The DogChannel Newswire (01-07-10)

Bomb-sniffing dogs fail exam; groomer gets probation after dogs died; and other news.

Posted: January 7, 2010, 2 a.m. EST

Cold Spurs Anti-Chain Advocates
Animal rights activists in Seminole County, Fla., are seizing on the cold conditions as more evidence of the need for a law restricting how long dogs may be kept chained outside, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
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Bomb-Sniffing Dogs Fail Exam
Congressman Bob Brady says heads must roll for what he calls an unacceptable failure that put Philadelphia travelers at risk. The TSA's three bomb-sniffing dogs stationed at Philadelphia’s international airport de-certified after flunking two consecutive tests, ABC 6 Action News reports.
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24 Dogs Killed in Distemper Outbreak
The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter has euthanized 24 dogs and placed dog adoptions on hold until Jan. 12 because of an outbreak of a contagious respiratory virus. The dogs, euthanized last week, had symptoms of distemper, the Austin American-Statesman reports.
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Groomer Gets Probation After Dogs Die
An Eastpointe, Mich., dog groomer was sentenced to a year of probation after two therapy dogs died when she left them in a hot truck with the windows closed. Jennifer Rainey pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges in November after two German Shepherds were left in her car for about an hour in August, the Detroit Free Press reports.
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