering.

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