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Watch: Ukrainian dog stays by injured sister, protects her on tracks as trains roar over them

Two lost dogs in Ukraine turned into lucky dogs and are safe now, after spending two harrowing days over Christmas stuck on busy railway tracks with trains roaring over them every half hour.

One of the dogs, named Lucy, was injured and couldn’t move from the tracks near the village of Tseglovka. Watch what her brother, known as Panda, does.

He stayed by her side for two days, nudging her head down as the trains approached and rattled by overhead, according to a Facebook post and video from Denis Malafeyev, the guy who eventually rescued the pair.

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Malafeyev received a call from friends about two scared dogs, one of them injured and stuck on the railroad tracks.

He said he tried to help the dogs immediately, but the male wouldn’t let him near the injured female. Malafeyev said he was eventually able to move the dogs and took them to a local rescue shelter for care.

The dogs’ owner saw the popular social video and was reunited with his pets, according to news reports.

Toodles the poodle offering hope for seniors

Residents at a Georgia retirement home are finding new joy in an old dog.

The poodle, named Toodles, got a forever home for the holidays at the Sunrise at Buckhead retirement Complex.

But residents said they're the ones who got the real gift.

"He's the sweetest, nicest dog," said resident Stacy Haugen, who now sleeps with the dog nightly.

Haugen said “most of the people who live here have had their own dogs, and maybe couldn't keep him or give them to other family members.  It's wonderful that they can pet him and talk to him, and he's a very good listener."

DeKalb animal shelter workers found Toodles wandering around a gas station parking lot a month ago. He was skinny and starving.

Now, he's thriving.  And so are the retirement home residents who now find themselves negotiating over who gets to hold the 8-year-old poodle.

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Resident Jo-Lynn Burge said they offer "maybe a promise of something later on, like you can have him for 15 minutes extra tomorrow or something."

Shelter workers said not many people adopt older dogs, like Toodles. 

Karen Hirsch, who helps run the DeKalb Shelter through Lifeline Animal Project said "retirement homes are perfect for older dogs, calm dogs, small dogs who just want to kind of take it easy and be loved on all day.  What better life could you hope for?"

The shelter is looking at other local retirement homes for more opportunities for dogs like Toodles, who is now known around his new home as the king of the roost.  Residents said his throne is anyone’s lap.

Man says he punched cougar to save dog outside Tim Hortons restaurant

Some people would do anything to protect man's best friend – including punching a cougar in the head.

According to Reuters, 31-year-old William Gibb of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, told police that he rescued his dog from one of the fierce felines Monday outside a Tim Hortons restaurant in Whitecourt.

Gibb said the cougar pinned the 80-pound husky, Sasha, while she was out for a walk, Reuters reported.

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"I could see something wrapped around her and wasn't sure what it was," Gibb said. "I ran over and punched it in what I thought was the head, and it backed off and I realized it was a cougar."

Gibb then called the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. 

"He was quite lucky," Whitecourt RCMP Sgt. Tom Kalis told The Guardian, adding that cougars are often seen in the area but rarely attack.

The dog received stitches at a nearby veterinary clinic and was released, according to the CBC. Authorities reportedly killed the cougar.

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Carrie Fisher's dog, Gary, 'posts' heartwarming message after Debbie Reynolds' death

It’s been a rough few days for the person who posts from the Twitter account dedicated to Carrie Fisher’s French bulldog, Gary. The poster has been writing thoughtful, meaningful messages all week. After Fisher died, Gary has been in the care of Carrie’s daughter, actress Billie Lourd.

>> Actress Debbie Reynolds dies one day after daughter Carrie Fisher

>> Carrie Fisher's faithful dog, Gary, pays tribute to his mom

On Wednesday, Fisher's mother, Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds, died after reportedly suffering a stroke. (Reportedly, some of her last words were “I want to be with Carrie.”)

>> Debbie Reynolds reportedly tells son 'I want to be with Carrie' hours before her death

So “Gary” came up with something that Fisher and Reynolds would have loved — and it perfectly sums up the relationship between the two. 

>> PHOTOS: Debbie Reynolds through the years

>> PHOTOS: Carrie Fisher through the years

The tweet read: "If Carrie was here I bet she would make a joke that it was just like her mom to upstage her even in death. #FindingHumorInTragedy."

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>> Click here to see the post

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Florida county to monitor animal abusers in the same way as sex offenders

A Florida county has a new way of protecting pets from those who injure and abuse them.

Marion County officials plan to keep track of animal abusers the same way they track sex offenders.

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The law came after a dog named Molly had a rough couple of years.

Molly had a fractured skull from being beaten with a bat and suffered stab wounds to the top of her head.

