Briefs: Humane Society fair urges the adoption of pet rats

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on May 14, 2014 in Rat News | Subscribe


The Michigan Humane Society’s Berman Center for Animal Care is holding a special adoption event for rats. The “Oh, Rats” adoption fair is aimed at trying to find “forever homes” for the rodents.

Adoption officials for the Michigan Humane Society say rats are often overlooked for adoption because of the stigma attached to rodents.

“Rats are highly social animals and are encouraged to be adopted in pairs or even groups,” said Linda Reider, director of animal welfare for the Humane Society.

The adoption event is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the shelter, 900 N. Newburgh, Westland. Adoption fees are $10 for a single rat, $15 for a pair or $20 for three rodents. The cost includes vaccinations, a free veterinary visit at any of society’s three veterinary clinics and a basket filled with treats and rat food.

Independence Township

Two injured in early morning head-on crash

Two people suffered injuries early Monday in a head-on crash on southbound Ortonville Road south of Oak Hill Road, Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies said.

The 7:16 a.m. crash occurred when a 23-year-old Clarkston man on northbound Ortonville Road went left of center in his 2010 Mazda and was struck by a southbound 2007 GMC Savana van driven by a 35-year-old Goodrich resident. The Clarkston man was taken to Genesys Hospital, where he was in critical condition. The driver of the van sought medical attention on his own.

Oakland County

Treasurer offers help to those facing tax foreclosure

County Treasurer Andy Meisner is advising homeowners who have received notices of impending tax foreclosure to contact his office immediately to set up a Taxpayer Assistance Meeting and avoid losing their property. Under property tax foreclosure in Michigan, tax-delinquent owners will lose rights to their property on March 31 for unpaid taxes, Meisner said. Call (248) 858-0623.

Highland Township

Teen held for allegedly stabbing man after quarrel

A 16-year-old Highland Township boy is in Children’s Village after a weekend incident in which he allegedly stabbed a 20-year-old man, investigators said Monday. The boy, accompanied by a parent, surrendered to Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies on Saturday after the 7 p.m. incident.

He told investigators he and the victim had argued earlier in the day at a 7-Eleven store and that he stabbed the man in self-defense, authorities said. The victim was treated at an area hospital for a stab wound to the chest and is expected to survive.


Man charged with bilking Houston firm out of $80K

Police have arrested a Clinton Township man on charges of bilking a Houston company out of more than $80,000 in merchandise, officials said Monday. Authorities allege Garabed George Mardirossian, 45, used a fraudulent cashier’s check to buy $34,560 of incense March 6. Investigators located the suspect and learned he had also passed two other fraudulent cashier’s checks in Clinton Township to pay for items worth $50,000 from the same business, authorities said. Mandrossian is charged with uttering and publishing and with false pretenses with intent to defraud of up to $50,000. Both charges are felonies, with 14-year and 15-year penalties. He was arraigned last week and given a $50,000 bond.


Police identify man fatally shot while brandishing gun

The man fatally shot Sunday after threatening to kill himself and police has been identified as James Carleton, 53, of Roseville, police said Monday. Officials said the shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. in the 32000 block of Judilane. Roseville Police Chief Michael Pachla said in a statement Sunday that officers arrived at the house to find a male walking around outside the home with a handgun. The man pointed the gun at police “and they responded,” Pachla said. It’s unclear how many shots were fired; police are still investigating. Three officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave, police said.


Forum set to discuss roads in northern Macomb

Macomb County Commissioner Don Brown, R-Washington Township, will host a forum today to discuss roads in northern Macomb County. The meeting will be from 7-8 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Creek Center, 72025 North Ave. For information, call (586) 469-5125.

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