The DogChannel Newswire (07-14-10)

Dog trapped in hot car honks for help; legal loophole allows pit bulls in Miami; and other news.

Dog Trapped in Hot Car Honks for Help
A dog in Pennsylvania was trapped inside a car in the heat of the day and saved his own life by honking the horn, alerting his forgetful owner who had left him in the car baking for at least an hour. The woman said she simply forgot the dog was in the car, The National Ledger reports.
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Dog Teams Seek Hidden Enemy in Afghanistan
In the struggle to bring peace to Afghanistan, few can claim a more dangerous job than the one Betty and Jimmy are preparing for. Friendly and eager young German Shepherd Dogs, they are being trained to search for the remnants of war — hidden land mines and unexploded bombs, USA Today reports.
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Dogs Could Help Curtail Chagas Disease
A new study says that although dogs are one of the main carriers of the Chagas disease parasite, they can also help health officials monitor the disease. Dogs are 14 times more effective than humans at spreading Chagas disease, caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, or “kissing bug,” which sucks the blood of mammals, The New Kerala reports.
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Legal Loophole Allows Pit Bulls in Miami
Some residents are legally keeping pit bulls as service dogs in Miami-Dade County, Fla., even though the animals are banned in the county, authorities said. The ban was instituted in 1989 after an 8-year-old girl was mauled by a neighbor’s pit bull, but animal services officials say they’ve registered several of the dogs as service animals for people with disabilities, United Press International reports.
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