The DogChannel Newswire (11-12-09)

Happy tales for former fighting dogs; judge allows autism helper dog in class; and other news.

Posted: November 12, 2009, 5 a.m. EST

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Training Rescued Dogs to Become the Rescuers
Ollie may not have impeccable breeding, but he's talented and hardworking. The extremely high-intensity Border Collie mix was abandoned. He lucked into a good situation at a nearby sanctuary and is now well on the way to becoming a Colorado-based certified disaster-search dog, USA Today reports.
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Happy Tales for Some Former Fighting Dogs
Dozens of American Pit Bull Terriers netted in the largest dogfighting raid in U.S. history are finding homes despite some who predicted aggression or trauma would make them unsuitable as pets. More than 120 of the animals have been placed in foster homes or are headed there this week through the efforts of pit bull rescue groups throughout the U.S., The Associated Press reports.
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Dog Trainer to Seattle’s Famous Presumed Murdered
Mark Stover was the Pacific Northwest's dog-trainer-to-the-stars. He taught obedience to the pets of Pearl Jam and Nirvana, Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz and Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki. He also trained his own dog, Dingo — for protection. But when Stover's killer came last month, there was nothing Dingo could do, The Associated Press reports.
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Judge’s Ruling Allows Autism Helper Dog in Class
A first-grader in central Illinois gets to keep his autism helper dog in school, a Douglas County judge ruled Tuesday. Judge Chris Freese sided with the family of Kaleb Drew, who argued that the boy's yellow Labrador Retriever is a service animal allowed in schools under Illinois law, The Associated Press reports.
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