Ask The Horse Doctor: Warm water will encourage horses to drink in winter, and help prevent colic
Ask The Horse Doctor By Dr. Christina Vittoria

Two Canada lynx killed in Maine; feds investigating
TOWNSHIP 14 RANGE 7, Maine - Two rare Canada lynx have been killed in Maine, and state and federal wildlife authorities are investigating.

The Maine Warden Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service say the lynx were shot...

Ask The Horse Doctor: Dr. Vittoria reveals the inner secrets of her 'vet' truck, an animal clinic on wheels
Ask the Horse Doctor By Dr. Christina Vittoria

Schuylkill County horse rescuers give equines a second career
SPRING GLEN, Schuylkill County - Not unlike their draft horses, Les and Karen Montford embarked on "second careers."

As operators of Running Springs Farm Ltd., the Spring Glen couple provide horse-drawn wagon and carriage...

Malibu mountain lion gets reprieve after 10 pet alpacas killed
MALIBU, Calif. - A California mountain lion placed under a death sentence for killing nearly a dozen alpacas owned by a Malibu woman was granted a reprieve when the woman announced she wouldn't act on a state-issued permit giving her the...

Maine woman sentenced for contempt for failing to heed pet ban
FARMINGTON, Maine - A judge has sentenced a Maine woman who violated a ban on possessing animals to nearly a year in jail for contempt of court.

Seventy-one-year-old Carol Murphy of New Sharon identifies as a "sovereign...

Pot-bellied pig can't return to living at Luzerne County home
KINGSTON TOWNSHIP, Luzerne County - A citation against a local family for cohabiting with Gemma, a pot-bellied pig, was dismissed Wednesday, but District Judge James E. Tupper's decision does not give the family permission to bring...

Mississippi mayor pardons pet pig of deployed military man
MOSS POINT, Miss. - A mayor in a Mississippi city has decided not to banish a pet pig while its owner is on military duty in Iraq.

The Sun Herald reports that Moss Point Mayor Billy...

Trainer has horse sense
Chris Carlile uses natural training methods on the animals he works with.

Chris Carlile was the police chief of Pottstown for 10 years before he retired in 2000, which gave him more time to focus on a past love.

"I had a...

Man who killed pet pig gets 9-day jail sentence
LIHUE, Hawaii - A Kauai County man found guilty of criminal trespass for stabbing someone's pet pig to death in 2013 has been sentenced to nine days in prison.

Prosecutors dropped charges of cruelty to animals and criminal...

Man with monkey on his back arrested in Seattle suburb

BURIEN, Wash. - A Washington state driver who had a monkey on his back wound up with handcuffs on his wrists.

Police in the Seattle suburb of Burien said the driver crashed into a rock in someone's yard after being clocked...

Mountain lion suspected of killing koala at L.A. Zoo
LOS ANGELES - In the legal world, it'd be called circumstantial evidence.

On March 3, one of the Los Angeles Zoo's koalas went missing. Down the road from its enclosure, a tuft of its hair was found. About 400 yards farther down,...

Montana will not allow kinkajou as pet
HELENA, Mont. - The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission has denied a request to list the kinkajou (KINK'-uh-joo) as a controlled species in the state.

The decision means the house cat-sized animal cannot be kept as a pet by...

Coyote sightings increase during cold, breeding season
DECATUR, Ala. - Coyote sightings have increased during the breeding season within the state.

Animal control officials say cats are a main food source for the predators, especially at this time of year, the Decatur Daily...

Unlikely animal companions more common on flights
BOSTON - You don't expect to be there when pigs fly.

But after arriving at the gate at Logan Airport on Christmas night, I realized I would experience that idiomatic impossibility firsthand. A miniature potbellied pig with a...

Reserve in Florida provides safe haven for unwanted exotic animals
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Lions, tigers, a bear and now ligers too. Ligers?

Ares and his little brother, Yeti, are the newest residents at St. Augustine Wild Reserve - a nonprofit wildlife sanctuary that also is a rescue center for...

The Bicycling Goat lends ideas at outdoor book exchange
Bibliophiles from Derry and surrounding communities have another convenient, fun and free way to expand their reading lists, thanks in large part to siblings at Grandview Elementary School and their family in Westmoreland County.

Ask The Horse Doctor: How can I protect my horse from falls on the ice?
Dear Dr. Vittoria: My older horse, Jed, fell on ice last year, and he hasn't been the same since. The vet said he tore a ligament when he fell. He is holding his own but I want to warn people about this. He isn't rideable anymore.

Wayne County fox positive for rabies
TEXAS TOWNSHIP. - A gray fox that attacked a person in Texas Township, Wayne County, last week tested positive for rabies, the state Department of Agriculture said.

The attack happened Nov. 24 on the Texas Palmyra Highway, the...

Once-despised prairie dogs now attract crowds to their floor show
LUBBOCK, Texas - A quiet stillness fell over the rugged parkland, and soon the show began.

One by one, furry brown creatures popped up from dirt mounds and surveyed the dusty plain.

Every few minutes, one stood on its...