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Pink pussycat

BRITISH animal welfare investigators say a white pet cat was dyed pink and thrown into a stranger's garden.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said at the end of last month it is caring for the usually white cat, aged between one and two years, after it was discovered in Swindon, west of London.

Veterinary surgeon Penny Gillespie said the female cat - temporarily named Pink - had been thoroughly covered in dye. It was not known whether the cat had been abandoned or taken from its home in a prank. The case follows an incident last month when a British woman was video taped dumping a cat into a garbage bin.

Bedbug dogs

bedbug-sniffing dogs have been enlisted in the furry front line of the battle against the worsening insect infestation in America.

University of Florida researchers report that well-trained dogs can detect a single live bug or egg with 96 percent accuracy.

Anchor, the bedbug sniffer, gleefully wags his tail and bounds around the legs of his owner. "Find your bedbugs," Carmen Reino commands. The dog is off, straining at the leash, pulling Reino around his home in .After less than five minutes of frantic sniffing, Anchor scratches at the bed, signaling to his owner he's found the bugs.

Pooch piggie bank

DOGs eat pretty much anything, but 105 copper pennies is a little extreme. Still a French mastiff puppy in the US state of Michigan gulped down enough to buy a cup of coffee and became a canine piggie bank.

Fortunately, Isis survived because she threw up a few of the pennies she had gobbled down late last month in the city of Paw Paw. Then she was rushed to a hospital to remove the rest. Owners Jeff and Jodi Keelan have four other dogs but none has acquired the taste for money.

"I was just lying in bed watching the news and I heard her throw up, so I walked into the living room and there were eight or nine pennies on the floor," Jeff said.

X-rays revealed pennies throughout her stomach and intestines. "Dogs eat pretty much anything," said Dr Kate Hoevenaar, Isis' veterinarian.


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