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Healthy Dog Euthanized, Buried With Owner

Shelter workers tried to save Shih Tzu

(Newser) - Evidence of people having beloved pets killed and buried with them has been found in ancient civilizations—and also in present-day Virginia. Despite the objections of workers at an animal shelter in Chesterfield, the executor of a woman's estate had Emma, her healthy Shih Tzu mix, euthanized, cremated, and... More »

Doggie Kegstand Gets Frat Suspended

SPCA investigating video posted Saturday to Snapchat

(Newser) - A man holds a dog upside down as another shoots beer from a keg into its mouth. "Let's go!" voices shout as laughter erupts. Yet there were plenty who weren't amused by the 5-second Snapchat video filmed Saturday at an off-campus fraternity of Long Island's... More »

He Took Care of a Man's Dogs. Then, Tragedy

Ryan Hazel was only 14

(Newser) - Ryan Hazel had been taking care of these dogs for roughly a year—but on Thursday they turned on him. The Massachusetts 14-year-old lost his life when four dogs he was tending apparently attacked him in an open yard, CBS Boston reports. "This was clearly a terrible tragedy for... More »

She Saved a Stray. Then, What Norway Hasn't Seen in 200 Years

Birgitte Kallestad died of rabies 2 months after she played with pup in the Philippines

(Newser) - What should have been a feel-good story has since turned tragic. The BBC reports on the turn of events that started in the Philippines in February, where 24-year-old Birgitte Kallestad was on vacation with friends. Per a statement given to the Daily Mail, via the New York Post , Kallestad and... More »

Left to Die by Side of Road, Dog Has Happy Homecoming

Cedar went missing in Florida 2 years ago, was found abandoned in Colorado

(Newser) - Cedar is home again, much bigger and on the mend. The German shepherd disappeared two years ago from the backyard of her home in Southwest Ranches, Fla., when she was just 4 months old, reports WSVN . The Peterson family heard nothing about Cedar until this month, when a deputy across... More »

She Thought Her Dog Died in a Fire. 2 Days Later: 'We Got Him!'

Rebel hid under a desk in Kayla Blake's apartment; he suffered just a burn on his nose

(Newser) - Kayla Blake thought she'd lost Rebel forever. Per WHSV , the fifth-year psych major at James Madison University got a call Thursday morning informing her that her apartment building in Harrisonburg, Va., was on fire. She says she became "hysterical," as Rebel, the dog she'd adopted three... More »

There's a Bridge Where Dogs Keep Leaping to Their Deaths

They've apparently been leaping off Scotland's Overtoun Bridge for decades

(Newser) - As far as nicknames go, it's an unfortunate one: Dumbarton, Scotland's Overtoun Bridge is known as the "dog suicide bridge," and it's a nickname earned under grim circumstances. The New York Times visits the bridge, which since 1895 has stood 50 feet above a gorge... More »

Show Dog That Escaped at Airport Found

Atlanta airport staged a search for Gale

(Newser) - After a frantic search, a prize-winning show dog that disappeared from the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport just before it was to fly home to Amsterdam has been found. Gale, a pure-bred American Staffordshire Terrier, had been checked in by her handlers and put in a crate for the trip... More »

3 Barking Dogs at NJ Mansion Cause a Ruckus

Neighbors keep complaining, so Saddle River might define 'excessive barking'

(Newser) - What constitutes excessive barking? A wealthy New Jersey suburb may soon be able to tell you. Saddle River, one of many municipalities to ban excessive noise by dogs, will soon vote on whether to define what that means: A proposed ordinance would forbid continuous barking or yelping over 20 minutes... More »

Watchdog: USDA Carried Out 'Cannibal Cat' Experiments

Lawmakers want experiments—including dog remains being fed to cats—to end

(Newser) - Government scientists have fed dog remains to cats, injected cat remains into mice, and conducted other experiments on animals that one member of Congress says "need to end now." The White Coat Waste Project, a nonprofit watchdog, drew the information from USDA publications for a report it plans... More »

Thousands Trying to Save Dog That Bit Off Boy's Hand

Child stuck his arm under fence, husky may have thought it was a game of tug of war

(Newser) - More than 85,000 people have so far signed a petition to save Polar and Bear—two huskies that are now quarantined in Utah, one of which might be put down after he bit a child's hand off over the weekend. Layton Fire Battalion Chief Jason Cook says that... More »

80K People Beg School Not to Kill 4 Dogs

A Swedish university says it had little choice

(Newser) - Half a dozen labradors lost several teeth and then their lives as part of a controversial lab experiment in Sweden—and animal rights activists are howling, the Local reports. "These dogs could have been able to live their lives," says Malin Gustafsson of the Animal Rights Alliance. "... More »

Another White Woman Calls the Cops on a Black Man

Massachusetts woman takes exception to his humping dog

(Newser) - "Have you heard of BBQ Becky? Because this is the newest one." That's how a black man characterized a white woman in a Massachusetts dog park who asked him to leave and then called police because his dog repeatedly tried humping her dog, the New York Post... More »

Some Call This Debt Solution 'Pragmatic.' Others, Cruel

Edda the pug was put up for sale on eBay after family couldn't pay its bills

(Newser) - A family of five in Germany that fell on hard times had one prized possession: their 1-year-old purebred pug, Edda. But after not being able to pay their bills, including an almost $90 annual dog tax levied by the city of Ahlen, a debt collector came up with what a... More »

Bite From 'Emotional Support' Pit Bull Brings $1.1M Suit

Girl left with permanent scarring after 2017 encounter at airport

(Newser) - A mom wants $1.1 million from Alaska Airlines and the owner of a pit bull that bit her 5-year-old's face at Portland International Airport in 2017. It was part of a spike in incidents involving emotional support animals, as reported by various airlines. Alaska Airlines was among those... More »

His Dog Shot Him. Now, Consequences From the Court

For him and his firearms license, not the dog

(Newser) - A German court has ruled that a dog owner isn't fit to carry a firearms license after his dog shot him with a rifle. The Munich administrative court dismissed the man's appeal against an earlier decision by Bavarian authorities to withdraw his license to own a rifle, as... More »

NWS Issues 'Small Dog Warning' Over Wind

Luckily, all pooches seem to have survived Ohio's windy weather

(Newser) - Just how windy has it been in Ohio this week? The National Weather Service in Cleveland issued an "unofficial 'Small Dog Warning' Wind Advisory" because of 50mph gusts, reports People . "Hold on tight to your small dog so it doesn't fly away," the NWS advised.... More »

Pet Owners Will Love Tesla's New Features

'Dog,' 'Sentry' modes unveiled Wednesday

(Newser) - Now that it's achieved farting cars , Tesla is ready to show off new features that are more functional than funny—including one catered to pet owners. " Dog Mode ," revealed in a Wednesday software update, ensures a vehicle's air conditioning stays running after the driver exits, and... More »

Familiar Breed Is America's New Top Dog

Wire fox terrier wins at Westminster

(Newser) - Wire fox terriers are still King at Westminster. A wire fox from Brazil who has won big in Europe became America's top dog Tuesday night, beating out a crowd-pleasing longhaired dachshund and a popular Sussex spaniel. There were some boos—along with modest cheers—at Madison Square Garden when... More »

Trump Bucked Tradition on Dogs. Now He Explains Why

'I don't have any time' and it would look 'a little phony'

(Newser) - During his rally in El Paso on Monday night, President Trump detoured into an unlikely tangent: Why doesn't he have a dog? As the Washington Post notes, every president over the last century has had one, and it was seen nearly as a political necessity until Trump got elected.... More »

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