The DogChannel Newswire (10-16-08)

Dog honored for heroic rescue; $24M OK’d for pets sick from tainted food; and other news.

Posted: October 16, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

Judge OKs $24M for Dogs, Cats Sickened by Pet Food
A federal judge Tuesday approved a $24 million settlement for owners of dogs and cats who were sickened or died after eating pet food contaminated with an industrial chemical, The Associated Press reports.
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Canine Honored for Heroic Rescue
Sometimes, the most unlikely people, or in this case canines, become heroes. On Oct. 6, Pearl, a 14-year-old Boxer-Great Dane mix, became the recipient of the Humane Society of the United States’ Dogs of Valor award for calling 911 in 2003 when her owner passed out from low potassium levels, The San Bernardino (Calif.) Sun reports.
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Monroe County Animal Shelter Faces Possible Closure
A finance committee survey found the Monroe County Animal Shelter in Wisconsin to be a low priority in tax dollar spending. Those involved with the shelter feel differently, saying the county doesn’t understand what impact closing the shelter would have. Each year the shelter sees about 500 to 600 stray or abandoned dogs, WKBT (Wis.) TV reports.
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Pennsylvania Attorney General Moves to Close Dog Kennel
Pennsylvania’s attorney general wants a court to shut down a dog kennel that he says has violated a consumer-fraud settlement over the sale of sick puppies, The Associated Press reports.
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Nineteen-Year-Old Charged With Battery on Police Dog
A 19-year-old man accused of punching a police officer and hitting a police dog after a traffic stop has several criminal charges and several German Shepherd Dog bites, according to police reports released Tuesday and a spokesman, the Fort Pierce (Fla.) Tribune reports.
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