The DogChannel Newswire (07-17-08)

CBS going to the dogs; pet owner wins fight to save dog; and other news.

Posted: July 17, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

CBS Going to the Dogs, and Winning Ratings
CBS got a paw up on its competition with the debut of "Greatest American Dog" helping the network to a midsummer ratings victory. The new competition was the sixth-most popular show on prime-time television last week, with 9.5 million viewers, Nielsen Media Research reported Tuesday. There was no measurement of canine interest, The Associated Press reports.
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Crowd Says Targeting ‘Dangerous’ Dog Breeds Won’t Work
Punish the deed, not the breed. That message was carried by close to 200 dog lovers Tuesday night who packed the Sandy City Council Chambers in Utah to protest a plan to place restrictions on owners of pit bulls and Rottweilers, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
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Pet Owner Wins Fight to Save Dog
A Nottinghamshire, England, man has won a legal battle to get his pet back after it was seized more than a year ago under the Dangerous Dogs Act. Jason Singh took his case to Nottingham Magistrates' Court which ruled that his pet dog Zeke was not a type of pit bull, BBC News reports.
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Ex-Mayor Settles Criminal Case Over Stolen Dog
A small-town mayor who lost her job after taking her neighbors' dog has settled her criminal case. Grace Saenz-Lopez pleaded no contest Tuesday to filing a false police report. Under terms of the deal, the former mayor of Alice, in south Texas, will pay a $300 fine and serve 48 hours of community service and two years of probation, International Herald Tribune reports.
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Judge Finds Owner of Dogs Guilty of Cruelty
A man in Girardville, Pa., was found guilty of a charge of cruelty to animals despite testimony by a state dog warden who said he gave permission to use a trailer seven Beagles were kept in. The man was cited June 10 for keeping the dogs in an unattended trailer in filthy conditions and improper shelter, The Republican Herald reports.
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