The DogChannel Newswire (03-25-10)

How to prep your pet for spring; 150 rescued dogs arrive in N.J. for adoption; and other news.

Posted: March 25, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

Small-Breed Dogs Arrive in N.J. for Adoption
You see them all across the country, yelping seemingly happy dogs in cages at puppy stores. But these animals are often the result of unscrupulous breeding. On Wednesday, 150 castoffs from a “puppy mill” in Missouri arrived in New Jersey, ready to be taken into adoption agencies in the area, NewJersey.com reports.
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Almost Heaven Kennel Owner on Trial for Cruelty
A Lehigh County, Pa., kennel owner charged with animal cruelty told an SPCA official during a 2008 raid that the huge operation was “way, way over his head,” according to trial testimony Wednesday. George Bengal told jurors that Derbe “Skip” Eckhart made the comment to him during the Oct. 1, 2008 raid at Almost Heaven Kennel, The Associated Press reports.
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First ‘Shelter Pet Reunion’ Held in Jacksonville, Fla.
A lot of elements have helped Jacksonville, Fla., Animal Care and Protective Services adopt out more animals lately. This Saturday, volunteers are hoping to see the fruits of their labor at their first annual "Shelter Pet Reunion." The event is part reunion, part festival and part adoption event, the Florida Times-Union reports.
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Prep Your Pet for Spring
Now that spring is almost upon us, all of us — including our pets — are itching to get outside and play. However, in addition to the promise of fun-in-the-sun activities, warmer weather, blooming plants and hatching "wildlife" can also create potential hazards for our furry friends, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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