West Park Animal Hospital opened its doors last month for pet owners and their four-legged furry family members. Veterinarians Erin Hyde, Danielle Churchill, and David Gosche, along with Belle the Boxer, welcomed the community to their new practice with treats, prizes and tours on Feb. 17. Local artist Troy Douglas of InkBot Art & Design drew caricatures of both people and pets.West Park Animal Hospital offers full service veterinary care for cats and dogs with a focus on excellent customer care and attention to detail. "Our appointment times are longer than most appointment times so we can spend more time with people," Churchill said.The office is designed to make vet visits easier. A scale built into the floor makes weigh ins simple, and there are two exam rooms dedicated just to dogs. One exam room is specifically for cats and has dimmable lights for those anxious felines. "We want it to be as stress free as we can make it for them," Churchill said.The hospital offers check ups, … [Read more...] about Animal hospital opens on Countryway Blvd.
CHESTERTON — An animal in a line knocked out power to more than 1,100 NIPSCO customers early Thursday, a spokeswoman said.Power was restored just after 8 a.m.The power outage caused the traffic lights at Ind. 49 and Porter Avenue to go dark, and a crash occurred minutes later, Chesterton Police Chief Dave Cincoski said.The driver of a southbound car entered the intersection without slowing or stopping and struck a westbound vehicle, which was proceeding through the intersection after stopping, Cincoski said.No injuries were reported, but at least one vehicle was towed, he said. … [Read more...] about UPDATE: Animal causes brief power outage, cars collide at darkened Chesterton intersection
By Paula King | Correspondent March 1, 2018 at 7:00 am If passed this spring, the proposed Urban Farm Animals Ordinance would regulate fowl, roosters, rabbits, honeybees, livestock and grain-fed rodents in smaller, single-family residential areas. However, Contra Costa District 3 Supervisor Diane Burgis has recently called for an exemption from this ordinance for the communities she serves, including Bethel Island, Byron, Knightsen, Discovery Bay and Diablo because of the county’s lack of resources to police the ordinance. “Personally, I think it is a wonderful hobby. It is a great way to get fresh eggs and it is a great way for kids to learn. It is not something I’m personally against,” said Burgis at a recent meeting. “I received a strong communication from my communities that they didn’t want this.” Burgis said she has owned chickens, thinks they make great pets, and has many beekeeper friends. She noted, however, that if it passed in … [Read more...] about Burgis calls for exemption from proposal to regulate small farm animals
In an annual effort to protect several animal species, including nesting raptors and calving elk, Jefferson County Open Space rangers temporarily closed three public spaces — including parts of trails and climbing routes — this month. Two more areas will temporarily close March 1. Visitor services manager Mary Ann Bonnell said the closures affect only 11 of the more than 1,000 climbing routes and only 5.4 miles of the 236 miles of trails the agency oversees, leaving plenty of terrain to enjoy. “A lot of the reasons people come to our parks is to enjoy wildlife,” Bonnell said. “If you enter closed areas, you’re jeopardizing these ecosystems and the opportunity for people to see the wildlife in the future.” Not only do the closures help protect species from people, but they also help to protect them from other predatory animals. “Raptors might seem like impressive birds, but their nests are very fragile,” Bonnell said. “If you … [Read more...] about Jefferson County is temporarily closing parts of trails and climbing routes to protect several animal species
Delta Air Lines’ new tighter restrictions on emotional support animals and service animals took effect Thursday. Atlanta-based Delta put in place the new policy effective March 1 after a passenger on one of its planes was attacked by a 70-pound emotional support dog last year. It also comes amid a rise in incidents involving animals in flights and a lack of certain regulations “creating unsafe conditions across U.S. air travel,” according to Delta. >>Delta passenger bitten by emotional support dog couldn’t escape, says attorney Here’s how Delta describes its new policy: Delta's updated policy Any customer traveling with a service or support animal on or after March 1 will need to meet the new requirements as outlined below: Traveling with a trained service animal In some cases, customers with a trained service animal may be asked to show the animal's Veterinary Health Form and/or an immunization record … [Read more...] about Delta’s new emotional support animal policy takes effect