The DogChannel Newswire (08-19-10)

Dogs as distracting as texting while driving; officer who shot dog at park to be charged; other news.

Posted: August 19, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

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Heat May Have Been Factor in Airline Puppy Deaths
Heat might have killed seven puppies that died in the cargo hold of an American Airlines jet this month. American Airlines spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan said Tuesday that necropsies on the puppies were inconclusive but found that heat "may have been a factor," The Associated Press reports.
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Frisky Dogs Are as Distracting as Texting While Driving
Much attention has been paid to texting while driving, but feeding puppy treats to a dog while driving can also be risky and distracting. So suggests a new survey from AAA and Kurgo, a maker of pet travel products. According to the survey, dog-owning drivers engage in all sorts of risky behind-the-wheel behaviors such as feeding and petting a dog or allowing a mutt to sit in a driver’s lap, the Boston Globe reports.
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Officer Who Shot Dog at Park to Be Charged
Prosecutors plan to charge a civilian Army police officer with two misdemeanors in the fatal shooting of a Siberian Husky in a Severn, Md., dog park. The shooting of the dog, known as Bear-Bear, prompted widespread outrage, and County Executive John Leopold pressed county police for a full investigation, The Washington Post reports.
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Dog Puts Bite on Homeowners Claims
Dogs behaving badly caused dog-bite insurance claims to top $400 million in 2009, a record since the industry began keeping track in 2003. Dog bites accounted for more than a third of all homeowners' insurance liability claims paid in 2009, costing $412 million and up from $387.2 million in 2008, according to a study released Tuesday by the Insurance Information Institute, the Chicago Tribune reports.
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