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Quanto's Law
Canada institutes new penalties for killing a police dog or service animal.
Last year a Canadian police dog named Quanto was killed while trying to apprehend a suspect fleeing from police. As a result, Joseph Vukmanich, who stabbed the German Shepherd multiple times, was sentenced to 26 months in prison for animal cruelty, among other charges. In response to the tragedy, a new federal law called Quanto's Law was created to institute a maximum jail sentence of five years...
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Obesity at Crufts
Research finds that one in four dogs at the prestigious show are overweight.
Obesity is a growing epidemic in pets, a condition that can lead to a myriad of health problems. Often when I talk to people about their dogs, they simply don't know how to gauge ideal weight. Many people assume that show dogs are the healthiest and best representation of their breeds, but recent research found that one in four dogs competing in the prestigious Crufts is overweight. As the U.K.'...
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Party Puppies for Hire
Renting out dogs is a growing business.
Who wouldn't want a group of cute puppies at their next party? Apparently renting dogs for soirees has become a growing business in the last few years. The companies behind this new trend have reported bringing the furry entertainers to birthdays, office events, and even bachelorette parties. But is hiring dogs for parties sending the wrong message? One such company in Los Angeles, Calif., which...
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Fitness App Raises Money for Rescue
ResQWalk allows users to track their exercise while benefiting homeless pets.
When I started training for a half marathon last year, I used a fitness app to track my runs. It was encouraging to see the progress I made, increasing my mileage from one to ten miles over a few months. But what if I could keep tabs on my exercise and benefit rescue pets, with minimal additional effort on my part? Seems like a no brainer! ResQWalk, launched last year by Bailey Schroeder,...
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Advocating for Dogs Left in Cars
NFL player sits in a hot vehicle to raise awareness.
There's been a lot of news lately about dogs being left to suffer or die in hot cars. Recently Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu took a challenge to sit in a hot car in 90-degree weather to see how long he could handle it. As a dog lover, Tyrann wanted to participate in the test to raise awareness for not leaving pets in cars, no matter how quick the stop. In the video it's obvious...
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Portraits of Failed Shelter Pups
Florida artist is raising awareness for the thousands of rescue pets killed each day.
When Florida artist Mark Barone was looking to adopt a rescue pup, he learned just how overwhelming the situation is at animal shelters across the country. Inspired to raise awareness, he decided to take action through his art. Mark started painting portraits of pets who never made it out of the shelter system alive. He set a goal to paint 5,500 pieces to represent the approximate number of dogs...
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Bucket List for Dying Shelter Dog
Senior pup with cancer spends his last days loved and appreciated.
Senior dogs are hard enough to adopt out when they're healthy, so the Animal Ark Rescue in Georgia knew it would be no easy task to find someone to care for Chester, a 14-year old pup suffering from terminal cancer. The elderly dog had a huge tumor on his head and was rescued in April from a high kill shelter to live out his final days in peace. Fortunately Nicole Elliot happened to be browsing...
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Dog Rescued From Utah Mountain
Firefighters save a runaway pup scared from holiday fireworks.
The Fourth of July is considered the scariest holiday for dogs, as thousands of pets go missing each year due to noisy fireworks. This past weekend, a frightened puppy from Salt Lake City had quite the adventure, first running away to the mountains and then being rescued by firefighters. Rue, a one year old Vizsla, was spooked by fireworks on Saturday and bolted into the nearby mountains. The...
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Legalizing Pets in Our Final Resting Place
Mass. considers allowing pet burials in human cemeteries.
Cemeteries serve as a final resting place for families, so it's only natural that people would want that family to include their pets. However, it's not easy to include animals in traditional burial plans. Most states don't allow pets to be buried in human cemeteries and, a few years ago, New York temporarily banned the spreading of human ashes in pet cemeteries. It's apparently a controversial...
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World's Ugliest Dog Crowned
Is this annual contest a good or bad thing?
Last week a new dog was crowned the world's ugliest dog. This year the title went to Quasi Modo, a Pit Bull-Dutch Shepherd mix from Florida. Quasi Modo has multiple birth defects to her spine, which made her back abnormally short. However she is still able to run and play. Quasi Modo took the award from a pool of 27 other pups at the Sonoma-Marin Fair's annual contest in Petaluma, California....

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