San Jose police: Teens in burglary spree fatally bludgeon dog on National Dog …

San Jose police: Teens in burglary spree fatally bludgeon dog on National Dog …
Article from San Jose Mercury News:

Sparky (Family photograph)

SAN JOSE — A quiet Almaden neighborhood is reeling after two teen boys reportedly bludgeoned a pet dog to death during a string of home burglaries Tuesday, according to the San Jose Police Department.

Ironically, the killing of Sparky, a Chihuahua mix, came on National Dog Day, meant to honor the helpful roles dogs play in society and increase awareness of the countless dogs in the country who need owners.

Officers got onto the burglary trail about 2:30 p.m. when a resident reported a break-in at his home in the 7000 block of Burnside Drive. Two boys, ages 13 and 14, were caught…………………continues on San Jose Mercury News

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Disturbing video captures man beating, choking dog to death
Article from Tampabay.com:

Deputies arrested a Nokomis man Tuesday who they say beat and killed a dachshund his in-laws asked him to watch.

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Stacy Glover, 24, had been asked to look after the dog, Athena, Aug. 8 at their family home in the 15000 block of Cutting Horse Trail in east Sarasota County.

When Athena’s owners returned, Glover told them the dog had run away, the Sarasota Cou…………………continues on Tampabay.com
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CEO of company in charge of ND concessions shown abusing dog

CEO of company in charge of ND concessions shown abusing dog
Article from WNDU-TV:

UPDATE: Centerplate has issued a statement regarding its CEO being caught on video abusing a dog.

CEO Desmond Hague will be given a written censure from the company, will donate $ 100,000 to the Sade Foundation and will serve 1,000 hours of community service for an organization that supports animal welfare.

“We pride ourselves as individuals and as a company on how we treat others—both humans and animals,” the release stated. “The company finds Mr. Hague’s personal behavior unacceptable and outside the bounds of our high standards and expectations of all of our staff. We do not condone nor can we overlook the mistreatment of animals and Mr. Hague’s personal misconduct.”

— ORIGINAL STORY —

Newly released video shows a man in an elevator repeatedly kicking a dog and pulling its leash hard enough to lift the animal off the floor.

Now, we’ve learned, the man owns a company that does business at Notre Dame.

Investigators in Vancouver identified the suspect as Desmond Hague, chief executive officer of Centerplate, the company in charge of providing concessions at Notre Dame Stad…………………continues on WNDU-TV
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Capture Your Canine’s Exploits With the New GoPro Dog Mount
Article from Wired:

GoPro footage from a dog is probably even better than from a human. GoPro

For too long I’ve watched my human record hours of inane footage on a little camera strapped to his chest or helmet. Sometimes he attaches it to his mountain bike or surfboard. The results aren’t any better. He’s missing the most exciting perspective of all: Mine.

Thankfully GoPro has a new harness designed specifically for me and my 15-120 pound canine compatriots. The Fetch dog harness securely mounts a GoPro camera onto either my back, or chest. For those silly short-legged dogs, like corgis, the chest mount is even removable. The adjustment points of the harness are all padded, so there’s no fur-pinching, and the material the…………………continues on Wired
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Scientists Finally Figured Out What Makes Pets Look Like Their Owners

Scientists Finally Figured Out What Makes Pets Look Like Their Owners
Article from Slate Magazine:

Illustration by Mark Alan Stamaty

If ever you overhear someone comparing you to a dog, chances are it’s not a compliment. Yes, there’s the famous loyalty of dogs, their unbridled enthusiasm for life, their boundless love and devotion, their fierce protectiveness—qualities that any of us would be lucky to possess at even a modicum of their standard manifestation in the canine. Typically, though, it’s meant as a slight and a reference to some especially animalistic aspect of our four-legged friends. That assertive woman people call a “bitch,” for instance (a term that has always struck me as being dubious; some of my kindest, gentlest companions in this world have been female dogs), or the lowlife “cur” who cheated you in that game of poker the other night.

