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Wold Smallest Dog Is A Chihuahua – Guinness

September 13, 2013

Female Chihuahua who is the smallest dog living, Miracle Milly.

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, by Guinness World Records, shows Miracle Milly, a brown female Chihuahua who is the smallest dog living, in terms of height, measuring 3.8 inches (9.65 centimeters) tall when measured from backbone to paw, on Feb. 21, 2013. Milly is owned by Vanesa Semler who lives in Dorado, Puerto Rico. AP Photo/Guinness World Records 2014 Edition

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Puerto Rico can now boast it is home to the world’s smallest dog — at least when it comes to height.

The brown Chihuahua named Miracle Milly is shorter than a soup can, standing at 3.8 inches (9.65 centimeters) tall when measured from backbone to paw, Guinness World Records announced Thursday.

She is nearly 2 years old, weighs roughly 1 pound (half a kilogram) and is known for often sticking out her tiny tongue when someone takes her picture.

“She knows how to pose,” owner Vanesa Semler told The Associated Press.

Miracle Milly dethroned Boo Boo, a long-haired Chihuahua from Kentucky that stands 4 inches (10.16 centimeters) tall.

Guinness also has a second category for world’s smallest dog when measured by length. That title is held by Heaven Sent Brandy, a Chihuahua in Largo, Florida, that measures 6 inches (15.24 centimeters) long.

When she was born, Miracle Milly weighed less than an ounce and fit in a teaspoon, Semler said.

Her mouth was too tiny to nurse from her mother, so Semler gave her milk every two hours through an eyedropper.

She slept in a doll’s crib next to Semler’s bed, growing stronger as the months passed.

The Chihuahua now sleeps in a baby’s crib and will eat nothing but food cooked by humans.

“She really likes salmon and chicken,” Semler said, noting that she eats four times a day.

Miracle Milly is close to her two sisters, both which are of normal size, but she prefers the company of people.

“She does not understand that she is a dog,” Semler said. “She thinks she’s a kid.”

She doesn’t bark and likes playing with the plants in Semler’s backyard. If there are birds to chase, even better.

If she’s playing inside, she gravitates toward Paco, a yellow Chihuahua plush toy twice her size. The stuffed animal is among dozens lining her crib.

“We give her a new toy almost every week,” Semler said. “She likes to cuddle with them.”

Miracle Milly is one of 10 Chihuahuas that Semler owns, and is easily the most popular.

“People are amazed when they see her because she is so small,” Semler said. “And she has a big personality. People love her.”

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A Novel Locus Identified for Glaucoma in Dandie Dinmont Terrier Dog Breed

Glaucoma in Dandie Dinmont Terrier Dog Breed

August 30, 2013:

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Dog Breed

Professor Hannes Lohi’s research group at the University of Helsinki and Folkhälsan Research Center, Finland, has identified a novel locus for glaucoma in Dandie Dinmont Terrier. The locus on canine chromosome 8 includes a 9.5 Mb region that is associated with glaucoma. The canine locus shares synteny to human chromosome 14, which has been previously associated with different types of human glaucomas. However, the actual glaucoma causing mutation in Dandies remains unknown.

The study was published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE on August 14, 2013

Glaucoma is one the most common blindness causing disease both in human and in dog. Glaucoma in an optic neuropathy, which destroys the retinal ganglion cells and damages the optic nerve causing irreversible blindness. Possible elevation of the intraocular pressure may cause considerable pain. In humans glaucoma is broadly classified into three types, open-angle, closed-angle and congenital glaucoma. Several loci have been mapped in humans, but only a few causative genes are known and the genetic basis remains poorly understood. In dogs several different glaucoma types are diagnosed, but only one causative gene, ADAMTS10, is known to cause open-angle glaucoma in the Beagle and in other breeds the genetic background of glaucoma is still unknown.

Collaboration between researchers benefit the glaucoma study

The glaucoma research in Dandie Dinmont Terriers has started in the United States by Doctor Gary Johnson at the University of Missouri. In the University of Helsinki samples from affected and healthy dogs have been collected since 2007. The researcher decided to collaborate to collect samples from all around the world. “Because Dandie Dinmont Terrier is globally a small breed, collecting enough samples was quite challenging,” says the research leader, Professor Hannes Lohi.

