May 09, 2012 03:50 PM

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New evidence suggests dogs can also be prompted to yawn by hearing another yawn, leading researchers to believe that they are capable of empathy with their owners. Humans tend to catch the yawns of close friends and family. –Huffington Post

A New York man is being held for psychiatric evaluation after digging up the remains of a dead pet and sending photos of it to its owner following a domestic dispute. Raymond S. Williamson allegedly exhumed the woman’s dead chinchilla and texted her the photos. –Daily Freeman

Banfield Pet Hospital’s latest State of Pet Health report details the 10 most and least obese states for pets, with Louisiana topping the list as the least obese and Minnesota claiming the top spot as most obese. The study also found pet owners are not always aware of their animals’ obesity, with more than three-quarters of dog owners and nearly 70 percent of cat owners believing their pet is at just the right weight. –Huffington Post

Following the death of his 13-year-old tabby cat, a British man is believed to have killed himself out of grief. He was found dead of an overdose eight days after cat Sophie’s passing. –Daily Mail

In response to an online petition, United Airlines has lifted its ban on nine breeds of dog, the pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, ca de bou, cane corso, dogo Argentino, fila Brasileiro, perro de presa canario, presa canario and tosa (or tosa ken). These pets are now allowed on flights, but required to be transported in reinforced crates. –Chicago Tribune

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