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Christmas Gift of Spaying
Georgia woman offers to spay all of the Macon's female dogs
Earlier this month, dog lover and pet foster parent Kerry Hatcher Fickling was inspired by what seemed like a particularly overwhelming week of strays and abandoned litters in Macon, Georgia. Kerry regularly donates time and money to local rescue groups, but this time she wanted to do something that would really get to the root cause of the city's overpopulation problem. So she posted a "...
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Are Sniffing Dogs Reliable?
Lawsuit questions the abilities of drug and bomb pups
A new lawsuit is questioning the abilities of drug and bomb sniffing dogs. The claim against Nevada's Metropolitan Police Department says that dogs were trained to respond to handler cues instead of freely searching for drugs. If the accusations are true, this would be a huge constitutional violation of the right to a lawful search.   The lawsuit also accuses the Department of animal abuse and...
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Tornado Dog Adopted Too Soon
A lost pup found a new home before his family could find him
Imagine coming home to find your home destroyed by a tornado and your beloved dog missing. That is the reality that the Robinson family went through in Mellott, Indiana last month. Except when they finally found their pup Rosco, he had been adopted by a new family who refused to give him back. After the twister, Rosco ended up at the Clinton County Humane Society, about 45 miles from home. The...
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Man and Guide Dog Fall in NYC Subway
Their story uncovers the many challenges of having a service dog
UPDATE: Orlando will be staying with Cecil! Andrew Piera, a New Jersey businessman and dog lover, volunteered to pay for all of Orlando's expenses for the rest of his life. I've also heard that Orlando's puppy raiser is willing to adopt the Labrador if having two dogs in Orlando's apartment doesn't work out. Cecil, who is still recovering at St. Luke's Hospital, urges those moved by his story to...
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Dog Saves Man from Hit and Run
8-year old Husky-Beagle mix limps to find help
Just before Thanksgiving, John Miles was out walking his 8-year old Husky-Beagle mix Lucy in the streets of Boston when they were both hit by a speeding car. John blacked out from the trauma, which included two broken legs, a broken arm, and 15 facial fractures. Lucy was also hurt, but managed to limp to a nearby dentist's office and bark for help. The pup then made her way back and stayed by...
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Dog Saved from Shark Infested Waters
Deputy LeAna Cudzilo is honored for her selfless rescue
Deputy LeAna Cudzilo was recently awarded Deputy of the Month by the Manatee County Sheriff's Department in Florida for saving a runaway pup from shark infested waters. Back in August, a Coonhound mix named Fern was startled by the new invisible electric fence installed in her yard. The surprise shock caused her to run through the "barrier" and fall off of a nearby boat dock. The scared pup...
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N.Y.'s First Matrimonial Pet Custody Case
A judge to decide the fate of a pup caught up in a divorce
Shannon Louise Travis and Trisha Bridget Murray are getting a divorce, but there's only one thing they really care about--their Dachshund, Joey. The former couple is about to go to court over who gets to keep the 2-year old pup--New York's first matrimonial pet custody case. Shannon and Trisha's ordeal is becoming more common as pets shfit in our culture to being true members of the family. New...
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Airlines Under Reporting Pet Incidents
United tries to cover up a dog with heat stroke
When Janet Sinclair moved from San Diego to Boston with her Greyhound, Sedona, and her cat, Alika, she chose United Airlines' PetSafe program because of their amenities and good track record. PetSafe advertises that four-legged passengers will receive personal handling in climate-controlled vehicles, a necessity for travel in July. Janet also paid extra for a comfort stop at Houston's George Bush...
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House of Rep. Debates Pets on Amtrak
Dogs gather in D.C. to support the Pets on Trains Act
Last week dozens of dogs joined politicians at Washington D.C.'s Union Station to support the Pets on Trains Act, which is currently being debated in the House of Representatives. The canine crew was joined by Rep. Steve Cohen's (D-Tenn.) French Bulldog, Lily, and Rep. Michael Grimm's (R-N.Y.) Yorkie, Sebastian. Currently Amtrak only allows service animals on board. This limitation means that...
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Prison Puppy Raiser Program Wins Award
Dogs raised in the program have a higher success rate
After writing about the challenges seeing eye dog organizations are facing, I was happy to see that Leader Dogs for the Blind recently received an award for establishing a program that helps inmates while increasing success rates for their puppies.   The Michigan based group was awarded one of Mutual of America's Community Partnership Awards for their Prison Puppy Raiser program. The initiative...

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