The DogChannel Newswire (06-24-10)

North Carolina toughens animal cruelty laws; tips for traveling with pets; and other news.

Posted: June 24, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

Top Five Safety Tips for Summer Travel With Pets
The potential dangers of traveling with pets are getting more attention this year for a couple of reasons. The sluggish economy has made relatively frugal road trips more popular. Since cars tend to be more pet-friendly than some other forms of transportation, more people are taking their dogs, cats and other animals with them, The Wall Street Journal reports.
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Man Run Over by Truck After Dog Puts It in Gear
A man was reportedly run over by his own truck after his dog put it into gear. Christopher Bishop was checking under his truck for oil leaks Sunday evening. He had put the running truck into neutral and left the driver's door open. While he was under the truck, Bishop's Bulldog, Tassey, jumped into the truck and knocked the vehicle into gear, The Associated Press reports.
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Hotline Activated to Help Hot Dogs in Pennsylvania
With the onset of extremely high temperatures, the Berks County Humane Society n Pennsylvania has activated its 24-hour Hot Dog Alert Line, a hotline people can call if they see a dog in distress. The Humane Society said with temperatures expected to hit the mid-90s this week, dogs left with no shelter or in closed cars could succumb to heat stroke or other heat-related conditions, The Pottstown (Pa.) Mercury reports.
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North Carolina Toughens Animal Cruelty Laws
North Carolina has a new law bearing its governor's signature and a dog's paw print that could put people in jail for the worst cases of animal abuse. Gov. Beverly Perdue on Wednesday signed a measure that threatens jail time for those who torture, starve or kill an animal, The Associated Press reports.
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