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Pets in panic, helping them through storms

Pets in panic, helping them through storms

ATLANTA -- Your cat, dog, maybe even your bird is going nuts! You don't know what is going wrong until suddenly you notice the blue sky has suddenly grown dark.  A storm is coming from nowhere.  Somehow your pet had a clue before you did.

Many pet owners will tell you, their dogs and cats can do some pretty strange things when they're stressed by severe weather.  "A lot of them can hurt themselves," Dr. Shannon South, a veterinarian at the Briarcliff Animal Clinic said Monday. "I've seen dogs jump through windows.  I've seen them going missing for a couple of weeks at a time."

Dr. South said dog's habits can be changed, if they're young.  "Try to redirect their activity.  Get them to play. Make the storm a good experience," she advised pet owners.

Consensual 'sexting' by teens can be criminal

ATLANTA -- Sexually explicit cell phone images of teens can lead to criminal charges for the sender and receiver, according to former DeKalb County District Attorney J. Tom Morgan.

Morgan appeared on 11Alive News Today on Tuesday to talk about his book, Ignorance Is No Defense: A Teenager's Guide to Georgia Law. Morgan said most parents and teenagers have no idea that "sexting" can have dire consequences, even when it's consensual.

"They think it's a private thing with no ramifications," Morgan told 11Alive's Donna Lowry. "They can be charged with child pornography and end up on the sex offender registry."

Morgan said as many as one in four teens admit to sending or receiving sexually graphic text messages. He said it starts in middle school.

"Parents are so out of touch," he said. "The technology available to our children is beyond our comprehension."

MLK Lady Lions make strong showing at Region 2-AAAA track meet

FAIRBURN, Ga. -- The Martin Luther King Jr. Lady Lions brought home six gold medals from the Region 2-AAAAA Track Championships at Langston Hughes High School on Monday on the way to a second place finish in the team standings.
 
King scored 134 points led by sprinter Jada Martin who won both the 100-meter dash (11.99) and the 200-meter dash (24.26) to finish behind Westlake's 153.50 total.
 
The Stephenson Lady Jaguars took fourth overall with 64 points.
 
The Lady Lions also picked up gold medals from Felicia Brown in the 400-meter dash (54.19); Rodreka Chambliss in the 1600-meter run (5:42.93), Jalisa Terrell in the high jump (5-07.00) and the 4x100-meter relay (36.34).
 
King qualified six individuals in seven events and relay teams in the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays for the state meet on May 12-15 in Albany.
 
Stephenson's Ashandria Henry qualified for state in the shot put

DeKalb unemployment exceeds Georgia rate in March

DeKalb unemployment exceeds Georgia rate in March

DeKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in Metro Atlanta decreased to 9.8 percent in March.

This is down four-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 10.2 percent in February.

Metro Atlanta's jobless rate was 10.1 percent in March 2010.

"The unemployment rate decreased in Atlanta, as well as in all of the state's other 24 local areas," said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

Top 5 ways to ward off computer hackers

ATLANTA - It could happen to anyone.

That's the warning from an ex-hacker turned computer security specialist. Gregory Evans spent years hacking computers, tapping into everything from high school grades to corporate business files. Now, he's using his powers for good: trying to keep cyber-crimes from happening to anyone else.

Evans is the CEO of LIGATT Security International in Norcross, a company investigating high-tech crime and working to keep computers secure. He says everyone is susceptible to hackers, but there are some things you can do to help ward them off:

DECATUR: Grandma raising seven loses home in fire

DECATUR, Ga. -- A grandmother in Decatur is in need of some heroes after disaster took her out of her home just a month ago.

"I always look at it as, 'There's somebody worse than we are,''" said Jackie Woods.

This comes from a woman sitting in the only chair she has left, living in a house in Decatur because her old home was burned out completely in an electrical fire.

And there's one other note about Ms. Woods: she's a grandmother working part-time, raising seven grandkids by herself.

"We do what we can," said Woods, "but we keep each other... laughing."

It was tough to keep laughing when less than a month ago, Ms. Woods and her grandkids lost their home, all their furniture, and all their old photos -- everything except each other.

Veterinarians Caution Pet Owners: Dangers at Easter Time

Veterinarians Caution Pet Owners: Dangers at Easter Time

Atlanta, GA --  (Submitted by Pet Poison Hotline) The veterinarians at Pet Poison Helpline, a national 24/7 animal poison control center, receive hundreds of calls this time of year from pet owners and veterinarians concerning cats that have ingested Easter lilies.

“Unbeknownst to many pet owners, Easter lilies are highly toxic to cats,” said Ahna Brutlag, DVM, assistant director at Pet Poison Helpline. “All parts of the Easter lily plant are poisonous – the petals, the leaves, the stem and even the pollen. Cats that ingest as few as one or two leaves, or even a small amount of pollen while grooming their fur, can suffer severe kidney failure.”