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Police investigating mutilated cats found in St. Albert

Police investigating mutilated cats found in St. Albert

It appears someone is killing cats in St. Albert. Kaleigh Barteski was walking her dog through Sable Park last Monday, on her way to a nearby off-leash park, when she stumbled across the body of a mutilated cat. Barteski called the RCMP and discovered it was the second recent case police have dealt with.

  • This rendering provided by Yale University shows a Pentecopterus decorahensis. Earth’s first big predatory monster was a weird water bug, newly found fossils show. Almost half a billion years ago, Earth’s dominant large predator was a sea scorpion that grew to 5 feet 7 inches with a dozen claw arms sprouting from its head and a spike tail, according to a new study. (Patrick J. Lynch/Yale University via AP)

    Earth's first big predatory monster was a weird water bug as big as Tom Cruise, newly found fossils show. Almost half a billion years ago, way before the dinosaurs roamed, Earth's dominant large predator was a sea scorpion that grew to 5 feet 7 inches (170 centimetres), with a dozen claw arms sprouting from its head and …

  • The Winnipeg Humane Society has raised $20,000 in four days to help treat a dog that was badly burned in a semi crash. Snowflake, a standard poodle, was riding in the truck when it crashed into an excavator. The dog's owner pulled her out from the back of the burning cab, but her injuries were extensive.

  • Wildlife poachers face stiffer fines in Manitoba

    Manitoba is cracking down on poachers by adding restitution payments on top of fines. It's an inventoried asset just like forestry, trees, ore in the ground for mining or money in a bank account," said Turenne.

  • Cat owners in Calgary are being told to keep their pets inside after a string of recent incidents where cats have been found mutilated, injured or killed. The joint warning from Calgary police, the Calgary Humane Society and Animal and Bylaw Services was issued on Monday. "Calgary Humane Society Protections Officers have …

  • Assiniboine Park Zoo staff monitoring red pandas in light of B.C. death

    Staff at the Assiniboine Park Zoo say they're taking extra measures to keep their red pandas healthy, in light of the recent death of a red panda — one that was born at the Winnipeg facility — in a zoo in British Columbia. Rakesh, a 15-month-old male red panda, died of a fungal infection at the Greater Vancouver Zoo in …

  • Saint John police investigating discovery of dead cats

    Saint John police say an investigation is underway after 14 cats were discovered in a dog crate outside a home on the city's west side, with only one of them surviving the ordeal. Melody McElman, the president of the Saint John SPCA, said the cage was partially concealed.

  • Verdun beach location still up in air as deadline looms

    Verdun residents are making one last push to have their voices heard as the borough barrels toward its fall deadline for settling on a location for its new beach. A number of residents have said putting the beach behind the Natatorium on LaSalle Boulevard would destroy what little green space the borough has. Hélène Pitre, …

  • Chicken farm worker unprepared for 'seething mass' of bedbugs

    Sean Pender says he couldn't believe his eyes when he started working at Pedigree Poultry a couple of weeks ago. Pender was part of a group of workers sent to the Regina Beach chicken farm by Labour Ready, an employment agency. "You'd pull it out and let it drop and bang," Pender said.

  • 'Eating fat makes you fat' idea debunked: dietitian

    The science surrounding a low-fat diet has changed but our attitudes haven't kept up, a dietitian says. The idea that saturated fats were associated with high cholesterol and heart disease was sparked by the Seven Countries Study of middle-aged men in Greece, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Japan, Finland and the U.S. The …

  • FILE- In this Oct. 26, 2005, file photo, Dr. Oliver Sacks speaks about Alzheimer's disease to an audience at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn. Sacks, a neurologist and writer, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (Johnathon Henninger/Connecticut Post via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Dr. Oliver Sacks, whose books like "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat" probed distant ranges of human experience by compassionately portraying people with severe and sometimes bizarre neurological conditions, has died. Sacks died Sunday at his home in New York City, his assistant, Kate Edgar, said. Sacks had announced …

  • The death of a red panda at a British Columbia zoo with a history of animal fatalities has activists calling for the facility to be shut down. A male red panda named Rakesh died of a fungal infection at the Greater Vancouver Zoo on Aug. 17, two months after being transferred from Winnipeg as part of a program to preserve …

  • This summer, there has been a seemingly high number of photos of humpback whales posted to various social media sites. While the practice can serve as free promotion for whale watching companies, a company in Trinity has been using those photos as a valuable research tool. Shawna Prince, co-owner of Sea of Whales Adventures, …

  • Newfoundland pony foster parent struggling with cost

    A woman who's fostering Newfoundland ponies that were rescued from British Columbia says she's being crippled by the cost. Carol Goodman agreed to foster four Newfoundland ponies last year, but she didn't expect it to cost her money out of pocket. Goodman is a Newfoundland pony breeder.

  • Depending on the party, they love pot, hate Stephen Harper or just want to have fun. Fringe parties are a perennial fixture in Canadian politics, and so far there are more than a dozen registered to run in this fall's federal election. Sinclair Stevens, the 88-year-old leader of the Progressive Canadian Party, is mobilizing …

  • Black bear cubs Athena and Jordan look on from their enclosure at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Association in Errington, B.C., on July 8, 2015. Conservation Officer Bryce Casavant won the hearts of animal lovers when he opted not to shoot the baby bears in July after their mother was destroyed for repeatedly raiding homes near Port Hardy, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

    A conservation officer who defied his bosses and refused to euthanize two orphaned bear cubs is being pushed out of his job, says the union that represents him. Bryce Casavant won the hearts of animal lovers when he opted not to shoot the baby bears in July after their mother was destroyed for repeatedly raiding homes …

  • The creature is a species of nautilus, a group of animals related to squid that have a spiral shell like a snail. The rare nautilus is a species known as Allonautilus scrobiculatus, which has a distinctive, slimy, hairy coating on its shell.  Its gills, jaws, shell shape and male reproductive organs are also very different …

  • The cougar leapt from the bushes behind them.

  • A man has been sentenced for throwing a garter snake across the counter of a Tim Hortons in Saskatoon. Christopher Jordan Cook received a conditional discharge with six months of probation for mischief and causing a disturbance. Cook had nothing to say about the snake-throwing incident during his sentencing Thursday.

  • Hayley Hesseln started taking care of raccoons several years ago. Hesseln, who is associate professor at the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan, took it home. After that Hesseln started volunteering with the Wildlife Rescue Society of Saskatchewan.

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