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Video: Colorado prison-trained dog turned autistic boy’s life around

Susy Tucker marks the time her autistic son, Zach, began hugging her again — after a lapse of four years — by the arrival of Clyde, a chocolate Labrador trained behind bars by a convicted killer.

Within three weeks of Clyde’s arrival at the Tuckers’ home in Colorado Springs, Zach went from petting his dog to wrapping his arms around his mother. It was a stunning moment, one of many to follow. The boy who once grimaced and whined at any skin-to-skin contact had learned the warmth of touching from a dog. Read More

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National Dog Show backs therapy program with broadcaster David Frei’s Angel on a Leash effort

You wouldn’t necessarily think of a television dog show as “interactive.”

But the National Dog Show Thursday on NBC, noon-2 p.m., will show you how, if you have a dog of your own, it could be.

Okay, you can’t drive Rover to the show and expect to come home later that afternoon with a blue ribbon.

But if you have the time and inclination, there’s a good chance Rover could do something even more valuable and rewarding: become a therapy dog.

Read more: National Dog Show backs therapy program with broadcaster David Frei's Angel on a Leash effort – NY Daily News.

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Michigan Officials Report Incurable Bacterial Disease In Dogs

LANSING WWJ/AP – State officials say they’ve had three investigations into a bacterial disease that affects dogs in Michigan during the past four months.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and State Veterinarian Dr. James Averill on Tuesday issued an update about Canine Brucellosis in dogs. They say the cases were investigated in Montcalm, Calhoun, and Mackinac counties.

“Antibiotics will not cure canine brucellosis. Once a dog is infected, the animal remains infected for life,” Averill said. ”While spaying and neutering infected dogs will reduce the risk of spreading canine brucellosis to humans or other dogs, the risk of spread is not completely eliminated.”

Read more: Michigan Officials Report Incurable Bacterial Disease In Dogs « CBS Detroit.

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B.C.-bound dog lost by Air Canada staff dies after being hit by a car

VANCOUVER _ An American woman who was attempting to relocate an Italian greyhound to a family in British Columbia, only to learn the dog was missing after it bolted from Air Canada employees at San Francisco’s airport, says she’s confirmed the animal died after apparently being hit by a car.

The case of Larry the greyhound caused a PR nightmare for Air Canada, first because of the nature of the missing cargo and then after a company official inadvertently sent a dismissive email about the subject to an American television station.

The dog ran away from its handlers at San Francisco International Airport on Oct. 7. Air Canada has said workers took the dog out of its crate during a flight delay, but the animal fled after either slipping out of its collar or breaking it.

Read more: B.C.-bound dog lost by Air Canada staff dies after being hit by a car.

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Video: Dog shelter sleuths seek to reunite dogs with their owners

Beth Smith walked by the dachshund once, then twice.

The dog was injured; it could barely move its hind legs. And its muzzle and face bore superficial cuts, as though it had tangled with a cactus or perhaps another dog.

Many of the strays brought into Maricopa County Animal Care and Control have such marks from their time on the street. But Smith, an animal-care technician at the shelter, was noticing other things, too.

The dachshund’s unusual coloring caught her eye; she knew the dappled look was prized among admirers of the breed. And there was something else. Despite the little dog’s obvious pain and bedraggled face, its eyes were bright.

This dog had a home, Smith knew. And she needed to find it. Read More

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F.D.A. Bids to Regulate Animal Food, Acting After Recall and Deaths

The Food and Drug Administration proposed rules on Friday that would govern the production of pet food and farm animal feed for the first time.

The regulation would help prevent food-borne illness in both animals and people, officials at the agency said, as people can become sick from handling contaminated animal food and from touching pets that have eaten it.

The proposal comes six years after the biggest pet food recall in history, when a Chinese producer contaminated dog and cat food with melamine, a compound used in plastics, causing the deaths of animals across the United States.

Read more: F.D.A. Bids to Regulate Animal Food, Acting After Recall and Deaths – NYTimes.com.

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Bad Dog

My dog, Chance, is old. White fur circles his eyes, coats his muzzle, sprouts between his toes. Although still alive, he looks like a ghost. He used to stand like a champion, his chest and muzzle forward, his hind legs back. Now he can hardly support himself when he sits, balancing precariously like a pile of kindling propped against itself.

Read more: Bad Dog – NYTimes.com.

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Dog culls for leishmaniasis: How many dog lives is one human life worth?

How much is a dog’s life worth? Less than a human life, obviously, but how much less? Would you kill 1,000 dogs to save one human? A million dogs? Perhaps you’re an absolutist, and you’d sacrifice every dog in the world to save one person. But what if you weren’t sure how many people you’d save? How many dogs would you euthanize for a 10 percent chance of saving one human?

This sounds like chatter at an exceptionally morbid cocktail party, but it’s not the slightest bit hypothetical. For the past 20 years, public health experts in parts of Asia, Africa, South America, and Europe have debated the ethics and efficacy of large-scale dog culling to prevent transmission of a deadly human disease.

Read more: Dog culls for leishmaniasis: How many dog lives is one human life worth? – Slate Magazine.

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Fake Service Dogs on the Rise

Seen a dog wearing a service vest sitting on its owner’s lap in a restaurant? Or barking the way a pet dog is wont to yip?

More dogs may be posing as service animals in order to gain access to cafes or schools or wherever their owners would like them to go. Canine Companions for Independence, a service dogs training program, is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to stop the online sale of fake service dog certification products.

Dog owners can buy “disguises” — vests, patches, papers — online for $65; there are no federal laws that require ID for service dogs, so businesses can’t ask owners to display proof that their dog is a service animal. The U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) gives people with disabilities the right to be accompanied by a trained service dog in privately-owned businesses.

Read more: Fake Service Dogs on the Rise : Discovery News.

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Getting dogs to give blood takes more than cookies

GAINESVILLE — Most dogs probably don’t like going to the doctor any more than most people do.

But Louie Clark, a 6-year-old mixed breed, was lapping it up recently at the University of Florida’s small animal hospital. He got belly rubs, treats and playtime like he was at the dog park instead of the hospital.

In exchange, all Louie had to do was sit patiently for about five minutes while technician Kim Koelbel drew blood from the jugular vein in his neck, gathering nearly a pint of blood — which is what a person typically donates.

Read more: Getting dogs to give blood takes more than cookies | Tallahassee Democrat | tallahassee.com.