Image submitted by Nicole HubbardBy Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell | Pet360.com
It's the type of photo that you have to take a double take and hope it is an internet hoax.
It's sad, but we found out this story circulating on Facebook this past weekend is true. Someone was actually driving down I-95 at 70 mph from at least Georgia into South Carolina with a dog in an open airline crate attached to a cargo holder on the back of a large SUV.
Pet360 reached out to Nicole Hubbard, who is the photographer and original poster of the story on social media, and was given the following information in a telephone interview.
"We pulled up behind the SUV and I asked my boyfriend, 'what are the chances they have a dog in that crate?' and he said, 'No way,' and we got up next to the vehicle and there was this little dog sitting in that crate," Hubbard says.
Hubbard, who has been an animal control officer in South Carolina for two years, knew that this action would fall under neglect in her jurisdiction because the dog didn't have any access to
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What does Gluten-Free mean?
A gluten-free diet excludes the protein, gluten. Gluten is found in grains, such as wheat, barley, and rye. These carbohydrates are often used as food additives in pet foods. Caution: a gluten-free diet should not be used as a weight loss technique.
What are the benefits of a gluten-free diet?
A gluten- free diet may be a good option for a pet that is having an allergic reaction to gluten. Pet owners that fed their pets a gluten-free diet often see an improvement in gastrointestinal health.
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How can I tell if my pet is allergic to gluten?
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What about the canine variety in the family? Dogs need to acclimate with a period of adjustment, too. With a little bit of TLC and using the advice in this article, dogs will be howling rock a bye baby in no time.
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By Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell | Pet360.com
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On Monday night, a motorist in a residential neighborhood not far from Bynes' parents' house noticed a fire in the driveway of a home. He also witnessed Bynes, whom he did not immediately recognize, with a large water gun. According to the eyewitness account, Bynes began stripping off her burned pants and then chasing after a small dog.
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Playful cats make for adorable action shots.
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