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Man accused of biting out eye of family dog, SPCA officials say

Published: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 1:22 PM

Family Dog’s Eye Bitten Out By Owner

A Long Island man was arrested Saturday and charged with torturing and injuring an animal after he reportedly bit his family’s shih tzu, taking out the dog’s eye.

The Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) reported that Aaron Kluger, 20, of Port Washington, was charged following an investigation by SPCA detectives. The crime is a misdemeanor in New York.

SPCA officials said in a news release that the Kluger family dog, Chloe, was taken the night of Nov. 6 to an animal hospital, where she was diagnosed with a serious eye injury. The vet who examined Chloe determined that the dog’s right eye had been bitten out, dislodging it.

Chloe’s eye was reattached through surgery and the vet was hopeful that the organ, and her vision, could be saved, according to the news releaseWPIX in New York reported that the dog was returned to Kluger’s parents, with whom he lives. 

Gary Rogers, a spokesman for the SPCA, told the New York Daily News that Kluger was implicated in the crime when a family member told the staff at the animal hospital what happened.

“I hate to say I’ve seen it all, because every time I say it, I see something else,” Rogers told the newspaper. 

Rogers said Chloe was in a playful mood when he visited her over the weekend.

“(Shih tzus are) friendly dogs. They’re popular dogs,” Rogers said. “She was wagging her tail and licking me.”

Kluger posted a video to his Facebook page Monday night of himself playing with Chloe. In the video, Kluger described news articles about the case as “very misleading” and called the vet’s findings of a “human-caused injury” false. 

He said he would never hurt his dog. He also showed both of Chloe’s eyes, which, about a month after the injury, appear normal. 

“You can see Chloe’s eye, right there, and there’s her other eye,” Kluger said, moving hair out of the dog’s face and petting her head. “There it is, perfectly intact. Yeah, no sign of anyone biting her eyes out, least of all me.”

He said he loves Chloe.

“How could you not love a cute little doggie like this?” he asked in a cooing voice as he rubbed her face. 

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Kluger’s father, Dan Kluger, told the Daily News that investigators blew the dog’s injury out of proportion. He said Chloe was injured accidentally while his son played with the animal.

“The eye was slightly displaced. It was a minor injury,” Dan Kluger said. “You should know that a shih tzu’s eye can be displaced just by pulling the skin back.”

Kluger, 58, also described Chloe’s treatment as “minor surgery.”

“They put it back in place,” he said. “It was hardly noticeable. I didn’t even think she required immediate medical attention.”

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) reported that dogs of certain breeds, including shih tzus, have been known to lose eyes while playing. Displacement of the eyeball from the socket, or proptosis, often occurs when a small dog fights with a larger dog or suffers trauma to the face or head.

Proptosis is not unusual in brachycephalic dog breeds, or breeds with bulging eyes, short snouts and shallow eye sockets, the ASPCA website said. Besides shih tzus, that category also includes Pekingese, pugs, Lhasa apsos and Boston terriers. 

Removal of the eye can be avoided with prompt medical attention and surgical intervention, the website said

Aaron Kluger’s mother, Mary Kluger, said their son was playing with Chloe when her eye “busted out.” She said he was the one who insisted the dog be taken to the vet. 

The Klugers told the Daily News they were not sure how the dog’s eye was injured. 

Rogers said, however, that the vet was certain that Chloe suffered a human bite.

“A human bite is totally different from an animal bite,” Rogers told the newspaper. “The vet was able to figure out that somebody did this.”

Dan Kluger described his son as a heroin addict who quit school in the sixth grade due to social anxiety issues. The Port Washington school district had classified the boy as emotionally disabled. 

Kluger insisted that his son had never hurt Chloe before and called the criminal charge “outrageous.”

“This is crazy,” Dan Kluger said. “They made it appear as if he performed vivisection on this dog. My son is suicidal now. He’s terribly upset.”

Aaron Kluger is due in court Dec. 27, SPCA officials said

Eyelashes freeze, thermometer breaks as -62°C temperatures hit world's coldest village

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 4:22 AM

World's Coldest Village Drops to -79.6°F

As Americans continue to brave the winter weather, photos from a remote village in Russia might make them count their blessings that it’s not worse.

