The DogChannel Newswire (02-17-10)

Missing dog returns home after three years; tracking dogs join pet-finding service; and other news.

Posted: February 17, 2010, 2 a.m. EST

Dickens’ Dog Collar Fetches $11,590 at Auction
A dog collar that belonged to Charles Dickens has fetched $11,590 at a New York City auction. The leather and brass collar is inscribed with Dickens' name. It had been estimated to sell at $4,000 to $6,000. The buyer's name was not immediately disclosed, The Associated Press reports.
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New York ‘Dog-Napper’ Demands Ransom From Family
A New York family who lost their dog at a park got a disturbing phone call from an apparent "dog-napper" who demanded a ransom for the family pet, CBS News reports.
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Tracking Dogs Join in Pet-Finding Services
Trained to locate lost hikers and hunters, 8-year-old Golden Retriever Salsa now applies her expert scenting skills to the last-known steps of missing dogs and cats — for $100 an hour, The Washington Post reports.
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Missing Dog Returns Home After Three Years
An Oregon dog missing for more than three years is back home again with her owner. Dana Harlow said after his Beagle, Copper, escaped from his home back in late 2006, he never thought he'd see her again. All that changed a few days ago, when the two were reunited thanks to a local vet who found a chip in the animal's neck, reports.
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