Authorities looking into dog burning mystery

Authorities looking into dog burning mystery
Article from WXIA-TV:

Authorities are investigating after two Rottweilers have been burned in less than three weeks. The dogs were taken to the Fayette County Animal Hospital, where they are being treated for severe injuries. 11Alive News

11Alive Staff, WXIA 8:50 p.m. EDT September 29, 2014

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Dog seriously injured after escape, mysteriously returns home
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EAST HAVE, Conn. (WTNH)– A five-year-old East Haven boy is happy to have his dog alive and home. The dog got loose and witnesses say they saw it running through the streets of East Haven over a mile away but couldn’t stop it. Hours later, the little boy’s mother claims the dog was somehow put back in the yard and was badly hurt.

There are many unanswered questions, but the one thing Christine Esposito knows is that there are some really good people out there, strangers who tried to save their dog Shadow.

Just days ago, this is what the vet told Christine. “They said to me that your dog has life threatening injuries at this time.”

But, the big question, “how exactly did this happen?”

Christine says, “my mother calls me to tell me the dog got out of the yard and escaped.”

That was around 2:00 Wednesday afternoon. Deanna Teto lives a mile away from Christine. She saw the dog running around. Like Christine’s mom, she called police.

Deanna says, “she wouldn’t come to me, she ran through the yards.”

So, Deanna got in her car with her friend and kept looking. “I said to him that dog is going to get hit by a car.”

Christine did the same for hours with no luck. She was panicked because she says other witnesses saw the dog running near the busy area of Route one and I-95 in East Haven. After a lot of tossing and turning, C…………………continues on WTNH
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Corgi Owners Rally Around Slain Dog in Washington

Corgi Owners Rally Around Slain Dog in Washington
Article from ABC News:

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Sep 20, 2014, 6:21 PM ET

Corgi owners around the nation are rallying around a slain Washington state dog, calling for the harshest penalty for the man charged with killing Molly, a Pembroke Welsh corgi.

A Facebook page called “Justice for Molly the Corgi” has garnered nearly 5,000 followers as of Saturday. The corgi owners are spearheading a letter-writing campaign to the Whatcom County prosecutors’ office, imploring them to seek the harshest penalty against David William Latham, 55.

“When writing letters, push for the harshest penalties for this case but BE RESPECTFUL,” one of the Facebook posts said.

One family from New Hampshire, whose dog just had a litter of pups, offered to drive across the country to deliver a new corgi puppy to the bereaved Bellingham family of Cary Chunyk and Loyce Andrews, The Bellingham Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1mrpxAJ).

Latham was charged Friday with first-degree animal cruelty and two misdemeanors: brandishing a weapon and second-degree criminal trespassing.

On Sept. 13, Latham was annoyed at a barking dog, so he armed himself with a rifle, walked ac…………………continues on ABC News

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Is Your Dog a Downer? Research Suggests Dogs Are Pessimistic, Optimistic
Article from Boston.com:

By Ellen O’Leary

Boston.com Staff

September 20, 2014 3:59 PM

Dogs are people, too. Or, to be more specific, their outlooks may be closer to ours than we realized. Recent research from the University of Sydney suggests that dogs, like humans, are inclined towards optimism or pessimism.

Dr. Melissa Starling of the Faculty of Veterinary Science published the findings of her Ph.D research on Wednesday. The study, which involved forty dogs that ranged in breed and age, sought to investigate the emotional states of man’s best friend.

The study’s methods are relatively straightforward. First, the dogs learned to associate one audible tone with receiving milk (the preferred reward) and the other, two octaves away, with receiving water. After the animals had grasped this, the researchers introduced tones in between the original two. Dogs were deemed optimistic if they responded to ambiguous tones often, whereas pessimistic dogs were unlikely to do so.

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Vets Work to Save Leg of Dog Hit by Stolen Van

Vets Work to Save Leg of Dog Hit by Stolen Van
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Veterinarians on Thursday worked to save the leg of a fluffy white dog named Gordo who was run down by a stolen van during a wild police chase that was captured live by television helicopters.

The 1- to 2-year-old Maltese mix suffered a deep cut to a rear leg and a smashed hip Wednesday night.

On Thursday night he went through two hours of surgery as vets removed part of his hip joint and repaired the damage.

