The DogChannel Newswire (09-22-09)

Judge orders couple to share custody of dog; group tests composting dog poop; and other news.

Posted: September 22, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

Judge Orders N.J. Couple to Share Custody of Dog
After Doreen Houseman and Eric Dare ended their relationship in May 2006, a New Jersey Superior Court judge ruled Dare could keep the couple's brown Pug. But Monday, after nearly three years of litigation, a judge ruled Houseman and Dare must share custody of Dexter, the Philadelphia Enquirer reports.
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New York Group Tests Composting Dog Poop
A group of upstate New York dog owners thinks it has a can-do plan to profitably compost the tons of dog doo left behind by the roughly 50,000 canines that use the city's dog park each year. If their pilot project is successful, the Tompkins County Dog Owners Group and Cayuga Compost hope to market usable compost within the next two or three years, The Associated Press reports.
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Tie to Pets Has Germ Jumping To and Fro
For decades, the drug-resistant germ called MRSA was almost exclusively a concern of humans, usually in hospitals and other health care settings. But in recent years, the germ has become a growing problem for veterinarians, with an increasing number of infections turning up in dogs, The New York Times reports.
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Puppy Mill Awareness Day Urgers Dog Lovers to Fight Cruelty
This weekend, Victoria Stilwell of Animal Planet “It's Me or the Dog” fame celebrated Puppy Mill Awareness Day in Intercourse, Pa. Pennsylvania has been known as the “puppy mill” capital of the eastern U.S., USA Today reports.
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