The DogChannel Newswire (05-05-10)

Pet hair helps clean up oil spills; Los Angeles considers fines for leash violations; other news.

Posted: May 5, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

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Oil Spill Cleanup Goes Low Tech With Hair Booms
Have you or your pet had a haircut recently? The clippings on the floor of barbershops and pet grooming salons are being used to create a low-tech tool for cleaning up the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, USA Today reports.
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Dog Saved By Throat Surgery Used on Humans
Surgeons at University of California, Davis, have performed countless throat surgeries, but broke new ground several weeks ago by using a procedure normally reserved for humans on man's best friend. Three weeks ago, a Dachshund named Mojito was the first dog in the country to ever have a surgical laser treatment on his throat, CBS13.com reports.
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Win a Dog Park Makeover for Your Neighborhood
You can find dog parks in just about every city. Some are elaborate, while others are more subdued. If you have ever spent a lazy day at the dog park dreaming up your perfect park, then you are in luck. The WagWorld Dream Dog Park contest will award one lucky city a $500,000 dog park makeover, ABC15.com reports.
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Los Angeles Pet Owners May Be Fined for Leash Violations
Pet owners in Los Angeles could soon be fined if they don't use a leash or if your dog barks too much. The Los Angeles City Council will consider a plan to allow the Department of Animal Services to fine pet owners, ABC7.com reports.
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