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6 things I wish I knew before getting a dog
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Pennsylvania woman fights Ohio rescue over dog

Pennsylvania woman fights Ohio rescue over dog
Article from Philly.com:

Posted: Sunday, August 17, 2014, 1:43 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A Pennsylvania woman’s fight to get her dog back from a central Ohio rescue group has turned into a full-fledged legal battle and Internet war.

Veronica Covatch, 53, of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, has been trying to get her 5-year-old sheltie back since April, when she said the dog escaped from her friend’s back yard in Columbus, Ohio.

Covatch said her dog, Piper, was picked up by Franklin County Animal Control and then turned over to Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue in Columbus in April, even though Covatch said a microchip in her dog would have shown she was the owner.

The sheltie rescue group and its director, Penny Sanderbeck, argue that the dog rightfully belongs to them and is accepting applications from anyone interested in adopting her.

Covatch filed a complaint against Sanderbeck and the rescue group last month in Franklin County Municipal Court. This week, Judge David Tyack ordered Piper returned to Covatch as the case works its way through the court, but Sanderbeck was able to keep the dog after posting a $ 10,000 bond, according to The Dispatch.

Covatch said she’s not giving up on Piper, a champion show dog worth tens of thousand…………………continues on Philly.com
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Firefighter credits dog with saving his life
Article from First Coast News:
Andrew Ford, FLORIDA TODAY 1:06 p.m. EDT August 17, 2014

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Duke The Dog Sworn In As Mayor Of Cormorant, Minn.

Duke The Dog Sworn In As Mayor Of Cormorant, Minn.
Article from CBS Local:

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Every dog has his day and Saturday is it for Duke the dog.

Duke was elected mayor of the northwestern Minnesota community of Cormorant, and he was sworn in Saturday.

Organizer Tammy Odegaard says Duke got gussied up Friday night, his second trip to the groomer since his election.

“He spends a lot of time at the dairy farm next door,” Odegaard said, who notes she’s now a member of Duke’s staff. “So, twice in, like, seven days for him is, like, it’s never happened. So I’m sure he’s wondering what’s going on with just that.”

His first grooming took five hours and came after the majority of the town’s 12 voters backed him in the balloting.

The town pulled out all the stops for the 10 a.m. ceremony during Cormorant’s annual fair.

“We’ll have him put his little paw on the bible, going to have him have the little oath,” Odegaard said. “Of course, he’s not going to repeat it. It would be awesome if he would bark, but who knows? He’s a country dog, so he’s not used to performing on cue.”

During the two-minute inauguration ceremony, Steve Sorenson, chairman of Cormorant Township, greeted Duke and set forth his du…………………continues on CBS Local
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Bounty hunter Dog Chapman finds two exotic snakes in San Diego
Article from Los Angeles Times:

Bounty hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman was not successful in his trip to San Diego to hunt for a mixed-martial arts fighter accused of beating an ex-girlfriend in Las Vegas.

But in arresting someone on an unrelated bail warrant, he found something Friday that was unexpected: two exotic snakes.

Snake specialists from the San Diego County Department of Animal Services were called to a residence in downtown San Diego to remove the snakes, tentatively identified as an eastern Indigo and a rear-fanged mussurana from South America.

“There was nobody to care for the two snakes,” said animal services Lt. K…………………continues on Los Angeles Times

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Black Dog Cafe closes in Stouchsburg

Black Dog Cafe closes in Stouchsburg
Article from Reading Eagle:

Friday August 15, 2014 12:01 AM

The Black Dog Cafe, a restaurant located in a historic building in Stouchsburg, Marion Township, abruptly closed its doors earlier this week.

