Pets & Animals

Bestiality case sent to grand jury

April 22nd, 2016

The case of a woman charged with three offenses arising from accusations that she had sexual intercourse with a dog was sent Friday to a grand jury for possible indictments.

Vocal tabby seeks loving home

Matt, a 1-year-old male tabby, is looking for a home.  Nathan Budryk/Daily

April 12th, 2016

This week’s pet of the week is Matt, a one-year-old neutered male tabby. Matt is a very vocal little guy, and has no problems warming up to Winchester SPCA staff according to Sam Volpini, a kennel attendant at the SPCA located on Featherbed Lane.

Pet of the Week: Rupert a ‘love bug’ under timid shell

Rupert, a 3- to 6-year-old short-haired domestic cat, is available for adoption at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter in Edinburg.   Brad Fauber/Daily

March 29th, 2016

EDINBURG – Rupert, a feline resident awaiting adoption at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, isn’t going to demand much attention when he first enters a room. His timid personality tends to lend to a cautious approach when he’s tossed into a new environment for the first time.

Allie is a happy Jack Russell mix

Allie is a 13-year-old Jack Russell mix. Courtesy photo

March 15th, 2016

This week’s pet of the week is Allie, a 13-year-old jack Russell mix. Allie is a spayed female whose owners were forced to surrender her during a move.

Cats moved from colony

March 2nd, 2016

The dispersal of the denizens of the Riverton cat colony in Front Royal is well underway with all of the so-called friendly felines already removed and only a few members of the feral population remaining.

Pet of the Week: Dolly seeking caring home

Dolly Purrton is looking for a new home. Brad Fauber/Daily

March 1st, 2016

EDINBURG – Dolly Purrton, a 2-year-old domestic shorthair cat residing at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, has lived a far less glamorous life than her famous human namesake.

Pet of the week: Bella wants spotlight at new home

Bella, a 2-year-old pit bull, eagerly awaits a fun toy at the Winchester SPCA.  Rachel Mahoney/Daily

February 22nd, 2016

Despite a loving and playful personality, Bella has had stroke of bad luck this past year and has hopped from owner to owner when circumstances caused her to keep coming back to the Winchester SPCA.

New body armor protects police dogs

Argo, a state police patrol dog, wearing a new ballistic vest, runs during a training exercise on Friday.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 19th, 2016

Several Virginia State Police dogs on patrol in the area are now outfitted with the most advanced vests in bullet protection, vests that can make a life-saving difference the next time they venture into a darkened building or are tracking an armed suspect.

Cat colony facing the end

Todd Sheffler, left, and Lisa Marie Dorman, right, both of Markham check on a colony of cats near the Riverton boat landing in Front Royal on Thursday. The couple frequent the site and another one just a minute's walk down the road toward the Riverton Quarry to feed the cats and check on their welfare.   Rich Cooley/Daily

February 16th, 2016

A community meeting of feline lovers learned Tuesday that a beloved cat colony near a Shenandoah River bank will be gone soon.