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German Study Finds Dogs Can Sniff Out COVID

Deutsche Welle reports: Researchers in Germany have found that army sniffer dogs can discern between samples from coronavirus-infected and healthy patients. So high is the level of accuracy, they hope this can be used in real-life scenarios. Scientists at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover have found that trained sniffer dogs could be used to detect COVID-19 in human samples …

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NC Dog Is First Known COVID Case In Canines

Raleigh’s NBC News affiliate reports: A Chapel Hill family’s dog has tested positive for coronavirus. The family was involved in a study at Duke in which the mother, father and son tested positive for COVID-19. During this study, the family had their pets tested and found out their pug, Winston, had coronavirus. Dr. Chris Woods, the principal investigator of the …

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Shelter Celebrates: We’re Out Of Dogs For First Time

Some good news amid the incessant chaos: Volunteers at the Friends of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control erupted in joyful celebration over a completely empty kennel. The milestone happened at the West Palm Beach, Florida, shelter’s stray housing and adoption overflow kennel, where all of the dogs were happily adopted. Many shelters have been reporting an increase in …

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China Reclassifies Dogs As Pets Rather Than Livestock

Reuters reports: China has drawn up new guidelines to reclassify dogs as pets rather than livestock, the agriculture ministry said, part of a response to the coronavirus outbreak that the Humane Society called a potential “game changer” in animal welfare. Though dog meat remains a delicacy in many regions, the Ministry of Agriculture said in a notice published on Wednesday …

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NYC’s Animal Shelters Are Out Of Dogs And Cats

Bloomberg News reports: Of all the shortages created by the coronavirus pandemic — the toilet paper and the hand sanitizer and the bottled water — the oddest of them all has to be dogs. Oh, and cats too. That’s right, in the New York city area, the epicenter of the disease, there is suddenly a run on pets. At least …

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Standard Poodle Wins Westminster Dog Show [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: Siba, a black standard poodle with a meticulously groomed coat and a taste for chicken, won best in show at the 144th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday night, defeating a final group of contenders that included a wildly popular golden retriever and two repeat best in show contestants. Siba is the fifth standard …

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ISRAEL: City’s Rabbis Declare That All Dogs Are Bad And Anyone Who Owns One Will Become “Accursed”

The Times Of Israel reports: More than a dozen rabbis from the city of Elad near Tel Aviv issued an edict declaring all dogs bad and warning residents that keeping them will make them accursed. The edict, dated June 14, contains the signatures of all the Sephardic rabbis in Elad, a city of about 46,000 residents where most of the …

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Animal Rights Activists Object After Healthy Pet Dog Is Euthanized For Burial With Owner Per Her Will [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: A healthy dog was put to death in Virginia at the behest of its owner, who made the request in her will. The owner of Emma, a Shih Tzu mix, died March 8. Her dog was held at the Chesterfield Animal Shelter before it was picked up March 22 and then euthanized. Heartbroken animal shelter officials said …

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Woman Busted In Viral Puppies Dumping Case [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: A woman has been arrested for allegedly throwing a bag containing seven newborn puppies into a Southern California dumpster. Riverside County Animal Services arrested 54-year-old Deborah Culwell on Monday at her Coachella home, reports CBS Los Angeles. Surveillance video showed a woman get out of a car and drop a bag containing the pups into a dumpster …

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USDA Ends Decades Of “Cannibal” Experiments On Cats

NBC News reports: Government scientists announced Tuesday that they’re pulling the plug on a research program that’s resulted in the deaths of thousands of cats. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Services lab had been infecting cats with toxoplasmosis and then euthanizing them since 1982 as part of its effort to combat the foodborne illness. The USDA’s announcement comes …

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Wire Fox Terrier Wins Westminster Dog Show [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: When King, a wire fox terrier, won best in show honors at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday night, it was not a crowd-pleasing announcement. Boos and grumbles filled Madison Square Garden when the judge handed King the coveted pewter cup. The victory for King, the No. 1-ranked terrier last year, was …

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Britain Bans Pet Shops From Selling Puppies And Kittens

The Guardian reports: The government is to ban unethical puppy and kitten farms in England, pledging to end the trade of unscrupulous breeders who keep animals in filthy and cramped conditions and force some to be pregnant many times over. The regulation will mean anyone wanting to buy or home a puppy or kitten will have to deal directly with …

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Petco Bans Pet Food With Artificial Ingredients

Forbes reports: Today Petco announces it will stop selling pet food and treats containing artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. After May 2019 customers will no longer find brands containing such ingredients on their shelves. More than 40 artificial ingredients are on its banned list. The private San Diego-based company is rated #100 in Forbes’ America’s Largest Private Company list with …

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US House Votes To Outlaw Eating Cats And Dogs

Was this really a big problem anywhere? CBS News reports: The government shuts down at the end of the month, and Democrats and Republicans seem unable to make a deal to keep it open. They are, however, united in trying to stop people from eating pets. The House passed a bill Wednesday by voice vote banning the slaughter, transportation, sale …

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United Bans Dozens Of Dog Breeds From Cargo Hold

The Los Angeles Times reports: In response to the controversial death of a dog on a United Airlines flight in March, the carrier is overhauling its pet travel policy, including banning the transport of dozens of breeds of dogs and cats in the cargo compartment. Passengers can still bring small pets, including many of the breeds banned in cargo, into …

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Queen Elizabeth’s Last Corgi Dies At Age 14 [VIDEO]

The Telegraph reports: The Queen has reportedly been hit “extremely hard” by the loss of her corgi Willow who died on Sunday – ending Her Majesty’s close association with the breed dating back eight decades. The dog, which was 14th generation and descended from the Queen’s first dog Susan, was suffering from a cancer-related illness. It is understood The Queen …

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VIRAL VIDEO: Dog Interrupts Austrian Orchestra

Billboard Magazine reports: Orchestral performances are often considered the most high-art of music events, but things did get a little ruff at a recent Vienna Chamber Orchestra concert in Ephesus, Turkey, when a wandering dog came onstage during a performance of Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony No. 4. In a new video, a very slow-moving, sandy-colored Labrador finds himself onstage, garnering a …

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NEW YORK CITY: MTA Says Dogs Must Fit In A Bag To Ride The Subway, New Yorkers Say Done And Done

People Magazine reports: New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority is dog-friendly — to a point. Leashed service and emotional support animals are allowed to ride with their owners with no other restrictions, but all other pet dogs wanting to ride the rails need to be brought on in a carrier. For pup parents with smaller dogs, this is a cinch. …

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STUDY: Dogs Do Understand What You’re Saying

Well, some of what you’re saying. From the Associated Press: Scientists have found evidence to support what many dog owners have long believed: man’s best friend really does understand some of what we’re saying. Researchers in Hungary scanned the brains of dogs as they were listening to their trainer speaking to determine which parts of the brain they were using. …

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Open Thread Thursday: Show Us Your Fur Babies

JMG reader David writes to suggest a “sanity break” with an open thread for everybody to show off their fur babies, which we haven’t done for quite some time. Shelley endorses this idea, although she takes a dim view of my suggestion of adding another household member, primarily so I can name the new addition Hillary Kitten.

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