Pittsburgh police dog has ‘difficulty’ after surgery following Lawrenceville …

Pittsburgh police dog has ‘difficulty’ after surgery following Lawrenceville …
Article from Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

Rocco, a Pittsburgh police dog stabbed Tuesday night in Lawrenceville, underwent two surgeries and multiple blood transfusions Wednesday, and a veterinarian described his condition as “considerably more stable” though still critical.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty. It doesn’t mean he won’t be well, there’s just a lot of uncertainty,” said Anthony D. Pardo, co-owner and surgeon at the Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center in Ohio Township.

Police said a man they were trying to take into custody Tuesday on four outstanding warrants plunged a knife into Rocco, going through 6 inches of muscle, Mr. Pardo said, then pushed it 3 to 4 inches deeper, lacerating the dog’s kidney and causing major blood loss.

By Wednesday night, police spokeswoman Diane Richard said, “He is still holding his own right now.” Mr. Pardo said Rocco was more alert, had a good blood pressure and had stopped bleeding.

“Lots of things can go right, but lots of things can go wrong,” he said, adding that Rocco will undergo a relatively minor surgery in another four to five days.

Three officers, including the dog’s handler, suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the ordeal and are expected to recover. An Allegheny County sheriff’s deputy also was assaulted in an attempt to arrest the suspect, John Rush, 21, of Stowe.

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Rescued dog gets prosthetic leg from Orlando company
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Rescued pit bull whose paw was cut off receives prosthetic leg.

“Lucky” might not be the first word you’d use to describe a dog left abandoned, starving and abused in a rough neighborhood near Miami — a dog whose front paw had been cut off.

But on Wednesday, the year-old pooch trotted happily on her new plastic and carbon-fiber limb, seeming quite pleased with the odd path her life has taken.

In only her first year, “Little” Debbie — a now-65-pound, gray-and-white pit bull named after the snack-food treats — has gone from abused pup to media darling, earning the attention of the staff of and dog-lovers across the country who wanted to help her.

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Chase, loyal dog, is settling into a new home in Akron
Nancy Althouse, who had rescued Chase from a bad living situation some eight years ago and adopted him to the Murphys, announced last week that the heroic dog needs a new home. That triggered hundreds of calls, both to Althouse and this newspaper, …
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Blind man who fell on tracks gets new dog, but keeps one who saved him

Blind man who fell on tracks gets new dog, but keeps one who saved him
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Woman charged after dog dies outside in the cold
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Tracy Cherry (Cook County sheriff’s office / January 27, 2014)

A Calumet Park woman has been charged in connection with the death of a pit bull that had been left outside in subzero cold, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

Tracy Cherry, 46, was charged with animal cruelty after the sheriff’s Animal Crimes unit received a tip about a dog found dead in a doghouse outside an apartment in the 1400 block of West 123rd Street in Calumet Park, the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies, along with members of the South Suburban Humane Society, went to the building and found the body of a 9-year-old male pit bull, the office said. A necropsy found that it had died of hypothermia.

Sheriff’s police learned that the dog had been let out on the afternoon of Jan. 5 and had remained outside for about 12 hours. Police al…………………continues on Chicago Tribune

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Resident Reports Coyote Snatched Her Dog from Yard
Our dog disappeared from our fenced in yard yesterday morning (Jan. 22) without a trace,” she wrote in an email to Wheaton Patch. “There were no human footprints leading from our yard, the gates were closed, and due to the snow there was no way the dog …
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2 Injured After Dog Attack in Placentia; 1 Dog Killed

2 Injured After Dog Attack in Placentia; 1 Dog Killed
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Two people were injured after being bit by a pair of loose dogs in Placentia Saturday morning, police said.

A pit bull was captured by animal care officers after it bit two people, police said. Another pit bull was shot and killed by police after it charged officers. (Credit: Orange County Animal Care)

Officers responded to an apartment complex on the 300 block of South Jefferson Street shortly after 5:30 a.m., where they discovered that two people had “sustained significant dog bite wounds,” according to a news release from Placentia police.

The victims were taken to local hospitals and treated for their injures, according to the release.

Police located the two dogs, described as pit bull types, in a gated parking area of the complex. They set up a perimeter in an attempt to keep the dogs away from the public until officers from the Orange County Animal Care arrived, the release stated.

