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Feisty Chihuahua fends off coyote in Fairburn

Feisty Chihuahua fends off coyote in Fairburn

FAIRBURN, GA (WXIA) -- A warning for pet owners -- watch out for coyotes! The warning came because of an incident in South Fulton County but wildlife officials say coyotes live in every county in Georgia. They are even more active this time of year because it is now breeding season for coyotes.

Ziva the chihuahua is moving a bit slowly after nearly being devoured by a coyote Sunday evening.

Her owners Arnold and Beverly DeLong heard her yelping in the woods behind their Fairburn home, and Arnold went out to investigate.

"The coyote was standing over her with his head right on her," he said. "He was getting ready to come in for the kill. The dog was just laying there. She was very, very bloody and I reached down and grabbed her."

The coyote ran off. Ziva was treated by a local veterinarian.

This weekend is a great time to save a 4-legged friend

This weekend is a great time to save a 4-legged friend

Fulton County Animal Services is FULL.  When most county animal control shelters get full, they just quietly start killing animals.  However, FCAS is now run by LifeLine Animal Project, which wants to save all healthy, friendly animals, so the shelter is pulling out all the stops to get animals adopted into loving homes.

Free Dog and Cat Vaccinations

Free Dog and Cat Vaccinations

A community outreach event focused on providing services to pet owners in neighborhoods without affordable and accessible general pet wellness care will take place on Saturday in Atlanta.

Free cat and dog rabies vaccinations and licenses will be offered while supplies last.

The Humane Society of the United States, Fulton County Animal Services, UGA College of Veterinary Medicine’s Animal Welfare Club, Jabula Dog Academy, SnazzyPetUSA.com, Lifeline Animal Project, The Ark Animals Hospital and Save Our Pets Food Bank are hosting the event.

WHERE:      
Pets for Life Center
809 Hollywood Rd.
Atlanta, Ga. 30318

WHEN:          
Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

'People Chase' encourages people, dogs to run together

'People Chase' encourages people, dogs to run together

FAIRBURN, Ga. -- The Chattahoochee Hills Country International Horse Trials will include with a run for attendees and their furry friends.

The CHC International People Chase will be held Sunday, May 19 at 11 a.m. at Bouckeart Farms.

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The 2.5-mile run will take runners and leashed dogs along a cross-country horse trail, featuring rolling hills, artistic jumps and picturesque views of south Fulton County.

Learn more and sign up for the run at chcinternational.net.

The International Horse Trials will be held May 17-19 and include an equestrian triathlon and plenty of family-oriented activities.

Bouckeart Farms is located at 9445 Browns Lake Road in Fairburn.

Pet friendly weekend at Renaissance festival

Pet friendly weekend at Renaissance festival

FAIRBURN, Ga. -- Dogs and cats are welcome to attend the Georgia Renaissance Festival with their owners this weekend.

The pet friendly weekend will be held Apr. 20-21. Attendees are invited to enter their pets into a costume contest. Sign up at the registration table to participate; the contest will be held at 1:15 p.m. both days at the Joust Arena.

Holly Schmidt of Family Pet Obedience School will also give a dog ability demonstration at 12:30 p.m. both days at the Joust Arena.

The festival runs from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Learn more and buy tickets at garenfest.com.

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Summer in the south is officially here! With rising temperatures, it is important to take steps to protect those around us who might be vulnerable to the heat, like our children and pets.

Did you know that we lose heat by sweating? Water literally evaporates into the atmosphere and sucks the heat out of our bodies. Children produce even more heat than adults. This is because they have more body surface for their height. Children are also closer to the ground – and to hot pavement. They can easily become dehydrated or overheated.

Here are some tips to keep your children and pets safe in the heat.

It's a pet-friendly weekend at the Renaissance Festival

It's a pet-friendly weekend at the Renaissance Festival

FAIRBURN, Ga. -- Dogs and cats will be welcomed to the Georgia Renaissance Festival this weekend.

The festival will host a pet costume contest and pet/owner lookalike contest during this special pet event.

The costume contest will be held at 12:30 p.m., while the lookalike contest will begin at 1:15 p.m. Both events will be held in the Joust Arena.

Admission is $5 per pet. Everyone interested in bringing animals to the festival must fill out a pet registration form and bring it with them, along with proof of rabies vaccination, a photo and a leash that's no more than six feet long.

Learn more about the festival at www.georgiarenaissancefestival.com. Discount tickets are available online and at metro Atlanta Kroger stores.