The DogChannel Newswire (05-31-08)

Houston grapples with delinquent dogs; Canadian firefighters equipped for pet rescue; and other dog news.

Posted: May 31, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

Santa Cruz Pets Stranded by Fire, Waiting for Owners
While Summit Fire evacuees worked to get their lives back in order, some of their pets remained stranded at Santa Cruz County animal shelters. At the height of the fire, more than 420 animals were rescued from the raging flames in the Santa Cruz Mountains, KSBW (California) reports.
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Eleven ‘Unapproachable’ Pit Bulls Euthanized in Florida
Eleven pit bulls – thought to be combatants in a suspected dogfighting ring – were euthanized shortly after a judge lifted a stay that had kept the unclaimed animals alive at taxpayer expense for more than four months, the Orlando Sentinel (Florida) reports.
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Delinquent Dogs, Criminal Cats: In Houston, 5 Percent of Pets Are Legal
The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates there are 630,000 pet dogs in Houston. But the city has only licensed 32,024. That means only one out of every 20 dogs is legal, Texas Cable News reports.
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New Zealand Dogs Reunited After Being Thrown Off Bridge
Last December, Lance Crequer stood over a remote bridge in the far north of the country and tossed a female dog and her puppies into the water. He would have gotten away with it, if not for a woman who saw the whole thing unfold, TV 3 News (New Zealand) reports.
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Firefighters in Canada Get Training on Pet Rescues
Firefighters are now better able to take care of Fido and Fluffy after they've been rescued from burning buildings. Working with city animal and bylaw services and two volunteer veterinarians, the fire department has trained its staff to perform CPR on animals, the Calgary Herald (Canada) reports.
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