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Owners speak out after dogs found dead on side of road

Owners speak out after dogs found dead on side of road

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The owners of two missing dogs spent hours searching for them only to find out someone shot both of them and left their dead bodies on the side of the road. Now, the owners need your help to find out who did this.

The dogs disappeared Sunday and were found on the side of the road later that same evening. The owners say they think what happened to their dogs plays a part in a recent string break-ins in their neighborhood. They say three weeks ago someone tried to break into their home but their dogs scared them off.

"What do our dogs mean to us? Like family," said Lee Jackson.

"They are like our children," said Pam Gazette.

And now, those children, Stella and Tao, are gone.

"It was horrible," said Gazette.

LRPD investigating animal cruelty case after 2 dogs found dead

LRPD investigating animal cruelty case after 2 dogs found dead

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Police are investigating a case of aggravated animal cruelty after a woman reportedly found her dogs near a possibly abandoned home in Little Rock.

According to a report made by Little Rock police, a woman and her husband noticed that their two dogs were missing around 9:30 a.m. Sunday from their home. The woman reportedly noted to police that a couple of days before, one of the dogs' collars was replaced with an old one.

The woman told police that she spent the day putting out flyers and searching for the dogs before receiving a call that someone had seen them near a possibly abandoned home on Robinwood and Cantrell roads. When she went to the location, she told police she found them dead, nose-to-nose on the grass by a fire hydrant.

According to the report, she observed severe trauma to the dogs.

The Salvation Army needs YOU at Bacon Fest!

The Salvation Army needs YOU at Bacon Fest!
Come volunteer with us at Bacon Fest Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds. As a State Fair partner, The Salvation Army has been invited to participate at this inaugural Bacon Fest event. Our presence at this event is an opportunity to promote our service opportunities like the State Fair Food Drive (which will be held October 14 this year).

UALR tackles growing issue of student suicides

UALR tackles growing issue of student suicides

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students in the United States. 80 percent of college students who attempt suicide never seek help afterward. By region, the south has the most suicides each year. In the nation, Arkansas ranks 15th in deaths by suicide.

Arkansas is the only state without a federal grant to help with suicide prevention. However, that has not deterred college campuses from taking this growing problem into their own hands. That's why the University of Arkansas at Little Rock declares this week "Suicide Prevention Week".

The number of suicides is on the rise. Already this summer, a third year student committed suicide, and another student committed suicide last spring.

Dr. Michael Kirk, director for UALR's counseling and career services, says the worst semester on record for the school was in the fall of 2012 when 11 suicide attempts were reported.

Cleanup begins at Little Maumelle River

Cleanup begins at Little Maumelle River


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Debris at Little Maumelle River from a flood over three years ago is finally getting cleaned up. A house boat was washed into the river and became lodged in the water near Two Rivers Bridge.

"Since that time, there had been a lot of discussion on who has the authority to move it and who is going to find the money to remove it," said John Thurston, Commissioner of State Lands.

It's been an eyesore for visitors, but vague laws left several state agencies wondering who was going to tackle the project. Thurston said the job ultimately came down to his office.

"The Commissioner of State Lands already had the authority of the river bed but the particular laws wasn't- they weren't very clear on how to deal with situations like this," he said.

Main Street to close between Third and Fourth streets

Main Street to close between Third and Fourth streets


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - If you take Main Street through downtown Little Rock, you'll have to make other arrangements starting later this week.

Starting Wednesday at 7 a.m., Main Street between Third and Fourth streets will be closed for at least 3 weeks.

The city says the closure is needed to continue progress on the Main Street 'Creative Corridor'.

The 300 block of Main Street will be one of the gateways to the Creative Corridor, featuring a plaza with rain and light gardens.


Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe opening new location

Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe opening new location


NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 8, 2014)- Taziki's Mediterranean Café, a fast-casual Greek food-inspired chain, is opening a new location in McCain Mall this fall and is beginning the hiring process this week. The restaurant is known for its delicious salads and fresh gyros.

"We know that Arkansas area residents will enjoy our fresh and healthy menu selections at the McCain Mall location," said Jim Keet, Taziki's Mediterranean Café CEO. JTJ Restaurants, LLC opened its first Taziki's in Arkansas on Cantrell Road in 2008. They currently own and operate five restaurants in Arkansas, including two in Little Rock, one in Conway, one in Fayetteville and one in Bentonville. The McCain Mall restaurant will be the Keet's sixth location in the state.