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After construction violations from the city's code compliance office last month and a recent guilty plea to animal trafficking charges from one of the owners of the new Austin Aquarium, the University of Texas' Texas Advanced Computing Center has put a potential partnership with the effort to bring an aquarium to North Austin on hold. 

Brothers Vince and Ammon Covino have been embroiled in legal squabbles since opening up aquariums in Portland, Oregon and Boise, Idaho in 2012 and 2011, respectively.

Andrew Weber, KUT News

An Austin police officer shot and killed a dog last night at a pet store.

At 7:30 p.m. last night, police say Officer Leslie Lyons shot a pit bull twice in an effort to save another a smaller dog being attacked at the Petco on Research Boulevard.


Texas Congressman Steve Stockman wants to give you an assault rifle. 

Stockman has launched an email and social media campaign to promote his giveaway of a free AR-15, promoting it as a chance to "win the gun that Obama's trying to ban" by visiting his website and entering a free contest. Watch Rep. Stockman's video below.


Update: The Austin Animal Center has cage and kennel space again, after more than 300 pets left the shelter alive over the weekend. More than 200 pets were adopted over the weekend. One hundred were transferred to other animal rescue groups. And 25 were reunited with their owners.

Original Post (June 7, 2013): The Austin Animal Center, for the first time in its history, is not accepting new pets because they have surpassed capacity.

According to a city press release, the shelter has about 100 animals more than they can handle. The overcrowding is due to a lack of adoptions and an unusual amount of individuals surrendering their animals. Of the more than 1,000 pets currently available, only six were adopted Thursday.