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The City of San Antonio believes it's getting a handle on the stray pet population through its new microchip law that went into effect June 30.

And free microchipping is being offered Friday afternoon, August 7, at the city's Animal Care Services location on Hwy 151.

ACS Spokeswoman Lisa Norwood says the program provided a total of 5,000 FREE microchips this year, and almost 3,000 were  given in the first month to animal owners in key parts of the city.

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The Medina County Commissioners Court got an update on Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and Texas Animal Health Commission Monday.

CWD is a rare, but deadly disease for deer. It’s not dangerous to humans. A deer that died on a Medina ranch was found to have CWD.

According to Medina County Judge Chris Schuchart, commissioners wanted the update from wildlife officials and let local deer breeders know they would be there.

A Texas hunter who paid $350,000 for the right to hunt a rare black rhino in Namibia has killed the animal. The hunt has drawn controversy and spurred debate over the best way to manage endangered wildlife.

Corey Knowlton won an auction last January for a hunting permit that would allow him to kill a black rhino weighing around 3,000 pounds.

Ziggy, an abandoned dog rescued last September in South Texas had to be euthanized Monday after he wandered from his shelter over the weekend and came back with an arrow sticking out from his body. Authorities in Bandera County are trying to determine who attacked the Plott hound that had been adopted by the Montes family. They run Mission: Miracle K9 Rescue. When Ziggy returned, Mary Montes and her son, Matt, were shocked to see an arrow through Ziggy's stomach, with the tip and feathers cut from the ends. A veterinarian in San Antonio euthanized the dog late on Monday. Anyone found guilty of cruelty to animals, a felony, carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

Source: Texas State Aquarium

CORPUS CHRISTI — The deaths of 389 fish at the Texas State Aquarium are being blamed on a mislabeled chemical container.

A statement posted Tuesday on the aquarium’s Facebook page says what staff members thought was an anti-parasite drug was actually a poisonous chemical used in film processing, as a stabilizer in paint and motor fuels, and in cosmetics. That’s based on preliminary lab results.

The aquarium said isn’t yet revealing the source of the mislabeled chemical.