Cops find 41 dead animals inside closed pet store

MACOMB, Ill. — Authorities say 41 small animals were found dead inside a closed pet store in western Illinois where the electricity had been disconnected.

Macomb Police Chief Curt Barker said Tuesday that police received a complaint on Saturday about Macomb Pet Land, where officers faced an overwhelming smell of dead animals and ammonia. The dead animals included rabbits, hamsters, snakes and mice. No dogs or cats died.

Barker says 56 animals were found alive and placed in foster care.

He says the store’s power was shut off May 14 for non-payment of bills.

The store’s owner, Jessica Spangler, faces charges of aggravated cruelty to animals. Baker says she told police she had arranged for someone else to care for the animals.

Macomb is about 60 miles west of Peoria.

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Politician quits after comparing immigrants to ‘rabid raccoons’

Rick Blood — the deputy mayor of Mendham Township — apologized on Monday and left his position in disgrace after outcry over a “raccoon story” that he posted on social media, according to The Washington Post.

“You call the city, 4 different exterminators, but nobody can handle the job. But there is this one guy and he guarantees to get rid of them, so you hire him,” he wrote.Blood, a Republican, claims he did not write the now-deleted post. The screed compared immigrants to “Hundreds of rabid, messy, mean raccoons” that have infested one’s home.

“Here’s why we want Trump.. I feel this is why thousands of people who haven’t voted in 25 years are getting involved. The raccoons have got to go.”

Blood tried to contain the damage by claiming his position is simply that “immigration needs to be fixed” — but he eventually succumbed to the public demands for his ouster.

“If it’s the wish of this board that I resign, I will — I will do it,” Blood said during a public meeting Monday.

“I’m sorry about it. It was insensitive at best, and it was cruel at worst.”


Sleeping paraplegic girl bloodied in horrific rat attack

A paraplegic French girl ​was severely bloodied after rats swarmed her bedroom and devoured parts of her body while she slept, according to reports.

The 14-year-old girl ​was sleeping on a medical bed in her ​family’s ​home in Roubaix when ​the rodent attack occurred, BBC reported.

The ​disabled woman​, identified as “Samantha” by local media,​ suffered hundreds of injuries, including 45 facial wounds ​and nearly 200 wounds on her hands and feet, a medical expert told France Info.

​Her father, identified as “Jerome,” ​told local media he was sleeping one floor above his daughter, but found her “bathed in a pool of blood” in the morning.

“Because of her condition, she is less sensitive to pain than we are,” the man told the Courrier-Picard. “​She must have felt the rats on her but she did not have the presence of mind to call us​.”

He added: “According to doctors, this is a fairly rare phenomenon. Rats attack almost nothing but dead people.”

​​The girl was vaccinated ​after the attack and a rabies test came back negative​, according to local reports.​

Since the ​incident, the family has moved to a different home​, but the girl’s father vowed to sue the landlord for negligence, The Mirror reported.​

​The police ​are investigating the incident.

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United Airlines’ latest scandal involves a dead dog

United Airlines is caught in yet another controversy surrounding the death of an animal.

The airline, which has the worst record for pet deaths onboard their flights, is being held responsible by a Houston family for the death of their 5-year-old King Charles Spaniel.

The Rasmussen family has claimed that United Airlines is responsible for the passing of their dog. In a report to an ABC affiliate, the family said their dog was in the cargo hold of the plane when the flight was delayed and held on the tarmac for two hours before taking off to San Francisco.

During that time in the cargo hold, the family says their dog died.

In a statement released to Fox News, United said:

“We are so sorry to learn of Lulu’s passing and have reached out to our customer to offer our condolences and assistance. We are deeply upset any time an animal suffers an injury while traveling with us and especially grieved in the rare instance that one passes away. We are conducting a thorough review of this incident.”

This is just the most recent accusation of animal deaths and cruelty that the airline has faced.

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Bear hijacks car for joyride, then poops inside

He’s — slightly — smarter than the av-er-age bear!

A bear broke into an SUV and took it for a joyride — before crashing it, trashing the interior and pooping inside, according to new reports.

“It would have taken a human being hours to do what this bear did in a couple minutes,” said Ron Cornelius, who found the car after the animal mowed down his mailbox, told the Durango Herald.

The bear hijacked the Subaru from Cornelius’ neighbor in the Colorado town early Friday — likely releasing the parking brake and causing the car to roll down the driveway and crash into a utility box and the mailbox, the paper reports.

The ruckus woke Cornelius and his wife and they dashed outside to find the totaled car and called 911, fearing humans were still inside.

The couple didn’t see the bear, but they did find the steering wheel and radio ripped out, the back window broken — and tell-tale bear poop left behind, they told the paper.

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This ‘a–hole’ rooster needs a new home

Take my rooster, please!

A fed-up woman from Michigan is giving away her “a–hole” rooster for free – because he wakes her up every morning at the crack of dawn.

Denell McCaul, of Clarksville, aired her grievances in a viral tongue-in-cheek Facebook post on July 26, according to Raw Story.

“At this point I don’t give a s–t what kind of home this inconsiderate jerk goes to: A–HOLE ROOSTER,” she said in the hilarious post.

“He’s the perfect rooster if your alarm is broken and you need to be awake at 5:30 a.m. That is his only setting, 5:30. He has no snooze button but will be quiet just long enough for you to fall back to sleep and then he’ll start back up with his obnoxious cock-a-doodle-doing right outside of your windows.”

McCaul’s rant continued, “It’s like he knows where you sleep and can zone in on that particular window so maybe he has some sort of special x-ray vision where he can see sleeping people behind walls.”

She said the crabby cock also doubles as an “interpretive dance” instructor.

“He is also a perfect rooster if you want to start running… around your yard… while you’re trying to get away from him,” McCaul wrote.

Her post was shared more than 74,000 times and racked up more than 36,000 comments.

It’s not clear whether McCaul had anyone take her up on her offer, though many suggested a more permanent solution – turning the rooster into dinner.

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80-year-old has no time for rabid bobcat: ‘Why is this stupid cat attacking me?’

SUNAPEE, N.H. — An 80-year-old New Hampshire woman fought off a rabid bobcat with the help of her two dogs and her gardening sickle. 

Elsie Dabrowski says she was gardening Sunday at her Sunapee home when the animal attacked, biting her face, arm and back. She says her only thoughts at the moment were “why is this stupid cat attacking me?”

Dabrowski tried to fight off the bobcat with a sickle, but it was ultimately chased off by her dogs. Her adult son heard the commotion and rushed outside with a shotgun, which he used to kill the bobcat. The animal carcass tested positive for rabies.

Dabrowski needed over 50 stitches to close her wounds, but she says she feels thankful it wasn’t worse.

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