As animals care officers tried to capture one of the dogs, it charged at a Placentia officer, who fired on the dog with a shotgun and hit it, according to police. The dog initially retreated to a corne…………………continues on KTLA
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Margo Goes Home: Dog Stolen in Burglary Reunited With Owner
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RAW VIDEO: A dog stolen in a burglary has been reunited with his owner after a story on News4 and social media posts with the hash tag #FindMargo.

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Mystery Photo Found In Stray Dog’s Collar Baffles County

Mystery Photo Found In Stray Dog’s Collar Baffles County
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An old, wrinkled photo of what appears to be a military man has everyone searching for answers.

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Group Walks Reveal Who’s the Big Dog
Article from Discovery News:

The paths dogs take on group walks reveal their personality traits as well as the leaders of the pack, according to a new study.

Amazingly, researchers can describe most major traits of a dog sight unseen.

“We showed that it is possible to determine the social ranking and personality traits of each dog from their GPS movement data,” study co-author Máté Nagy of Oxford University’s Department of Zoology said in a press release.

PHOTOS: The Earliest Dogs

Researchers analyzed data from GPS devices that were attached to harnesses worn by the dogs, according to a study published in PLoS Computational Biology this week.

“On individual walks it is hard to identify one permanent leader, but over longer timescales it soon becomes clear that some dogs are followed by peers more often than others,” Nagy said. “Overall, the collective motion of the pack is strongly influenced by an underlying social network.”

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PD: Burglar trashes Phoenix home, repeatedly stabs dog
Police are looking for a burglary suspect who allegedly trashed a Phoenix home and stabbed the family's dog numerous times on Wednesday. The dog eventually had to be put down. The residents of a home near 59th Avenue and Dobbins Road came home …
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Dog rescued in Texas but lost near Midway is found safe

Dog rescued in Texas but lost near Midway is found safe
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A dog rescued in Texas and bound for a home in Elkhorn, Wis. that disappeared after it slipped out of its harness near Midway Airport last week was found Tuesday night and is on its way to Wisconsin.

Madison, a Doberman rescued earlier this month, somehow got free of her harness near Midway Airport Friday afternoon, and had not been seen since Saturday night, said Lauren Kelliher, vice president of Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus, which helped coordinate the dog’s travel to Wisconsin.

“We are just so happy,” said Kelliher.

Larissa Gavin, who found Madison and arranged a flight in a private jet to Midway, said that the woman who found Madison Tuesday night went to a grocery store this morning and saw a flier about the missing dog, then called Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus to say she had Madison.

Gavin had been “hoping for a miracle” since the dog she rescued early this month disappeared.

Gavin had been driving around a neighborhood in Houston on Jan. 5 with the founder of a rescue group, stopping to offer food to dogs and talking to people about bringing their dogs in during the cold weather, when they happened upon three unleashed puppies, Gavin said in an email last week.

The two found the puppies’ mother, Madison, nearby, and three days later were able to take custody of the dogs and take them to to a veteri…………………continues on Chicago Tribune
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Mysterious photo found in dog’s collar
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An old black-and-white photo was found tucked inside the collar of a stray dog in South Carolina.
An old black-and-white photo was found tucked inside the collar of a stray dog in South Carolina.
An old black-and-white photo was found tucked inside the collar of a stray dog in South Carolina.
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Lancaster mourns death of dog control officer
But David R. Horn was the kind of dog catcher who would take home a stray pup that couldn't find a home, return the mischievous ones to their owners and delight in teaching children how to take care of pets. So it came with shock and sadness to the …
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Avonte may have drowned after running from dog: sources

Avonte may have drowned after running from dog: sources
Article from New York Post:

He may have died facing his two greatest fears — dogs and water.

Missing autistic teen Avonte Oquendo was seen running from a dog at a nearby park right after he slipped out of his Queens school, and he likely fell into the East River in his panic, law-enforcement sources told The Post Friday.

The drowning scenario is the top theory for Avonte’s disappearance and was further substantiated when body parts and clothing believed to be Avonte’s were found 11 miles up-river from the park, on a beach in northern Queens.

“He had a huge fear of dogs and was seen running from one” in Hunter’s Point South Park, a short walk from his school, the source told The Post of the mute, timid 14-year-old.

