The DogChannel Newswire (12-24-07)

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Posted: December 24, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

2007 Declared ‘Year of the Dog’, the search engine that combines the top results from the leading search engines, unveiled the top dog-related stories demonstrating that 2007 truly was the "year of the dog," contradictory to the Chinese calendar. Among the top searches were the Michael Vick dogfighting scandal, Leona Helmsley's dog Trouble and her million-dollar inheritance, and the massive pet food recall, FOX News reports.
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Autistic Child Gets Help from Dog
This Christmas, 5-year-old Alex Bennett has a new best friend. She plays with him, sleeps with him, calms him down when he becomes frustrated, protects him from danger and will soon be going to school with him, too, the Coshocton (Ohio) Tribune reports.
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Officer Removed from K9 Unit After Dog Dies in Patrol Car
An officer whose police dog died of heat stroke after being left in a patrol car has been charged with violating the city's cruelty to animals ordinance and removed from the K9 unit, the Macon (Ga.) Telegraph reports.
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Injured Dog Rescued From Damaged Mobile Home
A severely injured dog was rescued from the same crushed mobile home Jones County, Miss., resident Mable Thornhill was trapped beneath, following a storm system that ripped through the community, the Hattiesburg (Miss.) American reports.
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Abused Dogs Recovering With Help From Foster Homes
Two dozen Alaskan Malamutes were recovered just before Thanksgiving when law enforcement officers found the dogs in poor shape at a rural kennel. Foster families are volunteering to help the dogs learn social skills and prepare them to become pets in stable homes outside of a shelter or animal-control atmosphere, the Rapid City (S.D.) Journal reports.
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