The DogChannel Newswire (06-17-08)

Bad dogs audition for new reality show; judge cuts dog’s $12 million trust fund; and other dog news.

Posted: June 17, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

Dog Swept Up, Killed by NYC Street-Sweeping Truck
A street-sweeping truck roaring down a Bronx street sucked up a dog and killed her as her owner held the leash. The city Department of Transportation called the death “a rare and unfortunate accident,” The Associated Press reports.
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Is Rover Coughing? It Could Be Dog Flu
Experts urge pet owners to be on the alert now that the disease has been confirmed in Illinois. The cases came to light after veterinarians at the Animal Ark Veterinary Clinic saw a spike in the number of dogs—at least 50 or 60—showing symptoms of respiratory infection, the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Bad Dogs Audition for New Reality Show
Many of Atlanta's dog owners showed up Saturday – many with their misbehaving pets, some with only their disturbing pet tales – hoping to land parts in a TV series that starts production next month in Atlanta. A crew will document the behavior of the pets and the owners after the pet psychologist leaves for a few days, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Dog Foils Attempted Abduction
A dog foiled an attempted abduction by attacking a man, police said Saturday. Officials said the victim was walking her dog in Grantham, N.H., at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday when two people in a car approached her. One of the men tried forcing her into the car, but the dog went after him, WMUR (Manchester, N.H.) reports.
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Judge Cuts Dog’s $12 Million Legacy
A judge in New York has agreed to slash $10 million off the $12 million inheritance given by real estate billionaire Leona Helmsley to her dog Trouble. The Manhattan judge switched the sum from the 9-year-old Maltese’s trust fund to Helmsley’s charitable foundation, BBC News reports.
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