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She Has 800 Dogs— and They All Have Names

Lya Battle keeps hundreds of strays on her Costa Rica farm, with its own dark history

(Newser) - Outside Magazine calls Lya Battle the "lady of strays," and for good reason: Visit her farm in the Central Valley of Costa Rica and you'll be surrounded by hundreds of dogs. Bob Shacochis travels to the Central American nation to dive deeper into the story and... More »

Dog Falls Through Ice, Cop Jumps in After Him

It's not the first water rescue for Vancouver police officer Peter Colenutt

(Newser) - A hearty Vancouver police officer is being hailed as a hero for plunging into a freezing lake to save a dog, the CBC reports. (Police retweeted images here .) The pooch became trapped after he chased a ball onto Lost Lagoon on Friday afternoon and plunged through thin ice. By... More »

Don't Let Your Pets Near This Skin Cream

Fluorouracil killed 5 dogs who ate it: FDA

(Newser) - A skin cream used to prevent and treat skin cancer should be kept far away from pets after five dogs ate some and died, FDA officials warn. In one case, two dogs simply punctured a tube of fluorouracil—which kills fast-growing cells, including cancer cells, and is sold as Carac,... More »

Justin Bieber Ditches His Surgery-Needing Puppy

Now his backup dancer is raising medical funds for the dog

(Newser) - It's possible there are two sick puppies in this story about Justin Bieber pawning off his dog of less than six months onto one of his backup dancers. Page Six reports the pop star got a puppy named Todd last summer and fawned all over it on Instagram. But... More »

Guy Punches Cougar to Save His Dogs

Danger lurks near Tim Hortons coffee shop in Canada

(Newser) - Sometimes dogs save humans, sometimes humans save dogs. The latter was the case in Canada last week when a man punched a cougar that had a death grip on his 80-pound husky's neck, reports Reuters . Will Gibb, a 31-year-old technician from Red Deer, had pulled up to a Tim... More »

No, Your Dogs Aren't Your Children: Judge

Comparing custody of pets to butter knives, court rules dogs have no 'familial rights'

(Newser) - You can coo at Sparky all you like and even dress him up as one of Santa's elves. But when it comes to the law, says a judge in Canada, Sparky is a dog, not your child. That ruling came as part of a pet "custody" battle in... More »

Study Finds Dogs Remember Their Owners' Actions

Evidence of 'episodic-like memory' in man's best friend

(Newser) - As researcher Claudia Fugazza tells NPR , "most dog owners at least suspected" their furry friends remember the times they've shared together. Now a study published Tuesday in Current Biology offers some scientific evidence to back that feeling up. Fugazza and her team used a training method she developed... More »

Video of Polar Bear Petting Dog Goes Viral. Now the Bad News

A bear on Canadian landowner's property ate one of his chained-up sled dogs

(Newser) - A video of a polar bear petting a sled dog that went viral seemed heartwarming, but a new development casts the interaction in a different light. The Dodo has updated its initial post on the incident, which took place near Churchill in Manitoba. The video was shot on property belonging... More »

Dog Makes Miracle Recovery After 27 Days Stuck in Well

'I don't think many dogs would have survived this'

(Newser) - After 27 days starving and injured at the bottom of a well and another three weeks in the hospital, a 7-year-old Labrador retriever finally went home. When Bruno disappeared, his owners, John and Cindy Billesberger, searched their little corner of Canada for weeks, CBC reports. On Oct. 14, the Billesbergers'... More »

Officials Believe Dog Died in House Fire Protecting Toddler

The Washington boy's body was found with his dog and teddy bear at his side

(Newser) - A Washington toddler who died in a house fire was found with his dog and teddy bear next to him, and authorities believe the dog tried to protect the boy, the AP reports. The dog, a terrier mixed breed, also died in the fire that broke out at about 11:... More »

3.5K Dogs Clog Streets of Madrid

Thankfully, 'Perroton' is for a cause

(Newser) - About 3,500 dogs of all breeds and sizes ran through the streets of Spain's capital with their owners in the fifth edition of the "Perroton," or Dogathon, a yearly event that seeks to raise awareness about animal cruelty and encourage dog adoptions, reports the AP . US... More »

Man Saves Dog From Grisly Elevator Death at Last Second

'I just did what you are supposed to do'

(Newser) - A dog named Boo Boo owes its life to a quick-acting hotel manager in South Carolina, reports Today . Boo Boo was on a leash when its owner got onto an elevator at the Roadway Inn in Greenville, but the elevator's doors closed with Boo Boo still in the hallway.... More »

Family Dog Put Down Over Outdated Microchip

Animal Control couldn't get in contact with family

(Newser) - A Florida family is warning pet owners to keep their animals' microchip information up to date after their failure to do so meant their beloved beagle was put down. Kristi Durham says her husband called three shelters and posted to a Facebook page for lost pets when their dog Lefty... More »

Dogs Will Ignore Your Lousy Suggestions

As opposed to actual humans, who blindly follow

(Newser) - Dogs might be better than humans at ignoring bad advice, suggests a new study out of Yale. In the experiment, researchers trained dogs to get a treat out of a box by moving a lever and then lifting the lid. Then they left the dogs on their own, and a... More »

Russians Secretly Domesticated Foxes in Just 50 Years

No one thought it could be done with this most-untamable creature

(Newser) - For more than 50 years, scientists have been gathering foxes from the Russian wilderness and breeding them, picking the most human-friendly to mate to domesticate the supposedly untamable animals, much as dogs once were, Phys.org reports. And it looks like the project the BBC says was started by Dmitry... More »

Cops: Intruder Painted Woman's Puppy Purple

'Cruel low-life animal abuser' accused of crime spree

(Newser) - Massachusetts man Felix Reagan is accused of crimes including auto theft, breaking and entering, and assaulting a police officer—but he probably wouldn't be in the news if he hadn't also allegedly painted a puppy purple. Police in Oak Bluffs say they arrested Reagan Saturday afternoon after a... More »

Dog Waiting for Owner Outside Hospital Is Very Good Dog

Maya is holding a solitary vigil in Spain

(Newser) - The Telegraph has the story of a very good dog in Spain who is waiting patiently outside a hospital while her owner recovers from emergency appendix surgery inside. As of Friday, Maya the 2-year-old Akita Inu had been sitting outside the hospital's doors for six days. Her owner's... More »

Doling Out Fake Praise? Your Dog Knows

They consider words, tone when processing language: study

(Newser) - Score one for the "dogs are better than cats" camp: New research suggests dogs truly understand their owners—not just the words they speak, but also their tone of speaking. Researchers at Hungary's Eotvos Lorand University measured the brain activity of 13 pet dogs as a trainer repeated... More »

Researchers Under Fire for Study That Left 6 Beagles Dead

Beagle Freedom Project says study was pointless by its very design

(Newser) - The study was published online in April, but the fallout is hitting now: University of Missouri-Columbia researchers are trying to identify "painless or non-invasive treatments for corneal injuries," and devised a pilot study using six beagles to that end. The researchers wanted to study the effects of topical... More »

Runner Searches for Dog That Followed Him Across Desert

She ran 80 miles to stay with him; he searched for her in a city of 3 million

(Newser) - The dog ran 80 miles across a Chinese desert for him, so it seems only fitting that ultramarathon runner Dion Leonard would ignore the odds and comb a city of 3 million people for the missing pup. Earlier this year, Leonard was running a six-day marathon through the Gobi desert... More »

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