Jessica Gutierrez's reunion with her dog Cookies couldn't have been any sweeter.
Five years ago, Cookies went missing from Gutierrez sister's New Mexico home while the owner was away on military duty in Afghanistan, and she thought the dog was gone forever.
But thanks to a microchip, the pup was identified 1,000 miles away in San Diego and returned to Gutierrez in Kansas City on a flight, ABC News reports.
They were put outside like trash.
A mother cat and her four kittens were found in a sealed crate left next to recycling bins in Kirton, England – without food, water, or fresh air.
The terrified group was discovered on Wednesday when a volunteer for Lincs Ark animal rescue heard the cat's cry as she was donating clothes at a nearby charity bin, according to The Standard, who first reported the story.
A tractor-trailer carrying thousands of piglets tipped over on Monday evening in Xenia, Ohio, killing hundreds of pigs and releasing hundreds of others, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer.
In the hours after the crash, thousands of piglets roamed around Greene County as authorities tried to gather them. Hundreds were still loose on Tuesday and hundreds more died of their injuries, according to the Enquirer.
He's brave, bear-y brave.
A pit bull living in Golden Gate, Florida, chased away a big black bear that wandered onto his property recently, and someone with a camera phone caught it all on video. In the clip, the dog – a male pup named Miss Chevy – comes within inches of a large black bear, barks ferociously and in turn, shoos the animal way.
Mr. Pickles couldn't explain his predicament himself, so a note did it for him.
"Please look after this cat. It is being mistreated," read the handwritten note, left when the cat was abandoned early Monday morning on the grounds of an animal rescue center in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The semi-long haired cutie, who was named Mr. Pickles by the shelter, is a bit bashful but showed no apparent signs of maltreatment, according to the Scottish SPCA's website.
Around 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, a Connecticut resident was too terrified to enter his own home. There hadn't been a break-in, no – his 8-lb. cat, evidently having a rough go of it, was holding the house hostage, just a few hours after giving birth.
Police have arrested a man in connection with the animal cruelty case involving Caitlyn, an adorable stray whose muzzle was taped shut last week.
William Leonard Dodson was arrested on Monday and charged with ill treatment of animals-torture, according to Charleston's Post and Courier.
It was a vacation to remember.
A group of friends camping in southern Illinois over Memorial Day weekend became the saviors of a group of animals abandoned in a hot van, according to FOX Houston.
One of the campers, Nick Achtien, shared a post about the incident on Facebook and recalled how he and his friends heard barking and saw people walking away from a vehicle in hot 82-degree weather.
Janese Walters considers herself lucky.
"I woke up one day and I couldn't see out of my left eye," she says. "I looked in the mirror and I thought I had pink eye or something."
Doctors were stumped, according to Toledo News Now, who first reported the story. Until Walters told them she has a cat.
"They discovered I had something called cat scratch," she shares.
Doctors say cat scratch disease is caused by a bacteria passed along by cats and kittens, through their saliva or even fur.
The Charleston Animal Society wants to find the person who did this to Caitlyn.
The 15-month-old dog's muzzle was taped shut with electrical tape this week and now the pooch may lose her tongue because the incident affected blood flow to the area, WLTX reports.
The society is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible.
Caitlyn is a stray in a neighborhood in North Charleston and on Monday, area residents saw her and recalled her looking healthy, the report said. But Wednesday, she was found on the doorstep of a home with the tape around her face.