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Police arrested a man in Florida on Saturday for stealing a prize-winning French Bulldog and 15 French Bulldog puppies worth a total of $80,000, Reuters reported. The dogs were recovered and returned to their rightful owner in Miami. Vigil Philip Birch, 29, will face charges of grand theft and dealing in stolen property for the dog theft that took place on New Year's Eve. Birch says that he did not steal the dogs, but bought them from a friend for $2,200 each. Birch claims the unidentified friend who sold him the dogs is the true thief. The adult dog who was stolen is El Che. Breeder Marcelo Cicuta, El Che's owner, says the dog has won awards at several prestigious dog shows, including...

An Italian army reservist will stand trial for insubordination after saving a cat's life while serving as a medical officer on a NATO base in Kosovo, the Guardian reported Sunday. NATO soliders in Kosovo in 2011. Credit: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images Lt. Barbara Balanzoni rescued a cat on the military base when the cat was suffering from life-threatening complications during birth. Military personnel called Balanzoni to the infirmary because they were alarmed by the cat's howls. "If the cat had died, the entire area would have had to be disinfected," Balanzoni said. "What is more, the ... kittens could not have been fed. So they too would have died and created an even greater public...

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has fined Harvard University $24,000 for animal mistreatment in its laboratories that led to the deaths of four research monkeys, according to Reuters. The USDA cited the school for 11 animal welfare violations in 2011 and 2012. Four monkeys died at one of the school's Southborough, Mass., labs during this period. One was killed by an overdose of anesthetic, one accidentally strangled to death on a chain in is cage, and two died after being deprived of water. The deaths of the monkeys were reported previously, and Harvard announced earlier this year that they plan to close the laboratory where the incidents occurred. School officials are not protesting...

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The story of Phineas the dog has been long and exhausting for everyone involved, but it has finally come to a happy ending for him and the Sanders family. Last Friday, after 16 months of controversy over whether Phineas would be euthanized or not, Judge Scott Bernstein ruled to lift the dog's death sentence. #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-816818{display:none;} .cke_show_borders #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-816818, #postcontentcontainer #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-816818{width:521px;height:383px;display:block;} That doesn't mean that Phineas can come home to his family, though. There are a lot of people who want him dead, no matter what the law says, and the Sanderses themselves...