The DogChannel Newswire (03-03-10)

Dog DNA helps show how genes work; missing guide dog found at shelter; and other news.

Posted: March 3, 2010, 2 a.m. EST

Brit Fined for Walking Dog From His Car
An English dog owner was fined and barred from driving for six months after taking his pet for a walk while sitting behind the wheel of his car. Paul Railton was spotted by a cyclist driving slowly along a country lane, holding his dog's leash through the car window as the animal trotted alongside, MSNBC reports.
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Dog DNA Diversity Helps Show How Genes Work
Dogs are possibly the most varied-looking mammal species on the planet. It's this diversity of looks that makes man's best friend the perfect laboratory for connecting sets of genes to particular traits and understanding the molecular mechanisms that govern variation in dogs as well as humans and other mammals, Yahoo! News reports.
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Missing Guide Dog Found at Animal Shelter
A 2-year-old guide dog who had been reported missing Sunday by the Guide Dogs of the Desert was found Monday at the Palm Springs, Calif., Animal Shelter. Rocky, a black Labrador Retriever, was not wearing a collar when he went missing around 9 a.m. Sunday, The (Palm Springs, Calif.) Desert Sun reports.
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Annual Run Spotlights Obesity in Animals
Couch potatoes aren’t the only ones prone to weight problems. Their lapdogs could be in trouble, too. The Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine will hold its 17th annual Great Rover Road Run on Saturday in an effort to spread awareness about pet obesity, Advocate.com reports.
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