The DogChannel Newswire (09-23-10)

Dogs help sniff out poachers; Michigan may ban use of gas to euthanize pets; other news.

Posted: September 23, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

Court Reverses Decision in Dog Scent Case
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has acquitted a man jailed for murder largely on the evidence of three Bloodhounds who allegedly matched his scent to the crime scene. Richard Winfrey Sr. could soon be freed after the appeals court reversed his 2007 guilty verdict Wednesday, ruling the evidence was legally insufficient to convict. Prosecutors will not be allowed to retry the case, The Associated Press reports.
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Michigan Might Ban Use of Gas to Euthanize Pets
The Michigan House has approved legislation that would ban the use of poisonous gas to euthanize unwanted dogs and cats at animal shelters. The measures now go to the Senate. The House plan would require the use of lethal injections at animal shelters when unwanted dogs and cats are killed. Supporters say the injection method is more humane, The Associated Press reports.
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Dogs Help Sniff Out Poachers in South Africa
Sniffer dogs in South Africa are being trained to help the fight against poachers of endangered species in a new way. Dogs have long been used to help police find contraband substances, including ivory and rhino horn. Now researchers at the South African company Mechem are adapting their Explosive and Drug Detection System to the fight against poachers, CNN reports.
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Pet Detective Knows How to Get Your Dog Back
Lorna Marion is a real life pet detective. Although, if you ask her, she’ll say she’s not. And then she’ll laugh at the thought of it. The unassuming mother of three is adamant she’s no Ace Ventura. Connecting the dots between worried owners and their lost pets is simply a hobby, one she’s been doing quietly for the past three years, the Toronto Star reports.
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