The DogChannel Newswire (09-18-08)

Chihuahua nurses homeless kittens; DNA to be used in dog mess fight; and other news.

Posted: September 18, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

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ATF’s Dog Nose Really Knows
Chris, the frisky yellow Labrador Retriever, is the newest sleuth to join the crime-fighting team in the Chicago office of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. With his sensitive and highly trained nose, Chris doesn't just sniff out a hidden bomb. He finds where explosives used to be stored – even after they have been removed, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Bronx Chihuahua ‘Keebler’ Is a Surrogate Mom to Kittens
Meet Keebler, the Bronx Chihuahua who nurses kittens and cares for Pit Bulls. The spunky mother dog has saved 25 kittens born on Bronx streets by nursing them back to health and getting them in prime shape for adoption, said Dorothea Poggi, Keebler’s owner, the New York Daily News reports.
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DNA to Be Used in Dog Mess Fight
Officials in an Israeli city have come up with an innovative way of tracking dog owners who allow their pets to foul the streets – DNA analysis. Authorities in Petah Tikva, near Tel Aviv, are setting up a special DNA database of local dogs to match dogs' droppings to owners – and punish those who do not clean up after their pets, BBC News reports.
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Dog Show Complains Over BBC Claims on Inbreeding
A BBC documentary claiming that decades of inbreeding has led to serious health problems in some pedigree dogs prompted a riposte Wednesday from the organizer of Britain's biggest dog show. The Kennel Club, which runs Crufts, insisted animal welfare was its top concern, and said it might cut ties with the BBC over what it called the network's unfair reporting, The Associated Press reports.
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Dog Owner Challenges Pit Bull Ban
Pit Bull regulations in Toronto, Canada, are too broad given that most of the dogs “make wonderful pets – are kind, gentle animals who harm no one ever,” lawyer Clayton Ruby said Tuesday. Dog owners are the problem, not the dogs, he said during a break at an Ontario Court of Appeal hearing on whether a law aimed at reducing the number of Pit Bull attacks should be struck down, The Toronto Star reports.
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