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Pit bull recovering after alleged beating with baseball bat caught on video

A Middletown, Ohio, man is charged with beating a dog with a bat, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. 

A humane officer was called to Seldon Avenue on Saturday on a report of a dog being beaten with a baseball bat. A neighbor caught the alleged abuse on video and sent it to authorities, said Butler County Dog Warden Supervisor Kurt Merbs.

Clayton Sisco, 18, admitted that he was punishing Duece, a pit bull, for defecating in the cage it was confined in, Merbs said. 

There were seven other dogs on the property, all pit bull mixes, that were removed for safe keeping. 

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Merbs said Duece is recovering at the Animal Friends Humane Society, but the dog does not appear to have suffered serious injuries. 

“He (Duece) is very friendly,” Merbs said.

In the video, Sisco hit the dog with a Louisville Slugger wooden bat. The dog is on its side. Duece did get up to try to get away from the abuse after Sisco walked away, Merbs said.

Merbs said it is helpful to have a video to use as evidence. 

“In this day and age, everyone has a phone. It shouldn’t take the place of call-ups. But if you have us coming and it continues, taking a video is really helpful,” he said.

Unfortunately, it is not surprising Merbs said to see this type of abuse. 

“It is kind of becoming more routine around here,” Merbs said. "We are seeing more of it." 

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Sisco was charged with misdemeanor cruelty to companion animals. He was also arrested for outstanding warrants. He is scheduled to will appear in the Middletown Municipal Court on July 19. 

“We love our animals in Butler County,” said Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones. “This dog was obviously submissive and not deserving of the punishment.”

Iguana fight! Viral video captures angry lizards dueling outside Florida Starbucks

Maybe they just needed their morning coffee?

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A video posted Saturday of two large, cranky iguanas butting heads – literally – outside a Starbucks in Boca Raton, Florida, has gone viral, racking up thousands of views on Facebook.

>> Watch the video here (Warning: Viewer discretion advised.)

The woman who shot the clip, Shannon Moskoff, posted a second video explaining the incident after "Inside Edition" contacted her.

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"So I was on my way to pick up my coffee from Starbucks and I was driving around back, and all of a sudden on the side there, I see this branch," Moskoff said. "So I said to my friend, 'What is that?' And we stopped because it was moving, and all of a sudden, we see that it's iguanas with the iguana's head inside the other one's mouth."

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That's when she took out her camera and started filming. 

"Obviously, you can hear in the commentary that we were amazed by what was happening," she said

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According to Medium, male iguanas "vying for territory and mating privileges engage in very intense combat, with head butting, pushing, shoving and locking of the crests on top of their heads."

World's Ugliest Dog Contest: Zsa Zsa the English bulldog slurps up 2018 title

An English bulldog has fetched the crown in the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, California.

>> PHOTOS: Zsa Zsa the English bulldog wins World's Ugliest Dog Contest

According to The Associated Press, Zsa Zsa, a 9-year-old pooch from Anoka, Minnesota, won the pageant Saturday, beating out more than a dozen less-than-pretty pups for the $1,500 grand prize.

>> PHOTOS: 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog contestants

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According to the event's website, Zsa Zsa "was a puppy mill dog for five years in Missouri, and instead of placing her in a loving home at her end of breeding, she was put in a dog auction." After Underdog Rescue saved the uncomely canine, current owner Megan Brainard found her on Petfinder and adopted her.

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Check out some memorable moments from this year's contest below:

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Photos: Zsa Zsa the English bulldog wins World's Ugliest Dog Contest

Zsa Zsa, a 9-year-old English bulldog, won the title Saturday night at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California.

WATCH: Bear, 5-year-old boy jump together at Nashville Zoo in adorable viral video

An adorable video of a bear jumping with a 5-year-old boy at Tennessee's Nashville Zoo is going viral.

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According to WZTV, Patrick Parker recently took his son, Ian, to the zoo, where they saw an Andean bear named Luka. Ian jumped happily when he saw Luka, who copied Ian's moves from the other side of a glass divider.

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The video, which Parker shared on Facebook, has been viewed more than 250,000 times.

Read more here.

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Photos: Raccoon climbs to the top of Minnesota skyscraper, captivates nation

A raccoon's captivating climb up the side of the 25-story UBS Tower in St. Paul, Minnesota, appeared to come to a happy ending early Wednesday when the fuzzy daredevil reached the top of the building.

Raccoon released after scaling 25-story skyscraper, capturing hearts nationwide

A raccoon's captivating climb up the side of a 25-story Minnesota high-rise came to a happy ending Wednesday after the fuzzy daredevil was released back into nature after reaching the top of the building.

Update 2:45 p.m. EDT June 13: Officials with Wildlife Management Services, a pest control business based in Brooklyn Park, said they released the raccoon Wednesday afternoon on private property in the suburbs of the Twin Cities.

