The DogChannel Newswire (12-10-08)

Puppies save boy lost in Virginia woods; N.C. Highway Patrol Overhauls K9 program; and other news.

Posted: December 10, 2008, 5 a.m. EST

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Puppies Save 3-year-old Boy Lost in Freezing Virginia Woods
A toddler lost in the Virginia woods was back home safe Sunday thanks to two puppies who kept him warm through a harrowing night of freezing temperatures, the New York Daily News reports.
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N.C. Highway Patrol Overhauling Canine Program
The North Carolina Highway Patrol dissolved its canine program after several incidents raised concerns about the dogs’ well-being, but it plans to rebuild it. Officials said the program was disbanded after a review ordered by the state Department of Crime Control and Public Safety. Under the reworked program, the entire staff will change and Labrador Retrievers will be used, The Associated Press reports.
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Dog Palace Is a Pooch’s Paradise
Darla, Chelsea, and Coco Puff share a quaint Victorian-style home in the Riverside County community of Winchester. Their dwelling has a cedar shake roof, vaulted ceilings and hardwood floors, heating and air conditioning, moldings and casement windows, drapery with valances, and fanciful wallpapers. This time of year, Christmas music from the RCA Victor radio carries outside to the grassy front yard surrounded by a white picket fence. A sign on the porch reads: “Three spoiled dogs live here,” the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Dogfighting Subculture Takes Hold in Texas
Investigators found that dogfighting was on the rise in Texas and was much more widespread than expected. The ring broken up recently had links to dogfighting organizations in other states and in Mexico, suggesting an extensive underground network of people devoted to the activity, investigators said, the New York Times reports. Read now >>

Lawyer: Family Had Too Many Animals, Couldn’t Cope
A lawyer says a family accused of neglecting more than 100 domestic and farm animals had so many that they were unable to cope. The comments follow raids by Rutland County sheriff's deputies and volunteers on farms in Brandon and Hubbardton where the Hegartys had cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets, doves, goats, Shetland ponies and roughly 60 horses, The Associated Press reports. Read now >>

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Phil   Salina, KS

12/10/2008 5:00:18 PM

Another story with a happy ending. Another story that proves my point. Calling them Dumb only shows what most ill informed people are really made of. When the boy's pups stay with him and children's parents leave their children show be a sign of just how far we have fallen.

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