The DogChannel Newswire (12-28-08)
Pet-food pantries doggedly work to feed animals; dog returned to child with autism; and other news.
Posted: December 28, 2008, 5 a.m. EST
Pet-Food Pantries Doggedly Work to Keep Animals Fed
Animal lovers are marshaling forces in hopes of minimizing the number of dogs and cats that go hungry or land in shelters because their owners can no longer afford to feed them. Free pet-food pantries are being established in cities and towns across the nation by volunteers concerned about the recession’s effect on dogs and cats. And the long lines of pet owners showing up by the thousands for free kibble are growing more diverse each week, USA Today reports.
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Dog Returned to Child With Autism
Christmas came early for 4-year-old Ethan North. For nearly two weeks, the North family searched their Ventura neighborhood for Ethan’s 5-month-old Jack Russell-Schnauzer mix, Flower. The puppy went missing Dec. 12, when the North family discovered a padlock had been removed and their backyard gate was left open. The loss was difficult for the family, but especially for Ethan, who has autism. Tuesday morning, however, Rhea received a call from Judy Davis, who found the puppy behind some bushes near her business, Ashburn Retriever Kennels in Oxnard, the Ventura County Star reports.
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$2,000 Puppy Stolen From Pittsburgh Pet Shop
Managers at an East Liberty pet store said the man asked to see a puppy, but they never suspected it was all part of a plan to steal the dog. A customer walked into the Petland on Penn Avenue on Monday and asked to see a Yorkshire Terrier worth about $2,000, MSNBC.com reports.
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Lake County Officials Seize 70 Dogs
Animal control officials in Lake County, Calif., have plenty of dogs to give away after authorities seized 70 dogs from an apparent one-time breeding operation, The Associated Press reports. Read now >>
Man Checking Pets Finds Friend Dead in Henderson
Henderson police say a man checking on a friend’s pets while he was supposed to be out of town instead found him dead in his home, The Associated Press reports. Read now >>
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