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Around 7 a.m. July 7,  41-year-old Jessica Hirt was jogging along a road near her home in the town of Ogden.

Hirt spotted two large dogs on a grassy area about 30 feet away. According to court papers, she said both dogs were leashed, and the leashes were held by a woman she described as having a slight build.  That woman was Kerry Dudek.

Dudek was walking her own dog and her boyfriend's pit bull, Vanessa.

Hirt said the dogs began barking and dragged Dudek across the road toward her.

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While we humans cope with the coronavirus outbreak, there’s a silver lining in all this for the animals at Lollypop Farm.

Cait Daly, the vice president and chief operating officer of Lollypop Farm, said the outbreak gave the animals an unexpected gift.

“It actually made more time for enrichment for animals who are in the shelter,” said Daly. 

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It’s not unusual for the supply of blood donations to run low during the summer months as donors are on vacation and out of their normal routines. The Rochester chapter of the American Red Cross says it received more than double its goal of donors for a blood drive Wednesday in Henrietta.

The turnout might have something to do with the location. The drive was held at Monroe Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Services.

Two years ago, after a routine blood test, Maryann Fuhrmann's 9-year-old Maltese mix, Bella, was diagnosed with Lyme disease.

"I see tons of ticks on her all the time, but (her) being white," she said, "they're easy to spot, and I am fanatical about checking her over every time I come in the house, so I don't know how it got by, but I really feel like I let her down."

Maybe you’ve seen some headlines recently about “pot for pets.” there’s a form of liquid cannabis that some veterinarians say is a safe and effective way to treat a number of conditions in dogs and cats. The issue has raised many questions – and misconceptions. We’ll break them down with Dr. Barbara Royal, who has recommended liquid cannabis for her patients.

And Jackie Walker from Churchville Veterinary Hospital is in studio to answer your questions about pet health and behavior.

In this month's episode of Unleashed, we hear from a dog owner who is working to turn her heartbreak into action. Denise Krohn's two dogs were killed during a home invasion, and now, she's fighting for legislation that would make it a crime to hurt a pet during the commission of another crime. Read the petition here.

We also talk to a Wayne County woman whose dog, Derby, took to the national stage, competing in the Masters Obedience Championship at the Westminster Kennel Club Show. We talk to Leanne Capozzi about the experience of a lifetime.

And, Dr. Edward Gschrey from South Towne Veterinary Hospital will be in studio to answer your questions about pet health and behavior. Our guests:

In this episode of Unleashed, we discuss how to choose healthy, balanced diets for your pets.

We also talk about the controversy surrounding the new film, A Dog's Purpose. Some animal rights activists are boycotting the film after a video showing a trainer trying to force a frightened dog into a pool went viral. The film’s producer says the trainer’s actions were inexcusable, but the video was taken out of context and the dog wasn’t harmed. We hear from both sides, and talk about the roles and rights of animal actors.

Plus, Dr. Christine Garvey, D.V.M., from Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, is in studio to answer your questions about pet health and behavior.

Note: Dr. Meg Brooker for Canfield Vet, Dog, and Cat Hospital referred to Tufts University's Petfoodology website. For more information, click here.

This month on Unleashed, we honor Veterans Day by telling the story of a rescue dog named Hans who is providing emotional support to local veterans.

Plus, when patients go into hospice care, their beloved pets are often left behind and families may be unable to care for them. A national organization is working to reunite patients with their pets, when the unconditional love of a dog or cat matters most. We talk to the founder of Pet Peace of Mind.

And Dr. Stephanie Ravin from Stone Ridge Veterinary Hospital is in studio to answer your questions about pet health and behavior. Our guests:

In this month’s episode of Unleashed, we talk about one of the most controversial topics in the feline world: declawing. There is a bill in the New York State Senate that, if passed, would prohibit declawing cats and other animals. We discuss what declawing is, the effects it has on cats, and we hear from veterinarians and cat owners on both sides of the debate.

Plus, you’ve probably heard about dogs who are trained to detect explosives or illegal drugs, but did you know there are dogs who can sniff out pollution? We go on the job with two dogs working to keep contamination and human bacteria out of the Great Lakes.

And Dr. Michelle Brownstein of Henrietta Animal Hospital is in studio to answer your questions about pet health and behavior.

What happens when you decide to bring a feral cat into your home? We talk about how to help socialize feral cats for family life.

We also learn about Lollypop Farm’s equine program.

Dr. John Sampson, veterinarian at Greece Animal Hospital, is in studio to answer your questions about pet health and behavior.

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