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Gun season for deer opens Saturday

Gun season for deer opens Saturday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gun season for deer opens Saturday and runs through Jan. 5.

According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, hunters may harvest one antlered buck per day until the statewide bag limit of three is reached, which includes deer harvested during archery and muzzleloader seasons. An antlered buck is a buck with antlers at least three inches long.

The bag limit for antlerless deer depends on where the deer is harvested

Blount Co. Animal Center performs 1,000th spay/neuter surgery

Blount Co. Animal Center performs 1,000th spay/neuter surgery

The Blount County Animal Center is celebrating a milestone in its efforts to fight animal overpopulation.

The center performed its 1,000th spay or neuter surgery Friday morning, on a three-year-old shepherd mix named Trip.

The animal center performed its first spay/neuter surgery in January, and has performed about 25 a week each Friday since then.

Volunteers say the surgeries are important to the whole community.

14 pit bulls surrendered by Blount County rescue

14 pit bulls surrendered by Blount County rescue

A Blount County pit bull rescue voluntarily surrendered 14 dogs Tuesday.

In July, Angela Burruss opened Double A Pit Bull Rescue in Greenback.

Blount County animal officials visited the rescue Monday, and they said they found empty water bowls and dogs living in small crates.

Burruss tells 10News she gave the pit bulls water Monday morning prior to the visit.  Also, she believes the cages are the proper size and said the dogs receive exercise daily.

Lenoir City boy needs a service dog

Lenoir City boy needs a service dog

A Maryville based non-profit trains service dogs to help people with neurological disabilities.

Wilderwood Service Dogs work with everything from Autism to Alzheimer's.

The dogs take about 18-months and thousands of dollars to train.

A Lenoir City boy needs one. His name is Danny.

Like a lot of seven-year-olds, Danny Lewis enjoys sports.

"I play baseball, football, and basketball," he said.

And like a lot of little boys he has a lot of energy.

Service dogs help those with neurological disorders

Service dogs help those with neurological disorders

Service dogs help people with disabilities be more independent. For example, they guide the blind and escort those in wheelchairs.

One program based here in East Tennessee offers specialized service dog training.

Tiffany Denyer was a psychiatric nurse who moved on to pet therapy and then service dog training.

"I finished my education with service dog training out in California at Burgin University and came back and started Wilderwood because it works," Tiffany Denyer said.