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Published: Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 6:51 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 6:51 AM
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — An animal shelter is trying to find out who donated a litter of puppies to a Chattanooga Goodwill center.
The pups were sealed in a box labeled "stuff animals."
According to WRCB, animal shelter workers said temperatures reached nearly 100 degrees in the box and that three female puppies were suffering from heat exhaustion and covered in urine.
The trio are thought to be between nine and 11 weeks old.
According to WTVC, the animal care center said the dogs looked to have been neglected for some time.
The McKamey Animal Center is offering a $4000 reward, as of Thursday morning, for information leading to an arrest, according to the center's director. They are also investigating leads.
Watch WRCB's story below or click here.
Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 9:01 AM
— Happy Father's Day!
Twitter users around the world are using the hashtags #DadJokes and #FunnyThingsDadsSay to celebrate their dads with baffling wisecracks and head-scratching words of wisdom.
Check out 10 of the best-worst jokes below:
1. "I've always had an irrational fear of speed bumps. But don't worry, I'm slowly getting over it." – @DaddingAround
I've always had an irrational fear of speed bumps.— Jack's Dad (@DaddingAround) June 12, 2018
But don't worry, I'm slowly getting over it.#dadjokes
2. "Why did the coffee go to the police? It got mugged." – @NPR
Why did the coffee go to the police? It got mugged. #dadjokes— NPR (@NPR) June 17, 2018
3. "It's not a dad bod. It's a father figure." – @chrismakespuns
"It's not a dad bod. It's a father figure"#FunnyThingsDadsSay— Puns©_By_Chris (@chrismakespuns) June 13, 2018
4. "Was going to go to the new restaurant in space. Heard their food is great, but there is no atmosphere." – @MatBest11x
Was going to go to the new restaurant in space. Heard their food is great, but there is no atmosphere. #dadjokes— Mat Best (@MatBest11x) June 8, 2018
5. "Two peanuts were walking down the street. One was a salted." – @Fawcett_Matt
Two peanuts were walking down the street.— Matt Fawcett (@Fawcett_Matt) June 13, 2018
One was a salted.#dadjokes
6. "If a short person waves at you, is it a microwave?" – @First_Jimothy
If a short person waves at you, is it a microwave?#dadjokes— First Jimothy (@First_Jimothy) June 15, 2018
7. "I knew a guy who was addicted to drinking brake fluid. He said he could stop anytime." – @HouseofBoodles
I knew a guy who was addicted to drinking brake fluid. He said he could stop anytime. #dadjokes— Sandra (@HouseofBoodles) June 13, 2018
8. "How do you find Will Smith in the snow? Look for the fresh prints!!!!" – @ProducerEddie
How do you find Will Smith in the snow?— Eddie (@ProducerEddie) June 14, 2018
Look for the fresh prints!!!! 😂😂 #DadJokes
9. "That cow is amazing. ... She's outstanding in her field." – @GuyMcPerson309
* passing a pasture *— Guy McPerson (@GuyMcPerson309) June 13, 2018
"OMG! That cow is amazing!!!!"
"Why is that, Dad?"
"She's outstanding in her field."
10. "You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friend's nose." – @Johnsense38
You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friend's nose. #FunnyThingsDadsSay— Johnsense af⚾👍😃😈☯😇 (@Johnsense38) June 13, 2018
Published: Wednesday, April 05, 2017 @ 6:32 AM
WRENTHAM, Mass. — A Massachusetts mother thought her worst nightmare had come true when she was told that her daughter had been kidnapped while on vacation.
The caller told Patricia Hebner that she needed to pay a ransom or else her daughter would be killed.
It was all a scam, but a very elaborate one that had Hebner very worried about her daughter in Mexico.
“A man came on and said, 'I have your daughter; she's in the back of the van. I'm going to kill her unless you get me some money,'” Hebner said. “There was the screaming crying. It was like, 'Mom, help me, Mom, help me, Mom.’ I said, ‘Victoria, is that you?’”
Hebner kept the scammers on the phone while she went to a neighbor’s home and had them call for police.
“She's claiming that she got a phone number. She wants traced, that somebody may have taken her daughter,” a dispatcher said on a 911 recording of that phone call.
Wrentham police are warning that scammers are now tracking people on social media. An Instagram post from Victoria about going away may have tipped them off.
Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— Father’s Day is this Sunday and if you are still trying to think of an awesome experience to share with your dad, consider an outing in one of your 18 clean, safe MetroParks.
Dads of all ages and interests enjoy spending time in the outdoors and as an added bonus; outdoor experiences in your Five Rivers MetroParks are free (or low cost) and help you maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.
Here are seven fun, affordable outdoor adventures to plan with your crew this Father’s Day:
1. Family camp out
Offering both front and backcountry campsites, MetroParks are the perfect location for some family time under the stars. Camp sites are available at Possum Creek, Englewood, Germantown and Twin Creek MetroPark, and can be booked online at org/easy.
Those who want to take the National Wildlife Federation’s pledge to celebrate camping as a way to connect to nature, can camp with fellow outdoor adventurers during the Great American Campout on Saturday, June 23 from 3 p.m. to 10 a.m. at Possum Creek MetroPark. Guests can join Five Rivers MetroParks for an evening of camping, hotdogs, s’mores and hilarious dad jokes around a roaring campfire. $25/family (up to five people). Registration is required and available here.
