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West Virginia Officer Seen Shooting Possum Was "Putting it Out of Misery"

An officer with the Morgantown (WV) Police Department who was seen on a video posted to social media shooting a possum was "putting it out of its misery," after it had been hit by a car and severely injured.

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NYPD Officer Deftly Captures 8-Foot-Long Boa Constrictor

An officer with the New York Police Department who keeps snakes as pets used his experience to capture an eight-foot boa constrictor that was wrapped around a light fixture on Friday morning.

New York Conservation Officers Busy Rescuing a Variety of Animals

Environmental Conservation Police Officers have been busy assisting many animals—ranging from a fox stuck in a window well to Mallard ducklings that fell into a storm drain and even a wandering bear in the city of Poughkeepsie.

Boston Police Rescue Escaped Exotic Bird From Shuttered Zoo

Officers with the Boston Police Department captured an unusual fugitive on Monday morning after reports that an exotic bird had escaped from the local zoo.

Minnesota Officers Rescue Ducklings from Storm Drains

Officers with the Minneapolis and Burnsville Police Departments rescued a number of ducklings from storm drains in two separate incidents on the same day.

Maryland Officer Shoots Dog Attacking Mother and Child

An officer with the Upper Marlboro (MD) Police Department was forced to fatally shoot a dog that was attacking a 12-year-old child and another individual on Wednesday evening.

Video: Idaho Officer's Body Camera Catches Conflict with Wild Turkeys

An officer with the Ada County (ID) Sheriff's Office conducting a traffic stop came under sudden attack by a group of wild turkeys earlier this week, and the entire interaction was captured on body-worn camera video.

Runaway Horse and Buggy Given "Verbal Warning" in Michigan

A trooper with the Michigan State Police "gave a verbal warning" to a rider-less horse that had been seen running amok on a state roadway.

Pennsylvania Officer Adopts Puppy She Rescued from Cruelty

An officer with the Girard Borough Police Department who rescued a puppy from a couple now facing multiple charges has officially adopted the animal.

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California Officer Who Arrested Man Choking Puppy Has Adopted the Dog

An officer with the Fresno (CA) Police Department who responded to a call of a man choking a puppy in December returned to the SPCA shelter where the dog was housed following the incident to inquire on its condition.