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Wilmington man charged with molesting dog

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A Wilmington man remained in custody Friday, charged with molesting a female dog, according to police. Jose Vasquez, 46, of 5011 Peachtree Lane, is being held on $250,000 bail on a charge of crimes against nature. Full story...
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Kids get hands-on lesson with search and rescue dog

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videoAt Greenfield Lake Park, kids got a hands-on lesson on what it means to be a search and rescue K-9. Jorga is more than just a pretty face. She finds missing kids, hidden evidence and even lost keys. Full story...
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Oak Island beaches to continue welcoming dogs

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video A huge turnout at Tuesday night's meeting led the Oak Island Town Council to make a decision about banning dogs on the beach. Full story...
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Dog friendly Oak Island may ban the animals during the summer

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videoA North Carolina beach that has made a name for itself by allowing dogs is considering limits on when the animals can run in the sand. The StarNews of Wilmington reports that the Oak Island Town Council will consider a ban on dogs on the beach during daytime hours. Full story...
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Police looking for man wanted for stealing puppies

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videoWilmington Police are searching for a man they say stole 10 puppies from a home then tried to sell them on Facebook, but the owners were hot on his trail. Full story...
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Animal protection groups lobby on NC breeding bill

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Animal protection activists are still hopeful a law regulating large commercial dog breeding in North Carolina can pass soon even as legislation sits in the Senate and a key chamber leader there has vowed not to consider it in 2014. Full story...
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WPD releases evaluation of K-9 Unit

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videoThe Wilmington Police Department has released an outside report that evaluates its K-9 unit. The report was commissioned following an incident last fall where the use of a police dog at the end of a car chase was brought into question. Full story...
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German shepherds rescued from puppy mill ready for adoption

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videoBrunswick County Animal Protective Services has been caring for five German shepherds rescued from a Duplin County puppy mill two weeks ago. When they found, the dogs were covered in mud and feces and inside of cages. Full story...
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Wilmington Police to spend thousands to evaluate K-9 unit

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video The Wilmington Police Department will spend nearly $10,000 as it evaluates its canine program. Chief Ralph Evangelous promised the review earlier this year after an internal investigation into K9 officer Stafford Brister and his use of his dog on a chase suspect last fall. Full story...
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Viral photo of dog hanging from harness leads to threats against business owner

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video A viral photo taken at a New Hanover County dog grooming business has led to investigations by the New Hanover County Animal Services Unit and the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office. The photo shows a dog hanging from a harness and leash. Full story...
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Marine reunited with four-legged war buddy

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videoMany people form strong bonds with man's best friend. A New Hanover County Marine made his canine friendship while deployed in Afghanistan. Now man and dog are back together again. Full story...
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2-year-old boy recovers from surgery after dog attack

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videoA 2-year-old boy is recovering from surgery after the Pender County Sheriff's Office says he was attacked by two pit bulls. The attack happened yesterday evening when the child was visiting family. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Veterinarian says WPD K-9 struggling with being 'cooped up'

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video The veterinarian who takes care of K-9s for the Wilmington Police Department and the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office is providing more details about a police dog that's been off the beat since November. Full story...
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Carolina Beach changes rules for dogs on beach

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video Carolina Beach Town Council votes to ban dogs on the beach during summer season. Full story...
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Carolina Beach looks to change beach rules for pets

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videoPet owners wanting to take their furry friends for a walk on the sand may have some new rules to follow next year. Town Council will take a look at the ordinance which permits pets on the beach in hopes of creating consistency between Carolina Beach and Kure Beach rules. Full story...
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