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‘No-kill’ animal shelter admits to euthanizing at least 7 healthy dogs

In Richmond, Indiana, a “no-kill” animal shelter is under fire after they admitted to euthanizing at least seven healthy dogs, according to WXIN

“H.E.L.P the Animals” billed itself as a not-for-profit, no-kill facility where animals wouldn’t be euthanized -- even when the facility was full, WGNTV reported.

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The board said the dogs were put down because they represented a “bite risk.” The group said it does not kill healthy or treatable animals, reserving euthanasia for terminally ill animals or those “considered dangerous to public safety.”

“If somebody just came by or if somebody knocked on the door, or if the dog got away from people, it could still injure somebody, it could bite somebody. And it would be a liability to that person but it would reflect back on our shelter,” Board President Susan Beeson said.

The decision to euthanize the dogs was made by the shelter’s executive director and a small committee, according to Beeson. But Beeson admits not everyone was made aware that the dogs were euthanized. Some of the employees were asked to lie and say the dogs had simply been relocated -- a decision Beeson said the executive director may have made to “spare” the employees who hadn’t been told, rather than to deceive the public.

“We knew that wasn’t going to be a viable thing to do,” Beeson said.

>> Related: Dog mauled, killed by pit bull at PetSmart during grooming appointment

According to a statement released by the board, of the seven dogs that were put down, some had bitten individuals in their adoptive families and had been returned; some had also bitten staff members. Over the past five years, the group said it had made the “extremely difficult” decision to euthanize a total of 52 dogs -- 19 that were “bite risks” and 33 that were “critically sick.”

H.E.L.P said it had helped find homes for more than 5,600 dogs and cats since 2012. According to Beeson, Jamie Glandon, the group’s executive director, has been let go as a result of the controversy.

Several petitions circulated online over the past few days calling for Glandon and other members of the board of directors to step down. The petitions alleged that they tried to cover up the fact that the shelter was having animals put down -- saying instead that the dogs had been moved to a different area so they could be adopted.

Read more at WXIN and WGNTV.

Woman Killed During Apparent Robbery Attempt

Woman Killed During Apparent Robbery Attempt

Robin Thicke's girlfriend pregnant with couple's first child

Robin Thicke and his model girlfriend, April Love Geary, announced on Friday the gender of the couple’s baby.

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Geary took to Instagram to share her latest sonogram, hinting at the baby’s sex by using female pronouns.

“You guys!!! Look what I’m making!!!! Note her foot that’s over her head. Got long legs like her mama!” she captioned the photo.

Geary first announced her pregnancy on Instagram back in August, writing, “Robin and I are very excited to share with you all that we’re having a baby! The due date is March 1st, Alan (Thicke’s) birthday!”

Their daughter will be the couple’s first child together. Thicke is already dad to 7-year-old Julian, whom he shares with his ex-wife, Paula Patton. During his separation from the actress in 2014, he began dating Geary. His divorce was finalized in 2015, followed by a lengthy custody battle earlier this year. He and Geary first went public with their relationship in 2015 after dating for a year.

Robin Thicke’s father, Alan Thicke, died almost a year ago after suffering a heart attack while playing hockey with his youngest son. Robin Thicke’s and his model girlfriend are thrilled that their bundle of joy is expected on Alan Thicke’s birthday in March.

Since announcing her pregnancy, Geary has been adamant about keeping fans up-to-date on the process via social media, frequently sharing snaps of her growing baby bump.

800,000 Honda Minivans Recalled

800,000 Honda Minivans Recalled

Sen. Al Franken accused of groping woman in 2010

A woman accused Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, of groping her during a photo-op in Minnesota in 2010, two years after the former comedian and radio show host was voted into the U.S. Senate, CNN reported on Monday.

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Lindsay Menz, now 33, told CNN that she was posing for a photo with Franken at the 2010 Minnesota State Fair when the senator “pulled me in really close, like awkward close, and as my husband took the picture, (Franken) put his hand full-fledged on my rear.”

She said the “uncomfortable” incident left her feeling “gross.”

"It wasn't around my waist. It wasn't around my hip or side. It was definitely on my butt," she told CNN. "I was like, ‘Oh my God, what's happening?’"

In a statement to CNN, Franken said that he felt “badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected,” but he said he didn’t remember taking the photo with her.

Menz came forward in the wake of allegations against Franken made by Los Angeles news anchor Leeann Tweeden. In a blog post for KABC, Tweeden wrote that Franken, who was a radio host for Air America at the time, forced himself on her as they were practicing a skit he wrote for the tour.

Franken has since apologized for the incident.

>> Related: Sen. Al Franken accused of kissing, groping news anchor without consent

“I felt disgusted and violated,” Tweeden wrote. “No one saw what happened backstage. I didn’t tell the sergeant major of the Army, who was the sponsor of the tour. I didn’t tell our USO rep what happened.”

She said she focused on entertaining the troops and didn’t speak up because she “didn’t want to cause trouble.”

