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Archive for May, 2012

Planned Parenthood says NC budget targets it again

Friday, May 25th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Planned Parenthood believes it’s being targeted a second time by North Carolina legislators with another budget provision withholding money from the group to provide non-abortion services.

A House budget subcommittee approved a spending plan Thursday containing a provision barring the Department of Health and Human Services from providing money for family planning and pregnancy prevention beyond local health departments.

Last year’s budget identified Planned Parenthood by name in denying funds for the group. A judge issued a temporary injunction preventing enforcement of that provision.

Melissa Reed with Planned Parenthood Health Systems said the new provision still aims at the group and could mean the loss of $343,000. Some lawmakers don’t like that Planned Parenthood performs abortions and promotes pro-choice policies.

The subcommittee defeated an amendment Thursday to remove the provision.

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New family dog bites 20-month-old girl on face, experts give advice to avoid similar accidents

Friday, May 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A 20-month-old girl is in the hospital after being bitten by a family dog in Wilmington. New Hanover County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says the girl had surgery for major lacerations to her face.

Wilmington Police Department spokesman Det. Kevin Smith says it happened at 218 Southgate Road.

New Hanover County Animal Control Services has the dog, a boxer, in custody. Brewer says the family adopted the dog earlier this week from an elderly woman, but there was no indication had any history of aggression upon adoption. Brewer says the child’s mother expressed some concerns recently about the dog, though.

Brewer says the dog will be quarantined for ten days. After that point, the owner can claim it. If not, the dog will be euthanized.

We have learned that the mother of the child had called several rescue services Thursday, trying to get the family’s adopted boxer picked up because of aggressive behavior. Though advised to board the dog herself, it was too late. The dog attacked her daughter. Fortunately though, there are precautions you can take to avoid this from happening in your family.

Doctor Meghan Tayloe, a veterinarian at the Highsmith Animal Hospital in Wilmington, says before adopting a dog, there are several things to consider. Researching the dog’s breed, upbringing and personality are all very important. She also suggests bringing in the entire family and other pets to see how the dog interacts with them.

“Even if you need to leave the dog on the leash in the beginning to have some control over it, and I mean a short leash, a six foot leash, not a retractable leash,” Tayloe says.

Once in the home, Diane Gallagher of Dog Train, says establishing control and rewarding good habits is key when the dog is interacting with a child.

“We want to reinforce good responses. Introducing the baby, here’s the baby, here’s a piece of cheese or have a piece of liver treat,” Gallagher says. “So the dog thinks ‘baby cool, I get extra treats for this.'”

Gallagher says it is important to bring the dog into the room the child is in, as apposed to bringing the child into a room the dog is in. This ensures the dog will not feel threatened by the child encroaching on its territory. Doctor Tayloe says you can never be too sure what a dog thinks of a child.

“They’re small like prey can be, unfortunately,” she says. “A lot of times children can be more demonstrative than adults can be. I mean, they certainly put them on edge, I mean they grab them and they want to touch them.”

Gallagher says if you decide on adopting a rescue dog, training is imperative.

“The first thing people need to do when the get a rescue dog is investigate training because you lay out the foundation for how you want to live,” Gallagher says. “That’s how you create a relationship, that’s how you create a language of learning with the dog and without that you got nothing.”

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Brunswick News & Notes – Book sale; literacy workshop; volunteers needed; events at state park

Friday, May 25th, 2012

The Friends of the Library, Southport and Oak Island will hold a book sale 10 a.m.-1 p.m. May 26 at Southport Realty.

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New Hanover News & Notes – Eggeling, Mallo receive Girl Scout Gold Award

Friday, May 25th, 2012

North Carolina Coastal Pines awarded Monika Eggeling and Bryanna Mallo the Girl Scout Gold Award.

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Brunswick Sheriff’s Office adds to online information

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

The agency recently rolled out a system allowing anyone with an Internet connection to look up inmates confined in its jail.

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