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Trap, neuter and return targets cats on farms

Posted on July 2, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Part of what makes Addison County such a great place to live are the numerous farms that mark the landscape. Residents have all enjoyed viewing an old barn glowing in the setting sun and, as animal lovers, they also notice the cats sprawled out enjoying the same sun. In a program aimed at improving their lives, Homeward Bound offers free sterilization and rabies vaccination for stray, barn, and feral cats in the county.

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Help relieve dogs' allergy problems

Posted on June 25, 2018 |
By Dr. M. Kathleen Shaw



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While we love the blooming flowers, trees and grass this time of year, for our pets with allergies it can be a nightmare. Seasonal allergies (atopy) is one of the most common skin disorders in dogs. It is an inherited allergic reaction to pollen, grass, mold, or one of many things Mother Nature makes.

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Keeping chickens means taking precautions

Posted on June 25, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — Keeping a small flock of chickens at home to provide eggs and meat has become increasingly popular, but many first-time small-scale poultry farmers are discovering that several species of wildlife like the taste of chicken as much as we do. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department urges poultry owners to use electric fencing and follow other precautions to protect their birds from predation.

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Pet of the week: Gus

Posted on June 11, 2018 |
By Susan Burns



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Hi, I’m Gus!
I’m a 9-year-old kitty, but I still play and have the energy of a young guy. I was adopted from Homeward Bound in Middlebury in June of 2014 and now live in Middlebury with my best human friend, Susan Burns.

Susan submitted my adorable photos to the Addison Independent’s Pet Photo Contest this year, and even though I didn’t win she still says I’m a model cat and a pet of a lifetime! Wouldn’t you?

Susan Burns

Middlebury

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Heidi's Haven decisions delayed in Ferrisburgh

Posted on June 4, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — A second Ferrisburgh Board of Health hearing last week devoted to a rat infestation on the Sand Road property of a Ferrisburgh dog rescuer produced an agreement that the problem had at least temporarily ended, but did not yield a resolution to the issue.

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Vermont calls a halt to coyote killing competitions

Posted on May 31, 2018 |
By Elizabeth Gribkoff of VTDigger.org



MONTPELIER — Vermont has become the second state in the nation to ban coyote killing contests, following in the footsteps of California.

The tournament ban was included in a general fish and wildlife bill, H.636, which Gov. Phil Scott allowed to become law on May 22, but declined to sign.

Scott said he saw the ban as unnecessary and confusing, since coyote hunting remains legal in the state.

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Watch for turtles crossing roads to lay eggs

Posted on May 17, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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MONTPELIER — It’s springtime and Vermont’s turtles on are on the move. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is asking for the public’s help in keeping them safe. Female turtles are looking for places to deposit their eggs, sometimes choosing to lay along the shoulders of roads, which can end tragically.

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Cornwall dog faces sanctions after attacking woman

Posted on May 14, 2018 |
By John Flowers



CORNWALL — The Cornwall selectboard has ordered a local family to invest in a chain link fence, obedience training and other corrective measures for their dog in wake of an April 17 attack that left a FedEx delivery person severely injured.

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The Outside Story: Porcupine salt cravings

Posted on April 16, 2018 |
By Susan Shea



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When I was growing up, my family rented a vacation home on a mountain in southern Vermont. One night our dogs barking awakened us. Soon we heard a persistent gnawing on the outside of the house. My Dad went to investigate. His flashlight beam revealed a large porcupine with black, beady eyes. My father scared it away, but it returned other nights.

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Ferrisburgh dog rescuer faces sanctions; witness brings rat to selectboard meeting

Posted on April 9, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — As voices grew louder and one Sand Road neighbor accused another of lying at the April 3 Ferrisburgh selectboard meeting, Board Chairman Rick Ebel had already warned that he would call a recess to calm things down before another resident held up a dead rat in a freezer bag.

At that point Ebel — and probably many of the 30 residents at the meeting— had seen enough.

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