The DogChannel Newswire (09-09-09)

How the dog got its coat; budget crisis cuts holding time at shelters; and other news.

Posted: September 9, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

Budget Crisis Cuts Holding Time at Pet Shelters
The notion that your beloved pet could escape the yard and be put to death before you even have time to post flyers is a real possibility because of California's budget crisis, according to animal shelter and Humane Society officials. The recent budget compromise to reduce California’s $26 billion deficit included a provision that reduces the mandatory holding period for stray animals from six days to three days, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Top 12 Bizarre Pet Accidents
Sometimes, it seems that getting into scrapes is what pets do best. Getting out of them, however, can be another matter and may require medical care. This year, the Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI) invited people to vote on the most outrageous pet health insurance claims filed over the past year and the winner will be given the Hambone Award, ABC News reports.
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How the Dog Got Its Coat
Why are some dog breeds fluffy, others wiry, while yet others are practically bald? The simple answer, according to a recent report in Science, lies in just three genes. Edouard Cadieu and Elaine A. Ostrander of the National Human Genome Research Institute (of the National Institutes of Health) looked at the genetic differences within single breeds that have more than one coat type, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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NY School Blocks Student’s Service Dog From School
Officials at a New York school have refused to allow a diabetic student to bring his service dog to school. A school district official stopped 8-year-old Anthony Spataro, his mother, and his dog, Dash, from entering a Yonkers school on Tuesday, Newsday reports.
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