The DogChannel Newswire (03-26-08)

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Posted: March 26, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

Foreclosures Slam Doors on Pets, Too
Family pets, hapless victims of foreclosure, are landing in animal shelters in large numbers in some parts of the country. The precise numbers are unknown, because there is no nationwide standard for recording foreclosure pets and because many owners who surrender animals at shelters tell personnel only that they are "moving" and give no specifics, USA Today reports.
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Wheelchairs Keep Disabled Pets Moving
A growing number of pet owners are turning to custom-built wheelchairs to restore mobility to furry friends whose legs, hips or backs don't work. The owners' goals are simple: to reward their pets' unconditional love with whatever it takes for the animals to live normally, the Associated Press reports.
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Seven-Pound Dog Survives Alligator Attack
If things had turned out differently Sunday, Gizmo the 7-pound dog would have been Easter dinner.
The Maltese-toy poodle mix narrowly escaped the clutches of an alligator’s jaws after he wriggled his way through a hole in the porch screen and ran down to the edge of a pond behind the house, the Tampa (Fla.) Tribune reports.
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Stolen Puppy Returned Safely to Pet Store
A pilfered Pomeranian puppy has been returned safely to the Chicago-area pet store he was stolen from, but the dognapper remains on the loose, police said Monday. Instead, a good Samaritan brought the two-pound, $1,500 dog back to the Petland store, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Some Pet Food Still Not on Shelves
More than a year after the biggest pet-food recall began, sales of wet pet food continue to struggle, and many products still are missing from store shelves. About 20 percent of recalled products, mostly wet foods, have yet to return, and 10 percent of recalled products have been discontinued, says PetSmart the nation's No. 1 pet-food chain, USA Today reports.
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