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Stoned Man Calls Cops on Dog That 'Shot' Him in Butt

The tale of the phantom gunshot

(Newser) - We suppose many different kinds of injuries inflicted upon one's fleshy backside can feel like a gunshot—especially if that someone is stoned out of his mind and possibly suffering from pot-induced paranoia. That's apparently what happened to a man Thursday in Groesbeck, Texas, who called the cops... More »

'Miraculous' Find Saves Dog Moments Before Being Put Down

Tick paralysis is super rare; Ollie had it

(Newser) - Ten-year-old Ollie was literally moments from death when his life was saved by an attentive veterinary student and a quick-thinking vet, Good Morning America reports. The sheltie had gone camping with his owner in Oregon last month only to become lethargic upon returning home. According to Fox News , Ollie couldn'... More »

Depp: Australia's Deputy PM Looks 'Inbred With a Tomato'

The dogfight isn't over

(Newser) - Australia's deputy prime minister says he's gotten into Johnny Depp's head like fictional serial killer Hannibal Lecter after the Hollywood actor quipped that the ruddy-faced lawmaker appeared to be "inbred with a tomato." The exchange spanning half the globe is the latest in a war... More »

Puppy Treated for Drug Addiction Tested Positive for Heroin, Meth

'This strikes me as pretty horrible'

(Newser) - A puppy who was found to be under the influence of meth and heroin had to undergo drug addiction treatment, CNN reports. California police served an arrest warrant on 40-year-old Joshua West at a motel in March. Inside the motel, they found drugs, used needles, and a terrier mix named... More »

Dog Rescued After Living on Freeway Median for 5 Weeks

Freeway Frida is one impressive German shepherd

(Newser) - Against all odds, the story of a dog stuck on the median of a California freeway for weeks got a happy ending last weekend. BuzzFeed reports someone called the Galt Police Department April 10 after seeing a German shepherd fall off the back of a pickup truck on Highway 99... More »

Cat Burglars Flip the Script, Boost Dogs in Hawaii

From a Humane Society shelter

(Newser) - "Don't label me" may have been what cat burglars who stole six dogs from a Humane Society animal shelter in Hawaii over the weekend were thinking during their transgression. Cops say the thieves ran off from the Kaui shelter with three mixed-breed pit bulls, two Airedale terriers, and... More »

Johnny Depp Pokes Fun at His Dog Apology

Even Tim Burton jumped into the joke

(Newser) - Actor Johnny Depp has mocked his video apology over the international dog-smuggling scandal that ensued after he and his wife illegally brought their Yorkshire terriers into Australia, the AP reports. Depp and his wife, actor Amber Heard, avoided jail time in the so-called "war on terrier" incident with their... More »

These Genes Make Your Dog Look Fat

Your dog might have good reason to be chubby, at least for Labs

(Newser) - Labs are among the most popular dogs in the country, and they're also prone to packing on too many pounds. A new study suggests a scientific reason that helps explain both: a genetic mutation. Researchers at Cambridge found that about 25% of Labs have a gene variant that makes... More »

Teacher Gets Felony Charge for Lying About Puppy

Bizarre case has her students at a loss

(Newser) - In a bizarre turn of events, an Illinois community college adjunct professor who claimed to have found a puppy inside a pillowcase along the highway is now being charged with a felony, the Chicago Tribune reports. Earlier this month, 38-year-old Hope Sanchez brought the 3-week-old puppy to show her psychology... More »

Science: Your Dog Hates Being Hugged

Sorry, dog lovers

(Newser) - Thanks to that old wet blanket known as science, we now have compelling evidence that your dog hates it when you hug him. Dr. Stanley Coren, a professor of psychology specializing in canine behavior, says dogs nearly always show signs of stress or anxiety when being embraced, the San Francisco ... More »

Sheepdog Hates New Job, Treks 240 Miles Back Home

Family members scratching their heads as to how Pero made the journey

(Newser) - A sheepdog sent away by its Welsh owners to work on a farm in Cumbria didn't like his new assignment and ended up back at his original home—after apparently making the 240-mile trek back on his own, the Guardian reports. Pero made a run for it on April... More »

Campaign On to Save Dog Who Ate Owner

Buster fed on corpse, and a judge ordered the dog euthanized

(Newser) - The fate of Buster, aka Butch, is in limbo following a grisly story in Britain. A judge this month ruled that the Staffordshire bull terrier should be euthanized after police found that it had been eating its dead owner in Waterloo, reports the Liverpool Echo . An inquiry turned up no... More »

Alleged Smuggler Caught With 20 Puppies in Crate

The dogs will be put up for adoption

(Newser) - Authorities say a smuggling suspect was arrested after 23 dogs—including 20 puppies packed in a nearly airless crate—were seized from an SUV at the US-Mexico border. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the driver told officials at the San Ysidro border crossing on Saturday that he had picked up... More »

Enjoy This Chihuahua Police Chase

The dog is fine

(Newser) - A Chihuahua, the San Francisco Bay Bridge, and the California Highway Patrol: It all adds up to one of the more entertaining police chases in a while. As the Los Angeles Times reports, one officer in a car and another on a motorcycle managed to catch the runaway dog on... More »

Dogs May Be Our Best Defense Against Suicide Bombings

(Newser) - Even in an era of high-tech crime-fighting, the best line of defense against a Brussels-style attack on airports and subways has four legs and a tail. The AP reports that dogs, with their exquisitely sensitive noses, have been trained in recent years to pick up the scent of explosives on... More »

Diller, von Furstenberg Clone Their Dog (Twice)

Billionaire and his wife now have 2 puppy clones

(Newser) - Barry Diller loves his dog, Shannon, so much that he and wife Diane von Furstenberg cloned her—twice. The IAC chairman and the fashion designer likely paid as much as $100,000 for the cloning, Page Six reports, and a rep for Diller confirms they now have two new puppy... More »

Dog Lost at Sea Turns Up Weeks Later

Luna's just fine

(Newser) - An enterprising dog is being reunited with her owner five weeks after she was presumed lost at sea. Luna's tale begins on Feb. 10, when the 18-month-old German shepherd somehow went over the side of owner Nick Hayworth's fishing boat as he was pulling in lobster traps, reports... More »

Snowmobiler Rams Iditarod Teams, Kills Dog, Injures Others

'Someone tried to kill me'

(Newser) - One dog is dead and at least six more are injured after a snowmobiler purposely rammed into two sled-dog teams competing in the Iditarod early Saturday in Alaska, according to Alaska State Troopers . The AP reports the attacks happened near the village of Nulato on the Yukon River. The snowmobile... More »

Dog Behind the Wheel When Semi Crashes

The truck hit a parked car and a tree in Minnesota

(Newser) - One Minnesota dog has apparently learned a new trick: how to drive a semi-truck, the AP reports. Customers at a gas station in Mankato saw a golden Labrador retriever appear to drive the semi across a road on Friday. Police say the idling truck apparently was put into gear, then... More »

Alaska Has to Bring in Snow for Iditarod

7 rail cars filled with the white stuff due into Anchorage before dog-sled race

(Newser) - Seven rail cars are scheduled to pull into Alaska on Thursday, and they'll be packed with a precious commodity one wouldn't think Anchorage would need: snow for the famous Iditarod dog-sled race that begins Saturday, the Alaska Dispatch News reports. "It's no secret that warm temperatures... More »

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