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A Marion County pet owner is facing the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence. The woman, who lived with more than 100 cats, said she did nothing wrong.
“I didn’t know how many there were, I just fed them and took care of them as best I could,” Diana Danraby said. “Sure, sometimes we starved to make sure the cats had food.”
Darnaby’s 102 cats were seized by Marion County Animal Control last week from her Summerfield home, and a shed she and her husband built to care for them.
Friday, she got the paperwork with photos of the cats, notifiying her that 60 of them were euthanized.
“That was Lucky,” Darnaby said pointing to one of her favorites. “How lucky was he? Here they put euthanized.”
“Many of the cats had severe respiratory infection, conjunctivitis, hookworms, roundworms and earmites,” Marion County spokesperson Elaine McClain explained.
The 42 cats that didn’t have to be euthanized are now being cared for at Marion County’s Animal Center. They will go to court Sept. 15 to try to get custody of them.
Darnaby is going to court herself. The State Attorney’s Office charged her this week with felony animal cruelty. Investigators said during the raid they found piles of fecal matter, and puddles of urine, fleas and roaches.
An arrest affidavit points out this isn’t the first time they had to raid her home. In 2009, 75 cats were removed. It said she’s been educated numerous times on how to care for animals and intentionally neglected their care. It said she’s responsible for excessive and repeated infliction of unnecessary pain to the animals.
“I loved those cats, they are my family,” Darnaby said.
Darnaby faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
 “I just want to know why I’d be going to prison, why I’m being served with a felony?”
Assistant State Attorney Ric Ridgway said the felony charge stems from the number of cats that had to be euthanized.

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Padma Lakshmi's Viral Fourth of July Pie Featured a Political Message

Padma Lakshmi used pie to make a political statement during her Fourth of July celebrations this year.

Lakshmi made a berry pie with the phrase “close the camps” written with dough on the top for Thursday’s holiday. The “Top Chef” host and author seemed to be referring to the controversial immigration detention facilities at the US border, which many have compared to concentration camps.

The host, who describes herself as an “immigrant” in her Twitter bio, shared a photo of her dessert with followers on social media, calling it a “truly American pie.”

In a subsequent tweet, Lakshmi urged her followers to contact their local representatives and “demand they #CloseTheCamps.” She also shared an image of herself holding the pie.

Lakshmi’s political dessert got a lot of users talking on Twitter.

Some were even inspired to create their own politically-inspired treats for the Fourth of July.

Other users were less enthusiastic, and some even “fixed” Lakshmi’s pie to better align with their own political views to say “close the borders.”

Lakshmi’s baking project also gained the support of celebrities like Busy Philipps and Amy Schumer, who shared their support on social media.

 

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The “Top Chef” host and author is the latest celebrity to speak out in support of immigrant rights. Stars like Mindy Kaling, Chrissy Teigen, and John Legend have donated their time or money to pro-immigration organizations while condemning anti-immigrant sentiments.

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‘Crazy’ Raccoon Dog Terrorizes Villagers in the UK

A wild raccoon dog has been terrorizing a U.K. village, terrifying locals and attacking pets.

SWNS reports that police were called to Clarborough in Nottinghamshire this week after some residents were subjected to a two-hour standoff with the strange-looking animal.

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'Crazy' Raccoon Dog Terrorizes Villagers in the UK

A wild raccoon dog has been terrorizing a U.K. village, terrifying locals and attacking pets.

SWNS reports that police were called to Clarborough in Nottinghamshire this week after some residents were subjected to a two-hour standoff with the strange-looking animal.

Villager Mandy Marsh was woken by a “blood-curdling scream” early on Tuesday morning and her husband Dale ran outside to see a raccoon dog confronting the couple’s pet goat and pony. “He came back and he said to me ‘you are going to have to come and see this, there is something in the field attacking the pony and I have absolutely no idea what it is’,” she told SWNS.

“This raccoon was absolutely crazy. It was hissing and screaming and snarling,” Marsh added. “It was going absolutely mad.”

