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An 8-year-old, 18-foot reticulated python named Juliet slithered onto the roof of a garage in Detroit Thursday, prompting a crowd to gather around the building and police to arrive at the scene.

“Everyone kept coming here, driving by, taking pictures, getting out of their cars and video recording,” Kashires McReynolds, a neighbor, told Fox 2 News. McReynolds posted a video to Facebook showing the large reptile on the roof in a residential area.

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The python’s owner was at work at the time but eventually arrived to climb onto the roof and retrieve his pet. He told WXYZ that he feared for Juliet’s safety after spotting rocks on the roof which he suspects were thrown at his snake by the crowd.

The owner admitted he must not have locked Juliet’s cage properly. The pet owner feeds the python a diet of thawed dead rabbits and said Juliet would never intentionally hurt anyone. Devin did admit to WXYZ that he was unsure if he’s legally allowed to own the snake but explained that the python was born and raised in captivity and is not venomous.

Reticulated pythons, which are found natively in the rainforests of Southeast Asia, are not venomous and not usually a threat to humans, according to ReptileKnowledge, an online forum on reptile care. Pythons do occasionally prey on humans, constricting and killing their owners in captivity.

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Michigan does not require pet owners to obtain a license or permit to possess a python within the state but does regulate when exotic animals can be moved across state lines. An exotic animal, which is any animal not domestic to North America, must have an official interstate certificate of veterinary inspection filled out by a U.S. Department of Agriculture accredited veterinarian in the animal’s state of origin, according to the government agency website.

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An exotic cat native to Africa has been spotted roaming around a coastal city in Virginia, officials said Wednesday.

The Virginia Beach city government said Animal Control responded to a sighting of long-legged cat, that is believed to weigh about 25 pounds and stand 25 inches tall at the shoulders. The agency was unable to locate and capture the cat.

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The wild cat, sporting a yellow coat with black spots, is a serval named Rocky, its owner Brian Hankins told WVEC-TV. Hankins said he had been trying to capture Rocky since he went missing in October.

Hankins lives in Kitty Hawk, N.C., about 86 miles south of where his pet serval was spotted in Virginia Beach Wednesday. Haskins told the station that the African cat can walk up to 20 miles a day.

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Rocky was wearing two collars onto which a GPS tracker was fitted, but the batteries have since died, Hankins said. Rocky is known as an escape artist who has broken out of his owner’s home several times, according to the Outer Banks Voice.

Hankins is traveling to Virginia Beach to help Animal Control locate his lost pet, WVEC reported.

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A veteran firefighter in South Carolina adopted a puppy Saturday after he’d rescued the animal from under a pile of rocks the week before.

Capt. Paul Bryant with the North Charleston Fire Department was shown in a video posted to social media saving the trapped puppy on March 30.

Bryant and his fellow firefighters with Engine 201 rushed to the area after a man and his 5-year-old son heard cries coming from under the pile of rocks as they were riding their bikes.

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According to a Facebook post from the Charleston Animal Society, the man and his son “decided to investigate and were surprised to see the pup under the rocks.” They rushed home to get a shovel and pickax to try to free him but were unsuccessful. When they realized they couldn’t get the puppy out, they called the North Charleston Police Department and Engine 201 was dispatched.

In a post on the North Charleston Fire Department’s Facebook page, Bryant, who said he has served with the Department since 2000, was seen digging the puppy out from under the rubble and pulling the dog to safety.

The puppy did not suffer any injuries; it was unknown how long the animal was trapped under the rocks. The dog was brought to Charleston Animal Society, Fox 6 reported.

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After the animal society was getting the puppy ready for adoption by vaccinating it, getting it neutered and microchipped, Bryant requested to adopt the puppy himself, the media outlet added.

“This is meant to be, he’s my dog and he’s coming home with me,” said Bryant in a Facebook video on Charleston Animal Society’s page. Bryant also said he wa looking forward to “getting him home, getting him a stable environment. Just giving him the love that he deserves.”

In the video, Bryant said he appropriately named the puppy “Rocky.”

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“The good lord said, ‘this is your dog,’” said Bryant in the video.

Bryant said this was his first puppy rescue.

