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September 23, 2013 at 1:00 PM
NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — A microchip and a volunteer effort to neuter stray cats in Nampa helped reunite a Middleton woman with a cat that ran away during a storm in February 2011.
Laura Foster had given Dalo up for dead after searching him for weeks.
But on Sunday, her cat was home and Foster was crying tears of joy.
Dalo was trapped Sunday by Spay Neuter Idaho Pets (SNIP). He was among a group of cats getting regular feedings from a resident.
The Press-Tribune reports that when volunteers trapped Dalo they noticed he was unusually friendly for a feral cat.
They checked for a microchip and called Foster.
Foster got Dalo from a shelter in 2002 and says the cat never left the house until it was spooked by the storm.
July 11, 2012 at 1:50 PM
The Associcated Press
A Tacoma man charged with insurance fraud after using photos from the Internet to file a $20,000 insurance claim for a dead cat that didn’t exist has pleaded not guilty.
KOMO News reports that 29-year-old Yevgeniy Samsonov’s trial was scheduled to start in September at his Wednesday court hearing.
Samsonov was involved in a minor traffic accident in 2009, and the other driver’s insurer paid some $3,500 to cover chiropractic treatment. More than two years later, Samsonov claimed that his cat Tom had been killed in the accident and he sought $20,000 in compensation.
Samsonov submitted photos of a cat, but an insurance representative found that the pictures had come from the Internet. If convicted, Samsonov could get a year behind bars.
June 15, 2012 at 1:40 PM
NIGEL DUARA and STEVEN DUBOIS
The Associated Press
UPDATE: 1:40 p.m. | PORTLAND — Health officials have confirmed that an Oregon man has the plague after he was bitten while trying to take a dead rodent from the mouth of a stray cat.
The unidentified Prineville, Ore., man was in critical condition on Friday. He is suffering from a blood-borne version of the disease, not the bubonic plague, which wiped out at least one-third of Europe in the 14th century. The bubonic plague affects the lymph nodes.
There is an average of seven human plague cases in the U.S. each year. A map maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that most cases since the 1970s have been in the West, primarily the southwest.
The last reported case of plague in Washington state occurred in 1984 where an animal trapper in Yakima became infected while skinning a bobcat. In 2010, a Washington laboratory technician was treated to prevent plague infection after working with a specimen from one of the two reported cases in Oregon at the time.
The plague bacteria cycles through rodent populations without killing them off; in urban areas, it’s transmitted back and forth from rats to fleas. There’s even a name for it, the “enzootic cycle.”
The bacteria thrive in forests, semi-arid areas and grasslands, which plague-carrying rodents from wood rats to rock squirrels call home.
Once a coin flip with death, the plague is now easier to handle for humans in the U.S. The national mortality rate stood at 66 percent before World War II, but advances in antibiotics dropped that rate to its present 16 percent.
Central Oregon health officials don’t blame the cat.
“The reality is that, in rural areas, part of the role of cats is to keep the rodent population controlled around our homes and barns” said Karen Yeargain of the Crook County Health Department.
The Prineville man, who is in his 50s, remained in critical condition Friday at a Bend hospital. His illness marks the fifth case of plague in Oregon since 1995.
State public health veterinarian Dr. Emilio DeBess said the man was infected when he was bitten by the stray his family befriended. The cat died and its body is being sent to the CDC for testing.
DeBess has collected blood samples from two dogs and another cat that lives with the man’s family. DeBess also collected blood samples from neighbors’ pets and from animals in the local shelter to determine whether the area has a plague problem.
More than a dozen people who were in contact with the sick man have been notified and are receiving preventive antibiotics.
February 21, 2012 at 10:05 AM
The Associated Press
VANCOUVER, Wash. — A person out looking for the family cat early today discovered a man’s body in a field in Vancouver.
Police spokeswoman Kim Kapp told The Oregonian the department’s major crimes team is investigating.
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