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Montcalm County to Review Shelter Practices
Real progress or just putting off the inevitable?
In front of a packed house on Monday, the Montcalm County [Michigan] Board of Commissioners voted to temporarily extend a controversial animal shelter contract for six months and to appoint a “blue ribbon" committee (apparently free from animal rights activists) to review shelter practices. As we blogged earlier in January, the County is deciding whether to renew the Montcalm County Animal...
Blog: Guest Posts
Puppy Mill Crisis in the Northwest
Giant bust knocks out multi-million dollar enterprise
UPDATE: The number of pregnant dogs may have been erroneously reported. According to a story in The Herald, as few as 20 are expecting. "On Monday, officials said fewer than 20 of the 600 dogs likely are expecting puppies." Let's hope they've got the right count. The news about the bust of one of the largest puppy mill networks in Snohomish County (north of Seattle) keeps getting worse. Of the...
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Chicago’s Crimefighting Pit Bull
Elliott Ness crosses the blue line
When you think of police dogs, don't German shepherds or Belgian Malinois come to mind? Chicago's Cook County K9 Unit recently introduced its two newest recruits, one of whom is a four-year-old pit bull. Officer Deborah Thedos rescued the handsome brindle dog -- now known as Elliott Ness -- from a local shelter and trained him to locate cadavers. To see Elliott Ness and his colleague, a young...
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I Am Shep
Hotel for Dogs species quiz
Maybe not breaking news but fun. After seeing Hotel for Dogs, I took the Quibblo quiz to answer the burning question: If I was a dog in the movie, which one would I be? Well, turns out I'm Shep--the awfully cute, type-A Border Collie. I can live with that. If you have a son, daughter, niece or nephew or know some other young fans of the film, check it out. If you have a favorite rescue group or...
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Behind Every Stray Is A Story
Has a lost dog ever wandered into your life?
A reader comment submitted earlier today to my post about a dog shot in his backyard caused the old cogs to rotate—in not altogether happy directions.   First, here’s what Sarah wrote: “I read this piece with growing alarm...there is a dog, right now, in my backyard barking! It is not my dog. It has no collar and seems lost. It seems to be waiting for us to find its owners, but I gotta say I don’...
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Dispatch from the Dog-Meat Trade
Dogs rescued on the way to a market in China need help
It’s almost inconceivable: Sick, frightened dogs crammed together in tiny cages bound for the meat market. Unfortunately in China, where dogs are eaten year-round, and more so during colder months, it’s a standard sight. But things may be changing. In an unprecedented move, Chinese authorities, tipped off by an animal-welfare center, confiscated 149 dogs belonging to an illegal trader in Sichuan...
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Off-Leash Scofflaw Pays to Play
After being twice ticketed for letting his dog roam off-leash, an anonymous Wisconsin man has offered to donate funds to create a new leash-free zone in the City of Mequon. It sounds like no small chunk of change: He'll be footing the bill for most of the fencing, the parking lot and other site improvements. That's how it's done!
Blog: Guest Posts
Dogs Bring Out the Best in Some...
...but the worst in others
Like millions of others around the globe, I spent lots of time this week reading about and watching the party in Washington D.C. My favorite stories are the man- or woman-on-the-street interviews, where inaugural pilgrims talk about spontaneous expressions of kindness and affection among strangers. I’ve been in a sort of cocoon of optimism, so the news that a dog, hanging out in his backyard (...
Blog: Contests
Show & Tell: Dashing Through the Snow
Send us your favorites
The Big Question: What would 10-month-old Daisy think of her first snowfall? As the photo depicts, she didn’t miss a beat. I guess Setters love to run and play in just about anything: sun, rain, sand and, especially, snow. Of course, it always helps if there are some birds around.  —Leah Perkins, Boone, N.C.           Enter Now! Send us your photos; topics include Dog Is My Co-Pilot, My Dog...
Blog: Recalls
PetSmart Recalls Treats
Salmonella outbreak traced to a small peanut manufacturing plant could now affect dogs
Time to check your pantry again! The recent salmonella outbreak traced to a small peanut manufacturing plant could now affect dogs and their owners. PetsMart is recalling Grreat Choice dog biscuits because of a link to Peanut Corp. of America in Blakely, Ga. Animals are at less risk than people, especially kids, who handle the treats. However, if your dog acts lethargic or has bloody diarrhea,...

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