CHP Officer Rescues Tiny Dog From I-680

CHP Officer Rescues Tiny Dog From I-680
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A Chihuahua was rescued from a roadway median on Interstate Highway 680 in Walnut Creek Friday.

The California Highway Patrol is being lauded for its efforts in rescuing a Chihuahua off the I-680 freeway Friday.

The Contra Costa CHP posted a photo of the rescue on Twitter saying:

“This little dog needed some help off I-680 freeway today. We’re glad he’s safe.”

Many Twitter users thanked the CHP for saving the small dog. Others wondered where it had shown up from.

On Saturday, the CHP said in a tweet that the Contra Costa Animal Control in Martinez, California, had taken the puppy into their care.

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Was poisoning of scientist’s dog a warning from Humboldt pot growers?
Article from Los Angeles Times:

Super Bowl Sunday was a quiet day for wildlife disease expert Mourad Gabriel. He and his wife, Greta Wengert, an ecologist, planned to watch the game, then peel off to do some work.

Their house, on the crest of a wooded knoll near the Northern California coastal town of Arcata, is open and sunlit. From the kitchen table where Gabriel often works, he can see the sloping backyard where the family’s two boisterous Labrador retrievers loved to play.

One of the dogs, Nyxo, was rescued from a local shelter. The dog frequently kept the 39-year-old PhD company during his fieldwork, which includes studying the decline of the Pacific fisher — a forest predator, related to the weasel, that is a candidate for inclusion on the federal endangered species list later this year.

After the football game, the couple turned in. The next morning, Greta found Nyxo on the floor writhing in pain. Hours later, he was dead.

Gabriel drove the body to UC Davis to help perform a necropsy in a lab where he often worked. Pathologists opened Nyxo’s chest and found it filled with blood — a clear indication that the dog had died from a particularly nasty “super-toxic” rat poison that Gabriel and colleagues had written about in 2012.

Their scientific paper had linked the toxin to the deaths of Pacific fishers. The crea…………………continues on Los Angeles Times
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No charges expected in dog attack

No charges expected in dog attack
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Family members mourn the loss of 4-year-old Kasii Haith, who was killed in a pit bull attack Wednesday. Animal control officials responded to a call at the property at 8:30 a.m. that morning, but found no people or dogs at the time. (05/08/14)

Beth Miller, The News Journal 7:31 a.m. EDT May 10, 2014

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Rains County deputy indicted on animal cruelty after shooting of dog
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by TANYA EISERER

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Posted on May 9, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Updated yesterday at 12:24 PM

RAINS COUNTY — A grand jury has indicted a former Rains County deputy on an animal cruelty charge over the controversial shooting of a family’s dog last month.

Jerrod Dooley, 32, has been charged with a state jail felony, punishable by up to two years behind bars. Dooley was fired last month within days of the shooting that sparked a national furor after the dog’s owner went public with his story.

“This is clearly a political knee jerk reaction by the DA in Rains County and there’s no chance that this case will stand up in court,” said Pete Schulte, Dooleys’ a…………………continues on WFAA


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Therapy dogs help returning troops deal with postwar stress

Therapy dogs help returning troops deal with postwar stress
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  • This photo taken Feb. 18, 2014 shows a German Shepherd Lexy, with Van Woodruff, former Sgt. 1st Class who got a medical retirement, that is changing the lives of U.S. Army soldiers being treated for physical and psychological injuries. (AP Photo/Alex Sanz)

  • This photo taken Feb. 18, 2014 shows Lexy, a therapy dog at Fort Bragg, N.C. (AP Photo/Alex Sanz)

After three deployments to Iraq and three to Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Dennis Swols is agitated, prone to bouts of anger and unable to really talk about his time on the battlefield.

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Police identify boy, 4, killed in dog attack
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Therapy Dog Helps Troops Deal With Postwar Stress

Therapy Dog Helps Troops Deal With Postwar Stress
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After three deployments to Iraq and three to Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Dennis Swols is agitated, prone to bouts of anger and unable to really talk about his time on the battlefield.

But as Swols sits in a small office in the Robinson Health Clinic at Fort Bragg, his hand drops to the furry head beside him and his mood brightens. Settled at his feet, Lexy, a 5-year-old German shepherd, gives Swols a few moments of distraction.

It’s her job. And, according to Swols, she’s good at it.

“I have a hard time talking to people about my deployments and everything,” says Swols, who is with the 82nd Airborne’s 4th Brigade Combat Team. After taking part in the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and the march into Baghdad in 2003, he’s been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress. “But having her here, I just pet Lexy. Or I’m just sitting here and we won’t talk about deployments, we’ll just (talk) about the dog. … My day is better every time I come in.”

For 82nd Airborne psychiatrist Maj. Christine Rumayor, Lexy is a partner, a conversation starter and a living, breathing medical tool that can calm a patient and make a therapy appointment a little more enjoyable.

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Lost North Dakota toddler cuddled with farm dog to stay warm overnight
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WDAY Little Carson Urness, center, wandered away from home on Monday night, but he had somebody to keep him safe and warm —Cooper, right, the family pup.

The family dog kept a 3-year-old safe, warm and dry as a search party combed more than 2,000 acres of North Dakota farmland for the lost boy during a dark, rainy night.

The mother of Carson Urness can’t believe the family’s dog, Cooper, never left the boy’s side during the late night escapade that brought an army of volunteers on foot, horseback, air and all-terrain vehicles to their farm house in Griggs County.

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Lost dog, family reunited 18 months after Sandy

Lost dog, family reunited 18 months after Sandy
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Brett Bodner, Asbury Park (N.J.) Press 8:22 p.m. EDT May 2, 2014

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Hammond K-9 officer placed on leave after dog video surfaces
Article from Chicago Sun-Times:

Screen grab from You Tube video shows a Hammond Police officer lifting his caine partner up by the collar.

