Pets & Animals

Wildlife center releases red-tailed hawk

Ed Clark, president and co-founder of the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro, holds a female red-tailed hawk on Thursday morning at Shenandoah County Park in Maurertown as he prepares to release it back to the wild. .Rich Cooley/Daily

August 13, 2015

MAURERTOWN — A captivated audience watched a female red-tailed hawk soar over Shenandoah County Park on Thursday following what wildlife experts called a miraculous recovery from lead poisoning.

Pet adoption fees waived for national event

Lavenda Denney, executive director of the Humane Society of Warren County, holds an orange tabby that is one of the many cats and dogs for which the shelter will waive adoption fees as part of the National Clear the Shelters Day on Saturday.  Rich Cooley/Daily

August 10, 2015

FRONT ROYAL – As part of a widespread effort to make a dent in the high population at animal shelters, hopeful adopters will be able to take home a new family member free of adoption fees on Saturday.

Bella, Waffle offer unique adoption opportunity

Waffle, a 3-year-old guinea pig,  is held by Clarke County Animal Shelter kennel attendant Brittany Fewell.  Josette Keelor/Daily

July 28, 2015

BERRYVILLE — Bella and Waffle are not typical residents of the Clarke County Animal Shelter. They aren’t cats or dogs, and they also aren’t hamsters, rabbits or the other sort of occasional animals that find their way into the Berryville shelter. Waffle is a guinea pig, and Bella is a chinchilla.

Man charged in dog’s stabbing death

July 27, 2015

A Warren County man has been charged with causing an animal’s death through torture after a necropsy conducted on a dead pit bull terrier concluded that the animal had been fatally stabbed.

Va. woman accused of bestiality

Jordan Elise Henderson

July 21, 2015

A Danville woman formerly of Mount Jackson is facing charges of committing a crime against nature, animal cruelty and producing obscene material as a result of an investigation into accusations that she had sexual intercourse with a dog.

Study: Coyotes impacting domestic cats in rural settings

July 5, 2015

In the eyes of the public, coyotes are mostly seen a nuisance species wrecking havoc to wildlife, livestock and domestic animals everywhere it invades. A newly published paper in the Oxford University Journal of Mammology reported a way in which coyotes are making a positive contribution to the environment – keeping domestic cats away from wildlife.

State bans natural deer lures

A deer stands along the edge of the woods along Dismal Hollow Road in Warren County. Rich Cooley/Daily

June 30, 2015

Starting Wednesday, it will be illegal for hunters or wildlife enthusiasts to use natural deer lures that contain urine or other bodily fluids.

ATF unleashes bomb sniffing dogs

Robert Landis, special agent K-9 handler with the ATF, releases his Labrador retriever "Jam"during a field demonstration Friday morning at the ATF Training Center in Front Royal. "Jam" graduated Friday from the Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K.) Course Graduation, in which the dog operates off the leash of the handler for safety reasons. "Jam" was named after fallen agent Johnny A. Masengale, who was killed in the line of duty in 1992 from an explosion.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 26, 2015

A sleek black dog equipped with a well-trained nose for explosives, guns and shell casings takes off through a mountain top pasture after his handler releases him, dashing straight for a sedan parked about 100 yards away.