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Fireball is a 5-month-old heeler mix. He seems super smart, and he loves to learn. He plays a little rough, but that's only because he hasn't had much training. He likes other dogs, and he'll be a loyal friend for his new family. His adoption fee is $95.

Boris is a huge and handsome Maine coon mix who craves affection. He is 5 years old, and he gets along with other cats and dogs, too. He weighs 18 pounds and loves to be brushed. Boris' adoption fee is $65.

In the wake of several sad cases of animal cruelty along the Wasatch Front in the last week, we'd like to remind people that animal nuisances should always be dealt with in a legal and humane manner. If a neighbor's dog is barking when they're not home or their cat wanders and uses your flower bed as a litter box, the first step is to let the pet owner know there's a problem. Talk to them if you feel comfortable doing so, or leave them an anonymous note. If you don't feel that either of those direct actions is appropriate, call the animal control agency in your jurisdiction to report the nuisance. Never take matters into your own hands and harm the animal. It's never the pet's fault, because they don't know better. And it can't be the owner's fault if they are unaware of the problem. On the flip side, if you are a pet parent and you receive a complaint about your cat or dog, please take it very seriously and work to correct the problem. Only people who lack empathy would be pushed to the point of harming the animal in retaliation, but it happens all too often in our area. Come visit Fireball and Boris at Salt Lake County Animal Services, 511 W. 3900 South, or call 269-7499. View our pets virtually at www.slcoanimalservices.org.