Glaucoma is quite common disease in Dandie Dinmont Terrier resembling human closed-angle glaucoma. The affected dogs have very narrow or collapsed iridocorneal angles leading to obstruction of the normal outflow of the aqueous humor. This causes elevation of the intraocular pressure (IOP). Elevated IOP can be treated, but usually the most effective treatment is to remove the affected eye. Glaucoma is usually bilateral so both eyes may be removed. The average age of onset is about 7 years. As the disease is diagnosed in older dogs the affected dogs may have been used for breeding before the disease onset.

Abnormal iridocorneal angles are commonly diagnosed in the breed and many dogs are affected with pectinate ligament dysplasia (PLD). Pectinate ligament form the internal boundary of the canine iridocorneal angle. In the normal canine eye the pectinate ligament is presented as pillar of tissue, which provides support for the iris to the posterior cornea. As part of the research, 18 healthy Finnish Dandies were clinically studied by a veterinary ophthalmologist Elina Pietilä. “Based on the clinical study and ophthalmological reports collected from the affected dogs, PLD causes an elevated risk for glaucoma. 72.3 % of the clinically studied dogs had PLD, but no glaucoma was diagnosed. PLD does not always lead to glaucoma development but also other eg. genetic factors have an effect on glaucoma development,” informs MSc Saija Ahonen. “It is possible that some of the studied dogs will develop glaucoma later in life, so clinically studied dogs will be followed,” continues Ahonen.

The glaucoma locus was identified using genome wide association analysis

To identify the glaucoma causing gene a pedigree was constructed around the affected dogs and a genome wide association analysis was performed with 23 cases and 23 controls. A locus on canine chromosome 8 was identified including 21 genes.

“The locus identification was a huge breakthrough in the project. In addition, the same chromosome has been associated with glaucoma in humans, so we can be fairly sure that we have mapped the glaucoma associated region,” informs Professor Hannes Lohi. “The actual causative mutation has not been identified. Based on the results the genetic background of glaucoma may be complex meaning that multiple genes of mutation in the regulatory regions may affect glaucoma development,” adds Professor Lohi.

Even though we know the where the associated region is, we cannot develop a gene test for the breed, which would be very helpful for the breeders. The locus identification gives us a lot of new information and we can now concentrate more detailed to the specific region,” comment MSc Saija Ahonen.

This study is dedicated to Celia Danks, a devoted Dandie breeder and supporter, who sadly passed away 2011.

The research group led by Professor Lohi is based at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and the Faculty of Medicine in the University of Helsinki and at the Folkhälsan Research Center. Professor Lohi’s research has been supported by the University of Helsinki, the Academy of Finland, the Sigrid Juselius Foundation, Biocentrum Helsinki, the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation, and Folkhälsan.

The glaucoma research was supported by the Finnish Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club, Dandie Dinmont Trust, UK, The Kennel Club Charitable Trust, UK, Stichting Dandie Dinmont Trust, Dandie Dinmont Terrier Breed Council, Caledonian Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club and Dansk Terrier Club.

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Bugaboo, Dog’s Emotional Return to Navy Lieutenant VIDEO:

August 29, 2013:

Bugaboo’s Emotional Welcome for Master

Dogs are considered man’s best friend, and one dog seemed to prove that overwhelmingly in a heartfelt, emotional reaction to seeing her owner when he returned from a six-month overseas deployment with the U.S. Navy.

The video posted to YouTube shows Lt. Gary Daugherty coming up the stairs inside his home, calling out, “Where’s Buggy? Where’s my puppy?”

The puppy – well, the dog, a black Labrador/blue heeler mix whose full name is Bugaboo – came rushing to greet him.

Weighing in at 72 pounds, the dog launches herself at Daugherty, standing up on her hind legs and putting her front paws on his shoulders. She licks his face and yips repeatedly.

As Daugherty moves to a chair, she maintains contact, following and climbing up onto his lap.

For more than two minutes, the dog whines, barks, yips and emits anxious-sounding yowls while Daugherty cradles her and talks to her. “I know!” he said, as if in reply to her effusive vocalizations. “Did you miss me?” “Daddy was gone a long time.”

