The DogChannel Newswire (05-28-10)

New stray dog law passed in Dallas; dogs confiscated from Florida rescue; other news.

Posted: May 28, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

New Stray Dog Law in Dallas
There are new rules in Dallas for handling stray dogs. Anyone who takes "possession" of a stray must try to locate the owner within 72 hours, or face a fine up to 500 dollars. Dog owner Brad Kirby spent two years pushing for the ordinance after his dogs were stolen from his yard. He discovered who took them, but police had no legal power to make the man return the dogs, or reveal their whereabouts, KERA reports.
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Exam Doesn’t Clarify Who Killed FBI Dog
The FBI dog slain during a raid that killed Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah was "shot twice in the neck," according to a veterinary report released Wednesday. The report doesn't indicate who shot the dog. Known as Freddy, the dog was used by the FBI during the Oct. 28 raid in Dearborn, Mich., to arrest Abdullah on suspicion of dealing in stolen goods, the Detroit Free Press reports.
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Hundreds of Dogs Confiscated From Florida Rescue
The Polk County, Fla., Sheriff's Office has confiscated 261 dogs considered mistreated and malnourished from a dog rescue organization based in Polk City. Deputies also arrested the owners of Mid-Florida Retriever Rescue, who were charged with more than 200 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and are being held at Polk County Jail, The Tampa Tribune reports.
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Lawmakers: New Law Needed to Stop Animal Abuse Videos
Congress can overcome free speech protection for videos that show graphic violence against animals by writing a new law that bans the recordings, lawmakers and legal experts testified Wednesday. Witnesses told a House Judiciary panel that the Supreme Court left the door ajar in April when, with one dissenting vote, it struck down a federal ban on so-called crush videos, The Associated Press reports.
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