The DogChannel Newswire (04-08-10)

Study links dogs, not cats, to asthma risk; military dogs retire with honor; and other news.

Posted: April 8, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

Study Suggests Dogs, Not Cats, Linked to Asthma Risk
For children at higher-than-average risk of asthma, having a dog around the house may increase the chances of developing the lung disease, a new study suggests. The study found that children exposed to relatively high levels of dog allergens by the age of 7 were more likely to have asthma, Reuters reports.
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Group of Children Sought in Dog Abuse Case
A Baltimore, Md., city animal shelter is seeking help tracking down a group of children, believed to be between 12 and 13 years old, seen throwing rocks and bricks at a 1-year-old dog Sunday, The Baltimore Sun reports.
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Arizona Military Dogs Retire With Honor
Jampy, Kisma and Roc were bestowed numerous honors Tuesday as they retired from their service as military dogs at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz. – but not without one last bite. After all of the formalities, awards, medals and certificates were presented, the dogs were taken outside to take turns at running and biting an airman in a bite suit, reports.
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Animals Evacuated From Flooded Rhode Island Shelter
Dogs and cats who were evacuated last week from the Warwick Animal Shelter in Warwick, R.I., are safe for now, but it will be a while before the flooded shelter is clean, refurbished and open again, according to city officials, the Providence Journal reports.
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