At one point, Bugaboo throws her head back and howls, wagging her tail fiercely the entire time.

In an interview with ABC News on Tuesday evening, Daugherty said he and his dog had a special bond but that she’d never reacted this way before.

“She was just going crazy, and I was just like, ‘Oh, my baby.’ I was talking to her just a little bit,” he said. “She didn’t leave my side the rest of the night.”

His wife, Sarah, recorded the reunion. Daugherty, 30, said it was his first deployment with the Navy, and he wanted to surprise his pet upon his return.

He never expected the moment to elicit such a strong reaction online. Since he posted the video to YouTube on June 11, shortly after the emotional reunion, it’s been viewed more than 4 million times.

Some viewers wrote that the video had moved them to tears.

One YouTube user wrote two days ago that the video showed “possibly THE best puppy/human reunion I’ve ever seen! What a great start that is to my day! Thank you for sharing, and I pray for another happy reunion … God bless!!”

Another user wrote: “What a beautiful animal. And for the record. This old man cried. Then I watched it again, and I cried again. What a bond they have.”

Daugherty is gratified that that most of the comments were positive. Although some commenters brought up “stuff about war,” Daugherty said the video had nothing to do with war or politics.

“I always want me and Buggy to be used by God to bring joy to people, because my dog — anybody that has ever met my dog, people that don’t like dogs like my dog,” he said.

Daugherty is scheduled to be deployed again soon and says he’d be happy to post another video showing the next reunion with Bugaboo.

“You know, that there were so many people touched by the video means a lot,” he said.

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Heartless Burglars Steal TV, Laptop And Family Dog VIDEO:

August 29, 2013:

“To actually take a family pet. It’s like having a part of the family taken from you,”

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VINELAND, N.J. – “She is like my child. She’s been with me for years.”

Frank Torres is angry and heartbroken, to say the least, after burglars broke into his Vineland home on Wednesday and stole his big screen TV, laptop and his best friend, his female bull terrier “Katie.”

“You could have taken a million dollars from me, it doesn’t matter. The dog means a lot to me; it’s my best friend. It’s my son’s best friend,”

Torres arrived home Wednesday right after work and headed straight to the bedroom where his dog Katie usually sleeps on his side of the bed. He panicked when he didn’t see the dog and began searching the house. It turns out that not only was the dog gone, but so was her bed and dog bowl.

“To actually take a family pet. It’s like having a part of the family taken from you,” Torres said. “It’s like having your child abducted.”

Nicoletta Torres says the thieves also stole the couple’s 55-inch flat screen TV and a laptop they normally leave right on the couch.

“I can’t even imagine the type of person that this thought would even cross their mind,” said Nicoletta Torres.

Vineland Police say there were no signs of forced entry and the Torres’ admit  they may have left a door unlocked because they have a dog and live in a quiet neighborhood.

Police dusted for fingerprints on a gate and the front door. They are still investigating.

“Just return her safely or, if you’re afraid to get in trouble, drop her off at a local shelter,” Nicoletta said.

“We really just want the dog back. We really don’t care about anything else. Nothing else is important to us,” Torres emphasized.

Vineland police report that there have been some burglaries in the area in recent months.

The Torres family says they adopted Katie from the nearby SPCA shelter in Vineland four years ago.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of the dog or the burglars, the Torres family asks that you call the Vineland Police. (856) 691-4111

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Dogs ‘warn diabetics’ after smelling low blood sugar

August 21, 2013:

Dogs and Diabetes

“Dogs could be trained to warn diabetic patients when their blood sugar levels are about to become low,” The Daily Telegraph reports.

The story comes from a study of 17 people with diabetes who had been given a dog trained to sniff out and alert them when their blood sugar (glucose) levels were too low (hypoglycaemia).

Hypoglycemia is potentially serious and if left untreated could result in coma.

During interviews the owners reported the dogs had improved their lives and helped with their diabetes. Blood test results confirmed the perception that the dogs could detect glucose levels outside of a desired range in many cases, and that having a dog made the owner more likely to remain in a desired range.

These were encouraging results but they were based on a very small sample of people and were not always consistent. So, the results should be interpreted with some caution.