>>GUIDE: 5 places to go camping around Dayton
2. Hold your horses
Explore the trails at Carriage Hill MetroPark on horseback with your dad. Horse trail rides are one hour long and are guided by experienced MetroParks staff. After the trail ride, admire the many horses at the Carriage Hill Riding Center or visit the historical farm to learn what life farm life was like in the 1890s. Spaces for trail rides are limited and require pre-registration. $30/person. Register online or call (937) 275-PARK.
3. For foodie fathers
While some dads specialize in frozen pizza, many dads enjoy crafting recipes in the kitchen and cooking on the grill. Stop at the 2nd Street Market to pick up fresh, local produce, desserts, meats, breads and more, and then spend some quality time with your dad creating the perfect summer meal. Those looking for last minute goodies and kitchen staples can visit the Market on Father’s Day thanks to Sunday hours, which will continue through the winter holidays. Learn more about the Market’s offerings at org/localfood.
>>RELATED: Big changes coming to 2nd Street Market
4. Gone fishing
Grab your fishing gear and head to Possum Creek MetroPark for a classic outdoor dad activity—fishing! Fishing at Argonne Lake does not require a license and is free-of-charge to park visitors. After spending the day at the lake, visit the farm animals or hike through the remnants of the Argonne Forest amusement park. Check out more locations to fish in your MetroParks here.
5. Hit the trails
Fathers who enjoy the spending time outdoors will love backpacking the 22-mile Twin Valley Trail (TVT). Just 30 minutes from downtown Dayton, the TVT offers a backpacking experience reminiscent of other wilderness trails and features beautiful hills, babbling brooks, abundant wildlife and more. The TVT combines the existing network of trails in Germantown and Twin Creek MetroParks to create a longer, more integrated trail system totaling over 43 miles throughout 2,600 acres. Backpackers can spend all day on the trails or choose to embark on a shorter hike. To plan your TVT adventure, visit org/tvt.
6. Plan a paddle
Celebrate Father’s Day on the water with a peaceful float on the Lagoon at Eastwood MetroPark. For dads who want a longer paddle with some whitewater action, the seven-mile paddle from Eastwood MetroPark through the RiverScape River Run into downtown Dayton is the perfect paddling adventure. If you want to try something new on the water, consider attending Try Rowing Olympic Day on Saturday, June 23 at Eastwood MetroPark from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This free event allows participants to try the sport of rowing and connect with local rowing resources.
7. Get centered with yoga
For dads who could use some time to de-stress, consider attending a Saturday yoga session during Fitness in the Park on June 16 from 10 to 11 a.m. at RiverScape MetroPark. Tori Reynolds of Speakeasy Yoga guides participants through this free workout under the RiverScape Pavilion. This class is for all skill levels. Bring your own water and a mat. After your yoga session, treat your dad to lunch at the 2nd Street Market or rent bikes from RiverScape Rentals and explore the nation’s largest paved trail network.
Published: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 4:28 PM
— Burger lovers, rib grillers, Taco Tuesday fans−listen up. The Center for Disease Control's May 2018 report that diseases transmitted by fleas, mosquitoes and ticks have tripled in recent years was bad enough, but this is even worse. One type of tick bite causes an allergy to red meat.
The actual ailment is galactose-alpha, or alpha-gal. It's transmitted by the Lone Star Tick, or amblyomma americanum, which the CDC says is widely distributed in the Southeastern and Eastern United States.
The news gets worse. The CDC calls the Lone Star "a very aggressive tick that bites humans." The adult female has a white dot or "lone star" on her back, and she and the nymph stage of the tick are the ones that most frequently chomp on humans and transmit disease.
And while Lone Star ticks have been cleared from any association with Lyme disease, according to an article published in the Journal of Medical Entomology earlier this year, the Lone Star tick has its own brand of destruction. It carries a sugar called alpha-gal that humans don't have. The same sugar is found in red meat, like beef, pork, venison, rabbit and some dairy products.
A bite from the tick can trigger a person's immune system to create antibodies to the sugar that, in turn, will make their body reject red meat, setting off a serious allergic reaction.
Besides being an allergy to mammalian meat like beef, pork and lamb, which is a heart-breaker for carnivore foodies, alpha-gal can trigger dangerous anaphylactic reactions.
According to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the allergy can cause hives and swelling, as well as broader symptoms of anaphylaxis, including vomiting, diarrhea, trouble breathing and a drop in blood pressure.
"The weird thing about [this reaction] is it can occur within three to 10 or 12 hours, so patients have no idea what prompted their allergic reactions," Ronald Saff, an assistant clinical professor at Florida State University College of Medicine, told Business Insider. In 2017, Saff said he was already seeing a couple of patients per week who had developed alpha-gal from Lone Star ticks.
Diagnosis is made more difficult because unlike, say, most seafood allergies, these red meat allergies and anaphylactic reactions caused by the Lone Star tick often seem to appear out of the blue, even occurring in the night many hours after the victim eats a burger or steak.
"They're sleeping, and they have no idea what they could be allergic to because the symptoms occurred so many hours after going to bed," Saff said.
The only simple aspect of identifying and avoiding the Lone Star tick is that the tactics are about the same as those for avoiding ticks in general.
Here are six ways to avoid ticks, according to the CDC and outdoors experts: