Rottweiler shows dogged determination
A suburban Detroit man whose Rottweiler was given a new leash on life after surviving a botched euthanasia said he has neither the heart nor the money to try the procedure again. Redford Township resident Matt Olivarez, 27, said he's in a tough spot: facing possible home foreclosure while trying to do right by Mia, an 11-year-old he feeds by hand, partly because of her spinal problem that makes walking difficult. Olivarez took Mia to the Westcott Veterinary Care Center in Detroit on Saturday. Westcott officials speculated afterward the drug dosage wasn't strong enough or had been watered down. Olivarez said he returned to his garage Sunday morning and noticed Mia was missing from the pile of hay he placed her on the day before, planning to bury her in his grandfather's back yard. Instead, he turned to find her standing on all fours, staring at him: "It was like a scene from Pet Sematary.''
Cat scam costs woman $31,000
An Austrian woman failed to look a gift cat in the mouth and ended up $31,000 poorer. The 19-year-old from Salzburg province found an offer for a free "British Shorthair" on the Internet. Instead of delivering, the purported cat donor asked for money transfers to Cameroon for vaccinations, air transport, official papers and quarantine costs, promising repayment. She made 23 transfers before realizing there is no such thing as a free cat and contacted police.
His speeding video leads to his arrest
Three Israelis took the fast lane to the police station by posting a Facebook video of themselves speeding along a highway at 160 mph. A police spokesman said the driver was charged with reckless driving and endangering public safety, the first time police have made a traffic arrest based on a homemade video. The Haaretz daily published a picture of the clip showing the speedometer pushed to maximum and said the two passengers clapped in the video as the driver picked up speed. The men are heard debating about where to post the video.
Too, too easy
Drunks knock, police answer
Authorities in southwestern Pennsylvania charged a pair of 30-year-olds with public drunkenness after they knocked on a police station door. A Uniontown police report says Alan Scritchfield and Peter Dominick came to the station about 9 p.m. Sunday. A police sergeant said Dominick was slurring his words while Scritchfield was drinking out of a plastic cup. Asked what was in it, he allegedly told police, "alcohol, Crown Royal" before saying he was drunk. Police subdued Dominick with a stun gun when he realized he was being arrested and tried to run away.
Compiled from Times wires and other sources.