Another practical consideration is that the supply of ‘diabetes-sniffing’ dogs is limited. The UK charity that trains the dogs used in the study – Medical Detection Dogs – has a waiting list of three years for dogs.Dogs 'warn diabetics'

If you are living with diabetes and are concerned that your symptoms are poorly controlled there are alternative options, such as going on a diabetes course, which helps you better understand and manage your condition.

Where did the story come from?

The study was carried out by researchers from the University of Bristol and the University of Dundee in collaboration with a charity called Medical Detection Dogs based in Milton Keynes. It was funded by The Company of Animals – a pet accessories company. The funders had no role in the study design.

The study was published in the peer-reviewed Public Library of Science (PLoS) One – a science journal. The journal is open access so the study is free to read or download.

The media reporting of the study was generally accurate.

What kind of research was this?

This was an observational study. The researchers wanted to test whether specially trained dogs were effective at alerting their owners, who had diabetes, when their blood sugar levels fell outside a normal range.

Diabetes is a condition where the body cannot control its blood sugar levels adequately. Too much glucose in the blood (hyperglycemia) or too little (hypoglycemia) can cause a range of medical complications in the short and long term.

This research aimed to focus on the dog’s ability to detect hypoglycemia which is a relatively common state that in more extreme cases can cause unconsciousness, coma and even death.

Consequently, some people with diabetes report significant fear of hypoglycemia and change their lifestyles to minimize the risk.

Early detection systems may be able to provide reassurance that the risk will be caught early and enable the person to live more independently with fewer worries.

Previous research, the study authors report, suggests pet dogs can spontaneously exhibit certain behaviours when their owner’s blood glucose levels decrease, such as barking, nuzzling, licking, biting or jumping up and staring at their owner. The theory is that they can use their acute sense of smell to sniff out the blood glucose changes through changes in the owner’s sweat or breath. This study aimed to test whether these preliminary reports were accurate.the daily dog news Canada health

What did the research involve?

The research involved interviewing 17 people with diabetes (16 had type I, one had type II) about their experiences of glucose management before and after getting the dog trained in detecting glucose levels.

Researchers visited the people’s homes to perform a structured interview with thirty four questions collecting information on:

clients’ experiences with diabetes
opinions of the value of their dog
the frequency with which they recalled hypoglycemia-related events prior to, and after acquiring the dog

Researchers read 10 statements to each client designed to assess the impact of the dog on their life and they were asked to rate (on a five point scale) the extent to which they agreed with each. (For example “I am more independent since I obtained my dog”).

A second phase of the study involved letting the researchers have access to past blood tests given to the dog charity before they received their detection dogs. This covered blood tests approximately one month before they got their detection dog. Participants were also asked to record their dog’s alerting behaviour to see what they did when they detected a problem.

The main analysis looked to see if the dog’s alert behaviour corresponded to the periods when blood test results showed hypoglycemia, and whether the owners reported better controlled glucose levels after they were given the detection dog.

What were the basic results?

There was a wide range of participants aged from five to 66 years old who had lived with their detection dogs for anywhere from four months to seven years. Not all 17 participants completed all aspects of the interviews or blood test monitoring, and so responses are not always out of 17.

Main results from the interviews

When asked to recall the occurrence of hypoglycemia, currently and before having a trained dog, all participants reported a reduction in either frequency of low blood sugar, unconscious episodes or paramedic call outs, six clients believed all three had been reduced.

The majority of clients “totally agreed” that they were more independent post-dog (12/16), whilst two “somewhat agreed” and two clients were “neutral”.

Almost all the clients (15), trusted their dog to alert them when their blood sugars were low and 13 also trusted them to alert when blood sugars were high (six totally, seven somewhat).

Main results from the blood tests

Overall there was statistically significant change after dog acquisition. In eight out of nine cases, there was a shift (an improvement) in the distribution of glucose levels relative to the client’s target range following the placement of their dog. In all cases, except one, there was an increase in the percentage of samples within target range post-dog, but the pattern of change differed between clients.

Blood tests from 8 out of 10 owners (who gave information) indicated the odds of the dogs giving an alert when the blood glucose levels were outside of a target range (that is too high or too low) were statistically significantly different from those taken at random.

