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    The Westminster Kennel Club has a new best in show for 2019. King the wire fox terrier was crowned top dog Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York. See King and the group winners below: >> PHOTOS: 2019 Westminster Dog Show Best in show: King, wire fox terrier Terrier group: King, wire fox terrier Working group: Wilma, boxer Sporting group: Bean, Sussex spaniel Herding group: Baby Lars, bouvier des Flandres Nonsporting group: Colton, schipperke Toy group: Bono, Havanese Hound group: Burns, dachshund – Visit the Westminster Kennel Club's website to learn more about the show and see a full list of winners.
  • Hump day' came early this week after sheriff's deputies in Pima County, Arizona, tracked down two camels on the run Monday night. >> Read more trending news  According to KOLD-TV, deputies responded to a Green Valley neighborhood about 7 p.m. after someone spotted the camels 'running loose.'  Authorities captured the camels safely and are seeking their owners, KOLD reported. >> See the photos here Read more here.
  • Police in Richmond, Virginia, are looking for the person responsible for setting fire to a dog tethered to a pole at an area park. According to a Facebook post by Richmond Animal Care and Control, the incident occurred Sunday evening at Abner City Park, where the male pit bull 'was tied to a pole,' then 'covered in accelerant and intentionally set on fire.'  Witnesses described the suspect as a man 'wearing multiple layers of pants,' the post said. He fled the scene afterward, authorities said. >> See the Facebook post here The dog was taken to Virginia Veterinary Centers for treatment of the burns, which covered more than 40 percent of his body, the post said.  Officials named the dog Tommie. >> Read more trending news  'Please share this post and help us save Tommie and find the person responsible for this evil, senseless act of violence,' the post said.  If you have information about the attack, call Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.  Click here if you'd like to make a donation to RACC.
  • More than 165 German shepherds found neglected and living in filthy conditions in central Georgia are now in need of new homes, officials say. >> See the Facebook post here The Atlanta Humane Society shared with WSB-TV a video of the dogs found on a Candler County property Thursday. AHS workers went to care for the shepherds Friday and brought several of the animals to their campuses in Midtown Atlanta and Alpharetta on Saturday.  >> Read more trending news  Candler County Sheriff deputies arrested the property owner on animal cruelty charges. 'The dogs on this property are living in extremely unsanitary conditions and are in desperate need of help. Our team is working closely with Candler County Sheriff’s Department to provide the support and care needed to ensure the best outcome for these dogs,' said Jessica Rock, director of legal advocacy and law enforcement support at the Atlanta Humane Society. >> Read a Facebook update here The humane society said all the animals are being assessed and given medical exams onsite.  Volunteers from Canine Pet Rescue are traveling by caravan to south Georgia to pick up as many of the dogs as they can Sunday.  The organization is asking for the public's help to feed and care for the dogs.  >> See another Facebook update here
  • A Florida animal hospital announced the death of a beloved community alpaca Saturday on Facebook. >> See the Facebook post here Creekside Animal Hospital in Fleming Island wrote: 'It is with a heavy heart that we want to inform our clients and friends at [Swimming Pen Creek Elementary] that our youngest alpaca that was born out on the shared field over a year ago has passed away.' According to the post, a man in a blue car is responsible for the death of the alpaca. >> Twiggy, the water-skiing squirrel, to hang up skis in Florida The animal hospital said he would dump food onto the field multiple times a week and that they had spoken to him multiple times. Most recently, he left three boxes of animal crackers, a large bag of Doritos, two boxes of Cheese Nips and two bags of whole peanuts, the animal hospital said. The animal hospital said the man 'leaves the litter behind every single time and we clean it up.' The post said this was the first time peanuts were dumped, and the youngest alpaca overindulged. >> Read more trending news  The hospital said it did everything they could for him, even a blood transfusion from his father, but the young alpaca died nonetheless.  The animal hospital said it 'worked on him for 36 hours and just couldn't bring him back.' Employees with the animal hospital said they are now in fear for the rest of the herd, including the goats. They said they will likely be moving them to a new location because they have no way to protect them from the man with the blue car.  – Visit ActionNewsJax.com for the latest on this developing story.
  • A lost dog became a Massachusetts police officer’s co-pilot Monday.  >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  Duane Boucher, the Orleans Police Department's animal control officer, found the Jack Russell terrier near the Pump House Surf Shop on Route 6A. >> Read more trending news  Orleans police wrote on Facebook, “Until his humans are found, Officer Jack Russell will patrol today with officer Boucher.” >> See the post here Boucher was able to reunite the dog, named Rocco, with his owner. He apparently slipped out of his collar and decided to go for a stroll.  “Thank you so much to the Orleans PD for locating Officer Rocco and bringing him safely home,” his owner wrote on Facebook.
