The DogChannel Newswire (09-30-10)

FDA warns of discounted pet drugs; dog-loving Bali tries to tame rabies outbreak; other news.

Dog-Loving Bali Tries to Tame Rabies Outbreak
For visitors to Bali, the experience of a tropical paradise has long been tarnished by one of the island’s less serenity-inducing features: packs of stray, unkempt and often snarling dogs. But since the first recorded human death from rabies in Bali in late 2008, that nuisance has become a mounting public danger as the virus has spread with increasing speed, The New York Times reports.
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Barking Dog Leads Police to Pot-Growing Operation
A barking dog led Ferndale, Mich., police to the discovery of a marijuana-growing operation in the basement of a 44-year-old man’s house. One hundred fifty plants were among items found at the home in the suburb north of Detroit. Officers responded to the home after neighbors complained early Saturday morning about the dog, the Chicago Tribune reports.
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FDA Warns of Discounted Pet Drugs
The United States Food and Drug Administration has issued a consumer alert to pet owners, warning them about the dangers of buying discounted pet drugs online. Reputable online pharmacies can help pet owners save money when they purchase prescription drugs. However, the FDA warns that its own investigations have found online companies that sell unapproved drugs or other counterfeit products, The New York Times reports.
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Memphis Adopts Mandatory Spay-Neuter Ordinance
The Memphis City Council has approved a mandatory spay-neuter program for dogs and cats. Under the program, owners of intact animals can buy a one-time $200 permit. Also, pets registered with an approved organization like the American Kennel Club or the Cat Fanciers Association could remain intact. The ordinance adopted Tuesday will exempt service animals and has other exceptions, The Associated Press reports.
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