The company shared a short video of the raccoon’s release. It darted away from rescuers after only a small amount of prodding.

Update 9:45 a.m. EDT June 13: Officials said they plan to release the raccoon "somewhere safe" after it was lured into a trap baited with cat food on Wednesday morning at the top of St. Paul’s UBS Tower, the St. Paul Pioneer Press' Tad Vezner reported.

Reports surfaced earlier Wednesday that the climbing raccoon had been caught after spending hours scaling UBS Tower.

Update 8:45 a.m. EDT June 13: The raccoon was trapped by 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, according to Minnesota Public Radio's Tim Nelson. Earlier Wednesday, Nelson reported that animal control officers had placed cat food in a trap at the top of the 25-story UBS Tower in an attempt to catch the critter.

A representative of the Paige Donnelly Law Firm, situated on the top floor of the high-rise, wrote Wednesday morning on Twitter that building management said the raccoon was “safely in a cage.”

>> PHOTOS: Raccoon’s captivating climb up 25-story skyscraper goes viral

Original report: According to Minnesota Public Radio, the raccoon's harrowing journey began after it got stuck on a ledge of St. Paul's Town Square building. After maintenance workers tried to rescue the frightened critter, it ran to the roof, fled to the neighboring UBS Tower and started climbing. 

>> WATCH: Woman rescues ducklings from storm drain in heartwarming viral video

The raccoon slowly made its way up the building Tuesday, taking occasional nap breaks on ledges. It eventually reached the 23rd floor, reported MPR's Tim Nelson, who documented the animal's trek with the now-trending hashtag #mprraccoon. 

>> Game warden saves fawn's life with emergency C-section on highway

Late Tuesday, the raccoon began to descend the building, taking a breather at a 17th-floor ledge. But it shifted course again early Wednesday, climbing until it reached the roof about 3:30 a.m. EDT.

Although many concerned onlookers had called for help, city officials said saving the animal could be risky for rescuers and the raccoon, which could get scared and fall, according to the Pioneer Press. Instead, animal control workers placed a food trap on the roof, a city Department of Safety & Inspections spokeswoman told the newspaper.

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Another challenge: Employees who work at UBS Tower said the building's windows do not open, the Pioneer Press reported.

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Game warden saves fawn's life with emergency C-section on highway

An Oklahoma game warden saved a fawn’s life after responding to a report of a deer hit by a car on Highway 123.

>> Heartwarming video: Scared baby deer is rescued from road by mama

According to the Oklahoma Game Wardens Facebook page, Game Warden Ryan Walker arrived at the scene to find a doe and fawn dead on the road. He reportedly noticed movement around the doe’s stomach and realized the deer was pregnant and still had a fawn trapped inside.

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Walker performed a Caesarean section on the doe and got the fawn out within seconds. It was taken to a rehabilitator in Osage County. 

>> See the Facebook post here 

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Florida pet owners wary of deadly toads after heavy rains

Recent heavy rains across Florida are good for yards and snapping droughts, but they also set up a possible lethal hazard for pets, WPLG reported.

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Toxic bufo, or cane toads, are becoming more common in south and central Florida after recent thunderstorms.

The toads expel toxic material from their glands which can cause convulsions and seizures in pets, WPTV reported.

If not treated quickly, pets can die within minutes.

“Even a small sized toad can produce a lot of toxin,” said Jeannine Tilford of Toad Busters.

On some nights, Tilford said, she captures more than 100 toads on one property.

Dogs often chase or try to "play" with cane toads; they may lick, nose-nudge or pick up cane toads in their mouth,” Tilford wrote on the Toad Busters site. “This exposes your pet to a rapid-acting toxin that is then absorbed by the membranes in the dog’s mouth, causing symptoms ranging in severity from drooling, head-shaking and crying. ... to loss of coordination, convulsions and death.”

WATCH: Woman rescues ducklings from storm drain in heartwarming viral video

A Tennessee woman has gone viral for all the right reasons.

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Shara Fenell told WHBQ that she was walking in downtown Memphis on Memorial Day near the Peabody Hotel when she heard a noise. She said she wasn't sure what the noise was at first or where it was coming from, until she looked in a storm drain.

>> Watch the video here

When Fenell looked down, she saw about eight ducklings. She and her friend noticed the mother duck walking around the drain trying to do something.

>> On WPXI.com: Ducklings fall into sewer, officer climbs in after them

What Fenell decided to do next made her go viral.

She jumped into the drain and saved the ducklings. She lifted them one by one to a good Samaritan.

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Fenell told WHBQ that she made sure the ducklings and their mother crossed the street safely.

Great work, Shara Fenell!

>> See her Facebook post here

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