The DogChannel Newswire (08-19-09)

Family sues school district over service dog; canine flu hits Virginia; and other news.

Posted: August 19, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

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Quick Aid for Heat-Stricken Seeing Eye Dog
A Seeing Eye dog named Elmo collapsed in the middle of a three-hour New York City tour in the early evening on Monday, when temperatures topped 90 degrees. But executives of the ferry service had a car waiting to rush him to a veterinary hospital when he was carried off the boat after it docked, The New York Times reports.
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The Tale of Lenny Dykstra’s $10,000 Dog
Some athletes are dog lovers. Some aren't. When Lenny Dykstra filed for bankruptcy last month, he listed among his assets a $10,000 German Shepherd Dog. In June, on “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel,” the former Phillies centerfielder showed a photo of a dog, and said he planned to buy it for $10,000, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Family Sues School District Over Service Dog
The parents of an autistic child are suing a southwestern Illinois school district they say won't let the 5-year-old boy bring his certified service dog to school, The Associated Press reports.
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First Virginia Dog Flu Cases Close Fairfax Kennel
Fairfax County authorities on Friday publicly confirmed at least six cases of the H3N8 virus, or canine influenza, in dogs, one of them fatal – the first identified cases in the state. The Fairfax County Animal Shelter shut down its kennel last week, quarantining about 26 dogs with suspected symptoms, The Washington Post reports.
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