The DogChannel Newswire (01-20-10)

Dog lovers glued to live puppy cam; pet custody is a growing legal issue; and other news.

Posted: January 20, 2010, 2 a.m. EST

Dog Lovers Glued to Live Puppy Cam
Tens of thousands of dog lovers were glued to the tube Monday as a puppy cam captured every move of a Shiba Inu and her new brood. The San Francisco dog named Kika became a celeb in 2008 when a total of 3 million Internet users clicked in to watch her care for her puppies, the New York Daily News reports.
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Scientists Explore How Centuries of Breeding Affect Dog DNA
Dog genes that code for such signature pet traits as the furrowed skin of the Shar-Pei have been identified in a study that shows how centuries of breeding gave rise to 400 kinds of domestic dogs. Researchers analyzed the genes of 275 dogs in 10 breeds to see how breeding practices have altered their DNA, The Washington Post reports.
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Custody of Pets Is Growing Legal Issue
When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and the levees broke, many who were forced to leave without their pets endured long searches to find animals that had been ferried to safety without them. You'd think that finding that their pets were alive and well after the storm would be pure joy, but for some, it was more complicated, The Seattle Times reports.
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Man Accused of Abandoning Five Dogs Without Food
A Marshfield, Wis., man is accused of abandoning five dogs in an apartment without food or water for at least 12 days. Police are seeking felony charges against the 20-year-old. Officers who performed a welfare check at the man's apartment Friday say they found an adult pit bull and four puppies living among their own feces, The Associated Press reports.
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Bernie   Malden, MA

1/20/2010 6:45:25 PM

People who abuse animals like that need to be put down themselves.

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