The DogChannel Newswire (02-10-09)

Economic woes take bite out of Westminster; putting the hurt on pet abusers; and other news.

Posted: February 10, 2009, 5 a.m. EST

Dog Health Concerns Spur New Breed Standards
Britain's Kennel Club has announced major reforms to breed standards and accepted breeding practices for purebred dogs. The changes come in response to concerns that purebred dogs have serious health problems as a result of breeding for the show ring, the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Former Westminster Winners Do Not Seem Past Their Prime
The Beagle, the Bull Terrier, the Miniature Poodle, the Bichon Frisé, and the English Springer Spaniel stood and sniffed together, a gathering of elite old-timers. Their Best in Show victories at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show started with J. R., the Bichon Frisé, in 2001, and continued through to Uno, the Beagle, last year, The New York Times reports.
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Economic Woes Take a Bite out of Westminster
The nation's sagging economy has taken a bite out of the Westminster Kennel Club event. The show did not fill up its usual allotment of 2,500 entries in a single day, as usual. There were 2,486 (at $75 per dog) going into the start of judging Monday, The Associated Press reports.
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Putting the Hurt on Pet Abusers
Los Angeles is seeing results from its efforts to crack down on violence against animals, the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Advice Columnist Warns Against Dating Pet Killer
Tribune column Ask Amy response notes pets are often victims in domestic violence cases.
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Genete   Santa Maria, CA

2/10/2009 8:19:07 PM

I tam speaking this week at the Capitol about dog abuse, puppy mills, dog fighting, pet disaster planning, & the foreclosure crisis & how it effects pets. I work with the American Red Cross & teach the Pet First Aid program. This makes me ill to hear that these folks that abuse animals feel no remorse or sorrow for hurting these precious creatures. I am just glad that we are doing more about it now , but SO MUCH still needs to be done.

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Roberta   Wikieup, AZ

2/10/2009 11:57:35 AM

He will take out all competion, and everything that you love. That pet was a competion. Once he has you where he wants you, like married to him then he knows that he's got you, and fills like he can do whatever he likes with you, he thinks of you as property. Abuse animals, abuse people, they go hand in hand.

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