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    1. Skinny, the 41-pound cat in Texas, slims down to 19 pounds (w/video)

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      DALLAS — A former 41-pound cat dubbed Skinny has lost more than half of his weight to become the darling of a Dallas veterinary clinic.

      Dr. Brittney Barton holds Skinny, who when found wandering near Dallas in 2012 weighed in at 41 pounds. Barton says the orange tabby she adopted in 2013 has slimmed to 19 pounds with exercise and a special diet. [Jana Hipp via HEAL Veterinary Hospital & Pet Rehabilitation via AP]
    2. Pet potbellied porkers get the boot when they fatten up

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      Eva Monroy bought a mini pig for her family and fed it what the breeder instructed: a half-cup of food in the morning and a half-cup at night.

      This potbellied pig now lives with Marty Koontz, co-owner of Grazin Pig Acres rescue ranch in Ramona, Calif.
    3. Find a Friend: Coco the hound/pug mix

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      Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

      Celebrate Christmas in July with Coco, a hound/pug mix who's never naughty and playfully nice. She's housebroken, healthy and desperately lonely since her buddy was adopted solo. Don't let her occasional pug-face wrinkle fool you. This sunny girl always sees your bright …

      Coco the hound/pug mix
    4. Monkeys riding dogs, fun fair event, or animal cruelty?

      Citing concern for the welfare of animals, a suburban Chicago county board member is calling for the end of a popular county fair event that features capuchin monkeys dressed as horse jockeys that ride atop dogs in a Banana Derby race.

      Animal activists hope to ban the Lake County Fair’s Banana Derby, in which capuchin monkeys race to the finish line atop dogs.
    5. Find a Friend: Ralphie

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      Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

      Ralphie, a stray, wandered into a neighborhood Circle K store full of folks sipping Polar Pops. He was soon rescued by a Hillsborough County animal safety officer who described the grateful gray and white tabby as "lovey dovey." Now happy and healthy, Ralphie (ID No. …

      Once upon a hot July day, Ralphie went searching for a friend.  The lost and stray cat wasn?€™t feeling well and wandered into a neighborhood Circle K store full of folks sipping Polar Pops.  Ralphie was soon rescued by a Hillsborough County animal safety officer who described the grateful gray and white tiger tabby as ?€œlovey dovey.?€  Now happy and healthy, Ralphie (ID#28261353) is ready to live happily ever after. His affordable adoption includes vaccinations, neutering, microchip and more at Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center, 440 Falkenburg Road. open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, go to HillsboroughCounty.org/Pets. Photo courtesy of the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center.
    6. Hernando Pet of the Week for July 10

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      Pet of the week | Bonnie

      Bonnie is an affectionate hound mix, about 3 to 4 years old. She loves to play and does well with other dogs. Bonnie adores being the center of attention and also enjoys a nice refreshing dip in the pool. She has been spayed, microchipped, and is current on her age …

       Humane Society of the Nature Coast
    7. Can't walk your dog? There's an app for that: Wag!

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      You're stuck at the office working late, but your dog is stuck at home and getting desperate to take care of some business of his own. What to do?

      David Plunkert/New York Times
    8. Find A Friend: Cher the Boxer

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      Second Chance Boxer Rescue

      If she could turn back time, Cher would always be the beloved puppy cherished alongside her partner, Sonny. But life is complicated. The pair separated and and became homeless, like gypsies, tramps, and thieves. After being rescued from a shelter, Cher managed to find her following …

    9. Hernando Pet of the Week for July 3

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       Susu is a kitty that enjoys the company of other kitties and even the occasional dog. She?€™s a great cat for children because she?€™s incredibly sweet. Susu was found hiding under the shelter?€™s front office. She is between 2- 3-years-old and has been spayed, microchipped and is current on her age appropriate vaccinations including rabies. Inquiries about adopting Susu or other dogs and cats can be made at the Humane Society of the Nature Coast shelter at Wiscon and Mobley roads, Brooksville. Visiting hours at the shelter is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The shelter is run strictly on donations; no government subsidies are provided. Adoption fees are $100 for dogs, $40 for adults cats and $65 for kittens, and cover the costs for all vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchipping. For information, call (352) 796-2711. Visit the website at humanerescue.org.
    10. Retired military dogs' new mission: Sniff out meth

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      Five retired military dogs that spent years working in war zones are putting their noses to new uses by helping police in the United States combat methamphetamine and other drugs.

      Axel, a German shepherd, spent three years in Afghanistan as a search and narcotics dog. Now back in the United States, he recently found marijuana and cocaine that resulted in three arrests during an Indianapolis police investigation.
Brynn Anderson/AP