The DogChannel Newswire (09-16-10)

Woman, stolen dog reunited after seven years; Charlotte, N.C., limits tethering dogs; other news.

Posted: September 16, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

Woman Reunited With Stolen Dog After Seven Years
A San Francisco woman searching for answers since her dog was stolen seven years ago finally has closure. Mary Bollero's "Little Girl" vanished in 2003. Until recently, Bollero didn't know if the dog was still alive. A call from a nearby animal clinic on Aug. 24 changed that. Little Girl had been taken in for treatment of an ear infection, and the dog's microchip named Bollero as her owner, The Associated Press reports.
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Charlotte, N.C., Puts Limit on Tethering Dogs
It wasn't the law that some people wanted, but Charlotte, N.C., City Council voted Monday night to put restrictions on those who tether their dogs outdoors. The new law, which takes effect March 1, will forbid tethering dogs that are 4 months or younger, and another provision will prohibit using heavy chains to tie up dogs, the Charlotte Observer reports.
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New Study Tracks Shifting Views on Pets and Family
As much as Americans revere the family, they differ sharply on how to define it. New research released Wednesday shows steadily increasing recognition of unmarried couples — gay and straight — as families. But there's a solid core resisting this trend who are more willing to include pets in their definition than same-sex partners, The Associated Press reports.
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In Canada, More Inheritances Going to Dogs
One of the most famous dogs in the United States wouldn't be worth a cent if he lived in Canada. Leona Helmsley'sdog Trouble, who was left $12 million by the late billionaire, would not be entitled to anything in Canada because, unlike in the U.S., where 43 states and Washington D.C. allow money to be left to pets, Canadian estate law stills views animals as property. But there are things you can do in Canada to protect your pets long after your gone — a practice that is becoming more common, The Montreal Gazette reports.
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