The boxer mix recovered after the attack by Steven Scott Fleming, 50.

"The guy got adjudicated guilty and went to jail. But when he got out, he wanted to adopt more pets," said Commissioner David Moore.  

To keep that from happening, animal advocates took Molly's story to county leaders and proposed the Molly's Law Animal Abuser Registry.

The registry is a lot like the Florida Department of Law Enforcement sex-offender registry, except it will be for those convicted of animal abuse in Marion County. 

Marion County commissioners approved the plan.

The website is set to go up in January and will be run by Animal Services. It will also be placed on the Animal Services' webpage. 

"Members of the community can go check the website and find out who's on the animal-abuse registry," said Moore.

Like sex offenders, animal abusers will have to register their address, and how long they're listed on the site depends on the offense and whether they have abused animals before.

Advocates said the law will not only protect animals but also people, because often times, someone who hurts animals will also be violent with people.

An Ocala man was arrested in November on charges of throwing his dog into oncoming traffic. Moore said the offender, Michael Britton, would be added to the Animal Abuse Registry if he's convicted.

Officials said fines levied on abusers will be used to pay for the site. Also, people who sell or give pets away to someone who is on the site could face fines.

WATCH: Cat attacks man excitedly opening Christmas present

Just call it a Christmas cat-astrophe.

A viral Facebook video shows an extremely excited man opening up the purrfect Christmas gift – a PlayStation 4 – over the weekend in Macon, Georgia. But the man's furry friend (fiend?) was not impressed, reacting with a swift tackle and claw to his head.

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"Y'all, this is what pure joy looks like," Facebook user Jessica Freeman wrote in the post that includes the video and several photos of the incident. "Also terror. Merry Christmas!"

As of Wednesday morning, the video had more than 88 million views, 166,000 likes and 250,000 shares.

>> Watch the video here

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Freeman said the man had to go to the doctor to get stitches after the attack.

"We love him and genuinely hope he feels better," she wrote. "It's just nice to be able to laugh with your best friends."

As for the cat, "he is a jerk," Freeman wrote.

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Carrie Fisher's faithful dog, Gary, pays tribute to his mom

Actress Carrie Fisher had a close relationship with her French bulldog, Gary.

>> 'Star Wars' actress Carrie Fisher dead at 60

>> PHOTOS: Carrie Fisher through the years

>> PHOTOS: Notable deaths in 2016

>> Carrie Fisher's dog: 'I'll be waiting right here mommy'

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Week after week, Fisher showed off her precious pup on social media. No matter what, Gary was by her side.

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Santa's helpers deliver adopted pets to families

A North Carolina girl got a surprise from Santa’s helpers Christmas morning.

The Humane Society of Charlotte teamed up with Santa Paws & Elves to deliver adopted pets to children in the area on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

This is the first year volunteers personally delivered the newly adopted cats and dogs to families who want to make the special gift a surprise.

>> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news <script>(function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;  js = d.createElement(s); = id;  js.src = "//;version=v2.8";  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script> This very special HSC Elf - Boni Lea was just on NBC Charlotte introducing their reporter to a very special cat named...Posted by the Humane Society of Charlotte on Sunday, December 25, 2016 On Christmas morning, volunteers dropped in to bring 7-year-old Maddie the family’s new adopted kitten, Noel.

“She’s been a really sweet girl all year,” volunteer Boni Lea said about Maddie. “And she really wanted a kitten."

When Noel arrived, Maddie was speechless and showed tears of joy for her new furry friend.

The Humane Society made three pet deliveries on Christmas.

For more: Charlotte Humane Society

Kitten stuck in palm tree makes dramatic leap, survives

A kitten in New Zealand got stuck in a tree, but not just any old tree. The gray and white cat somehow ended up high atop a palm tree that measured approximately 25 meters, according to a report from Stuff, a New Zealand news publication. That’s 82 feet, and firefighters were called out Tuesday to assist in the rescue mission.

The firefighters placed a ladder on each side of the tree and climbed up to rescue the cat. But the kitten decided to make a jump for it instead, and a dramatic photo of the cat in mid-air was posted on Facebook by Lonely Miaow, a cat rescue organization.

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When you are involved in cat rescue, no two days are ever the same!Today we received a message that there was a kitten...Posted by Lonely Miaow Association Incorporated on Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The cat hit the ground running, and was finally corralled after eluding several firefighters and running under two fire trucks.

The kitten is friendly, but covered in fleas and very skinny, according to the cat rescue group. The cat will receive veterinary care but appeared not to have suffered any injuries from its dramatic fall. It will be fostered by Lonely Miaow before being made available for adoption.

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