The DogChannel Newswire (11-15-08)

Vick dogs featured on wine labels; dog on mend from fatal fire; and other news.

Posted: November 15, 2008, 5 a.m. EST

Classy Canines: Vick Dogs Featured on Wine Labels
Georgia, Handsome Dan, Curly, and other pit bulls rescued from Michael Vick’s dogfighting operation are getting a shot at fame as stars of a line of boutique red wines. The Vicktory Dogs Wine Collection features colorful portraits of 22 dogs confiscated from Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels who now live at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in southern Utah, The Associated Press reports.
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Dog On Mend From Fatal Fire
Regis is on the road to recovery, but he’s not there yet, said the veterinarian treating the 13-year-old mixed-breed dog who survived a Cicero house fire after his owner refused to flee the burning home without him. Regis’ owner, 68-year-old John Petrik died after being removed from his home early Wednesday by firefighters, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Sheriff’s Office Recommends Fire Official Face Charges in Puppy-Beating Case
Riverside County sheriff’s detectives believe a Los Angeles County assistant fire chief committed animal cruelty crimes in the beating of his neighbor’s dog, a sheriff’s captain said Wednesday. Sheriff’s investigators submitted their case to the district attorney’s office Wednesday, recommending that Glynn Johnson face charges in the puppy’s death, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reports.
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Spokane County Lawsuit Seeks Pet Rights
A federal lawsuit is challenging the constitutionality of animal control laws in Spokane, Wash., including provisions allowing for the immediate euthanasia of cats. The lawsuit doesn’t seek monetary damages, but asks a federal judge to order the city and Spokane County to modify their animal control laws so constitutional protections are followed when dogs and cats are euthanized, The Associated Press reports.
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Holiday Pet Safety: Thanksgiving Leftovers That Are Safe for Pets
While giving your pets Thanksgiving leftovers can be a heartwarming experience for you and an exciting experience for them, it is important to be aware of which Thanksgiving leftovers are pet-friendly, and which ones should remain in your fridge and away from your pets’ food dish, the San Francisco Examiner reports.
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TMG3636   Houston, TX

11/15/2008 10:20:14 AM

It made me cry when I read the story about Michael Vick's dogs being featured on wine bottles. It was a cry of joy. I am SO HAPPY that these dogs got another chance at life. I am a proud owner of two AWESOME Pitbulls myself and it just warms my heart reading stories like this. GREAT JOB and GREAT OUTCOME for the little babies.

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Phil   Salina, KS

11/15/2008 7:33:38 AM

Man in burning house refuses to leave without his dog, dies of heart attack while fire official gets busted by Sheriff for Animal Cruelty & Abuse. Keep up the great reporting.

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