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October 31, 2006

Headlines and Links for October 31, 2006

Trained by Inmates, New Best Friends for Disabled Veterans

Article about Rainbow a Labrador Retriever trained to be an assistance dog for disabled military veterans by inmates at the Northeast Correctional Center in Concord,MA. Rainbow is the first graduate from Canines for Combat Veterans from NEADS. The dogs are dual-trained as both service dogs as well as to provide walking and balancing assistance.

Source: The New York Times: Trained by Inmates, New Best Friends for Disabled Veterans (October 31, 2006)

October 18, 2006

Cat starts fire, Dog rescues owner

In Elkhart Lake, WI, a cat started a fire in a house. Jesse, a 13 year old dog of unidentified breeding, alerted the owner of the house, Jamie Hanson and brought her artificial leg over to her. Hanson was able to call 911 and get out of the house. Jesse returned to the house to attempt to rescue the cat, but both pets died in the resulting fire.

Source: CNN.com: Dog saves owner from fire, dies trying to rescue cat (October 18, 2006).

October 13, 2006

Ooh, look, headlines!

Pet Shot To Death in S.W. Atlanta

Max, one of three dogs, was shot in the family's yard Saturday October 7, 2006 in Southwest Atlanta, GA.

Dateline: Atlanta,GA Source: WXIA-TV: Pet Shot To Death in S.W. AtlantaPet Shot To Death in S.W. Atlanta (October 10, 2006).

Witnesses identify juvenile as possible suspect

Two three-month-old, lab-mix puppies were rescued after being shoved down a cramped groundhog hole, where their owner apparently left them to die, local shelter officials said.

Dateline: Fulton, MO. Source: Fulton Sun: Witnesses identify juvenile as possible suspect (October 10, 2006).

Romulus laughs last as dog abuser sentenced

Oupa Seemo convicted of animal cruelty in Pretoria, South Africa for dragging Romulus, a Jack Russell Terrier, behind his car for several kilometers in June 2006.

Dateline: Pretoria, South Africa. Source: Independent Online: Romulus laughs last as dog abuser sentenced (October 10, 2006).

Mutt upstages surfing rivals

A dog became the main focus of attention at the 2006 Surf World Championship in Praia da Tiririca when it surfed with Caruso Mozart Volff. Police were called in to remove the pair for distracting from the competition.

Dateline: Praia da Tiririca, Brasil. Source: Independent Online: Mutt upstages surfing rivals (October 11, 2006).

Cass County's new drug dog is on the job

Dax is Cass County, Iowa's newest drug dog joining Cody. Funding for Dax and Cody comes from seized drug funds.

Dateline: Atlantic, IA. Source: Atlantic News Telegraph: Cass County’s new drug dog is on the job (October 11, 2006)".

Family Sues To Get Back Dog Lost In Katrina

Sheila Combs evacuated from New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, forced to leave her dog Rocket behind. Rocket was then adopted by a Philadelphia, PA family. Combs is now suing the family and two kennels to return the dog and for unspecified damages for adopting the dog.

Dateline: Doylestown, PA. Source: WTAE-TV: Family Sues To Get Back Dog Lost In Katrina (October 9, 2006).

Dog shot during home invasion

Rocky, a German Shepherd was shot while defending his home from home invaders in Kingsford, NSW, Australia. The invaders shot Rocky twice as he charged them then robbed the elderly man Rocky was protecting.

Dateline: Kingsford, NSW, AU. Source: news.com.au / AAP: Dog shot during home invasion (October 10, 2006).

Owners take the lead in dog walking protest

Dog owners are protesting a plan by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to ban dogs from St. Catherine's Hill in Winchester.

Dateline: Winchester, UK. Source: Newsquest / ThisIsHampshire.ne: Owners take the lead in dog walking protest (October 10, 2006).

Nip becomes therapy dog for Mark Twain School

Nip has joined Mark Twain School in Bettendorf, IA as a therapy dog. He has his own web site. Nip is a Yellow Labrador Retriever, and is part of a group of therapy dogs in Quad-Cities area schools. Nip was trained as part of a prison dog program in Kansas, it is unclear if it was the Safe Harbor Prison Dogs program mentioned we blogged in August.

Dateline: Bettendorf, IA. Source: Quad-City Times: Nip becomes therapy dog for Mark Twain School (October 10, 2006).

"World's Rarest Dog" Could Be Saved With Rabies Vaccine

The Ethiopian Wolf is the world's rarest breed of canine, only approximately 500 remain in the wild. The species is being devastated by rabies. Ethiopian officials have yet to approve oral vaccines for rabies which are easier to administer. As a result, caregivers must trap and sedate the animals in order to administer vaccines during rabies outbreaks.

Dateline: Bale Mountain National Park, Ethiopia. Source: National Geographic News: "World's Rarest Dog" Could Be Saved With Rabies Vaccine (October 12, 2006).

Tortured Dog Left for Dead on Rural Road

Daniel Charles Haskett has been charged with injuring/endangering an animal, causing unnecessary suffering of an animal. The dog, a lab/collie mix had been bound with a bag over its head and a rope around the neck. The dog was still alive when found, its status now is unknown.

Dateline: Didsbury, AB. Source: The Calgary Sun: Tortured Dog Left for Dead on Rural Road (October 12, 2006)"

Forget your dead dog and get to school

Truancy officers from the North Liverpool Academy in Liverpool, UK ordered Charlie Bowden to return to school the day after his dog Susie passed away. Susie had helped him through the death of his mother four years ago.

Dateline: Liverpool, UK. Source: Liverpool Echo: Forget your dead dog and get to school (October 12, 2006)

Workers quit after wrong dog euthanized

Employees at a county shelter euthanized the wrong dog. A pit bull had been placed in the shelter in quarantine for ten days after biting a child. Another pit bull was scheduled to be euthanized (for undescribed reasons). Employees euthanized Barbara Reed's pet instead of the intended dog. Comments on the article indicate that the accusastion that the pet bit a child may have been false, a "joke" on the part of some kids.

Dateline: Louisville, KY. Source: The Courier-Journa: Workers quit after wrong dog euthanized (October 12, 2006)

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Man strangles dog, displays it to owner

Willis Evans of Erie, PA allegedly strangled his roommate's dog with a belt, then confronted the owner with the dead animal, police said.

Source: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (October 12, 2006), also The Erie Times-News (October 12, 2006)