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UPDATE: Chihuahua protects sick German Shepherd; adopted together

Update 10/16 11:21 a.m.: Jefe and Jericho have a new home -- together. They were adopted late last week by a woman named Constance, who, according to the Humane Society, understands Jerico’s Valley Fever and will be able to care for him.

Original story: Unlikely friends are going to need a “fur”-ever home together.

Meet Jefe the Chihuahua and Jericho the German Shepherd. They’re both hopefully temporary residents at the Arizona Humane Society in Phoenix.

Jericho is living with Valley Fever. It’s an infection that is caused by a fungus that is found in soil.

Jefe now sticks by Jericho’s side, helping him get better.

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Workers at the humane society are trying to get a single permanent home for the unlikely pair.

For more information, potential adoptive families are being asked to call the shelter’s Alternative Placement team at 602-997-7585 ext. 2156

Rescue dog becomes K9 cop for a day

The Nebraska Humane Society and a local police department are teaming up to help give rescue dogs a new leash, er lease, on life.

It’s called K9 Cop For A Day and allows a dog from the rescue group to spend the day as an honorary member of the force.

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They do ride-alongs and meet the community. 

This time it was Mickey’s turn to put on the badge.

He’s a 6-year-old Bull Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix. Mickey has been up for adoption since July and recently went out with the La Vista Police Department.

"It seemed like a win-win for both of us, where we could definitely continue our programs with involving our community, but also help the Humane Society find a great home for a great dog,” Capt. Bryan Waugh told KETV.

“Oftentimes animals that are out of this environment have a better chance of getting adopted -- if people see them in a normal environment rather than here,” Pam Wiese of the Nebraska Humane Society told KETV.

Mickey was the first dog to take part in the program, but the police department plans on doing it at least once a month, KETV reported.

Court grants woman paid sick leave to care for ailing dog

Italy is standing up for its pets.

A judge has decided that a woman who works for La Sapienza University in Rome should be paid her sick time that she took to care for sick dog.

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She had two paid days off and the judge said that despite it being for a dog, the university’s rules say she can take them for “serious or family personal reasons.”

Animal activists told The Telegraph that the ruling showed that Italy believes that pets are “members of the family” and that the case will set an important precedent.

“It is a significant step forward that recognized that animals that are not kept for financial gain or their working ability are effectively members of the family,” Gianluca Felicetti, the president of the Italian Anti-Vivisection League, told The Telegraph.

The lawyers used Italy’s laws to support their case citing that anyone who abandons an animal to “grave suffering” be sentenced to jail for a year and fined up to 10,000 Euros or nearly $12,000, The Guardian reported.

Family has to pay to get their dog back from Humane Society

A Pennsylvania family was relieved to find their missing dog at a local humane society. 

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Daryl Claypoole said he left his dog, Tubby, outside to go to the bathroom when the animal chewed through his collar and took off.

Claypoole said his family has been upset since Tubby ran and vanished a few weeks ago.

Thanks to social media, the family found out Tubby is at the Butler County Humane Society.

There, he's known as Finn, and Claypoole can't get him back without the right amount of cash.

“Five hundred and fifty-two dollars. I don't have that kind of money. I'm on a fixed income. I just want my dog,” Claypoole said.

Jill Hall, with the Humane Society, said the dog wasn't microchipped, making it harder for them to find the dog's owners.

“Unfortunately, (animals) can't tell us where they belong, so after 48 hours, we get them ready for adoption,” Hall said.

WPXI learned the fee has been reduced from more than $500 to $220.

Claypoole admits he hasn't been to the Humane Society to even identify his dog.

“Because if I do, I'll cause trouble because they won't give me my dog back,” Claypoole said.

“Those vet bills for us are not free. We do have to pay those costs so once an owner comes forward, they do have to incur the cost to reclaim their animal,” Hall said.

Family pig named Spam stolen in home robbery

A Cleveland, Ohio, family is hoping someone can track down a missing family member: a mini pig named Spam, who was stolen by burglars, KSAT reports.

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Valerie Couch raised Spam since he was a piglet, and while the family has other animals, they all play nice together. She said that whoever took Spam didn’t realize how important he was to them.

“It’s just sad somebody would do this,” Couch told Cleveland’s WEWS. “My guess is they just want to sell him and make some money. But you know, he’s part of our family. Keep the electronics, but don’t take somebody’s pet.”

While pieces of jewelry and a camera were also stolen, the family is heartbroken about their lost animal. A GPS lead from one of their electronics may have tracked some of the items, but so far, Spam has not been found. 

The Couches are offering $200 for any information that leads to the safe return of their 15-pound pet. 

Read more at WEWS and KSAT.

Dog rescued from dumpster headed to landfill

A dog in Michigan was rescued just in time after she was found Friday in a dumpster on its way to a landfill.

