Stories tagged with: dogs

March 8, 2015 - 8:38pm
3 weeks 1 day ago

Over 600 pups and their handlers stormed the Fieldhouse Sunday to compete in an American Kennel Club Agility Competition.

Agility competitions are designed to demonstrate a dogs willingness to work with its handler in many situations. It takes teamwork to navigate the obstacle course in a race against the clock.

"When you start out you start out at a beginning level that's called Novice, and then once you pass that three times you move up to Open, and then three passes in...

January 30, 2015 - 6:59pm
8 weeks 4 days ago

 If you're a pet owner who has yet to purchase your dog license you may be in luck, the Muskingum County Auditors Office has extended the final date you can purchase that license with out penalty.

Dog licenses were supposed to be on sale from December 1st to January 31st. However, since the 31st is a Saturday the auditors office has extended that date to February 2nd. This means you can purchase your dog license up to February 2nd without penalty.

"There are various...

January 25, 2015 - 5:14pm
9 weeks 1 day ago

The temperatures are falling outside which means you might need a new furry friend to keep you warm.

The Animal Shelter Society hosted an adoption event earlier today at the Pet Smart on Maple Avenue. Dawn, a 5-year-old Labrador and Barney Fife a 4-year-old Beagle mix were the star attractions.

"We're here with a couple of dogs from the shelter," said volunteer, Carol Wilson. "Hoping that a couple people that come in might adopt a dog here, or go to the shelter and...

May 28, 2014 - 12:43pm
43 weeks 6 days ago

Dogs can be a hot commodity, and with more dog nappers hoping to make a quick dollar, owners need to take precautions.

One of the biggest steps you can take to help protect man's best friend is having it micro-chipped with a tracking device.  While this can sometimes help a napper locate where a dog may be, it can also help you locate your dog if it is lost or stolen.  Charity Stevens,  a rescue coordinator with the animal shelter in Muskingum County, said everyone...

January 13, 2014 - 3:05pm
1 year 10 weeks ago

Authorities say an Indiana dog breeder, whose minivan broke down in Hebron Saturday, was transporting 62 dogs, some four or five to a crate. 

Licking County Humane Society Executive Director Lori Carlson says the animals were stacked “bottom to top” in the van, when it was discovered in the parking lot of a hotel in Hebron over the weekend. Carlson says the dogs, some just a few weeks old, had coats covered in feces and urine. 

The driver reported being...

December 17, 2013 - 7:15pm
1 year 14 weeks ago

What may look like just an abandoned school on the outside, is turned into a training facility that prepares K-9 units for when scenarios like school shootings and bomb threats, turn into real-life situations.

In order to make sure they're ready for those scenarios, dogs like Ike are trained for a minimum of 16 hours each month. To make that happen, every other Tuesday, Barry Connell of Ohio Working Dogs spends his day training new and veteran K-9's.

Connell explained, "It's...

October 25, 2013 - 3:45pm
1 year 22 weeks ago

With temperatures steadily declining don't forget your pets.

Muskingum County Animal Shelter Society Director, Jody Murray says that animals should receive a wellness check around this time to detect any serious medical issues.

"Cats and dogs are just like people," said Murray. If they have any kind of chronic health problem it will be made worse by cold weather and the winter time. if they have any kind of arthritis or breathing problems it's a good time to have check...

October 23, 2013 - 6:28pm
1 year 22 weeks ago

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating what has caused nearly 600 deaths and more than 36,000 illnesses in dogs. The FDA believes the outbreaks of illness are jerky treats produced in China, but are still unsure what brands. The Muskingum County Animal Shelter Society's Executive Director Jody Murray wants to warn pet owners to be cautious until there's more information.

"Certainly if you're using any of the jerky treats, watch for any gastrointestinal or kidney issues...

August 7, 2013 - 6:25pm
1 year 33 weeks ago

The Muskingum County and Guernsey County Sheriff's Office both retired one of their K-9's this year and on Wednesday, they each added a new German Shepherd to the department.

"We try and keep one on every shift," said Muskingum County Sheriff, Matt Lutz. "We've been doing that for the last several years and since we had one retired, it's time to get a new one."

With the increase in drug flow between the two counties, they're both looking for a second K-9 to...

July 18, 2013 - 4:10pm
1 year 36 weeks ago

Your pets can be affected by the weather just like humans, so Jody Murray, the executive director of The Animal Shelter Society is offering up some tips for pet owners to keep their animals safe throughout the summer.

"Obviously they're going to be drinking a lot more water right now," said Murray. "And not only is it important to make sure they have water but if you're not giving them fresh water a couple times during the day, it can get too hot. You don't really think...

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