“He may have run in a panic and fallen into the water,” of which he was also terrified, the source said.

The final surveillance video of Avonte shows him leaving his school in Long IslandCity and walking ­toward the riverfront park.

On Thursday night, a left arm and two legs — still inside their jeans and sneakers — along with pieces of a torso were discovered washed up off of College Point by a 19-year-old ­photography student.

The waterlogged size-5¹/₂ Nike Air Jordan sneakers and size-16 black jeans and striped shirt, both from Old Navy, all recovered from the remains site, match what Avonte was wearing when he went missing on Oct. 4,…………………continues on New York Post
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Animal activists turn out in support of Buddy the dog at Alamo rally
Article from San Antonio Express:

SAN ANTONIO — The fate of Buddy the Dog continued to tug on the heartstrings of South Texans on Saturday and prompted a rally by animal rights activists in front of the Alamo.

About a hundred people called on city officials to revise its animal control laws and fulfill its promise to implement a “no kill” policy at its animal shelters.

The symbol for their demands is Buddy, a 6-year-old Labrador mix whose fate is still in limbo after he was quarantined in November for reportedly biting a 9-year-old girl whose injuries required surgery.

Buddy was released Thursday to a veterinarian clinic, but has not been released to his owner, Homer Mojica, 83.

Demonstrators at the Alamo wore red shirts emblazoned with the phrase, “Stop the Injustice, Free Buddy Now.”

They yelled demands that the dog be released to his owner and urged the removal of the municipal judge who had ordered the city to euthanize the dog.

“What happened to Buddy can happen to any of our pets,” said San Antonio Express
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Looking for a Buddy? Dog saved from blizzard, cold needs a home
Because they have a dog of their own, and because the found dog has some behavior issues, they are keeping the dog in their garage until they can find him a permanent home. The pooch, whom they have named Buddy, appears to be a young pit bull and …
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Dog rescued in Texas goes missing near Midway Airport

Dog rescued in Texas goes missing near Midway Airport
Article from Chicago Tribune:

A dog rescued in Texas and bound for a home in Elkhorn, Wis. goes missing near Midway Airport Friday afternoon.

A dog rescued in Texas and bound for a home in Elkhorn, Wis. disappeared after it slipped out of its harness near Midway Airport Friday afternoon, according to volunteers with animal rescue groups.

“I am just beside myself,” Larissa Gavin, who found Madison and arranged a flight in a private jet to Midway.  “I am just hoping for a miracle at this point.”

Gavin had been driving around a neighborhood in Houston on Jan. 5 with the founder of a rescue group, stopping to offer food to dogs and talking to people about bringing their dogs in during the cold weather, when they happened upon three unleashed puppies, Gavin said in an email.

The two found the puppies’ mother, Madison, nearby, and three days later were able to take custody of the dogs and take them to to a veterinarian for examination. One of the puppies had a broken femur, and Madison showed signs of having been injured, Gavin said.

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Buddy, dog lost 6 years ago, returned to owner
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Ben Choi (left) and Stephen Choi with their dog Buddy, who went missing six years ago.

A pet owner’s happy reunion Thursday with his long-lost dog left a Queens man — who has been caring for the pooch for nearly six years — in tears.

Ben Choi got his Pekingese, Buddy, back after 78-year-old Alfred Hayek was coaxed into handing the canine over by two private detectives who negotiated the release.

“Finally, I got my dog back after five years and 10 months,” said Choi, 30, of Queens. “I’m just speechless.”

Buddy appeared docile back in Choi’s arms, revealing nothing in his expressions of his long ordeal.

“I’m sure Buddy is happy too,” said Choi, a Con Edison worker. “Right now I’m gonna take him to a vet, make sure he gets the shots and care he needs and definitely give him a bath.”

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How can we stop parks from going to the dogs?

How can we stop parks from going to the dogs?
Article from Chicago Tribune:

In some perfect pet future to be engineered by genetic science, dogs will be vastly improved.

They’ll be so finely tuned, with cool intestinal upgrades, that they will never force their owners into the moral dilemma facing today’s dog owners:

Whether to pick up after their dog at the dog park or just ignore it, and walk briskly away while blaming the French bulldog.

Happily, dogs of the gleaming scientific future won’t cause such problems. For one thing, they’ll be engineered to obey.

