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Pender shelter must move dogs for renovation

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After failing a state inspection, the shelter must renovate its septic system. As a result at least 60 dogs need to be relocated by the end of the month. Full story...
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Garden club dedicates new bluebird house trail

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Bluebirds in the Cape Fear have a new place to call home. Today the Cape Fear Garden Club dedicated its second bluebird house trail at the New Hanover County Arboretum. Full story...
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New Hanover raises fines for leash law violations

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Letting your dog run free could cost you more money in New Hanover County. Commissioners today approved increasing fines for violating the county's leash laws. Full story...
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WPD mourns K9

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Wilmington Police said goodbye today to a decorated member of the department. WPD held a memorial service for Huck, one of its K-9s. Huck died last month after a sudden illness. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Close call for weak pelican on busy highway

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videoFinally a bird story with a happy ending, but it didn't start out that way. An island is a good spot for a pelican, unless it is the center island on MLK Parkway in Wilmington. Full story...
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NC Zoo loses 41-year-old rhinoceros to illness

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One of the oldest and most popular residents of the North Carolina Zoo has been euthanized after a lengthy illness. Zoo officials say Alice, a 41-year-old Southern white rhinoceros was euthanized on Tuesday. Full story...
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Pet owners seek accountability from vet for dog's death

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video For many folks, pets are family, and when family gets sick, you do everything you possibly can. Brittany Barham said someone else's negligence led to her beloved dog's death. Full story...
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Fewer dead, injured pelicans washing ashore

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Possumwood Acres Sanctuary volunteers say in the past week the number of birds found has drastically decreased. The volunteers have found several birds suffering from frost bite, which is a natural occurrence during winter. Full story...
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UPDATE: Pelican deaths not malicious

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The Wildlife Resources Commission sent pelicans found on Topsail Beach to the University of Georgia for autopsies to determine their cause of death. Sara Schweitzer from the commission said although the results are not confirmed, early findings show the birds were not killed maliciously by people. Full story...
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Feds plan meeting on rash of pelican killings

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A federal agency is investigating the killings of dozens of pelicans along the North Carolina coast. Full story...
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Man pummeled by butting bull dies in hospital

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An elderly North Carolina man battered by an angry bull that escaped from its pasture has died, and the animal is headed to a slaughterhouse. Full story...
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2 bears killed on western NC roads

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Two bears have been killed after being struck by cars on roads in western North Carolina. Full story...
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Boy spends days in cold to help animals in shelter

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video Twelve-year-old Ari Garsh is spending his Christmas break collecting supplies for animals in the Pender County Animal Shelter. Full story...
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NC man critical after being butted by bull

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A North Carolina man in his 80s is in critical condition after being butted by a bull who escaped from his pasture. The Fayetteville Observer reported an Angus bull escaped Monday and the man was trying to coax the animal back behind the gate. Full story...
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More dead pelicans found at Topsail Island

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More dead pelicans have washed up on Topsail Beach, and investigators still have no idea who is killing them. Full story...
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