The DogChannel Newswire (01-20-11)

Study IDs 9,400-year-old mutt; New York couple fights to keep “singing” dog; other news.

Posted: January 20, 2011, 2 a.m. EST

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Study IDs 9,400-Year-Old Mutt
Nearly 10,000 years ago, man's best friend provided protection and companionship — and an occasional meal. That's what researchers are saying after finding a bone fragment from what they are calling the earliest confirmed domesticated dog in the Americas. University of Maine graduate student Samuel Belknap III came across the fragment while analyzing a dried-out sample of human waste unearthed in southwest Texas in the 1970s. A carbon-dating test put the age of the bone at 9,400 years, and a DNA analysis confirmed it came from a dog, The Associated Press reports.
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Vets Save Dog Who Ate Poisoned Meatball
An 8-year-old terrier-Beagle mix regained consciousness and is recovering after eating a meatball laced with poison. Veterinarians placed Oreo on a ventilator and placed him in a medically induced coma over the weekend as he struggled to stay alive. The meatball he ate was believed to have been laced with strychnine, WTKR.com reports.
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Woman Reunited With Dog After Fire
A Des Moines woman was reunited with her dog Tuesday after her home caught fire around 9 p.m. Monday night. Patricia D. Flynn escaped her home on the 1900 block of 35th Street after a fire started in her kitchen. Flynn was able to save two of her three pets, but firefighters had to retrieve her dog Hannah, the Des Moines Register reports.
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New York Couple Fights to Keep ‘Singing’ Dog
Howling-mad neighbors at a Bronx co-op are fighting to put a couple out on the street because their daughter's "singing" dog violates the building's no-pets policy. An appeals court ruled that the Bonnie House co-op board can go ahead with eviction proceedings against Rita and Murray Hyman over their daughter's Maltese pooch, Rocky, who howls along when Rita sings, the New York Daily News reports.
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