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Dog at shelter died from pneumonia

Dog at shelter died from pneumonia

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga -- It was pneumonia that killed a dog at the Gwinnett County animal shelter. That finding was from the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine which conducted a necropsy on the dog.

Four more dogs became ill with an upper respiratory illness that has forced the shelter to close. In total, 23 dogs have developed symptoms, but shelter officials said their health is rapidly improving.

The test results quelled earlier fears that the dogs had developed Canine Influenza. The results of the necropsy confirm the dead dog tested negative for influenza and Bordatella, more commonly known as kennel cough.

Animal shelter closes after dogs become extremely ill

Animal shelter closes after dogs become extremely ill

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga -- An animal shelter has closed its doors after 19 dogs became seriously ill with influenza-like symptoms. The shelter is asking anyone who has taken a dog from the shelter in the past two weeks to keep an eye on their pet.

The Gwinnett County Animal Shelter said in the past two weeks, the dogs have become seriously ill with symptoms of a serious upper respiratory illness. One dog has died, but the rest of the animals' symptoms are not considered critical or life-threatening.

According to a press release the sickness comes on rapidly. "The dogs were happy and playful one day and the next day they appeared extremely sick," the release said.

Gwinnett jail dog on the run for 2 months

Gwinnett jail dog on the run for 2 months

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A little jail dog named Rogue is living up to her name -- she's been on the run for two months.

Rogue is part of Operation Second Chance, a program that partners dogs and cats with inmates in the Gwinnett County Jail. The inmates train the animals and prepare them to be adopted by local families.

The Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department said on its Facebook page that Rogue ran away in early February, when a volunteer took her to Rhodes Jordan Park for a walk.

There's a big reason why Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement officers haven't been able to catch Rogue.

"They have tracked her movements and more than once have set out humane traps that resulted in Rogue's capture, but well-meaning citizens have set her free each time," the sheriff's department said on Facebook.

Greyhound adoption facility reopens ater fire

Greyhound adoption facility reopens ater fire

SNELLVILLE, Ga. – A greyhound adoption center has reopened its doors after being destroyed by fire last year.

All eight dogs escaped the Adopt-a-Greyhound Atlanta headquarters after it caught fire last year, but the 80 percent of the organization's property was destroyed.

On Sunday, the non-profit group held a grand opening at its new facility.

The non-profit takes in retired racing greyhounds to try and find them new homes.

LINK | Adopt-A-Greyhound Atlanta

Man stabs stepfather to death over puppy

Man stabs stepfather to death over puppy

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A 23-year-old man is in jail after fatally stabbing his stepfather during an argument.

It happened shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday at a house in the 300 block of Congress Parkway in unincorporated Lawrenceville.

Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Edwin Ritter said the argument started over a puppy. The suspect, Diamond Mason, brought the puppy into the home about a week ago. Mason's stepfather, 51-year-old Joseph Kollie, didn't approve and asked the suspect to remove the puppy.

The pair's final argument about the puppy began late Tuesday night. At some point, Mason grabbed two large kitchen knives and stabbed Kollie several times, Ritter said.

Kollie was pronounced dead at the scene. Mason was charged with felony murder and aggravated assault, and is being held without bond in the Gwinnett County Jail.

Annual reading program features veteran and his service dog

Annual reading program features veteran and his service dog
Gwinnett County Public Library is proud to announce New York Times bestselling author Luis Carlos Montalván, a 17-year veteran and former U.S. Army captain, as the featured author for the 2014 One Book, One Community countywide reading program.
 
Montalván will be joined by his beloved service dog, Tuesday, for events on September 20 and 21.
 
Montalván and Tuesday will kick off the 2014 Suwanee Fest on Saturday, September 20 at 9 am as grand marshals for the Suwanee Fest Parade.
 
At 11:30 am on the Town Center Stage, Montalván will read from his children’s book, “Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond between a Soldier and his Service Dog,” which details a day in the life of this service dog extraordinaire as narrated by Tuesday.

PetSmart to host National Adoption Weekend

PetSmart to host National Adoption Weekend

(WXIA) -- PetSmart Charities is planning a major adoption event at stores nationwide.

National Adoption Weekend will be Sept. 13-15. Thousands of dogs and cats will be available for PetSmart customers to take home.

Adoption representatives will also be on hand to answer questions about caring for a new pet.

PetSmart Charities will give $35 to grants to participating local adoption partners for every pet that finds a new home during National Adoption Weekend.

"We are proud to partner with PetSmart Charities to find lifelong loving homes for thousands of pets this National Adoption Weekend," PetSmart CEO David Lenhardt said.

Learn more and find your closest PetSmart store at petsmart.com.