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According to the experts, Oymyakon in Siberia is the world’s coldest permanently inhabited area. Recent temperatures came in at a bone-chilling -62°C, or -79.6°F.

>> Tips, warning signs for frostbite, hypothermia

In fact, it was so cold that the town’s thermometer broke.

A few pictures have indicated that bundling up is no match for the weather.

Despite this, the weather certainly hasn’t deterred the adventurous.

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It would seem that besides the thermometer, schools are the only other thing truly feeling the effects of the cold temperatures.

(H/T Twitter)

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Man finds daughter after putting her up for adoption nearly 40 years ago

Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 2:26 PM

40 Years After Putting Daughter Up for Adoption, Father Finds Her Again

Jerry Miller’s daughter was taken from him shortly after she was born in 1978 in Covington, Kentucky. 

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At that time, he was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm, and his chances of recovery were slim, according to WAVE

His wife was 17 years old the newborn would be too much to take care of, so she was given up for adoption.

Over the years, Miller remarried. He had three children and moved to Hanover, Indiana, according to WAVE

But he never forgot about the baby he held for 30 minutes that day nearly 40 years ago. He tried to find her, using private detectives. His last hope was social media.

"Please everyone share this,” his daughter wrote in a post that has since been made private on Facebook. “My dad is looking for a daughter that was adopted while he was very ill and was unable to gain custody in 1978.”

The post went viral, and media groups also shared the story.

"If she doesn't see it, I'll probably go to my grave regretting it,” Miller told WAVE. "Wondering if she's dead or alive. If somebody is taking care of her the right way.”

Miller stopped wondering Sunday, when they reconnected. 

What to use as an ice scraper when you definitely don’t have one

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

5 Things You Should Not Leave In Your Car During Cold Weather

I’m sorry. A what?

Texans who woke up to a frozen windshield this morning proved that creativity strikes at odd times. Not everyone in warmer regions  has the foresight to buy an ice scraper for the off chance that they might one day actually need it.

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Or not everyone’s dad has insisted having one in the glove compartment could “one day save your life.”

Accordingly, on an oddly icy Texas morning, the state’s residents are forced to get creative. 

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Just among the Austin American-Statesman’s newsroom staff, reported ice scraper substitutes included: a drawer’s worth of spatulas, several credit cards, a plastic cup and a plastic level. 

A little research shows we weren’t far off some common stand-ins:

  • Spatula These things can do more than flip your burger. If you’re worried about scratching your window opt for plastic.
  • CDs Render that physical copy of an album you’re probably embarrassed you bought even more obsolete by using it to remove the ice from your windshield.
  • Credit cards A quick Google search proves credit cards the most popular ice scraper alternative. 
  • Plastic dustpan Makes for easy cleanup, too. 
  • Kayak paddle Austinites love to kayak, right?

Check out what some other Texans have resorted to:

Other tips for de-icing your windshield include idling your car (but that could be illegal in some parts of the country), spraying your window with either a saltwater solution or an alcohol solution or sprinkling salt on it directly.

>>Related: Letting car idle in cold weather could be illegal

You should not use hot (or even lukewarm) water to melt the ice on your windshield. The difference in temperature can shock the glass and cause it to crack.

White Castle will offer romantic Valentine’s Day package, reservations again

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 7:42 AM

White Castle Offering Romantic Valentine’s Day Setup

Fast food icon White Castle once again will offer its romantic Valentine’s Day package for those in love, but on a budget.

White Castle is now accepting reservations for its annual Valentine’s Day Dinner and for the first time, the chain is using OpenTable.com, or the reservation app, to allow diners to secure their spot for the traditional dinner with a twist, Cincinnati.com reported.

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This year, like in years past, White Castle will offer its original slider and veggie slider.  To throw love into the meal, it’s also serving up a chocolate-covered strawberry smoothie, a combination of strawberries and vanilla yogurt that is topped with Ghirardelli chocolate sauce. It will also decorate the locations in red and pink balloons, throw tablecloths on the tables and give menus to its guests, Delish reported.

To make a reservation, either use OpenTable or you can call the local numbers listed here.

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