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Local news briefs for Jan. 4


Fewer DUII arrests this year

Oregon State Police arrested 13 people in the Portland area for driving under the influence of intoxicants during the New Year's holiday reporting period.

Overall, preliminary statistics indicate that state police troopers arrested 65 for driving under the influence of intoxicants, 47 of which occurred between Dec. 31 and 8 a.m. Jan. 1. Last year, Oregon State Police troopers reported 79 such arrests.

In addition, five people died in three separate traffic crashes. None of the crashes were in the Portland area. According to statistics for the last 10 years, an average of five traffic fatalities have occurred each year over the New Year's holiday period.

More pets found homes in 2011

A record 11,528 pets found homes through the Oregon Humane Society in 2011, exceeding last year's total of 11,054 adoptions, the Oregon Humane Society reported.

The 11,528 animals represented the largest number of pets adopted since the Oregon Humane Society began operating its new shelter building in 2000. The pets adopted in 2011 included 3,654 animals that came to the Oregon Humane Society from other shelters faced with too many pets and too few adopters.

The first pet to be adopted in 2012 from the Oregon Humane Society was longtime resident Rex, a 90-pound Newfoundland mix who had been at the Portland shelter for nine weeks. The last pet to go to a new home in 2011 was a 7-month-old brown tabby cat named Smokey.