The DogChannel Newswire (03-23-10)

Iditarod ends with no dog deaths; more food banks help feed pets; and other news.

Posted: March 23, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

Iditarod Ends With No Dog Deaths
There were no dog deaths during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The race ended Saturday night when the 55th and final finisher, rookie Celeste Davis, reached Nome. Chief race veterinarian Stuart Nelson said he could not remember a year without dog deaths since he became involved in the race in 1986, The Associated Press reports.
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More Food Banks Helping to Feed Pets
The exploding demand among the needy for food banks is rapidly expanding to desperate pet owners who can no longer afford to feed their animals. Animal shelters around the country are being flooded with hungry pets, and to tackle the problem, charitable organizations are setting up pet food banks, with products offered within regular food pantries, The New York Times reports.
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Missouri Lax on ‘Puppy Mills,’ Report Shows
An investigative report released last week by the St. Louis-based Better Business Bureau slams Missouri for lax oversight that allows irresponsible puppy breeders to thrive. The study shows that although there are about 1,200 U.S. Department of Agriculture-licensed breeders in the state, Missouri employs fewer inspectors than many other states, the Columbia Daily Tribune reports.
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Seeing Eye Puppies Train at Newark Airport
Piper, a frisky Lab mix, stood at attention on the tarmac at Newark Liberty International Airport with more than 80 other puppies and their handlers when the sirens and hoses of two waiting fire trucks were suddenly turned on. The canine cavort to one of the nation’s busiest airports was part of a training trip for dogs destined to be paired with blind and visually impaired owners, The Star-Ledger (N.J.) reports.
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Stephanie   North Canton, OH

3/23/2010 9:00:26 AM

Thanks for the updates!

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