The DogChannel Newswire (07-23-09)

Fire chief reunited by chance with lost dog; Taco Bell Chihuahua dies; and other news.

Posted: July 23, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

Pennsylvania Fire Chief Reunited by Chance With Lost Dog
A volunteer fire chief from Pennsylvania has been reunited with a dog he gave up five years ago, after he discovered the animal was at a shelter where firefighters had taken two other dogs rescued from a cliff, The Associated Press reports.
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Shooting of 50 Dogs by Ariz. County Draw Criticism
Arizona state and national animal rights groups are criticizing the decision by animal control officers to shoot and kill more than 50 dogs owned by a man who was in jail for a month in early May and couldn't take care of them, the Asheville Citizen-Times reports.
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Police Dog Attacks Woman
An off-duty Boston police dog bolted from its handler Wednesday in Mattapan, Mass., and attacked a 60-year-old woman who was walking by with a small, Chihuahua-like dog on a leash, The Boston Globe reports.
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Taco Bell Ad Star Gidget the Chihuahua Dies at 15
Handlers say Gidget the Chihuahua, whose Taco Bell commercials made her a star, has died. She was 15. The owner of Studio Animal Services in Castaic says Gidget suffered a massive stroke late Tuesday at her trainer's home and had to be euthanized, The Associated Press reports.
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