The DogChannel Newswire (06-11-10)

Possible distemper detected in Alabama; 161 dogs removed from Houston home; other news.

Posted: June 11, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

Prehistoric Pet? Dog Burial Found in Southern California
It might have been a treasured pet, or the victim of traditional destruction of property after its owner's death. The reason for its burial remains a mystery. But 18 centuries ago, someone carefully positioned the body of a small dog in what was likely a shallow grave in the marshlands of Laguna Canyon in Southern California, then turned over a stone grinding bowl to cover the animal, the Orange County Register reports.
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Don’t Let Your Dog Suffer Through Thunder
We all want the same thing when it comes to summer storms: a calmer dog who doesn't have to suffer the psychological damage done by booming thunder, wicked lightning and plummeting barometric pressures. So how do you handle thunderstorm phobia? A vet offers her suggestions, USA Today reports.
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Distemper Detected in Alabama
Gardendale, Ala., police say they have euthanized around 10 wild animals over the past few weeks that have been infected with distemper, all of them raccoons except for one fox. Local veterinarians say the disease manifesting in foxes and raccoons might indicate that it is canine distemper, The North Jefferson News reports.
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161 Dogs Removed From Houston Home
Authorities rescued 161 dogs from a northeast Houston home Tuesday with some of the animals suffering from deformities as a result of cross-breeding and in-breeding, officials said. The Houston Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals spent nearly three hours removing the dogs Tuesday night from the residence, the Houston Chronicle reports.
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