The DogChannel Newswire (01-26-10)

Petitions urge punishment in dog’s death; Iowa considers dog breeder measure; and other news.

Posted: January 26, 2010, 2 a.m. EST

Dog Pulled From River Waiting for Owner
German Shepherd pulled from a swollen Los Angeles river Friday in a bold helicopter rescue is waiting for an owner to claim him. The dog, nicknamed Vernon, is in good health and will be quarantined for 10 days unless an owner comes forward before then, FOX News reports.
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Obese Dog Found Frozen to Sidewalk Slims Down
A year after a “morbidly obese” dog froze to a Wisconsin sidewalk, the Border Collie mix has lost 40 pounds and is slowly returning to an active lifestyle. Jiffy is still portly, but his owner said he's finally moving “like a regular dog,” The Associated Press reports.
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Petitions Urge Punishment in Death of Dog
About 100,000 people have signed a Facebook petition urging severe penalties for a man accused of dragging a dog to death in Colorado, organizers said. A German Shepherd mix named Buddy was allegedly stolen by Melissa Lockhart Dec. 30 and then dragged to death by her brother, United Press International reports.
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Iowa Lawmakers Consider Dog Breeder Measure
Dog breeders in Iowa would see increased fees and tougher regulations under a measure unveiled Monday by supporters who called for cracking down on so-called “puppy mills” that often abuse animals. Iowa's roughly 400 licensed breeders produce about 20,000 dogs annually, The Associated Press reports.
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