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Animals

Virus hits piglets hard on North Carolina farms

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Commercial hogs farms in North Carolina are being hit hard by a virus that kills most of the piglets it infects. 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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Animals also suffering after latest winter storm

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videoThe ice storm is finally over, and as Wilmington and surrounding areas thaw out, so do the wild animals. Snapped branches, fallen tree limbs and leaves are more than just debris. They are homes to many. 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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WPD to say goodbye to euthanized K9

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The Wilmington Police Department will say goodbye next week to one its dogs that had to be put down last month. K9 Arko was euthanized because of a medical condition that was recently discovered. The 11-year-old canine served with the Wilmington Police since 2005 and was due to retire this month. Full story...
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Profanity-laced recording of Sen. Rabon's meeting cited in death of puppy mill bill

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videoState Senate leaders said Monday they plan to kill legislation that would regulate so-called puppy mills in North Carolina after an audiotape leaked of a top Republican senator criticizing the bill and the House lawmakers who passed it last year. Full story...
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WPD K9 euthanized because of medical condition

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The Wilmington Police Department has had to put down one of its police dogs. K9 Arko was euthanized Friday because of a medical condition that was recently discovered. Full story...
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Man charged with crimes against nature with dog faces sex charges with child

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videoA man charged last month with crimes against nature with a dog is also charged with 18 counts of second degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Full story...
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North Carolina Zoo closing Tuesday because of cold

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The North Carolina Zoo will be closed on Tuesday because of the bitter cold weather expected in the state. Zoo director David Jones said the decision to close Tuesday is based on concern for visitors and staff. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Dog found on bridge reunited with owner

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videoThere is a happy ending to a story we first told you about last night. A Chihuahua found roaming the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge yesterday evening is back home. Full story...
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NC horse farms closing for 2 weeks after 4 deaths

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Some horse farms are closing for the public for two weeks after four Raleigh horses contracted a rare virus and had to be euthanized. The horses were at the same Raleigh boarding facility. State officials confirmed last week they had equine herpesvirus-1. Full story...
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Lost dog stops traffic on Cape Fear Memorial; couple searches for owner

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videoA dog caused a slow down Wednesday evening over the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. Mike Robbins and Samantha Evenson say they were going with the normal flow around 6 p.m. into Wilmington when cars started slamming on the brakes. Full story...
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New year brings new NC law to protect pets

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videoWith the new year comes new laws, including one designed to protect animals. State leaders amended the existing law on animal shelters, in an effort to help owners find lost pets and relieve overcrowding at shelters among other things. Full story...
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NC animal rescue shelter has decorations stolen

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A Fletcher animal shelter has been hit by thieves again, and this time, it was the Christmas cheer that they made off with. Full story...
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