The Water Bowl: Dog Trades Life of Crime for New Family

04/12/2012 at 11:30 AM EDT

Pit Bull Used in Crime Finds New Home
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Scooter, a pit bull from Oregon, was the unwitting accomplice in a burglary last summer, when a man used the dog to frighten a man and his son into handing over their belongings. After being caught, Scooter was sent to a kennel, and spent seven months behind bars before being rehabilitated through a foster home. –Today

Jennifer Lawrence has drawn the ire of PETA after making a flippant remark about a scene in her 2010 film, Winter's Bone, in which she skins a squirrel. "I should say it wasn't real, for PETA – but screw PETA," Lawrence told Rolling Stone. –E! Online

For $15 a week per dog, DoodyCalls will come to your home, place of work, etc., and clean away your dog poop for you. "Our customers aren't lazy," said founder Jacob D'Aniello, "they're just upwardly mobile," adding that he believe pet owners are looking for a way to regain the 10 minutes or so they spend on clean-up. –BusinessWeek



Feral cats are being injured as a result of improper trapping methods being used on the grounds of three Loews Hotel properties in Orlando, Fla. In addition, employees at the hotels have been forbidden from feeding the felines with repercussions including dismissal. –Chicago Tribune

Wild birds native to Australia have been heard speaking English, surprising local residents with their linguistic abilities. According to experts, the wild birds are likely learning new words from escaped pet parrots and cockatoos. –Australian Geographic

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