The DogChannel Newswire (07-02-10)

Three-legged dogs teach robots new tricks; canine parvovirus spreads in Florida; other news.

Posted: July 2, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

Austrian Dog License Law Sparks Debate
As of Thursday in Vienna, Austria, owners of 12 dog breeds known as aggressive "fight dogs" are now under stricter scrutiny: a hotly debated new law requires Viennese and long-term visitors who own such dogs to carry a license proving they can keep their pets in check. Some say the measure will make public spaces safer; critics call it canine profiling, The Associated Press reports.
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Three-Legged Dogs Teach Robots New Tricks
Scientists have made great strides in walking robots over the decades, but significant questions remain about how they would perform in the real world. Analyzing how three-legged dogs run could help inventors design and develop robots that can adapt to "injuries," researchers now say, reports.
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Dog Lifestyle Study Seeks 20,000 Labradors
Scientists in Scotland have begun a search to recruit 20,000 Labrador Retrievers in one of the first studies of its kind. The team, from Edinburgh University, wants to find out how diet and exercise can influence a dog's susceptibility to illness. Labrador Retrievers are among the most common breeds of dogs in the U.K., BBC News reports.
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Deadly Canine Virus Spreads in Florida
Canine parvovirus is growing at a rapid rate in Orange County, Fla. According to Orange County Animal Services, the number of dogs contracting the potentially deadly disease has grown dramatically over the past three weeks. Pet owners are being warned to get their dogs vaccinated as soon as possible, reports.
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Stephanie   North Canton, OH

7/3/2010 11:24:46 AM

Thanks for the updates!

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