The DogChannel Newswire (07-09-08)

Pet owners prefer McCain; puppy mill Pug lives the good life; and other news.

Posted: July 9, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

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Dogs Sniff Out Unwanted Mussels
Unwanted species of mussels are clogging reservoirs and lakes in California by attaching to the hulls of boats. Specially trained dogs are alleviating the problem by giving boats the sniff test before they're allowed in the water, NPR reports.
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Couple Who Starved Dogs Apologize
Michael Bell apologized outside a courtroom Monday after he and his wife, Tammy, pleaded guilty to two charges each of causing unnecessary suffering to their dogs, Sadie and Chopper, for depriving them of food for at least a month before turning them over to the Lincoln County Humane Society as strays last September, Welland Tribune (Ontario, Canada) reports.
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Poll: Pet Owners Prefer McCain Over Obama
If the presidential election goes to the dogs, John McCain is looking like best in show. Pets are a longtime presidential tradition for which the presumed Republican nominee seems well prepared, with more than a dozen. Democratic candidate Barack Obama, on the other hand, doesn't have a pet at home, although he has promised his daughters a dog after the election, win or lose. The pet-owning public seems to have noticed the difference, The Associated Press reports.
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Man Caught on Video Tossing Puppy Across Border Fence, Beating It
A puppy who was savagely beaten and left for dead by a man at the U.S.-Mexico border last week is recovering after being rescued by Border Patrol agents. The brutal attack on the female shepherd-mix puppy, estimated to be about 3 months old, was captured by Border Patrol surveillance cameras, San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Puppy Mill Pug Now a Pampered Pooch
Nearly six weeks ago, Mia, a 4-year-old Pug, was removed from a Viola Township puppy mill. Now, three weeks after being adopted, she is "definitely liking the spoiled Pug life." That wasn't always the case. On May 23, 2008, she was one of the more than 200 dogs and rabbits seized from what authorities were describing as "deplorable" and unsanitary conditions, the (Minn.) Post-Bulletin reports.
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Claire   azusa, CA

7/9/2008 6:58:47 PM

great articles!

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