That is, the dogs were better than chance at detecting glucose levels outside of the target range.

There was not much information to base the estimate of the accuracy of the dogs on, and it varied a lot. It should also be noted that one of the dogs was alerting its owner at random.

When they measured HbA1C, a commonly used biological indicator of longer-term blood glucose regulation, they found it showed a small but non-statistically significant reduction following dog placement.

How did the researchers interpret the results?

The researchers summed up that the “acquisition of a trained alert dog was greatly valued by the majority of this self-selected sample of medical alert-dog users. They believed their dog to reliably alert to changes in blood sugar and hence described increased independence since obtaining the dog. The population, overall, reported reduced unconscious episodes and paramedic call outs, which if accurate, is of great importance since not only does it represent increased health and safety to the client, but also potentially significant reduced costs in health care”.the daily dog news Canada health


This small study on trained blood glucose detection dogs suggests they are highly valued by their owners. The dog’s impact on maintaining blood glucose within a desired range appeared generally positive. However, it was less clear how beneficial this was at improving longer term diabetes control and reducing risk of disease complications. Particularly given that an important measure of longer term glucose regulation (HbA1C) showed no significant improvement.

The study was also quite small and not all of the 17 participants had usable information to analyse. Hence, its results may not be totally reliable and need to be confirmed by studies with more participants.

Another limitation was the interview data which may have been subject to recall bias.

Participants were asked to recall unconscious episodes and paramedic call outs related to blood glucose control before and after the introduction of the dog, which for some people was more than five years in the past. They may not have recalled this information accurately and may have been more inclined to remember more bad episodes before they had the dog because they liked having the dog and perceived it to be beneficial.

Using objective accounts of emergency call outs of hospital visits would have been a more accurate way of assessing benefit.

However, this would still not have been perfect, as people may have had good periods and bad periods of regulating their blood glucose levels (from changes in insulin regimes, doctors, stress, maturation etc.) that may have coincided with the detection dog’s arrival, rather than being caused by it.

The results clearly showed that the majority of the dog owners valued their dog, which is perhaps not surprising as there was presumably some process of applying to get the dog which required some desire to have one in the first place (selection bias).

However, it was less clear exactly how effective the dogs were at detecting wayward glucose levels.

The results, based on only a handful of participants, seemed to suggest there was a beneficial effect overall and for most participants, but it varied from dog to dog so the results may not be wholly reliable.

Furthermore, there was no beneficial effect on the longer term measure of blood glucose regulation (HbA1c) after the owner received the dog. So the study provides no evidence that the dog may improve longer term diabetes control and reduce risk of disease complications, despite the perceived benefit from the owners.

It could be the case that the majority of participants who reported a greater sense of independence were benefiting from the psychological effect of owning a dog (a sense of companionship, security and so on) rather than long-term improvements in their physical symptoms.

A final point is that the current supply for trained dogs cannot meet demand. The UK charity that trains some of the dogs used in the study, Medical Detection Dogs, estimates that there is a three year waiting list for trained dogs.

If you are concerned that your diabetes may be poorly controlled ask your diabetes nurse of GP for advice. There may be a number of lifestyle changes, and in some cases treatments, that could help you. Read more about Living with diabetes.

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Dogs used as ‘early warning system’ for diabetics. The Daily Telegraph, August 20 2013

How a dog can save your life: Pets trained to detect diabetes in amazing study. Daily Express, August 20 2013

Dogs able to sniff out diabetic crises. The Times, August 21 2013

Rooney NJ, Morant S, Guest C. Investigation into the Value of Trained Glycaemia Alert Dogs to Clients with Type I Diabetes. PLoS One. Published online August 7 2013

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Abandoned Dogs Roam The Streets Of Bankrupt Detroit VIDEO:

August 21, 2013:

50,000 Stray Dogs Roam The Streets Of Motor City

Thousands of stray dogs roam the streets and vacant homes of bankrupt Detroit, menacing humans who remain and overwhelming the city’s ability to find them homes – or peaceful deaths.

