The DogChannel Newswire (08-25-10)

Canine lifeguards paddle to the rescue; dogs need mosquito protection; and other news.

Posted: August 25, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

No Parole for Alabama Dog Torturer, Victim Wags Tail
A scarred but friendly pit bull named "Louis Vuitton" was the star witness Tuesday as an Alabama state board denied parole for the man convicted of spraying him with lighter fluid, setting him on fire and beating him with a shovel. After the 8-year-old dog was led into the packed hearing room, the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles voted 3-0 to deny early release, The Associated Press reports.
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Canine Lifeguards Dog Paddle to the Rescue
They leap from helicopters or speeding boats, bringing aid to swimmers who get into trouble off Italy's popular beaches. For these canine lifeguards, the doggie paddle does just fine. Hundreds of specially trained dogs from Italy's corps of canine lifeguards are deployed each summer to help swimmers in need of rescue, NPR reports.
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Canadians Call for Action Over Dog Ownership
Animal charities and leading trade unions joined forces to call on the Canadian government to improve laws on dog ownership in a bid to offer more protection to members of the public and workers, as well as the animals. A coalition of 20 groups issued a statement demanding action against irresponsible dog owners, arguing that current legislation was "inadequate," The Press Association reports.
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Dogs Need More Love During Mosquito Season
With mosquito season in full swing, dog owners should consider the best way to protect dogs against heartworm disease. Mosquito bites may be just a simple nuisance to humans, but they can spread heartworm disease without pet owners knowing, and dogs are most at risk of becoming seriously ill from the disease, The (Fall River, Mass.) Herald News reports.
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