Tuesday, January 16, 2018
News Roundup

The skinny: Arizona shelter gets 36-pound furry 'Meatball'

Big cat rescue

Arizona shelter gets 36-pound furry   'Meatball'

An Arizona animal shelter has a rather large cat on its hands. Maricopa County Animal Care and Control recently received a 36-pound cat at one of its shelters in the Phoenix area. The cat named "Meatball" is temporarily staying in an office at the shelter because he's too large to fit into a standard kennel. The cat is not available for adoption. Instead, the shelter is trying to place him with a rescue organization that helps overweight cats. The shelter says Meatball is extremely friendly and can walk comfortably despite his weight.

Ready for a time out

Couple charged for toddler's 911 calls

Authorities have charged a northern New York woman and her boyfriend because the woman's 2-year-old daughter used their cellphones to dial 911 a total of 15 times last month. Village of Lowville police Officer Matthew Martin says the 23-year-old mother and her 33-year-old boyfriend told him they tried to keep their phones away from the persistent toddler, but the girl kept getting them and dialing 911. Martin spoke to the couple last week after Lewis County 911 dispatchers reported that a child had called 14 times in January. Martin says the child called 911 a 15th time later that night. He charged the couple with obstructing governmental administration.

Nothing to see here

Police called after happy pig squeals

Police responding to reports of screaming coming from a home in Maine didn't find a victim of domestic violence as they feared. Instead, they found an amorous pig. State police say a woman called last week after hearing what she believed to be a fight coming from a neighbor's home in the town of China. The caller said she heard screaming and thought there was a domestic assault. The Morning Sentinel reports that four state troopers responded and talked to the neighbor. The neighbor explained that she raises pigs and the screaming was coming from an overjoyed male pig that had been placed in a pen with five sows in heat. Police say there was no assault and no disturbance "other than the screaming male pig."

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

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