A “for rent” banner covered the restaurant’s large sign along Route 422, and Facebook postings from Monday and Tuesday referenced the closing.Co-owner Joseph Church, who is also a chef at the Peanut Bar, Reading, said he did not want to talk about the closing. He owned the restaurant with his wife Diane, and Terry Printz.Monday’s Facebook entry announced the closing.”And so it ends,” the statement said. “We have done our best through trying times to continue on. The inevitable has happened – we can’t keep up. Money has won the battle and we have to wave the white flag. We no longer have the ability to continue operating the business of a restaurant.”The entry also thanked Black Dog’s customers for their support.The closing came as a surprise to Marion Township Secretary Janis Zern.”It was a delicious place,” Zern said. “It wasn’t your everyday diner-type place, but people went there for years for special occasions.”Zern said it will be a blow for the rural township, which doesn’t have too many businesses on its tax rolls.The Black Dog, at 116 Main St., dates back to 1832 and had operated as an inn and tavern consistently over the years.The Churches and Printz took over the B…………………continues on Reading Eagle

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Vet warned couple that 2 dogs were dangerous
Article from USA TODAY:
L.L. Brasier, Detroit Free Press 7:54 p.m. EDT August 15, 2014

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4-year-old mauled to death by a dog, or dogs, at family home in Goulds

4-year-old mauled to death by a dog, or dogs, at family home in Goulds
Article from MiamiHerald.com:

After spending the night at his dad’s South Miami-Dade home, 4-year-old Javon Dade Jr. wandered away Wednesday morning, setting off a panicky search and a call to police.

Twenty minutes later, police made a gruesome discovery: Javon had been mauled to death by dogs in the backyard of the Goulds home, his limp body found in the overgrown grass near a fence.

In the same yard: Two adult female terrier-boxer mixes, an adult male pit bull and three terrier-boxer mixed puppies between two and four months of age.

The young boy’s grandmother, Jocelyn Dade, collapsed, calling Javon a “beautiful child, my Pooka.”

Another woman, who declined to give her name, said she knew the child well as she sat crouched and crying near a chain-link fence several houses down from the incident.

“It’s so sad. I don’t understand,” she said.

Later Wednesday, police were interviewing Javon Dade Sr. to determine whether negligence was involved in the death of his son. Police said any decision on a criminal charge likely would come from the Miami-Dade state attorney.

Though owning a pit bull in Miami-Dade is against county ordinance and can carry a civil fine, it’s not likely to be applied in this case.

“It’s not going to accomplish anything,” said Kathy Labrada, who oversees shelter operations and enforcement at Miami-Dade…………………continues on MiamiHerald.com
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Dog Recovered After Being Stolen From Animal Shelter
Article from CBS Local:

CHICAGO (CBS) — A young dog stolen from a Chicago Heights animal shelter earlier this week has been recovered, safe and sound.

On Wednesday, three thieves went to the South Suburban Humane Society and walked away with a young dog named Cheeser.

WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports things were busy in the lobby, so no one noticed the young woman and two men who casually walked into the kennel.

CEO Emily Klehm said the trio asked a volunteer to show them a 10-month-old pitt bull mix named Cheeser.

Cheeser is safe and sound, according to a social media posting by the South Suburban Humane Society. (Facebook)

“She got him out of the cage for them to see him, and they ended up walking him out through a side door,” Klehm said.

Shelter volunteer Tony Konidaris tried to chase the suspects.

“They must have had a car waiting or something, got in, so it was like a split second thing,” he tells CBS 2’s Mike Parker. “Trust me, it’s probably better that I didn’t catch them.”

On Thursday afternoon, the Humane Society reported on its Facebook page that Cheeser had been recovered.

“After tirelessly focusing all of our energy, with the miraculous power of social media, and the efforts of multiple police departme…………………continues on CBS Local
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Boy Mauled To Death By Dog(s) In Goulds

Boy Mauled To Death By Dog(s) In Goulds
Article from CBS Local:

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A child in Goulds was mauled to death by at least one dog Wednesday morning.

Police have identified the boy as 4-year-old Javon Dade, Jr.

Police were originally called to the home because Javon was missing.