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A California family is mourning the death of their 400-pound pet pig Princess after it was slaughtered by a neighbor who’d agreed to watch the animal after it got loose while police searched for the owners.

Princess vanished from her home in Humboldt County on March 23 and was later found nearby in a neighbor’s yard.

The Acarta Police Department, which is used to responding to loose livestock, responded to the home to help the Hampshire pig’s owners, SF Gate reported.

An officer asked the neighbor if he would watch over the pig while police searched for its owner, and cops say the neighbor agreed.

It was easy to find Princess’ owners, who were also looking for her; and an hour later police returned to the neighbor’s house, only to arrive at a gruesome discovery.

The neighbor was butchering the pig for meat.

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“We were totally shocked and surprised to learn that the pig had been slaughtered,” Arcata police Chief Brian Ahearn told Lost Coast Outpost, adding the officer had thought he’d reached a “reasonable agreement” with the man.

Arcata police Lt. Todd Dockweiller told the SF Gate that the sight of the dead pig was a “shock to everyone involved.”

“Given the stage of the butchering process he was in, he must have slaughtered the pig very shortly after the officer left,” Dockweiller added.

The Lost Coast Outpost reported that Princess’ owner did not see the gruesome scene, but was devastated to hear what happened to the animal she had cared for since Princess was a piglet.

“She’s very sweet. She’s not aggressive. She likes to be around people,” owner Carrie Hogan told the Outpost, adding she was upset with how the officer handled the situation. “He took it upon himself to give my animal away and then it got butchered.”

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Arcata police said the man who slaughtered Princess was not the homeowner, but instead “a man who was known to them” who was on the property with the owner’s permission, SF Gate reported.

Police said they are expecting to forward a criminal charge to the district attorney’s office.

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More than 10 years after their cat vanished, a family in Texas is back home with their furry friend.

Fergie was taken in by the Fulton family in 2006, when she was a kitten, owner Elyse Fulton said. The cat, she told Fox affiliate KDFW, “was a great cat, super friendly and just real loving and just a nice cat.”

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When the family asked a friend to take care of Fergie and their home, based in Lucas, a city roughly 30 miles northeast of Dallas, the cat vanished.

“We didn’t know what happened to her,” Fulton told the news station. “What we think, what we heard was maybe somebody picked her up to rescue her and that was the last that we heard of her.”

But Fulton said that this week their family received a surprising call — someone found Fergie.

An animal hospital in the area said that someone found Fergie and brought her to the vet. After the hospital scanned her microchip, they contacted the Fultons, asking if they were missing their cat.

“I was like, ‘Sure, like for 10 years now,’” Fulton said she told the vet. “I was just stunned. I was absolutely blown out of the water.”

Microchips, according to the Humane Society, “are tiny transponders, about the size of a grain of rice, that can be implanted in your pet’s skin by many veterinarians and animal shelters.”

Animal rescuers advise that the microchip shouldn’t be a pet owner’s only method of pet identification, as it takes a special scanner, typically owned by animal control or shelters, to read them. The animal organization recommends that pet owners use identification tags, like a collar with a nameplate, with their pets.

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Fulton said that Fergie is settling into her new — or rather, old — home just fine.

“She went right back to being the princess cat she was before she left,” the pet owner said. “You know, she’s sleeping on the bed. She knows what a litter box is and all that. Eating good and, again, just seems really happy to be home.”

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed into law on Monday a bill that will make animal cruelty a felony in the commonwealth.

Dubbed “Tommie’s Bill,” the legislation is set to change current law — which, according to WWBT, states that those who abuse animals “can only be charged with a misdemeanor unless the animal dies.”

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But after the Democratic governor signed the bill into law, animal cruelty will be considered a Class 6 felony, which is punishable by a fine of up to $2,500, and up to five years in prison.

The bill was named after Tommie, a male brindle pit bull who was found tied to a pole after being “covered in accelerant and intentionally lit on fire” in February.

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Richmond Animal Care and Control wrote on Facebook at the time that 40 percent of Tommie’s body was burned. The dog later died.

The law, which the news station reports applies just to dogs and cats, is set to start July 1.

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A 12-week-old puppy was rescued after an owl carried her away and dropped her on a golf course in Arizona on Friday, according to a rescue organization.