As poverty roils the Motor City, many dogs have been left to fend for themselves, abandoned by owners who are financially stressed or unaware of proper care. Strays have killed pets, bitten mail carriers and clogged the animal shelter, where more than 70 percent are euthanized. Up to 50,000 of them roam the city, said Harry Ward, head of animal control.the daily dog news canada pet it

“With these large open expanses with vacant homes, it’s as if you designed a situation that causes dog problems,” Ward said.

Up to 20 dogs have been found making dens in boarded-up homes in the community of about 700,000 that once pulsed with 1.8 million people. One officer in the Police Department’s skeletal animal-control unit recalled a pack splashing in a basement that flooded when thieves ripped out water pipes.

“The dogs were having a pool party,” said Lapez Moore, 30. “We went in and fished them out.”

The number of strays signals a humanitarian crisis, said Amanda Arrington of the Humane Society of the United States. She heads a program that donated $50,000 each to organizations in Detroit and nine other U.S cities to get pets vaccinated, fed, spayed and neutered.

When she visited in October, “it was almost post-apocalyptic, where there are no businesses, nothing except people in houses and dogs running around,” Arrington said.

“The suffering of animals goes hand in hand with the suffering of people,” she said. Pet owners move leave behind their dogs, hoping neighbors will care for them, she said. Those dogs take to the streets and reproduce.

Compounding that are the estimated 70,000 vacant buildings that provide shelter for dogs, or where some are chained without care to ward off thieves, Ward said.

Most strays are pets that roam, often in packs that form around a female in heat, Ward said. Few are true feral dogs that have had no human contact.

Ward said Detroit’s three shelters, his and two nonprofits, take in 15,000 animals a year, including strays and pets that are seized or given up by owners.the daily dog news canada pet it

They are among the victims of a historic financial and political collapse. Detroit, a former auto manufacturing powerhouse, declared the largest U.S. municipal bankruptcy on July 18 after years of decline. The city has more than $18 billion in long-term debt and had piled up an operating deficit of close to $400 million. Falling revenue forced cutbacks in police, fire-fighting – and dog control.

With an annual budget of $1.6 million, Ward has four officers to cover the 139-square-mile (360-square-kilometer) city seven days a week, 11 fewer than when he took command in 2008. He has one dog-bite investigator, down from three.

“We are really suffering from fatigue, short-staffed” and work too much overtime, he said in an interview.

The officers, who wear bulletproof vests to protect themselves from irate owners, are bringing in about half the number of animals that crews did in 2008, Ward said.

In July, the pound stopped accepting more animals for a month because the city hadn’t paid a service that hauls away euthanized animals for cremation at a cost of about $20,000 a year. The freezers were packed with carcasses, and pens were full of live animals until the bill was paid.

Pit bulls and breeds mixed with them dominate Detroit’s stray population because of widespread dog fighting, said Ward. Males are aggressive in mating, so they proliferate, he added.

One type of fighting pit bull has become known as far as Los Angeles as the “Highland Park red,” named after a city within Detroit’s borders, Ward said.

Their prevalence was clear as Ward and officers Moore and Malachi Jackson answered calls Aug. 19. On a block where vacant houses and lots outnumbered occupied ones, they found four dogs in an abandoned house – a male and three females, including a pregnant pit bull with a prized blue-gray coat.

Ward said it appeared the dogs were fed by someone who used the house to hide stolen items.

Aggressive dogs force the U.S. Postal Service to temporarily halt mail delivery in some neighborhoods, said Ed Moore, a Detroit-area spokesman. He said there were 25 reports of mail carriers bitten by dogs in Detroit from October through July. Though most are by pets at homes, strays have also attacked, Moore said.

“It’s been a persistent problem,” he said.

Mail carrier Catherine Guzik told of using pepper spray on swarms of tiny, ferocious dogs in a southwest Detroit neighborhood.

“It’s like Chihuahuaville,” Guzik said as she walked her route.

At two nearby homes, one pet dog was killed recently and another injured by two stray pit bulls that jumped fences into yards, said neighbor Debora Mattie, 49.the daily dog news Canada Pet it

Last year, there were 903 dog bites in Detroit, according to Ward, adding that most go unreported to police. He said 90 percent are by dogs whose owners are known.

Many de facto strays are called pets by owners who let them wander, said Kristen Huston, who leads the Detroit office of All About Animals Rescue, a nonprofit that obtained the Humane Society’s $50,000 grant last year to feed, vaccinate and sterilize pets. Some dogs run away from their neighborhoods and threaten people, she said.