“Gordo is doing wonderfully, he was a rock star under anesthesia,” said Annie Lo, one of the vets treating the dog. “We have to do a good, close neurologic exam on him tomorrow, just to make sure he’s still able to move those legs.”

Shannon Brown, spokeswoman at City of Angels Veterinary Specialty Center in Culver City said the vets “presented the owners with the options, which were to try to save the leg or amputate and they went for trying to save the leg.”

Losing part of his hip shouldn’t impair the little dog much and animals that undergo such procedures “are expected to be able to run, jump, play,” Brown said.

The chase, which lasted more than an hour, began after authorities tried to stop a white Chevrolet Astro van that had been repor…………………continues on ABC News
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Man Pleads Guilty in South L.A. Pursuit in Which Gordo the Dog Was Struck …
Article from KTLA:

A 21-year-old man who led authorities on a wild, hour-long pursuit on South Los Angeles surface streets earlier this week in which a dog named Gordo was hit has entered a guilty plea to charges in connection with the incident, the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

A van threw off sparks toward the end of a police pursuit in South Los Angeles on Sept. 17, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Yovani Rodriguez was convicted on felony charges that included “fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle while driving recklessly, and driving or taking a vehicle without consent,” a news release from the DA’s office stated.

He was also convicted on a misdemeanor charge of hit-and-run driving that resulted in “property damage,” according to the DA’s office.

Rodriguez was driving a stolen van and fleeing from authorities during the televised pursuit Wednesday night when Gordo was struck, prompting an outcry on social media that…………………continues on KTLA
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Suffolk DA hires dog to comfort people in distress

Suffolk DA hires dog to comfort people in distress
Article from Boston Globe:

In his first interview with Suffolk County investigators, the little boy was too traumatized to talk much. The fourth-grader was a victim of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of a family member, but he could not bring himself to tell his story.

Until he met Indy, a 2-year-old golden retriever and Labrador mix, specially trained to comfort people in emotional distress. Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley hired him last month, as the first “facility dog” to be placed in a Massachusetts district attorney’s office or any governmental agency in New England.

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“We introduced the young boy to Indy, and after getting to know each other for a little while they went into the interview room, and something remarkable happened there,” Conley said at a press conference Thursday. “The boy opened up more than he ever had before. There was something about Indy’s gentle, loving nature that helped this child speak.”

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Missing dog headed back home to Philadelphia after mysterious 3000 mile …
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP/WJLA) – Gidget is going back to Pennsylvania.

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A Jack Russell terrier that somehow ended up nearly 3,000 miles away in Oregon more than four months after she went missing from her home near Philadelphia will soon be flown back to the Keystone State.

A microchip implanted in Gidget allowed workers at an animal shelter south of Portland to find the dog’s owner. PetLink, the company that manufactured the microchip, will pay for her return flight, said Deborah Wood, manager of Animal Services for Washington County.

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Report: Bellingham man annoyed by barking dog shoots neighbor’s corgi in front …

Report: Bellingham man annoyed by barking dog shoots neighbor’s corgi in front …
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A file photo of a corgi from the 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Feb. 7, 2014. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

BELLINGHAM — A man annoyed by a barking dog shot his neighbor’s corgi at nearly point-blank range in front of the owner, The Bellingham Herald reported Monday.

Moreover, the corgi he killed hadn’t even been the dog barking, the Herald said.

The incident took place on Bellingham’s Undine Street during the weekend. Read the entire Bellingham Herald story here.

Police said a dog apparently had been barking for hours Saturday night before David William Latham, 55, allegedly grabbed a rifle and walked across the street to his neighbors’ backyard, where Loyce Andrews’ two corgies — Molly and Kirby — were enjoying the night outside in the fenced yard.

The dogs ran to the fence, police said, when Latham approached. He allegedly fired one round into 13-month-old Molly’s chest, turned around and slowly walked back to his home.

Loyce’s husband, Cary Chunyk, ran after him and shouted, ‘You just sho…………………continues on Q13 FOX
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Woman to Police: My Ex Killed My Dog and Served It to Me for Dinner
Article from People Magazine:

Ryan Eddy Watenpaugh

Courtesy Redding Police Department

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09/14/2014 AT 10:30 AM EDT

A northern California man is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend’s dog and then cooking it and serving it to her for dinner, police say.

