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12:05 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

UT Halts Partnership With Controversial Austin Aquarium

The Austin Aquarium is set to open this November despite two citations from the city and allegations of illegal animal trafficking surrounding one of the owners.

After construction violations from the city's code compliance office last month and a recent guilty plea to animal trafficking charges from one of the owners of the new Austin Aquarium, the University of Texas' Texas Advanced Computing Center has put a potential partnership with the effort to bring an aquarium to North Austin on hold. 

Brothers Vince and Ammon Covino have been embroiled in legal squabbles since opening up aquariums in Portland, Oregon and Boise, Idaho in 2012 and 2011, respectively.

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3:53 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

APD: Officer Not in Violation of Policy in Pit Bull Shooting

The Austin Police Department said the officer who shot a dog at a North Austin Petco did not violate the department's lethality policy, but the case is still under investigation.
Andrew Weber, KUT News

An Austin police officer shot and killed a dog last night at a pet store.

At 7:30 p.m. last night, police say Officer Leslie Lyons shot a pit bull twice in an effort to save another a smaller dog being attacked at the Petco on Research Boulevard.

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4:44 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Video: U.S. Rep Steve Stockman Aims to Give You an AR-15

Congressman Steve Stockman is giving away an AR-15, part of an effort to protest national discussions on increased gun control measures.

Texas Congressman Steve Stockman wants to give you an assault rifle. 

Stockman has launched an email and social media campaign to promote his giveaway of a free AR-15, promoting it as a chance to "win the gun that Obama's trying to ban" by visiting his website and entering a free contest. Watch Rep. Stockman's video below.

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4:23 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Austin Shelter Says 'No Vacancy,' Waives Adoption Fees (Update)

The Austin Animal Shelter has waived adoption fees to reduce the overcrowding in the shelter.

Update: The Austin Animal Center has cage and kennel space again, after more than 300 pets left the shelter alive over the weekend. More than 200 pets were adopted over the weekend. One hundred were transferred to other animal rescue groups. And 25 were reunited with their owners.

Original Post (June 7, 2013): The Austin Animal Center, for the first time in its history, is not accepting new pets because they have surpassed capacity.

According to a city press release, the shelter has about 100 animals more than they can handle. The overcrowding is due to a lack of adoptions and an unusual amount of individuals surrendering their animals. Of the more than 1,000 pets currently available, only six were adopted Thursday. 

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