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Column: On an early morning run, an encounter with two entangled birds

BY CORTNEY MORSE DOUCETTE PUNGO — Sometimes my 11-year-old daughter and I get up early to go run. Actually, she runs. I walk.  It’s barely light when we’re out, so we drive to the middle school she will soon attend and… 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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In sobering call, animal control helps raccoon that drank craft beer

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — City animal control responded to a call earlier this year about an injured or possibly rabid raccoon in the Malibu area of the city. Not all was what it seemed. The critter was in a gutter, a… 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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Virginia Beach officials reviewing how people separately kept hogs, planted soy on city property off Salem Road

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Two private farming operations were conducted on several acres of city property off Salem Road recently without the awareness or permission of Virginia Beach, officials said this week. The first has been widely reported in… 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