And they’ll never break wind while you’re watching a light romantic comedy on TV with your wife, just at that exact moment when Julia Roberts says: “I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.”

Also, dogs of the future won’t look at you with sad, pleading eyes the moment you bite into a liver sausage sandwich with onions and horseradish pickles.

The best thing about dogs of the future is that they’ll never have to do their “business.”

Instead, if geneticists are worth anything, dogs will most likely emit lavender-scented soap bubbles. And owners will watch the bubbles float away, across the far horizon.

Unfortunately, as a dog lover and proud master of Zeus the Wonderdog, I’m confined to living in the present.

But so are Chicago politicians, like Ald. Ameya Pawar, 47th, who is lus…………………continues on Chicago Tribune
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Finally, Mutts Can Compete in Westminster Dog Show
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Levi, a rat terrier, touches noses with Joy L’Ecuyer during a news conference in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. The rat terrier is one of three new breeds that will be competing at the 138th Westminster Dog Show starting Feb. 10, 2014

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Pasadena man avoids additional jail time for killing girlfriend's dog
ANNAPOLIS – A Pasadena man who shot and killed his girlfriend's dog last summer avoided additional jail time Thursday when an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge sentenced him to time served. Clint Mowry, 34, pleaded guilty to reckless …
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Blue Dog Democrats, whittled down in number, are trying to regroup

Blue Dog Democrats, whittled down in number, are trying to regroup
Article from Washington Post:

The Blue Dogs want to bark again, maybe even bite one day.

Four years ago, they were the most influential voting bloc on Capitol Hill, more than 50 House Democrats pulling their liberal colleagues to a more centrist, fiscally conservative vision on issues such as health care and Wall Street reforms.

Now, the Blue Dog Coalition is a shell of its former self, shrunken to just 15 members because of political defeat, retirements after redrawn districts left them in enemy territory and just plain exhaustion from the constant battle to stay in office. Several are not running for reelection in November, and a few others are top targets of Republicans.

In danger of losing even more clout, the leading Blue Dogs are regrouping and rebuilding. They are adding four members to their ranks this week — Reps. Ron Barber (Ariz.), Cheri Bustos (Ill.), Nick J. Rahall II (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) — and angling to play a key role in bipartisan talks over the next few years in the belief that the polar tension in the Capitol will thaw.

“We’re in this for the long haul,” Rep. Kurt Schrader (Ore.), co-chairman of the Blue Dogs, said in an interview, predicting that the Democrats could r…………………continues on Washington Post

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Westminster dog show adds event with mixed breeds
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Owner of Colorado dog sled business charged with animal cruelty

Owner of Colorado dog sled business charged with animal cruelty
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Dan MacEachen, the owner of a dog sledding operation in Snowmass Village, Colorado, faces eight counts of animal cruelty.
  • Dan MacEachen faces eight counts of animal cruelty
  • He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday
  • His attorney questions the motives of MacEachan’s critics

(CNN) — The front page of the website for Krabloonik, a dog sled operation near Aspen, Colorado, shows healthy, happy-looking dogs pulling a sled through snow.

A white dog seems almost to smile — mouth gaping open — as the team turns a tight corner.

Contrast that image with those recently released by state authorities, who inspected the business in December after repor…………………continues on CNN
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This Man Kept Waking Up Late Because His Dog Learned How to Hit the …
Article from TIME:

What’s the newest excuse for being late to work? “My dog hit the snooze button.”

One YouTube user kept sleeping through his alarm and waking up late and didn’t know why. Then he caught his boxer Kermit hitting the snooze button on his alarm clock.

What Kermit doesn’t know is that hitting the snooze button can actually jerk you awake from a deep sleep, meaning you’ll be groggier when you finally get up, according to an explainer video from AsapSCIENCE. It’s best to just set your alarm clock for later so you don’t need a snooze button. But neuroscientist Kenneth Wright noted that cognition is “worst near habitual wake time.” Your impaired thinking might just cause you to make the bad decision of hitting the button one more time.

Try explaining that to a dog, though.

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Missing Dog 'Frida' Reunited With Her Family
The Tung family plastered the neighborhood with fliers looking for the dog. Then last week, a woman brought Frida to the Animal Medical Center in Van Nuys where the veterinarian found a microchip locator. But before the Tung family could get to the …
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