Jim Dey | Not every dog has its day in court — but Moxie did

Moxie wasn't even asking for a belly rub.

All the friendly Johnson County pooch was soliciting was a scratch on the back or behind the ear, preferably both ears at the same time.

Instead, Moxie's sensual preferences became the subject of scurrilous allegations in a lawsuit filed against her owners, Bob and Pam Ruzich.

Just Askin' | Off-leash problems in Champaign

Q: Does anyone ever get a ticket for not walking their dog with a leash in Champaign?

A: Indeed they do.

Since 2014, 82 tickets have been issued for "dogs running at large," as the Champaign city ordinance refers to dogs without a leash.

Through July of this year, nine tickets have been handed out.

Champaign cat becomes second animal in C-U found to have tularemia

CHAMPAIGN — The bacterial disease tularemia has again turned up, this time in a cat in Champaign.

A potentially deadly disease in both animals and people, tularemia had already been found recently in Urbana in a dead rabbit — plus more dead rabbits were found in an Urbana neighborhood, according to the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

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Tularemia confirmed in rabbit found dead

URBANA — The bacterial disease tularemia has surfaced again in Champaign County, this time in a dead rabbit found in Urbana, authorities said.

The rabbit in Urbana was diagnosed with clinical symptoms of tularemia at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine this month, according to the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

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Letter from Birdland | A summer to remember

It's high summer in Birdland, and this summer holds the weather of my dreams. The heat is calmed by the soaking rains that foster my amnesia of the bitter drought just a week or so ago, when I despaired of weeding in the concrete pavement my garden had become.

Pet Talk | What to do when your horse gets hurt

Would you know what to do if your horse accidentally encountered a sharp edge and ended up with a cut? Dr. Annette McCoy, an equine surgeon at the UI Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, offers information that will help you be prepared so you can stay calm and act quickly when dealing with wounds in horses.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, July 22, 2018

Picking up where we left off last week, we tracked down local fair-goers photographed as kids through the years by The News-Gazette and asked them to tell us about the most memorable animal they ever showed.

Top of the Morning, July 21, 2018

Now 6 years old, PIP the rabbit has lost a step or two.

"He mostly hangs out with me watching Netflix and posing for Instagram photos," said owner NICOLE MOORE.

In 2015, however, Pip was the agile inspiration for Moore's 4-H Hopstars Rabbit Agility Club, which she started to show the animal world that hares can do tricks — just like hounds.