Ryan Eddy Watenpaugh, 34, of Palo Cedra, California, has been charged with domestic violence, false imprisonment, stalking and animal cruelty, Redding, California, police said in a press release.

He denies killing or cooking the victim’s dog, police say.

The victim, whose name was not released, told police she and Watenpaugh argued on Aug. 4. She claimed he physically assaulted her so she fled out the back door of her Redding-area apartment and when she returned Watenpaugh and her Pomeranian, Bear, were gone.

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Boyfriend Allegedly Kills and Feeds Dog to Girlfriend

Boyfriend Allegedly Kills and Feeds Dog to Girlfriend
Article from Boston.com:

By Brian Burns

Boston.com Staff

September 13, 2014 5:17 PM

A California man allegedly prone to domestic violence is accused of killing his girlfriend’s dog and feeding her the remains.

The relationship between the unidentified girlfriend and the accused Ryan Eddy Watenpaugh was described by Redding police as “toxic.” The woman told police that after being physically abused during the first week of August by Watenpaugh, she fled her apartment and returned to find her pet Pomeranian, Bear, missing. The couple eventually reconciled during the first week of September when Watenpaugh served the woman a meal that included meat.

Police said Watenpaugh soon made it clear to the woman that the meat was Bear. CNN affiliate KCRC obtained the following text messages allegedly sent from Watenpaugh to the woman:

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“How’s your dog taste? I thought it was better with BBQ and those Hawaiian buns.”

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Evacuations Lifted For Dog Bar Fire; Containment At 30 Percent
Article from Capital Public Radio News:

Cal Fire Dog Bar Fire Incident updates

YubaNet.com Dog Bar Fire updates

Update: 11:30 p.m. – Fire Size Revised, Evacuation Center Closed

Yubanet.com is reporting that the size of Dog Bar Fire has been revised to 155 acres with 30 percent containment. 

The reduction in acreage is due to GPS mapping taking into account the slopes of the terrain and the many unburned acres around the homes successfully saved by firefighters. 

The evacuation center at Bear River High School has been closed.

 

Update: 11:15 p.m. – Evacuations Lifted

All evacuations have been lifted in the area of the Dog Bar Fire, according to Cal Fire. Traffic on Dog Bar Road and associated streets is limited to residents.

The fire is holding at 250 acres, and is 20 percent contained. Six structures have been lost, according to YubaNet.com. There are 200 personnel o…………………continues on Capital Public Radio News
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Tampa entrepreneur hopes to turn dog hair purses into a business

Tampa entrepreneur hopes to turn dog hair purses into a business
Article from Bay News 9:

A Tampa entrepreneur has made a few high-end purses out of dog hair and hopes to raise enough money to turn her passion into a business.

“It’s one of a kind,” said entrepreneur Doris Carvalho.

Carvalho created a page and video on the website Kickstarter, with a goal of raising $ 15,000 to start her business. That’s enough money to finish her first line of 30 purses and for marketing, Carvahlo said.

“I turn this groomed dog (hair) that would be garbage anywhere else in the world into these handbags,” she said on the video. “These handbags prove that high-end can be made eco-friendly from your pet for you.”

Carvalho said she sterilizes the dog hair before turning it into yarn. It takes about 50 hours to make one purse. The entrepreneur plans to sell her dog hair purses for $ 1,000, but hopes to bring that price down if she goes into mass production.

“I hope in the future I can make it cheaper and sell much cheaper for everyone,” Carvalho said.

Jaime Calderbank, the owner of One Lucky Dog in St. Petersburg, said the dog hair purses aren’t for everyon…………………continues on Bay News 9
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Electronic ‘shock’ collars might distress your dog
Article from Washington Post:

September 9

Some dog trainers and owners swear by electronic “shock” collars to bring bad habits to heel, despite the devices being banned in some countries. But are they really bad for your pooch? A new study says yes.

The study by researchers at the University of Lincoln in Britain, published in PLOS ONE, suggests that electronic collars, or e-collars, caused the dogs to get stressed.  They found dogs that were trained with e-collars spent significantly more time tense, yawned more often and engaged in less “environmental interaction” compared with other dogs.

“It seems that the routine use of e-collars even in accordance with best practice, as suggested by collar manufacturers, presents a risk to the well-being of pet dogs,”  lead author Jonathan Cooper said in a Washington Post
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