At the finish? Floridians deciding greyhound racing’s future

Sports 10/28/18, 05:37

Several times a day, eight muzzled greyhounds spring from boxes at Palm Beach Kennel Club's starting line and hurtle forward in a blurred mass.A couple of hundred bettors watch from air-conditioned stands built for thousands. Lean speed machines with names like Bull Gator and Open Throttle chase a mechanical lure ...

Great Falls woman boarding dogs of deployed Air Force medic

Asia & Pacific 10/20/18, 08:38

As Air Force medic Ashley Long deployed to an undisclosed location in Southeast Asia, she found in Great Falls a woman she calls her hero.That woman is Teresa Appelwick, a Wendt Agency staffer and mom who signed up to foster Long's two large dogs, Wayway and Ciri.As the dogs' welcome-home ...

Dozens of rescued beagles begin finding new homes

U.S. 10/19/18, 09:32

Dozens of beagles rescued from a home in rural Pennsylvania are finding new owners and new homes. The Lehigh County Humane Society started accepting adoption applications Thursday after receiving thousands of inquiries. The dogs were rescued this month from a home outside Allentown where a woman had been breeding them without a ...

65 rescued beagles should be ready for adoption soon

U.S. 10/15/18, 12:08

The tale of 65 beagles rescued from a hoarding situation in Pennsylvania led to an outpouring of donations for an overwhelmed shelter housing the dogs. Mary Shafer, the Lehigh County Humane Society's executive director, says they've run out of room to store any more food, but monetary donations are still needed. She ...

Hungary: Ban on living in public areas taking effect

Europe 10/14/18, 15:26

A constitutional amendment that prohibits people from living in public areas takes effect Monday in Hungary, but Ferenc Ribeny's biggest concern is the fate of his dog.The revision empowers police to issue warnings to anyone seen living rough. Penalties for homeless people who receive four warnings within 90 days include ...

PETA alleges mistreatment at California canine blood bank

California 10/12/18, 02:14

The animal rights group PETA alleges dogs at one of the nation's largest canine blood banks are mistreated, but the non-profit that runs the Southern California facility says the retired racing greyhounds are well-cared for and save other dogs' lives.People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent complaints this week ...

Teen faces adult charges in killing of police K-9 named Fang

U.S. 10/11/18, 23:16

Florida authorities say a teenager is facing adult charges in an armed carjacking that killed a police dog named Fang. The Florida Times-Union reports the State Attorney's Office filed upgraded charges Thursday against the 17-year-old boy. The charges include killing a police dog, possession of a firearm, aggravated fleeing, armed robbery ...

Blind Missouri man safe thanks to sharp-nosed dog

U.S. 10/08/18, 14:36

A missing blind man is safe, thanks to the nose of a 3-year-old black lab mix who sniffed him out.Ruby was part of a weekend search team looking for the man in Hillsboro, Missouri, 40 miles southwest of St. Louis. The man, who has epilepsy in addition to blindness, was ...

Therapy dogs can spread superbugs to kids, hospital finds

Health 10/05/18, 13:38

Therapy dogs can bring more than joy and comfort to hospitalized kids. They can also bring stubborn germs.Doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore were suspicious that the dogs might pose an infection risk to patients with weakened immune systems. So they conducted some tests when Pippi, Poppy, Badger and ...

Judge: Police dog attack didn’t violate woman’s rights

U.S. 10/03/18, 14:11

A "horrendous" police dog attack that severely wounded a pregnant Indianapolis woman did not violate her constitutional rights because she wasn't the dog's intended target, a federal judge has ruled.U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt found last week that while Mara Mancini suffered "horrendous injuries" in the July 2015 ...

Teen charged in killing of police K9 named Fang

U.S. 10/02/18, 04:37

Florida authorities say a teenager has been charged in the armed carjacking that killed a police dog named Fang.News outlets quote the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office as saying a 17-year-old boy is charged with shooting Fang and armed kidnapping. Sheriff's Office Lt. Craig Waldrup said Monday that the boy has admitted ...

Oregon Environmental groups oppose use of cyanide capsules

Enviroment 10/01/18, 20:27

Nearly 100 environmental groups are calling for a ban in Oregon on the use of cyanide capsules to control predators like coyotes, foxes and wild dogs that can attack and eat livestock animals, a newspaper reported.The groups sent a letter this month to state and federal agencies calling the M-44 ...

Police: Florida man on balcony shoots puppy named Princess

U.S. 09/30/18, 10:55

Police say a Florida man on a balcony shot and killed a dog with a pellet rifle.The puppy named Princess was being walked by its owner Saturday night near the Davie apartment building.According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel , an off-duty police officer driving toward the building saw a ...

California divorce courts go to dogs as pets gain status

California 09/28/18, 19:43

California courts could be going to the dogs — and maybe cats, too — under a new law granting judges authority to settle disagreements over who keeps the family pet in divorce cases the same way they handle child-custody disputes.Until now, Fido and Kitty have been considered family property, a ...

New York state makes it illegal to lease dogs and cats

New York 09/24/18, 14:42

New York state will soon make it illegal to finance the purchase of dogs, cats or other companion animals through lease-to-own schemes.Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed legislation taking effect in 90 days that will ban the practice of using a pet as security for financing agreements with pet ...

African wild dogs make comeback at Mozambican wildlife park

Enviroment 09/24/18, 06:09

The African wild dogs are back.There are just 14 of them, far fewer than those that roamed Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park before the nearly two-decade civil war that started in the 1970s. As up to a million people lost their lives to violence and famine, much of the park's wildlife ...

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