The DogChannel Newswire (08-12-08)

Blind man denied guide dog; Chihuahua stolen from pet store; and other news.

Posted: August 12, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

Neighborly Ties Gone to the Dogs
Linda Johnson was arrested and is facing trespassing charges for letting her Minature Poodles walk on a neighbor’s lawn. The case of Maryland v. Linda May Johnson is a classic tale of suburban strife, pitting dog walker against homeowner, neighbor against neighbor on a contentious issue that roils communities across the region, The Washington Post reports.
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Tiny $2,000 Chihuahua Stolen From Pet Store
The owner of a Huntington Beach, Calif., pet store is hoping to find the woman who walked out with a $2,000 Chihuahua puppy. A store employee took the dog out for the woman to see Tuesday, and when he turned his back, the woman left with the dog, the Orange County Register reports.
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When Neighbor Loses House, Dog Is the Victim
A letter to a Chicago Tribune advice columnist asks for help in a situation concerning a foreclosed homeowner and the dog she left behind.
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Blind Man Turned Down for New Guide Dog
78-year-old Eric Gamsby was hoping to get a new guide dog because his Golden Retriever Alice was due to retire. But when an official from the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association went to the widower's home to “assess” him for a replacement, he was told he did not walk quickly enough to be guided by a dog, the (United Kingdom) Daily Mail reports.
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South Korean Firm Says No Checks for Dog Cloners
A South Korean dog cloning company said Monday it has no plans to conduct background checks on future customers, despite revelations that its first client was accused of abducting a man decades ago in a British case that became a tabloid sensation. Other scientists called that policy foolish, and warned that cloning projects should be more tightly regulated, The Associated Press reports.
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