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Riverside County Considering Mandatory Fixing of Pit Bulls

Riverside County Considering Mandatory Fixing of Pit Bulls

iStockphoto(RUBIDOUX, Calif.) – The Riverside County board of Supervisors is considering making it mandatory for pit bull owners to spay or neuter their dogs in response to several recent pit bull attacks.
Pitt bulls are traditionally known as a …

WATCH: Dognition Test Helps You Better Connect with Man’s Best Friend

WATCH: Dognition Test Helps You Better Connect with Man’s Best Friend

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — We all think that our dogs are the smartest ones in the park. But how can you really tell?ABC News’ David Kerley decided to test his 10-year-old French spaniel Belle. Although he thinks she’s special, there is …

Government Study: Bomb-Sniffing Dog Program Bombs

Government Study: Bomb-Sniffing Dog Program Bombs

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Is the government wasting big bucks on dogs trained to keep explosives off planes?A new report by the Government Accountability Office says that many of these bomb-sniffing or “threat detection” dogs are failing th…

Rescued Boy Huddled with His Dogs for Warmth

Rescued Boy Huddled with His Dogs for Warmth

File Photo – iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SENECA, Mo.) — A frantic search for a missing six-year-old boy in Seneca, Mo., ended in relief when deputies discovered the boy huddled under a bush with his two dogs for warmth.As temperatures plunged into the low …

Dogs Put Smiles on Faces of Sandy Hook School Students

Dogs Put Smiles on Faces of Sandy Hook School Students

Goodshoot/Thinkstock(NEWTOWN, Conn.) — Some much-needed smiles were brought to the children of Newtown, Conn., by way of seven dogs especially trained to comfort survivors in the wake of a disaster.Seeing the dogs led to some of the town’s child…

Nose Cell Transplant Reverses Paralysis in Dogs

Nose Cell Transplant Reverses Paralysis in Dogs

FogStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – Thanks to a team of researchers, the secret to reversing paralysis in dogs lies not under their noses, but rather, in them.Scientists at the Welcome Trust-MRC Stem Cell Institute have concluded that by taking dogs …

Superstorm Sandy: Pets Displaced by Storm Get Help in California

Superstorm Sandy: Pets Displaced by Storm Get Help in California

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Sixty cats and dogs orphaned in Superstorm Sandy are getting a new home, three thousand miles away from the disaster zone in Southern California.Southwest Airlines and Seaworld teamed up to fly the animals to the Helen Woodward An…

Rescued Michael Vick Dogs Reunited Five Years Later

Rescued Michael Vick Dogs Reunited Five Years Later

Mark Rogers/www.markrogersphotography[dot]com(OAKLAND, Calif.) — They were battered and bruised but, ultimately, they were not broken.Seven dogs rescued from NFL quarterback Michel Vick’s Virginia property when he pleaded guilty to federal charg…

Yoga and Boot Camp Go to the Dogs

Yoga and Boot Camp Go to the Dogs

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Early in the morning, while most humans and their pets are still in bed, a few brave souls start the day with boot camp. They are not just pounding the pavement with two legs, however, but with many more — three or …

Dog Tumors May Give Clues for Humans with Breast Cancer

Dog Tumors May Give Clues for Humans with Breast Cancer

Courtesy 2 Million Dogs(NEW YORK) — Luke Robinson never liked dogs much until an ex-girlfriend offered him a puppy while he was living in San Antonio.  The Great Pyrenees he named Malcolm changed all that.”It was the first dog of my adult life,” …

Max the Dog Survives Sandy’s Wrath and Death of Owner

Max the Dog Survives Sandy’s Wrath and Death of Owner

Jessie Streich-Kest was walking her dog when a tree fell and killed Jessie on Oct. 29, 2012. (Courtesy NYCCommunities)(NEW YORK) — Max, a friendly pit-bull-pointer-shepherd mix, was saved by a good Samaritan Tuesday, after he was found trapped under a…

Bone Tired: Study Shows Yawning Dogs Empathizing with Owners

Bone Tired: Study Shows Yawning Dogs Empathizing with Owners

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(LUND, Sweden) — We’ve all heard that a dog’s bark can be worse than its bite, but what about its yawn?It turns out that aspect of canine behavior may provide evidence that dogs really are man’s best friend. …

Two-Legged Puppies Almost Unaffected by Disability

Two-Legged Puppies Almost Unaffected by Disability

ABC(FRISCO, Texas) — Moose and Maverick are typical rambunctious puppies. They like to play, bark and lick as much as the next dog. They’re thriving even though they both have only two legs.The puppies were abandoned in March, just hours after t…

Grandpa Wrestles Alligator to Save Dog

Grandpa Wrestles Alligator to Save Dog

File photo. iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ORLANDO, Fla.) — How far would you go to protect your pet? Would you fight off a hungry alligator? A Florida grandfather did just that to save his furry friend. Steve Gustafson, 66, was doing yard work on Tuesday wh…

VA Cuts Funding for Service Dogs for PTSD Veterans

VA Cuts Funding for Service Dogs for PTSD Veterans

Courtesy Lindsey Stanek(NEW YORK) — The Department of Veterans Affairs will no longer cover the cost of service dogs assigned to people with mental disabilities such as post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the Federal Register. The VA laid out…

Dog Survives Being Tied to Train Tracks, Two Die

Dog Survives Being Tied to Train Tracks, Two Die

Design Pics/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) — PETA has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a man who tied three dogs to Cleveland train tracks. Animal control officials were called to the tracks, which run through an industrial neig…

Pet Ownership Declines: Is the Economy to Blame?

Pet Ownership Declines: Is the Economy to Blame?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The number of American pet owners declined last year – and researchers believe the economy could be to blame.A new survey by the American Veterinary Medical Association shows the dog population declined by abou…

Woman Fights Infection From Dog Saliva

Woman Fights Infection From Dog Saliva

WSBTV(DECATUR, Ga.) — At 32 years old, nursing student Hannah Rinehart is hooked to a ventilator, her body healing after an amputation of her hands and feet. The Decatur, Ga., woman, who is also a three-time cancer survivor, is fighting a rare bacteri…

Why Is PETA Fighting Program Pairing Panhandlers with Dogs?

Why Is PETA Fighting Program Pairing Panhandlers with Dogs?

Goodshoot/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) — Animal rights organization PETA is fighting against the launch of San Francisco’s Wonderful Opportunities for Occupants and Fidos (WOOF) program, which will pay previously homeless people now living in spons…

Dogs, Cats May Help Kids Avoid Respiratory Illnesses

Dogs, Cats May Help Kids Avoid Respiratory Illnesses

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Having dogs or cats during infancy may actually protect children from respiratory illnesses during the first year of life, a new study published in the journal Pediatrics suggests.Finnish researchers followed 397 chi…

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