Monthly Archives: January 2017

Six Dog-Related Tax Deductions You May Be Eligible to Claim

With tax day right around the corner, many of us are searching far and wide for any deductions we can get! That got us wondering, are dogs tax deductible? Well… not exactly, but there are some dog related expenses that may be! We all know our dogs are members of the family, but the IRS doesn’t see them that way – they can’t be counted as dependents. But, there ARE some dog-related expenses you might not be aware of! Of course, you’ll want to check with your tax professional to make sure your write-offs are legitimate. Click here for more on the story.


Animal Advocates Take Issue with State’s Email on Cat Traps

On Dec. 12, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development released a health update via email to subscribers stating that in 2016 the state has seen a record number of cases of the reportable disease leptospirosis, commonly found in dogs, cats and rodents. But in an effort to combat the disease in the new year, MDARD attached information to the email on mitigating backyard wildlife that could infect domestic pets — and some animal advocates were none too pleased with the suggestions.

“Our concern stems from an antiquated document utilized within it, wherein what are largely considered inhumane methods of controlling community cats are advocated,” reads a statement from the Michigan Humane Society. Click here for more on the story.

Roscommon Family Dog Goes Missing for Months, Found Alive and Well

If he could talk, this chocolate lab would have quite the tale to tell. Missing for four months — now reunited with his family, alive and well. Ruger’s owners say he was riding in the bed of their pickup truck last year… And must have run off when they parked. Ruger was last seen in September, in the parking lot of the Home Depot in Houghton Lake. Four months later, he was found in Lyons Township in Roscommon County…20 miles away. 9&10’s Cody Boyer and photojournalist Jeff Blakeman walk us through Ruger’s incredible journey. Click here for the rest of the story.

Dog Hailed as Hero After Saving Owner’s Life

A man who was paralyzed after he slipped and fell in the snow is alive thanks to the heroic actions of his dog. On New Year’s Eve while many were celebrating the start of the new year, Bob was lying in the snow just feet from his home’s door, paralyzed. Around 10:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Bob was home with his golden retriever, Kelsey, watching football and waiting for the New Year’s Eve programming.

During the commercial break, Bob ran outside of his house in just long jons, slippers and a shirt to get a log for his fireplace. While he was walking outside, he slipped and fell, breaking his neck.

“I was screaming for help but my nearest neighbor is about a quarter mile away and it was 10:30 p.m., but my Kelsey came,” stated Bob. “By morning my voice was gone and I couldn’t yell for help, but Kelsey didn’t stop barking.”

Bob laid paralyzed in the snow with temperatures as low as 24 degrees for the next 20 hours. Kelsey the dog kept Bob warm by lying on top of him and licking his face and hands to keep him awake. Click here for the rest of the story.

Boyne City Man Charged With Animal Cruelty After Allegedly Killing Cat

A 30-year-old man was arrested after allegedly killing a cat and throwing it into the garbage. Justin Fazio was charged with animal cruelty. The incident happened Sunday at a house in Boyne City. Click here for the rest of the story.

Update on Case of Cat Duct Taped in Grand Traverse County

photo credit: Grand Traverse Veterinary Hospital FB Page

photo credit: Grand Traverse Veterinary Hospital FB Page

It’s been almost two months since a cat in Grand Traverse County was found near death, with his head, chest and paws wrapped in duct tape. The cat was nursed back to health by the Grand Traverse Veterinary Hospital and they named him Ronnie. According to Dr. Jane Alexander, Ronnie is now completely healthy and has been adopted by one of their vet techs. Ronnie spends his days as an office cat and his nights with his new family.

Back in November, a concerned citizen named Ryan called in to Grand Traverse Animal Control about a cat in his backyard who was wrapped in duct tape. He was unsure if the cat was alive or not. Animal Control Officer, Deb Zerafa, acted immediately and went over to find the cat. She was able to catch him and took him the Grand Traverse Veterinary Clinic for immediate attention. A team of six veterinarians and vet techs removed the tape from Ronnie’s body and cared for him. In addition to being covered in duct tape, Ronnie also had fleas, infections, a tumor on his ear, had loss of muscle, pale gums and was anemic. The police report indicates that the cat was wrapped in the tape for about three days. Continue reading