The DogChannel Newswire (03-17-10)

Dog chews police officer’s tires, bumper; Britain retreats on dog insurance plan; other news.

Posted: March 17, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

Determined Dog Chews Officer’s Tires, Bumper
What happened to a Chattanooga, Tenn., police officer's car was certainly under the radar. A city police spokeswoman said that officer Clayton Holmes had been checking traffic speeds with radar and stopped to fill out a report when he felt his car shaking. He found a dog chewing on the tires, The Associated Press reports.
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Hurt Dog Shows Up at New Mexico E.R.
The patient was only slightly injured when he limped into a hospital in the northwest New Mexico city of Farmington. The only problem was he was a dog. When the automatic doors at San Juan Regional Medical Center's emergency room slid open Saturday night, the dog walked in, blood on his nose and paw, and a puncture hole in one leg, The Associated Press reports.
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Britain Retreats on Mandatory Dog Insurance Plan
British authorities say they will not require all dog owners to take out insurance — just days after proposing the measure in a bid to clamp down on dangerous canines. The plan would have made millions of dog owners buy insurance against the risk of their pet attacking someone, The Associated Press reports.
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Special Forces’ Parachuting New Recruit Is a Dog
Dogs, used in search-and-rescue efforts and to aid the handicapped, have added parachuting to their list of skills. Austria's explosives-sniffing dog joined NATO forces in Norway's Operation Cold Response exercises. Strapped to his handler, the dog plunged 10,000 feet from a transport plane over Narvik, Norway, ABC News reports.
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