The DogChannel Newswire (09-28-10)

DNA is new weapon against dogfighting; prisons use dogs to search for cell phones; other news.

Woman, 70 Dogs Die in Florida Mobile Home Fire
A mobile home fire in north Florida killed a 75-year-old woman and her 70 dogs. Sunday’s fire in Marion County tore through the home’s roof and almost all of the structure. Authorities say the unidentified woman may have been a dog breeder, The Associated Press reports.
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DNA Is New Weapon Against Dogfighting
Scientists are hoping that a new DNA database for dogs will help track — and prosecute — people who breed dogs to fight. But advocates say there’s a risk that the DNA records could be used against the dogs, or against people who adopt them, NPR reports.
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California Prisons Use Dogs to Search for Cell Phones
California state prisons have a new line of defense. Dogs are being trained at a state corrections facility in Galt and then sent into prisons to sniff out contraband and cell phones. Canine teams have a long history of sniffing out narcotics, but now in addition to drugs, the dogs are specifically trained to find cell phones, reports.
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Dog Owners Hippie It Up at WoofStock Festival
Dog owners dressed their pets in hippie attire and took them to a park in Macon, GA., to spend a day frolicking while raising money for animal adoption agencies. The Woofstock Festival on Sunday was sponsored by the FURever Friends Humane Society of Jones County. Six other midstate animal shelters also passed out doggie treats and distributed literature, The Associated Press reports.
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