The DogChannel Newswire (07-19-08)

The search for the fastest wiener dog; Texas pets breathe easier; and other news.

Posted: July 19, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

Whose Wiener Dog Is the Fastest?
In this group of wiener dogs, it's all about speed. Los Alamitos Race Course will open its gates Saturday to 87 Dachshunds for the 13th annual Weinerschnitzel Wiener Nationals, the Orange County (California) Register reports.
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Pets Rescued From California Home; Woman Charged
Kern County Animal Control officers found the corpses of 14 cats and dogs wrapped in plastic and tucked into a freezer on property in Tehachapi, the Bakersfield Californian reports.
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Mountain Lion ‘Victim’: Maybe It Was a Dog
A man who claimed he was attacked by a mountain lion in Palo Alto's Foothills Park won't face charges, authorities said Thursday. Interviewed by police to see whether he might have fabricated his account, the unidentified 50-year-old Portola Valley man "stuck with his story," said Palo Alto police Agent Dan Ryan, suggesting that "if it wasn't a mountain lion it was perhaps a dog,” the Santa Cruz Sentinel reports.
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Dogfight Tipsters in Maryland Get Raise
The Maryland attorney general's office announced an increase in rewards for people who provide law enforcement authorities with information on illegal dogfighting events in Maryland and across the country, the Baltimore Sun reports.
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Dog Scouts Helping Texas Pets Breathe Easy During Fires
No one wants man's best friend to be injured in an unexpected house fire. Across the country, fire departments are recognizing that pets are often considered members of the family, and they are purchasing special equipment to help save them in a fire, the Dallas Morning News reports.
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