The puppy Latte suffered puncture wounds from the owl’s talons. The wounds were visible in the dog’s skull, Foothills Animal Rescue said in a release. She is now recovering.

Bonnie Ziegler, a foster mom, had left Latte and three other puppies out for a supervised potty break Friday morning at her home in north Scottsdale, but only three dogs returned, the rescue said. Latte, the fourth puppy, could not be found.

“I didn’t hear a sound and the other puppies didn’t bark. It was as if she just vanished,” Ziegler said, according to the rescue. “We immediately started searching and soon our neighbors joined in. We posted a notice on Next Door (a neighborhood social network app) in the hopes someone might find her.”

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Nearly 12 hours after Latte’s disappearance, golfers at Troon Golf Club found the injured puppy dehydrated and weak under a tree near the 16th hole, the release said.

Ziegler was then contacted by a neighbor who saw the information on Next Door and alerted the foster mom.

Latte did not suffer any broken bones and is good spirits, the rescue said. She is expected to remain in foster care for a few more weeks. She may already have an adopter, but the rescue will make formal announcement if she needs a home.

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The puppy’s veterinary costs amount to about $4,500, and the rescue is seeking the public’s help to cover it.

The rescue is a non-profit organization and cage-free shelter that provides a temporary safe haven for homeless dogs and cats.

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A dog is being lauded as a hero by his family for giving his life to save them during a shooting near Houston, Texas.

The labrador, named Zero, jumped to action when a gunman opened fire during a birthday party at the home of Laura Martinez last Sunday night. Martinez and her two children were shot as Zero attacked the shooter. The dog was hit by a bullet during the altercation and later died.

"I honestly believe if Zero had not kept jumping on him, he would’ve been able to get shots higher than our legs," Martinez said, according to Click 2 Houston.

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The suspected shooter has now been identified as Javian Castenada, a friend of the family who they believe was involved in a robbery of their home. Police believe he is in hiding and is considered armed and dangerous.

The Martinez family said after the burglary, they confronted Castaneda’s parents with their suspicions that he was responsible. A few days later, Canstaneda allegedly arrived at the party and began arguing with the Martinez family, which escalated into gunfire.

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"I’m staring at the whole scene around and it almost feels like a dream," Martinez’s daughter Valori Pace said. "I went to go turn to run and I just feel instant pressure in my lower back. Put my hand back there and I realize there was blood all over my hands," she said.

The family is recovering from their gunshot wounds, but mourning the death of their beloved dog, who they’ve dubbed "Zero the Hero."

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A Texas woman died on Saturday after she was “attacked by her two pit bull terriers,” police said.

Officers arrived at North O’Connor Road to help out the fire department, who was called to a veterinary facility about “reports of a woman in need of medical attention,” Irving Police said in a news release on Facebook.

The fatal encounter took place at the O’Connor Animal Hospital, Fox 4 News reported, citing police.

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Employees at the facility said 33-year-old Johana Villafane seemed to have been hurt badly after getting attacked by the pair of dogs, authorities said.

The dogs continued to act aggressively even as staff and responders tried to jump in and help Villafane, according to police.

“Due to the dogs’ continued aggression, an officer discharged his duty weapon striking and killing both dogs,” police said.

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Villafane was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries but ultimately did not survive, police said.

“The initial investigation revealed the dogs had been quarantined at the vet clinic for observation due to a recent biting,” the news release said. “The owner had come to the clinic to feed the dogs and was outside in an exercise area when the attack occurred.”

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A Utah teen with a can-do spirit is building 150 beds for shelter dogs of all sizes for his Eagle Scout project.

Chance Call said he’ll donate them to the Davis County Animal Shelter on April 1.

“I’ve always had a soft spot for animals,” Call told Fox 13.  “I remember as a kid, I would always watch TV and see those ads, you can adopt a pet and make their life better.”

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“I’m like, what if I want to do that on a bigger scale and help the animals that can’t get adopted,” he added.

The teen has raised more than $3,000 in donations to purchase supplies to make the bed.

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He and his friends spent about 120 hours constructing the beds.

“I made these beds to help them be more comfortable and more relaxed.” Call said.  “It feels really nice.  I know there are a lot of animals that don’t get a house.”

Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.

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