The DogChannel Newswire (10-24-08)

Vick to plead guilty to state dogfighting charges; hotels have gone to the dogs; and other news.

Posted: October 24, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

The War Is Over for a Dog Named ‘Boo’
For an 8-month-old Iraqi dog named “Boo,” the war is over. The dog was airlifted out of the Middle East last week and arrived at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport on Saturday with the help of Army Spec. Ashley Siwula, a mechanic stationed in Iraq who found Boo in a sewage pit when the dog was a few weeks old. Siwula took her in and raised her on food scraps. Siwula’s family in Wisconsin is taking care of Boo until she comes home from her 15-month deployment in December, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Do We Care More About Animals Than Humans?
A correspondent reports on his years of reporting for the news site. Over the years, he’s found himself in some dangerous places, from Baghdad to Kabul, Ramallah to Rwanda. When he’s reported on human suffering from those places, public reaction and feedback has usually been what you’d expect: sympathetic, heartfelt thoughts for the innocents. Unless there’s an animal within camera range. Then, almost without exception, it’s the pooch or the lion that steals the show, pushing the humans to the empathy backburner, reports.
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Hotels Have Gone to the Cats – And Dogs
Pet mascots around the country give travelers a fur fix away from home. These days, dogs, cats, and birds are being signed on by hotels and resorts around the country, MSNBC reports.
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Michael Vick Ready to Plead Guilty to State Dogfighting Charges
Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick plans to plead guilty to state dogfighting charges, a step that could allow him to qualify for an early release from federal prison and into a halfway house, court papers show, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Shop at a Shelter for Your New Best Friend
George Augustin is looking for “the one.” He strolls past the 50 cinder block and glass cages that stretch across the Atlanta Humane Society’s large dog room, just as he has many times before. Finding the right fit between human and animal is a top priority at shelters across the nation. Picking a pet is an enormous decision, “right up there with choosing a house or buying a car,” says Gail Buchwald, senior vice president at the ASPCA, reports.
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