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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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NC wildlife officials to consider rules for bears

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The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission plans to hold nine public hearings next month on the state's wildlife management, game lands and fishing regulations for the coming years. Full story...
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Fight over NC possum drop event back in court

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North Carolina's wildlife regulators and an animal protection group are headed toward new court hearings over the captured possum used to liven up a mountain town's New Year's Eve celebration. Full story...
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Tribal elders sue Cherokee bear zoo

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Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are suing a North Carolina roadside zoo that keeps bears in concrete pits on reservation land. Full story...
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Dogs from Pender puppy mill to be part of governor's adoption event

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"I'm sold," Gov. Pat McCrory said Wednesday as he snuggled Lexie in his arms on a chilly day outside the Old Capitol in Raleigh. Lexie looked on with wide eyes but said nothing. Full story...
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McCrory promotes dog adoption, breeder bill

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Gov. Pat McCrory wants the public to adopt some abandoned and maltreated dogs while he and his wife keep seeking legislation to set minimum conditions at large commercial dog breeding operations. Full story...
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New Sea Turtle Hospital up and running

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videoSick and injured sea turtles now have a new and improved hospital in Surf City. The new Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital offers more space, an updated filtration system and other amenities the old facility on topsail island did not have room for. Full story...
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Police, firefighters rescue deer downtown

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videoPolice officers and firefighters rescued a deer caught out of its normal surroundings this weekend in downtown Wilmington. Full story...
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Thousands flock to opening weekend of the Cape Fear Fair and Expo

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From animals to delicious fried delights, and of course rides for kids of all ages and sizes, this year's Cape Fear Fair and Expo is fun for everyone. Full story...
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EXPLORE WITH GEORGE: Cape Fear Fair & Expo

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videoThe Cape Fear Fair and Expo is finally underway! George Elliott stopped by to take it all in and give us the scoop on opening day. Full story...
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Pender woman charged with animal cruelty after 170 animals seized

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videoA Pender County woman faces charges weeks after more than 150 animals were taken from her home. Marilyn Medina, 72, was arrested today and charged with 13 counts of animal cruelty. Full story...
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FDA warns pet owners of dangerous jerky treats

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The Food and Drug Administration is asking dog and cat owners to report any problems their pets have had after eating jerky pet treats. Full story...
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