“We were in the middle of a war zone, it was the first show of our holiday tour, I was a professional and I could take care of myself,” she wrote. “I told a few of the others on the tour what Franken had done, and they knew how I felt about it.”

>> Related: 'SNL' slams former cast member Al Franken on 'Weekend Update'

Franken called for an investigation into the 2006 incident after apologizing to Tweeden in a statement last week.

"The truth is, what people think of me in light of this is far less important than what people think of women who continue to come forward to tell their stories," Franken said. "They deserve to be heard, and believed. And they deserve to know that I am their ally and supporter. I have let them down and am committed to making it up to them.”

Woman killed, employees tied up at popular Atlanta restaurant

Police are investigating a fatal shooting that happened at Barcelona Wine Bar.

According to Atlanta police, officers responded to the restaurant in the 1000 block of Howell Mill Road just before 2 a.m. Sunday on a report that a person had been shot.

Police said they found 29-year-old Chelsea Beller, of Atlanta. Police told WSBTV, Beller had been shot once in the shoulder during an apparent robbery.

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As the restaurant was closing, three men entered the location and tied up employees with electrical tape, according to police.

They said the victim was forced upstairs to open the safe and then shot.

She was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where she later died.

"She was just a positive person, fun loving. She didn't have an enemy to speak of," said her cousin, Brandi Borgwat. "Everybody that knew her, loved her."

Friends left flowers and candles outside the restaurant Sunday afternoon.

While the investigation continues, Beller's family hopes that her killers are not on the streets for much longer.

"She deserves justice for this," said Borgwat.

Deputies Fulfill Sick Child's Christmas Wish

Deputies Fulfill Sick Child's Christmas Wish

Loved ones' gravesite mementos trashed without notice, families say

Families are furious with Lakeland Memorial Park in Monroe, claiming knick-knacks and other mementos were removed from grave markers without any notification.

Some trinkets even dated back to the 1990s.

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Families were left to dig through dozens of items left on tarps in the back of the cemetery near a dumpster. Among those items there were headless angels, dozens of American flags, miniature bibles and other mementos.

Shannon Hilton, whose mother was buried in 1999, said she found a clay angel from her mother's grave sitting near a dumpster in the back of the cemetery instead of sitting next to her mother’s headstone.

"The most disrespectful thing out here are all the flags,” Hilton said.

She found the angel broken and in the trash on Sunday.

"Now, as you can see, she's missing her nose and her mouth,” Hilton said.

Ellen Jackson, whose son was buried at the site in 2015, said she found a butterfly, a small helmet and other items that were on his headstone among dozens of other items that were laid out on a tarp.

"I can't buy him a birthday present tomorrow,” Jackson said. “All I can do is leave a trinket on his headstone. This is my child. This is all I have of Willie." 

Family members claim that no one contacted them before removing their items.

"They could have sent a letter, they could have made a phone call,” Hilton said. “I would have gladly got my stuff, rather than this."

WSOC has reached out to the cemetery to ask about any policy changes and to find out if families were notified.

An employee promised the manager would return our calls.

"Look around, there are thousands of stories out here,” Hilton said.

Several families picked up some of their items, but they said they are waiting to hear back from the people in charge to see how they'll be handling this moving forward.

Thanksgiving and pets: How to keep your furry family members from getting sick during the holiday

As family and friends sit down for Thanksgiving this week, you’re going to want to make sure that Fido and Fluffy aren’t begging for scraps under the table.

Turkey

The centerpiece of Thursday’s big dinner can be toxic to pets if you use garlic, butter and other seasoning, Fox News reported. If the bird is cooked without extra ingredients, then it is safe for dogs and cats, The American Kennel Club says. The AKC also says to remove the skin and excess fat from any pieces you sneak to the dog, and don’t let them gnaw on the bones because they can splinter and either block or tear their intestines.

>>Related: Why Teddy doesn’t get Thanksgiving scraps

Stuffing

Stuffing, while made mostly of bread, can be dangerous to dogs and cats thanks to the ingredients used. Onions are dangerous for dogs and cats. They can cause anemia in dogs, according to the AKC.

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Sweet Potatoes

Again it’s not the main ingredient of sweet potatoes, but the seasonings that can cause your pets to get sick, Fox News reported.

>>Related: Top Thanksgiving food safety tips

Alcohol

Small amounts of alcohol can make them intoxicated. It can also cause a drop in blood sugar, blood pressure and in severe cases, seizures, respiratory failure and even death, according to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

>>Related: 7 things to know about The National Dog Show

Coffee

Caffeine is a big no for animals. If an animal drinks anything with caffeine, it can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, hyperactivity and abnormal heart rhythms, according to the ASPCA.

Chocolate

We all know that chocolate is dangerous to dogs, but why is the sweet treat a no-no for dogs? It’s all because of theobromine, which is toxic for dogs and cats. If they ingest it, they may vomit, have diarrhea and seizures, even death, according to Reader’s Digest.

>>Related: Thanksgiving 2017: Alternative ways to spend the holiday

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