  • A playful pooch is making headlines for pulling off an epic photobomb at his owners' wedding. >> See the photo here According to 'Today,' Angie Blumberg and Jayce Conway of Illinois exchanged vows July 28 in Big Sky, Montana. Their beloved Labrador retriever and best man, Boone, was supposed to stand between Conway and his brother during the ceremony. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  But Boone apparently had other ideas. Although he stayed put during the processional, he 'couldn't resist going over to say 'hi'' to Blumberg when she made her appearance, Conway told 'Today.' >> Read more trending news  The couple's photographer, Chris Davis, snapped away as Boone enjoyed a tumble in the grass during the opening prayer. A photo of the moment quickly went viral on social media, where it was shared more than 50,000 times, 'Today' reported. Read more here.
  • An English bulldog has fetched the crown in the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, California. >> PHOTOS: Zsa Zsa the English bulldog wins World's Ugliest Dog Contest According to The Associated Press, Zsa Zsa, a 9-year-old pooch from Anoka, Minnesota, won the pageant Saturday, beating out more than a dozen less-than-pretty pups for the $1,500 grand prize. >> PHOTOS: 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog contestants >> 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest: Contestants, how to vote and past winners According to the event's website, Zsa Zsa 'was a puppy mill dog for five years in Missouri, and instead of placing her in a loving home at her end of breeding, she was put in a dog auction.' After Underdog Rescue saved the uncomely canine, current owner Megan Brainard found her on Petfinder and adopted her. >> Read more trending news  Check out some memorable moments from this year's contest below: Read more here.
  • An adorable video of a bear jumping with a 5-year-old boy at Tennessee's Nashville Zoo is going viral. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  According to WZTV, Patrick Parker recently took his son, Ian, to the zoo, where they saw an Andean bear named Luka. Ian jumped happily when he saw Luka, who copied Ian's moves from the other side of a glass divider. >> Read more trending news  The video, which Parker shared on Facebook, has been viewed more than 250,000 times. Read more here. >> Click here to watch
  • A raccoon's captivating climb up the side of a 25-story Minnesota high-rise came to a happy ending Wednesday after the fuzzy daredevil was released back into nature after reaching the top of the building. Update 2:45 p.m. EDT June 13: Officials with Wildlife Management Services, a pest control business based in Brooklyn Park, said they released the raccoon Wednesday afternoon on private property in the suburbs of the Twin Cities. The company shared a short video of the raccoon’s release. It darted away from rescuers after only a small amount of prodding. Update 9:45 a.m. EDT June 13: Officials said they plan to release the raccoon 'somewhere safe' after it was lured into a trap baited with cat food on Wednesday morning at the top of St. Paul’s UBS Tower, the St. Paul Pioneer Press' Tad Vezner reported. Reports surfaced earlier Wednesday that the climbing raccoon had been caught after spending hours scaling UBS Tower. Update 8:45 a.m. EDT June 13: The raccoon was trapped by 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, according to Minnesota Public Radio's Tim Nelson. Earlier Wednesday, Nelson reported that animal control officers had placed cat food in a trap at the top of the 25-story UBS Tower in an attempt to catch the critter. A representative of the Paige Donnelly Law Firm, situated on the top floor of the high-rise, wrote Wednesday morning on Twitter that building management said the raccoon was “safely in a cage.” >> PHOTOS: Raccoon’s captivating climb up 25-story skyscraper goes viral Original report: According to Minnesota Public Radio, the raccoon's harrowing journey began after it got stuck on a ledge of St. Paul's Town Square building. After maintenance workers tried to rescue the frightened critter, it ran to the roof, fled to the neighboring UBS Tower and started climbing.  >> WATCH: Woman rescues ducklings from storm drain in heartwarming viral video The raccoon slowly made its way up the building Tuesday, taking occasional nap breaks on ledges. It eventually reached the 23rd floor, reported MPR's Tim Nelson, who documented the animal's trek with the now-trending hashtag #mprraccoon.  >> Game warden saves fawn's life with emergency C-section on highway Late Tuesday, the raccoon began to descend the building, taking a breather at a 17th-floor ledge. But it shifted course again early Wednesday, climbing until it reached the roof about 3:30 a.m. EDT. Although many concerned onlookers had called for help, city officials said saving the animal could be risky for rescuers and the raccoon, which could get scared and fall, according to the Pioneer Press. Instead, animal control workers placed a food trap on the roof, a city Department of Safety & Inspections spokeswoman told the newspaper. >> Read more trending news  Another challenge: Employees who work at UBS Tower said the building's windows do not open, the Pioneer Press reported. Read more here or here.