The DogChannel Newswire: Hot Topics Edition
In case you missed them, here are the stories dog lovers were buzzing about last week.
Posted: March 7, 2011, 3 a.m. EST
Service Animals Are Multiplying Like Doggone Rabbits
Rhonda Kimmel's 11-year-old West Highland terrier, Maxx, goes with her everywhere — to the mall, restaurants and even to the bank. What gives Maxx entree to places normally off-limits to canines and other animals is the embroidered, purple vest he sports. It says: "Therapy Dog Maxx." Maxx is a lot of things, including well-behaved, and he is a faithful companion. What he is not, however, is a therapy dog or a service dog, and Ms. Kimmel is not disabled. Still, Ms. Kimmel says the vest, which she purchased online, no questions asked, makes people think otherwise, so they don't object to Maxx. "They know they are not supposed to ask," Ms. Kimmel says, alluding to the federal law that protects people with service animals from inquiries about the nature of their disability, reports the Wall Street Journal.
Shanghai Passes One-Dog Law
Shanghai has adopted a one-dog policy, passing a law limiting homes to one canine each as it tries to curb the growing popularity of man's best friend in China's leading metropolis. The law takes effect May 15, the official China Daily reported Thursday. Under the law, dog owners must also give their pets' puppies to eligible no-dog households or to government-approved adoption agencies before the pups reach three months, AFP reports.
Dog Reunites With Owners After Mysterious 700-Mile Journey
A dog that vanished from a Sacramento suburb was reunited with its owner after turning up more than 700 miles away, unharmed, in Washington state. The dog, a 2-year-old Patterdale Terrier named Bear, was last seen playing around the family construction business where its owner, 32-year-old Bryan Rapozo, works with his father. "Bryan is with Bear every day," said his father, Bret Rapozo, 51. "It's like his son. Everywhere Bryan goes, Bear's with him." He added, "He was very upset. He told me it's like someone snatching up one of his kids," reports the Los Angeles Times.
Moscow Drops Plan to Remove Stray Dogs After Outcry
Moscow's thousands of stray dogs have something to wag their tails about — animal rights activists say the city has dropped a plan to round up the dogs and ship them to a camp far outside of town. Animal-rights activists and Russian celebrities had been pressuring the city to abandon the plan, which they said would endanger the dogs by placing them in an environment where diseases would run rampant. Some had compared the planned facility to a concentration camp for dogs, reports The Associated Press.
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