The dog, a mixed-breed female, tumbled out with the trash when a roll-off dumpster was emptied at a Detroit transfer station, WXYZ reported. The garbage was headed to the landfill.

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Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue was called and took the dog to a veterinarian to be examined. The dog, named Parlay by her rescuers, did not appear to be injured from her harrowing dumpster journey. She also is heartworm negative and is not pregnant, though rescuer Theresa Sumpter told WXYZ that she thinks Parlay may have given birth recently.

Sumpter said she frequently sees dogs being abandoned after giving birth. She said the person who placed Parlay in the dumpster was, "really an idiot, truly a moron."

Parlay exhibits sweet and gentle behavior. She can be seen receiving a bath in a video posted on the Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue Facebook page. Parlay will spend time in a foster home until she is medically cleared, and then will be available for adoption.

Lost dog jumps into stranger's car during Hurricane Harvey, reunites with family

A dog is back with his family thanks to a storm chaser who found more than just a hurricane this weekend.

>> Hurricane Harvey evacuees haven't forgotten about their pets

According to HotTopics.TV, Aaron Jayjack describes himself as a storm chaser and outdoorsman in his Twitter bio. According to a video posted over the weekend, he was in Runge, Texas, chasing Hurricane Harvey when a dog jumped into his car.

>> Watch the video here

“I stopped for gas and this guy was following me down the road and when I stopped he jumped into the Jeep,” Jayjack said in a video posted to Twitter.

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He asked his followers to share the video in hopes of finding the dog’s owner. He nicknamed the lost pup “Harvey.”

>> Sandra Bullock donates $1M to American Red Cross for Harvey relief

His tweet went viral, and the dog’s owner soon came forward. The dog, whose real name is Cash, is now back with his family, according to a Twitter update by Jayjack.

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Cash was clearly happy to see his family again.

“Cash was trying to climb out [the] window to [his] owner,” Jayjack wrote.

>> See the post here

>> See the reunion here

Hurricane Harvey evacuees haven't forgotten about their pets

As thousands of people are displaced by rising waters in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, they are bringing small amounts of personal belongings to area shelters. But evacuees are not leaving their furry friends behind.

>> Good boy: Dog carrying bag of food through Hurricane Harvey goes viral

“It seems like everyone coming off a boat is carrying a dog or cat,” said Monica Schmidt, a manager for the Houston Humane Society, according to Reuters.

>> Houston flooding: Texas records most rainfall ever in continental US (live updates)

Because many people stayed behind – and died – during Hurricane Katrina because they were fearful that they wouldn’t be able to bring their animals to shelters, this time around, authorities are welcoming the pets with open arms.

>> Hurricane Harvey: How you can help

At the George R. Brown Convention Center, where some 9,000 evacuees are currently housed, there is a separate area for people and their pets.

>> 8 tips when donating to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

Not everyone has heeded the call to save pets. A woman claimed on Twitter that her neighbor in Corpus Christi left behind a dog.

And a shelter in San Antonio has taken in around 200 displaced animals, the New York Times reported.

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“Our commitment is for as long as it takes and as long as the nation needs our help,” Heber Lefgren, the department’s director, said in an interview.

Boy and cow snuggle at fair in viral photo that the internet is loving

A father captured a picture of his son snuggled up with their cow, and, of course, internet users found it prize-worthy. 

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Mitchell Miner, 15, of Iowa, and his cow, Audri, had a long day at the Iowa State Fair after competing in the youth cattle show Sunday. So, the best friends decided to take a nap. 

>> See the photo here

“I was asleep. I think she was, too,” Miner told the Des Moines Register on Monday. 

While the duo didn’t win the cattle show, they did win the internet’s heart. 

>> On PalmBeachPost.com: WATCH: Man builds cat-tastic maze for his furry friends

The picture on Facebook had over 26,000 likes and 3,096 shares as of Wednesday morning; it’s since been taken down or its privacy settings have been changed.

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While the bond between the teen and heifer is evident, unfortunately, they are just hanging out for the summer

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The cow will be sent back to a dairy farm in Blairstown later this fall, according to the Des Moines Register

Read more at the Des Moines Register

What are the most pet-friendly cities in the U.S.?

If you’re a proud member of the growing number of households that include four-legged friends, you’ll want to check out this list.

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WalletHub ranked the 100 most populated U.S. cities based on whether they are a pet’s friend or foe. 

Analysts came up with the ranking after looking at about two dozen metrics that focused on three general categories: pet budget, pet health and wellness, and outdoor pet-friendliness.

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The number one spot in the U.S. for pets? Scottsdale, Arizona.

It was followed by Phoenix, Arizona; Tampa; San Diego, California; and Orlando. Austin and Atlanta made the top 10.

» RELATED: Tips to keep your dog cool in the summer

As for where not to bring Fido? Boston, New York City, Honolulu and Baltimore were among the least pet-friendly cities. Ranked dead last was Newark, New Jersey, at 100. 

Read more at WalletHub

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