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Part of Lake Washington closed to people and pets due to sewage spill

Portions of the beach at Seward Park were closed Wednesday due to a sewage leak.  Image from Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times.

Yesterday Seattle Public Utilities announced that a four-block stretch of Lake Washington remains closed to contact by humans and pets due to a sewage spill earlier this week. The closed area extends from South Angeline Street north to the 4200 block of Lake Washington Boulevard South (including Lakewood Moorage). Earlier this week Seattle Parks and Recreation (Parks), Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and Public Health–Seattle and King County closed areas of the lake Wednesday after problems with a pipe valve caused an estimated 12,000 gallons sewage to spill near South Alaska Street and Continue Reading

Dog is put down after suffering major injury from KONG toy

Max's owner said this is the toy that severely damaged his tongue. Photo from Jamie Stumpf.

This is such a sad story. A San Diego family had to put their Rottweiler Max down after a Kong chew toy severely damaged his tongue. Because the toy is hollow with only one hole, it got suctioned onto Max's tongue overnight. They took him to the vet as soon as they discovered what happened. But Max's tongue was so damaged that they vet had to remove it, and his family decided the most humane option was to put him down. KONG released a statement expressing its sorrow for Max's death and has launched an "extensive review." I have never heard of this type of injury, but it Continue Reading

Seattle area weekend dog events: Friday, August 28 – Sunday, August 30

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 28 Pierce County Spay Station – Spanaway August 28 Albertson’s – Spanaway, 104 Military Rd. Spanaway, WA 98387 NW Spay and Neuter Center Shuttle – Longview August 28 Petco – Longview, 200 Triangle Center Suite 230, Longview, WA 98632 Kitsap Humane Society Adoption Event August 28 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Petsmart – Silverdale, 9588 Ridgetop Blvd. NW Silverdale, WA 98383 Seattle Humane Society MaxMobile Adoption Event August 28 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Petco – Sammamish, 474 228th St. NE Sammamish, WA 98074 Seattle Animal Shelter: Vaccine and Licensing Continue Reading

After 3 years, Washington family reunited with its “dead” dog

Zeus is reunited with his family after almost 3 years. Photo from Tacoma News Tribune.

Last month I wrote about the Harworths, a military family who had to move from Georgia to South Korea on a military assignment. The Harworths couldn’t take their dog Zeus, a friendly Rottweiler mix, so they left him with a family friend in North Carolina. After a few months, the friend said Zeus had died, and the Harworths were devastated. But in July a woman named Laura Williams in North Carolina found Zeus tracked down the Hartworths after a vet scanned Zeus’ microchip. While the Harworths were ecstatic that Zeus was still alive, they were going to have to wait while to see him Continue Reading

Seattle PD buys electronics-sniffing dog that uncovered evidence that led to arrest of former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle

Bear outside Jared Fogel's house. Image from Tactical Detection K-9 Facebook page.

The Seattle Times reported today that the Seattle Police Department purchased an electronics-sniffing dog "trained to sniff out a chemical compound emitted from memory-storage devices like memory sticks and SD cards, and point them out to his handlers." The dog, a 2-year-old black Labrador Retriever named Bear, is credited with uncovering key evidence that led to the arrest of former Subway spokesman Jared Fogel on child pornography charges. Although investigators seized multiple smartphones, MP3 players, tablets, laptops, CDs, memory cards and drives from Fogel's home, they would Continue Reading

3 Washington PetSmarts collecting pet food/supplies for fire victims

Earlier this week PetSmart donated 800 pounds of food and supplies for pet owners displaced by the Washington Wildfires. Photo from PetSmart.

UPDATE - 8/26/15, 9:50 AM. PetSmart in Bellevue is now taking donations for the fire victims with pets. The address is 100 108th Ave NE Bellevue, Washington 98004 (425) 454-1054 reported yesterday that 3 PetSmarts in Washington are collecting pet food and supplies for pet owners in areas devastated by Washington wildfires. People who want to donate pet food or supplies to fire victims can bring items to: Kennewick PetSmart 6807 W Canal Dr. Kennewick, Washington 99336 (509) 735-3101 Yakima PetSmart 1403 E Washington Ave. Union Gap, Continue Reading