“Technically, it’s illegal to let a dog roam, but with the city being bankrupt, who’s going to do anything about it?” Huston said.

Huston said she walks through some of the poorest neighborhoods to talk to pet owners about how to care for their animals, sometimes giving them bags of food or even a free doghouse.

Ward said more needs to be done to educate pet owners. He said his crews are too few, but help keep dogs in check.

Four months ago, a woman sitting on her porch on the east side was attacked by two strays that tore off her scalp, Ward said.

“We got those dogs,” he said. “It’s a big difference to that lady that those dogs were gone that day.”

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Cat And Dog Left Unfed For Weeks

August 20, 2013:

Scottish SPCA Is Appealing For Help

Animal rescuers are caring for a cat and dog left unfed in an empty flat for at least two weeks.

The emaciated pets were discovered in a property in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire.

Scottish SPCA is appealing for help to trace the animals’ owner.

The Jack Russell-terrier cross-breed was found severely dehydrated and weighing less than half his ideal weight. The dog remains critically ill.

The long-haired black cat, also underweight, is now in Scottish SPCA’s care.

They were found in an empty flat in Beechwood Drive last Thursday after a report that the tenant had not been seen for two weeks.

Inspector Elaine Lindsay said: “The dog and cat had been left inside the living room and they had no food or water available. The living room door had been jammed shut so they had no access to the other rooms.

“No one has seen the tenant in around two weeks and, unfortunately, our investigation has not yet led us to them. This is a serious case of neglect and we are very keen to find the person responsible for causing these animals such suffering.

“We would urge anyone with information to call our animal helpline to help us identify who this dog and cat belonged to.”

Information can be reported to Scottish SPCA on 03000 999 999.

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Obamas Adopt Portuguese Water dog, Name Her Sunny VIDEO:

August 20, 2013:

Sunny, The White House Newest Member

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The White House says the Obamas have added a second dog to the first family. Her name is Sunny, and she’s a Portuguese Water Dog – the same breed as the Obamas’ other dog, Bo. The White House says that breed works well for the Obamas because of family allergies.

Sunny was born a year ago in June in Michigan and arrived at the White House Monday.

She’s expected to join Bo for evening walks and the occasional Oval Office huddle with the president.

The White House says the Obamas will donate in Sunny’s honor to the Washington Humane Society.

The Obamas adopted their first White House dog in April 2009, fulfilling a campaign promise to daughters Sasha and Malia.

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Stray dogs in Chile gets love and attention VIDEO:

August 15, 2013:

Not every dog has a home

Stray dogs or “free-ranging urban dogs” are incredibly common across the globe and — despite the general affinity for canines — they’re are often ignored.

Inspired by the thousands who live and roam the streets of Santiago, Chile, two college students with a soft spot for pups created an uplifting and adorable project called “Estoy Aqui”– which is Spanish for “I am here,” seeking to bring some affection and attention to the dogs that are often ignored.

Caro Pinda and Felipe Carrasco Guzmán wrote out cute sayings and instructions on balloons with black marker and headed to the train station with a video camera.

The balloons held sentiments such as “Scratch Me”, “Hug Me”, “Don’t Leave Me” and “Play With Me.”

They then tied the balloons to the dogs and let them continue to roam free.

The video shows people immediately taking to the creatures, and heeding the messages printed on their balloons.

There are more than 200 million stray dogs worldwide, according to estimates by the World Health Organization, and certain countries have a bigger street dog issue than others.

In Kiev, Ukrainan dog hunters are shooting or poisoning thousands of the city’s some 18,000 homeless animals, most of which are stray dogs.

A report in the Guardian says the city does not have the means to open enough shelters, and the dog hunters say they are getting rid of the “pests” for the sake of public health.

In Raipur City, Indithe daily dog news Canadaa stray dogs are considered a menace because of the high prevalence of attacks and rabbies.

But many street dogs are rather docile creatures that have had to learn to navigate traffic in order to survive in crowded urban settings.

In Romania the street smart canines are being touted as good examples of citizenry in a traffic police safety campaign.

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