Officer shoots dog near elementary school

Officer shoots dog near elementary school
Article from WJXT Jacksonville:
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –

A dog that had been roaming near Crystal Springs Elementary School on Friday was shot by a police officer at a home near the school, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Administrators at the Westside school on Hammond Boulevard called police about the dog, a pit bull, which had gotten loose from its home on Crystal Springs Road and was seen near the school bus stop.

The officers responding to the call found the dog and kept an eye on it while they waited for animal control to arrive. The dog walked down the sidewalk, and they followed it to its home.

When officers tried to approach the dog near the back fence, the dog turned and attempted to bite one officer’s hand.

“The officer took one step back, drew his service weapon, fired one round in a downward direction and apparently shot the dog in the upper jaw,” JSO Lt. Richard Elkins said. “The dog ceased the attack at that point in time (and) the officers withdrew.”

The owner of the dog is wondering why her dog had to be shot in the first place.

Susan Smith describes her pit bull as a big gray baby.

“He’s a big baby. A big baby. He thinks he’s about 5 pounds,” said Smith.

Brutus, 7, may not be small, but Smith said he’s never gotten out and never hurt anyone, whic…………………continues on WJXT Jacksonville
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A child and an adult who suffered dog-bite wounds were both taken to the hospital
Article from Sun Sentinel:

When a dog pounced on a boy and began biting him, the child’s relatives and a neighbor rushed to the boy’s aid, witnesses say.

They beat the dog with a skateboard, broom and belt — anything they could find — to stop the animal Saturday afternoon. Yet the canine was difficult to fend off. The attack sent the boy and an adult relative, both of whom suffered bite wounds, to the hospital.

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CHP Officer Rescues Tiny Dog From I-680

CHP Officer Rescues Tiny Dog From I-680
Article from NBC Bay Area:

CHP Contra Costa @320PIO Via Twitter

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.

The rescue picture showed the Chihuahua perched on a roadway median on I…………………continues on NBC Bay Area

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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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Arundel police officer kills family’s dog during search

Arundel police officer kills family’s dog during search
Article from Baltimore Sun:

Vern, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, was shot and killed after… (Family photo )

February 02, 2014|By Colin Campbell and Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun

An Anne Arundel County police officer shot and killed a family’s dog Saturday while investigating a burglary in Pasadena, officials said.

Police said the officer — a one-year veteran of the force who was not identified — was canvassing a neighborhood looking for witnesses around 4 p.m. Saturday. When the officer went to a home in 900 block of Lombardee…………………continues on Baltimore Sun

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Pair of Howard canines to compete in Westminster Dog Show
Article from Baltimore Sun:
Howard County’s Cynthia Horner and Stephanie Fleming will be taking their dogs Spice and Diego, respectively, to the Westminster Dog Show to compete its first-ever agility competition. (Jon Sham & Thomas Harrelson/Baltimore Sun Video)

In the den of Cynthia Hornor’s spacious Ellicott City home sits a tall trophy honoring her border collie, Spice, as the U.S. Dog Agility Association’s 2013 national grand prix champion. Down in the basement, most of a long wall is covered with hundreds of colorful ribbons that Spice and other of Hornor’s dogs have won over the past 15 years.

It’s an impressive collection, a testament to Hornor’s skill and dedication as a handler. And this weekend, Hornor is hoping to add what could be the crowning achievement of her years of training dogs: Finishing as top dog at the first-ever Masters Agility Championship at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show, in Baltimore Sun

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Fresno's Sun Maid Kennel Club show lets dogs strut their stuff
Emilee Haynes runs with Peachy, an Australian shepherd, on the second day of the two-day Sun Maid Kennel Club of Fresno's All-Breed Dog Show Sunday, February 2, 2014 in Fresno, Calif. This year's show which marked the 100th show on Saturday, had …
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