The DogChannel Newswire (1-26-11)

NYC approves new dog protection measures; researchers warn against sleeping with dogs; other news.

Posted: January 26, 2011, 2 a.m. EST

Dogs Guided Remotely by Stealth System
Trained dogs are smart enough to find bombs, drugs, people and the safest way to cross the street – but only with a capable handler nearby. Now a new system developed at Auburn University could turn canines into remotely guided "super dogs" that can take on risky tasks. “With our system you don't have to be in eyesight, versus human guides that do have to be within sight,” said David M. Bevly, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Auburn University who worked on the research, ABC News reports.
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Baltic, the Rescued Dog, Recovers His Sea Legs
A year after he was plucked from an ice floe off Poland's coast, Baltic the dog has found his sea legs again. Baltic was rescued a year ago after an odyssey during which he floated on an ice sheet down the Vistula River, then 15 miles out to sea. The rescue of the shivering, frightened mutt gained worldwide attention. The furry tan and black dog may be off the ice, but he is still out regularly on the Baltic Sea aboard the Baltica, a research ship, The Associated Press reports.
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New York Approves New Dog Protection Measures
New York City Council recently passed legislation to make it illegal to tie up a dog for more than three consecutive hours in 12-hour period. It prohibits owners from using tethers that choke a dog or are too heavy. The bill also requires food, water and adequate shelter be given to a dog if it's restrained for more than 15 minutes. The council overwhelmingly approved the bill last week. But there was some opposition to a second piece of related legislation that would increase the fee owners have to pay to register their dog if it isn't neutered or spayed, reports.
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Researchers Warn Against Sleeping With Dogs
Medical researchers have long shown that contact with pets can often help both the physically and mentally ill. But now, veterinary scientists say sleeping with your pets increases the chances of contracting everything from parasites to the plague. According to a study to be published in next month's issue of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emerging Infectious Diseases, “the risk for transmission of zoonotic agents by close contact between pets and their owners through bed sharing, kissing or licking is real and has even been documented for life-threatening infections,” AOL News reports.
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Kalah   North Rose, NY

1/26/2011 2:51:18 PM

Well that was not what I wanted to hear. My dog always sleeps in my bed. My gosh I will probably be the one sleeping else where. I guess the threat is real :(

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