The DogChannel Newswire (08-22-08)

Dog rescues a box full of kittens; high-end pet lodges gain popularity; and other news.

Posted: August 22, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

Officer Reprimanded for Delaying Couple With Dying Dog
The San Marcos, Texas, police chief has reprimanded an officer who kept a couple waiting 20 minutes for a speeding ticket even as they pleaded to be allowed to take a dying dog to an emergency veterinary clinic. The officer claims that the Poodle, Misty, was already dead when he pulled over her owners, The Associated Press reports.
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Angel the Dog Credited With Saving Kittens
A two-year-old dog who had been turned over to the Nevada Humane Society's shelter in Reno is being credited with rescuing six abandoned kittens. She was on a walk when she became obsessed with something in the bushes. When she refused to move on, the volunteer walking her  investigated and discovered a box full of 3-week-old orange tabby kittens that were frightened and hungry, The Associated Press reports.
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Activists Want Denver Death Row Dog Spared
Animal-rights activists are bombarding Denver officials with e-mails and letters in support of Forrest, a dog placed on death row by city officials who believe Forrest violates the city's ban against pit bulls. The dog has been incarcerated at the Denver Municipal Animal Shelter since July after he was found wandering city streets for the second time in three months, The Denver Post reports.
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High-End Pet Lodges Popular With Owners
These days, when vacationers are unable to bring their pets along, booking them into a pet resort guarantees animal will be having as much fun as owner. With luxurious suites, 24-hour room service, pampering spa services, and more — not to mention personal feline or canine chefs to attend to finicky eaters — these resorts are a far cry from the typical boarding kennels (which, not long ago, resembled stark animal shelters), MSNBC reports.
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Jacksonville Gives Key to City to Dog
Jacksonville, Texas, gave the key to the city to Bill McFarlin and Star, the stars of TV's "Greatest American Dog." They held a watch party Wednesday night at Coffee Connection for dozens of fans, who got to see Bill and Star survive another round of the reality show. Bill said it's an honor to have so many East Texans rooting for them, KLTV reports.
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