The Odd Side – September 12, 2017

Sheep Get Loose, Dodge Traffic in Alaska’s Biggest City

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Bears and moose are a common sight on Alaska roadways, but drivers in the state’s largest city had a whole different animal problem Wednesday.

KTUU reports that police received a call about loose sheep and a ram wandering through traffic in south Anchorage.

A dispatch from police said a nearby resident was able to corral the animals into a fenced area.

The owner was located and will regain possession of the livestock.

Best-in-Show Baked Goods Eaten During Masked Ohio Burglary

BURTON, Ohio (AP) – Authorities have identified a suspect in an Ohio county fair burglary who took a bite out of best-of-show baked goods during the heist.

The Plain Dealer reports that officials say whoever broke into an exhibit at the Geauga County Fair in northeast Ohio last week has a masked face, soft fur and walks on four legs.

Wanted posters are now on display for a raccoon or raccoons that left paw prints on baked goods judged to be the best in show among the more than 1,000 entries submitted at the 195-year-old fair.

Fair Board Director Paul Harris says the raccoon took “a little sample here and a little sample there” from seven of the 11 best-of-show entries, including breads, muffins, scones, pies and a chocolate cake.

Fowl Play: Dutch Man Imprisoned For Stealing Plastic Duck

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – A Dutch judge has called fowl play on a man who abducted and damaged a giant rubber duck.

Prosecutors say in a statement that the 45-year-old was sentenced Wednesday to eight weeks in prison for stealing the three-foot high bright yellow plastic duck from outside the Goudse Eend (Gouda Duck) cafe in the Dutch city of Gouda on June 23.

The duck toy was later found badly damaged elsewhere in the city, prosecutors say.

The prosecution statement says the man will only have to serve two weeks if he undergoes “lifestyle training.” A judge also ordered him to pay 740 euros ($880) compensation to the owner of the cafe.

Authorities Put Sneaker Collection Up for Sale

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) – A central Ohio county is selling off an assortment of collectible sneakers seized from a convicted dealer of illegal substances.

The Columbus Dispatch reports there are 67 boxes of confiscated footwear up for sale by Licking County officials. Bids will be accepted through Sept. 15. Proceeds will be used to fund investigations of illegal substances by the Licking County law enforcement task force that found the sneakers. The name-brand shoes range in size from 10 to 12.

‘Smart Vest’ Turns Stray Dogs Into Thailand’s Street Guardians

BANGKOK (Reuters) – An advertising agency in Thailand has developed a “smart vest” that potentially could turn stray dogs into guardians of Bangkok’s streets and alleyways.

Equipped with a hidden video camera, the vest has sensors that transmit live streaming videos when the dog barks, showing what the dog sees via a mobile phone and computer application.

There are stray dogs on the streets of most Thai cities, and the developer thought smart vests could help both the dogs and the community.

“It will make people feel that stray dogs can become night-watches for the communities,” said Pakornkrit Khantaprap, 28, who is on the creative team that came up with the idea at the Cheil advertising agency, a subsidiary of South Korea’s Samsung Electronics.

Martin Turner, managing director of the Phuket-based Soi Dog Foundation, which was formed over a decade ago to save stray dogs and cats across Thailand, welcomed the initiative.

Turner says there are many cases of cruelty against animals in Thailand, despite the introduction of the country’s first Animal Welfare Law in late 2014, which penalizes wrongdoers with a maximum two years’ imprisonment and a 40,000 baht ($1,205) fine.

The project began in March this year and took about five months to materialize.

The developer says a lot more tests are needed before the vest can be introduced into communities for trial runs.