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How to keep your pets away from spring time harm

OKLAHOMA – Spring is here and summer is right around the corner.

Warmer weather and longer days bring more adventures and greater dangers for curious pets and unknowing pet owners.

As pet owners enjoy the great outdoors with their pets it is important to keep in mind that more time spent outdoors presents a multitude of risks to our pets and ourselves.

Steve Dale, pet advocate and pet expert will discuss springtime hazards, what to avoid outdoors and how to protect your pet and your home from parasites. In addition, Steve will share pet symptoms to be aware of for infections and allergies. Dale’s outdoor hazards include:

Pay It 4Ward: A big thanks to Tiny Paws

STILLWATER, Okla. – The tiny kittens at Stillwater’s Tiny Paws Kitten Rescue require around the clock feedings and are looking for loving homes.

Holly Chapples founded the rescue in her home years ago.

“One of the directors of the humane society wasn’t interested in saving the kittens,” Chapples said. “I said I’ll take them and wean them and I’ll even get them vaccinated.”

Now she and the kittens have a newly renovated building thanks to the tireless efforts of Chapples and volunteers.

Volunteer Shannon Russell said what Holly does is amazing.

“It doesn’t matter how many kittens she’s touched, they’re all special to her; I mean, everyone is special to her,” Russell said.

All the work is volunteer and that is why Russell nominated Holly for the Pay It 4Ward award.

Operation: Catnip Stillwater targets feral cats

STILLWATER, Okla. – A new effort is underway to reduce the number of stray cats roaming the streets around Stillwater.

Students are playing a critical role in lowering euthanasia rates by curbing the feral cat population.

Kittens are perhaps the cutest creatures on earth.

So it’s sad to think if they don’t have human contact within a few weeks of their birth, they become feral cats and usually live only five years out on the street.

“Oh yeah, they’re everywhere,” Chloe Brandon said, a student at Oklahoma State’s School of Veterinary Medicine.

Even though she’s in the middle of finals, Brandon will be helping control the feral population Sunday morning.

“I will be helping prepare the cats for surgery,” she said. “Mostly, I’ll be shaving about 100 cats.”

New bill to allow Okla. horses slaughtered for meat

OKLAHOMA CITY – Lawmakers in our state’s house are attempting to pass a bill that would legalize the slaughter of horses in the Sooner State.

Under House Bill 1999, the meat from the slaughter would then be shipped out of state and even out of the country.

For many, horses are more than just livestock, they are pets.

Tribute Equine Rescue CEO Natalee Cross said, “Horses aren’t your typical livestock animals, they are pets, they are compassionate.”

Law makers said many people simply can’t afford to take care of their horses.

Dog tossed off bridge, left to die finds new home

OKLAHOMA CITY – A heartwarming update to a horrific case of animal abuse.

A dog severely injured after being tossed off a highway overpass finds a new home.

Two weeks ago someone threw the German Shepard from a bridge at S.E. 59th onto I-40.

The state trooper who first found the dog injured on the side of the road adopted the animal.

The dog, named Rookie, will have to rest and recover for about three months but he is expected to make a full recovery.

Sporting a few bandages and wearing a collar, Rookie is a popular new addition to the Fisher family.

“My 10-year-old daughter is already buying him gifts and bones and a big pillow,” OHP trooper Jennifer Fisher said.

Rookie is lucky to limp out of the hospital alive.

Trooper Fisher, the first to arrive on scene after someone tossed the dog off the bridge, found Rookie suffering serious leg injuries.

Rookie’s new owner talks on surgery, recovery

We have new information about an animal cruelty case that has struck a chord of sympathy with people across the state.

Last week this German Shepherd named “Rookie” was tossed from a bridge at southeast 59th Street onto I-40.

The person who did it hasn’t been caught.

Rookie’s injuries were so bad surgery had to be delayed.

We are happy to report Rookie underwent surgery Tuesday afternoon.

Veterinarians at OSU are performing the procedures and the Humane Society is covering the costs.

OHP trooper Jennifer Fisher is the one who found Rookie after the accident.

She talked with us about her plans to adopt him after surgery.


Dog thrown from bridge will undergo surgery

STILLWATER, Okla. – Authorities continue to search for the person who threw a dog from an overpass last week.  

The German shepherd named “Rookie” is  at the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences at Oklahoma State University.

Dr. Mark Rochat said Rookie’s leg was shattered and they plan to perform surgery Tuesday.

“The fall that he took from that height, it is a wonder he actually wasn’t injured more serious than he was,” Dr. Rochat said.

Dr. Rochat said he expects Rookie to make a full recovery.  

The dog will be able to go home later this week.   

Dr. Rochat told News Channel 4 that the state trooper who found Rookie will keep him.

The Humane Society of the United States is  offering up to a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.