BEIJING - Juice is a one-foot tall canine wonder who has starred in dozens of Chinese film and television productions. As he gets older and his illustrious career peaks, his Beijing-based master has one wish for the mutt - to live on. Maybe forever. A mongrel stray adopted off the streets, the nine year-old Juice -- or "Guozhi" in Mandarin -- is unable to reproduce since he was neutered from an early age. But his master, animal trainer He Jun, wants to continue his star pooch's image by making a genetic clone. "Juice himself is a piece of intellectual property with social influence," said He. To achieve that, He went to Sinogene, China's first biotech company to provide pet cloning services. Sinogene made headlines when it successfully cloned a gene-edited beagle in May last year. A month later, it launched commercial cloning services. For at least 380,000 yuan ($55,065), pet owners can clone their pets. Sinogene's CEO Mi Jidong said the company's pet cloning business is in its initial … [Read more...] about China’s first pet cloning service duplicates superstar canine
Sarah Rahal The Detroit News Published 11:13 AM EST Dec 15, 2018 A Brandon Township man was arraigned this week after investigators found six of 31 farm animals died from being neglected, according to the Oakland County Animal Control. Andrew Elroy Scott, 32, was charged with cruelty and neglect of 10 or more animals in 52-2 District Court in Independence Township on Thursday. Scott faces up to four years in prison. A witness alerted Oakland County Animal Control in October about the condition of horses at Scott's petting zoo at a roadside farm stand in Brandon Township. Investigators obtained a search warrant on Oct. 24 for the property, in the 4500-block of Ramsey Road, with a veterinarian and the Oakland County Sheriff Department deputies. Investigators saw several thin animals on Scott’s property. The veterinarian also conducted tests and took fecal samples from the miniature horses. From the … [Read more...] about Brandon Twp. man arraigned in deaths of petting zoo animals
It’s the time of year when tropical poinsettias abound, a feast for the eyes in church vestibules, restaurants and just about anywhere there’s holiday decor.Do they pose a risk to people or pets? Not usually, but it’s a good idea to keep them out of reach of small children and the family cat or dog.“Poinsettias get a bad rep. They can be toxic if they’re consumed. But they’re very bitter to taste, so the risk is low,” said Dixie Schneider, designer with Springs In Bloom florist, 318 E. Colorado Ave.Quite a number of the bad-tasting leaves would have to be consumed to sicken someone. An Ohio State University study showed that a 50-pound child would have to eat more than 500 poinsettia leaves to have any side effects.“Those beautiful flowers you’ve been so wary of keeping in your home during the holidays (lest they poison pets or children) are not toxic,” reports Live Science, citing a study that looked at nearly 23,000 cases of … [Read more...] about Can the season’s plentiful poinsettia displays be harmful to you or your pets?
ADOPTION FAIRS9-Lives Rescue Inc. — Cats and kittens, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, PetSmart, 2965 New Center Point; 591-4640; colorado9lives.com.Happy Cats Haven — Kittens, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Pet Supplies Plus, 3630 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Suite 130; 362-4600, happycatshaven.org.Look What the Cat Brought In — 1-5 p.m. Sunday, 2129 E. Boulder St.; lookwhatthecatbroughtin.org.New Hope Rescue Inc. — Dogs and cats, noon-3 p.m. Saturday, New Hope Rescue Adoption Center, 3109 N. Hancock Ave.; newhoperescue.homestead.com.Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Bentley’s Pet Stuff, 5627 Barnes Road; rockymountaincockerrescue.org.Saint Animal Rescue — Dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and small caged animals, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 3060 N. Powers Blvd.; 541-3099, saintanimalrescue.org.Second Chance Animal Rescue Foundation — Dogs, puppies, cats and kittens, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Wag N’ Wash, 1234 E. Woodmen Road; … [Read more...] about Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting Dec. 15
Todd Spangler Detroit Free Press Published 11:46 AM EST Dec 14, 2018 WASHINGTON — The federal stalking law is getting an update to include threats made against a person’s pets or emotional support animals. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., managed to get his proposal — which adds threats and violence against a person’s pets to the stalking statute —included in this year’s Farm Bill, which has passed both chambers of Congress and is headed to President Trump for his signature. Under the law, threatening or harming a pet as a way to harass or intimidate a victim is punishable by up to five years in prison. Peters has made the proposal before, noting that it’s not just a matter of protecting the pets themselves: Experts say that victims of abuse often remain in a threatening situation because they fear what could happen to their pets. “Survivors of domestic violence should never have to decide between leaving an abusive relationship or … [Read more...] about Farm Bill includes Gary Peter’s pet stalking law