The DogChannel Newswire (09-13-08)

Man pleads no contest in dog death; animal shelter director wanted; and other news.

Posted: September 13, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

Man Pleads No Contest in Dog Death
A man who jumped off the San Diego-Coronado Bridge with a police dog, killing it, at the end of a police pursuit on New Year’s Eve pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of harming a service animal, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Wanted: Animal Shelter Director
For the first time, Indianapolis soon may hire an animal welfare professional to manage its shelter for homeless dogs and cats. Up until now, the job has been a political appointment. The need for a new administrator follows the resignation of Steve Talley, who resigned after an independent investigation questioned his leadership and found the shelter’s care substandard, the Indianapolis Star reports.
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Animal Protection Officers Seize More Than 60 Dogs Left in Cottage
Officers have recovered more than 60 dogs from a northern New Brunswick cottage where they were left to fend for themselves after the owner died. SPCA officials said Thursday some of the dogs, including puppies, had turned on each other and were covered in feces after being left unattended in the cottage near Edmundston for almost a week, the Canadian Press reports.
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Police Kill Dog Near School
Five-year-old Zowie Drayer is “pretty sad” that Denver police shot her dog, Rocky, to death near a school Monday afternoon, and her family and friends staged a rally Friday to demand answers, the Denver Post reports.
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Walt Disney to Honor St. Louis Police Dogs
Walt Disney Pictures will honor the St. Louis police canine unit Saturday for its bravery and service and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the unit, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said, the St. Louis Business Journal reports.
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