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100 tuxedo cats dropped off at shelter

Published:Monday | August 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Tuxedo cat

NOVATO, California (AP):

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that someone has dropped off more than 100 tuxedo cats, which are named for their distinctive black and white markings, at an animal shelter.

Marin Humane Society spokeswoman Lisa Bloch says that last week, a car pulled up to the Marin Humane Society in Novato, leaving behind three boxes.

Bloch tells the newspaper inside were 24 tuxedo cats. She says it was the fourth such occurrence in the last 18 months.

The newspaper reports that all the cats, which range in age from kitten to full-grown, appeared to be in good health, with no fleas or diseases.

The person who's responsible for leaving the cats has been caught on surveillance tape - and Bloch tells the newspaper that it appears to be the same person every time. The shelter wants to offer the person information about getting pets fixed.

Fighter plane shot down over Luhansk region

KIEV, Ukraine (AP):

Separatists have shot down a Ukrainian fighter plane amid fighting between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian government forces in the eastern part of the country, a Ukrainian military spokesman said yesterday.

Oleksiy Dmitrashkovsky said the plane was shot down over the Luhansk region after launching an attack on rebels. The pilot ejected and was taken to a secure place, he said.

Further details about the incident or the condition of the pilot were not immediately available.

Fighting in Ukraine has escalated since the insurgency arose in April, with government troops steadily taking back rebel-held territory in the east.

The city of Luhansk is encircled by Ukrainian forces and is reportedly experiencing severe electrical outages and shortages of food and medicine. Donetsk, the largest rebel-held city, is also suffering through fighting including frequent shelling.