“According to investigators, at approximately 10:09 a.m., police received a phone call advising of a missing 4-year old male. As officers arrived they did an area canvas where they discovered a black male, four years of age, deceased in the back yard,” said Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Det. Robin Pinkard.

Click here to watch Lauren Pastrana’s report. 

Chopper4 over the scene spotted the tarp covered body lying in the fenced yard of a home on SW 123rd Avenue about a block south of SW 228th Street.

Neighbors told CBS4’s Gary Nelson that the boy was staying with his father, Javon Dade, Sr. in the home and the family had at least two dogs who they described as being very aggressive. They said when the family’s dogs were out in the yard they didn’t go near the fence.

“They always bark so we try to keep them away because they’re pit bulls,” neighbor Janet Howard said.

Miami-Dade Animal…………………continues on CBS Local
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Case Involving Killing of Dogs Sparks Outrage
Article from ABC News:

Nancy Frank could no longer care for her two Chihuahuas so she was glad to find a young man she thought would give them a good home.

Days later the dogs’ remains turned up at gruesome site in a Reno motel room where detectives found a decapitated dog and four dog heads in a small refrigerator — two belonging to Frank’s pets, according to court records.

Jason Brown, 24, was arrested July 9 and charged with six felony counts of torturing or maiming and killing an animal in the troubling case that has sparked public outrage.

Authorities said they were called to the motel in a busy area across the street from a shopping mall in suburban south Reno after a maid reported the discovery in a room Brown had been renting.

Officers also found two bloody kitchen knives, the scissors of a Swiss Army knife, two dog collars with rabies tags registered to Frank along with her dogs’ dishes, blankets and tennis balls she had given Brown to help make her pets happy.

On Wednesday, a half-dozen animal protection activists with signs demonstrated outside Reno Justice Court, where Brown’s status hearing had been scheduled but was continued to Oct. 16.

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Lab walks 30 miles to previous owner, who won’t take dog back

Lab walks 30 miles to previous owner, who won’t take dog back
Article from KCTV5 – KCTV Kansas City:
WICHITA, KS (KCTV) –

Lady has had a tough life in recent months, but a Florida heiress who loves animals is vowing to make the lab’s golden years truly happy.

The grizzled black lab made national headlines when she walked 30 miles to return home to owners who had given her up and refused to take her back.

As word spread on social media, heartbroken dog fans swamped the Chautauqua County Animal Shelter telephone line as they sought to adopt the older dog.

After learning of her plight, Wrigley Gum heiress Helen Rich Rosburg flew a private jet to Kansas on Thursday to whisk the dog to her Florida sanctuary for neglected animals.

The dog tale goes back to 2012. Lady, who has also been called Ma Kettle, saw her owner die in 2012. No one wanted the dog so she wound up at the shelter in Sedan, KS.

Shelter worker Kelsey Loyd told KWCH-TV Thursday that a family adopted Lady. She was living a good life, but was rough with the family’s puppy and didn’t get along well with little dogs.

So the family returned the dog to the shelter. Earlier this summer, a woman in Independence, KS, adopted Lady.

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Couple Whose Dogs Fatally Mauled Jogger Charged With Murder
Article from CBS Local:

LAPEER (WWJ/AP) – A couple whose two dogs fatally mauled a 46-year-old jogger on a rural Michigan road have been charged with murder.

Sebastiano Quagliata, 45, and Valbona Lucaj, 44, were arraigned Friday in Lapeer District Court on charges of second-degree murder and possessing a dangerous animal causing death.

Craig Sytsma, of Livonia, was out for a jog after work last Wednesday when he was attacked by two cane corso dogs in Metamora Township, about 45 miles northwest of Detroit. He later died from his wounds.

Authorities said was it the third attack by Quagliata and Lucaj’s dogs in the past two years. The couple was apparently breeding dogs at their property, officials said.

Bond was set at $ 500,000 each. They face live in prison if convicted.

Federal authorities say Quagliata and Lucaj are living in the U.S. illegally and were facing imminent deportation at the time of the attack, according to a report in the CBS Local
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