Armed with planks of wood, it took the couple two hours to chase the angry raccoon dog away, although their pet goat was left with a sore shoulder and scratches following the animal’s attack.

The raccoon dog returned moments later to confront a dog walker outside the March’s home, according to SWNS.

Police have warned local residents to be vigilant.

'Crazy' Raccoon Dog Terrorizes Villagers in the UK

Two raccoon dogs went missing from a nearby enclosure on the morning of May 28, according to Nottinghamshire Police. “The animals, which are described as being the same size of a medium-to-small-sized dog, are potentially dangerous if approached as they are not domesticated,” it added, in a statement.

Marsh said that a local wildlife tracker offered to help track the raccoon dogs and had told her that something had been attacking local animals recently.

'Crazy' Raccoon Dog Terrorizes Villagers in the UK

Raccoon dogs are not raccoons, but are members of the canid, or dog family, according to the U.K.’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). They are related to foxes and wolves.

“Raccoon dogs are wild animals – rather than domesticated pets,” it explains, on its website, noting that the animals pose “a highly invasive risk” to native species in Europe.

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Creator of Viral Twitter Heroin Hoax Shane Morris Starts GoFundMe to Hide From MS-13

Nashville web developer Shane Morris sat down at his computer Monday night, opened Twitter, and tried to go viral.

“Y’all wanna hear a story about the…

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reator of Viral Twitter Heroin Hoax Shane Morris Starts GoFundMe to Hide From MS-13

Nashville web developer Shane Morris sat down at his computer Monday night, opened Twitter, and tried to go viral.

“Y’all wanna hear a story about the time I accidentally transported a brick of heroin from Los Angeles to Seattle?” Morris tweeted. “I bet. Alright, let’s do this…”

The story, according to Morris, went as follows: A few years back, he discovered a package of heroin in a van he had purchased. Instead of turning the drugs in, he quickly sold them—making him an admitted to drug trafficker. For a year or so, nothing important happened. But then, the son of the van’s previous owner tried to buy back the van, ostensibly in an attempt to reclaim the heroin. According to Morris, he fooled the son into thinking that the heroin was still there by packaging a copy of John Grisham’s The Pelican Brief and putting it where the drugs had been.

If this wasn’t crazy enough, Morris—still on Twitter—then taunted Salvadoran gang MS-13, claiming that he had tricked one of the gang’s members out of the money with a John Grisham book.

Morris’ tweets were a hit, garnering more than 67,000 retweets and getting aggregated across the Internet. The heroin escapades offered the rare chance Twitter users to share in an experience that wasn’t about a disaster or politics, with one declaring it “the greatest fucking story I’ve ever read.”

“THIS IS ABSOLUTELY WILD,” tweeted New York Times reporter Sopan Deb.

A few days later, though, Morris is reconsidering whether his viral fame was such a good idea. Having taunted a deadly gang, he is now saying the thread was not true.

“I realized, because of my lie, that it’s not fun to fuck with MS-13,” Morris told The Daily Beast.

Morris said that his Twitter thread, which he stresses was a fabrication, has prompted real threats against his life. And so he’s embarked on a separate internet campaign to clean up the mess he created. In a Medium post on Friday, Morris insisted the story was fake.

“Most importantly, I definitely didn’t rob an MS-13 gang member,” Morris wrote. “In retrospect, that’s probably the dumbest thing you can write and put on the internet.”

Morris isn’t the first person to fabricate a Twitter story for internet clout and almost assuredly won’t be the last. In 2013, a Bachelor producer went viral for tweets about passive aggressive notes passed on an airplane, but later admitted it was all fake.

But Morris may be the first to face death threats over his Twitter story, presuming that those threats are actually true themselves. Morris is supposedly in such risk, he said, that he made a GoFundMe page to pay for his disappearance along with his wife. The fundraising pitch is pretty straightforward: “I Need To Go Into Hiding.”

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