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HAMMOND — A Hammond K-9 officer has been placed on administrative leave following the release of a video in which the officer allegedly appeared to be abusing his dog.

But two men who train police dogs had a different view.

The video, posted Wednesday under the user name “Mark Keepitreal,” shows the officer in the front yard of a residence. He first pulls the dog off the ground by its collar, then swats it with its leash twice while another officer talks to a handcuffed suspect at a police car.

The officer and the dog then walk away from the yard across the street, the dog wagging his tail.

Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott Jr. said Thursday in a news release that he’s “saddened and shocked” whenever he hears anything about animal abuse.

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Maine man fighting back after police allegedly shot, killed his dog in Louisiana

Maine man fighting back after police allegedly shot, killed his dog in Louisiana
Article from Bangor Daily News:

Brandon Carpenter, an itinerant musician from Portland, said Wednesday that a Louisiana police officer shot and killed his dog Monday morning, even though the “incredibly friendly” dog was on a four-foot leash.

“That dog wouldn’t hurt a fly,” Carpenter said of his 90-pound dog in a telephone interview with the BDN. “Everybody loved Arzy. Everybody said, ‘Oh, he’s so friendly. So gentle.’ He was an angel in dog form.”

The 28-year-old musician, who has been on the road for 12 years, had hopped a freight train from Lafayette, Louisiana, to Sulphur, Louisiana, with his friend, 21-year-old Logan Laliberte of Auburn. The duo was on their way to stay with friends in Lake Charles, Louisiana, their backpacks, guitars and the 14-month-old Newfoundland-Labrador-golden retriever mix in tow, when they got off the train in the early morning.

“We were exhausted, and as we were walking, it started to rain,” Carpenter said.

They decided to find a place to sleep a little out of the rain, and clambered into the back of an empty box truck that was parked in the lot of the city newspaper, the Southwest Daily News. About 10 minutes after they got in, Carpenter said, they were woken up by a police officer who drew his gun and ordered them to get out.

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Brentwood Dog Walkers Injured After Separate Attacks By Loose Pit Bull, Labrador
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BRENTWOOD (CBS SF) — Two Brentwood residents walking their dogs Thursday morning were injured in separate attacks by a pair of loose dogs, a police sergeant said.

A 52-year-old woman was walking her dog in the 4600 block of Nunn Street around 9:30 a.m. when a pit bull and black Labrador retriever that had gotten loose from a home in the same block attacked, Brentwood police Sgt.  Mark Misquez said.

The woman reported that one of the two dogs bit her repeatedly in the face, hand and ankle, Misquez said.

Less than 10 minutes later, officers responded to a report of a second attack involving the same dogs about a block away in the 3000 block of Hudson Drive, according to Misquez.

The sergeant said a 46-year-old man walking his two small dogs reported that the pit bull and Labrador attacked his animals and when he tried to protect them, the pit bull bit him in the calf.

Both victims were taken to hospitals to be treated for minor to moderate injuries.

Misquez said officers were able to catch the Labrador retriever but struggled to catch the pit bull, which ran through the neighborhood, prompting police to advise a nearby preschool to shelter in place.

Police and Contra Costa Animal Services officers were able to contain the pit bull in a backyard, where it charged at them, the sergeant said.

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Vet Accused of Keeping Sickly Dog Alive to Harvest Its Blood

Vet Accused of Keeping Sickly Dog Alive to Harvest Its Blood
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A Texas woman who thought she had her dog euthanized six months ago was horrified to learn that her pet’s veterinarian allegedly kept the animal alive to harvest its blood for transfusions to other animals, she said today.

Authorities say they are now investigating multiple cases of alleged animal cruelty at Camp Bowie Animal Clinic in Fort Worth, Texas, and removed at least two pets as evidence Tuesday after a former employee made the allegations.

Mary Harris said she and her family had been going to see veterinarian Lou Tierce for over 26 years for various pets and were shocked to learn he had allegedly kept their dog, Sid, alive for about six months after their pet was supposedly euthanized for a congenital spinal defect.

“We trusted the vet. We said our goodbyes,” Harris told ABC News. “We had even talked about burial arrangements, and then six months later I get a call that he’s still alive.”

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Veteran and bomb-sniffing dog reunite at O’Hare
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Sgt. Jason Bos reunited with the military service dog “Cila” today at O’Hare International Airport.

It was a sad parting when Sgt. Jason Bos left Fort Lee in Virginia nearly two years ago and had to say goodbye to MWD Cila M389, the bomb-sniffing chocolate Lab he called Cici.

Over nearly five years, Bos and Cila — MWD stands for Military Working Dog, and M389 is the identification number tattooed in her ear — had forged a bond as they searched for roadside bombs and hidden weapons caches in Iraq, and screened sites for presidential visits across the U.S. Their partnership ended when a back injury forced Bos to leave the Army in 2012.

Cila was just 5 years old, and still had time to serve as a military dog. While Bos headed home to Michigan, Cila remained on active duty.

Bos, 33, did not know if he’d ever reunite with Cila. But a month ago, he saw on Facebook that Cila was due to be retired. He was thrilled when the kennel master at his former base contacted him to see if he wanted to adopt her.

“I said ‘Yes. What do I have to do?’” Bos said.

After filling out the paperwork, Bos contacted American Humane Association and Mission K9 Rescue for help with the expense of bringing Cila from Germany

On Wednesday, after a nine hour flight, Cila stepped out of a travel carrier at O’Hare International Airport,…………………continues on Chicago Tribune

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