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Coyotes, a foe to livestock and a curiosity to some, now a regular part of landscape in Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH – Coyotes, which are native to the Great Plains, are now so comfortable in Virginia Beach that they sometimes saunter out on an open trail during daylight hours and in full sight of humans.… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach men charged with animal cruelty after hamster set ablaze, video uploaded to Snapchat

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — Two city men face animal cruelty charges after authorities say they doused a hamster in gasoline, set it on fire and posted a digital video of the animal’s torment to the application Snapchat. The animal died,… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach animal control seeks information about abandoned beagle

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — An adult beagle suffering from a tumor on her side was discovered in a crate left in a ditch along Winston Avenue over the weekend, according to city animal control. Investigators want help from the public… Continue Reading

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Charges in hog operation off Salem Road, but wider use of public land for unauthorized farming shown

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — A retired city employee who is facing animal cruelty charges was involved in one of three separate agricultural operations that used public property off Salem Road without permission to do so, according to the city. The Independent News… Continue Reading

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Fowl guest, grease monkey at heart, finds home at Pungo automotive shops

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — In July, a guinea fowl took up residence between two automotive businesses, Pungo Service Center and Ted’s Automotive, not far from the Pungo stoplight. Men at both businesses said they aren’t sure where it came from.… Continue Reading