The DogChannel Newswire (1-13-11)

Oldest known dog remains in America found; pet insurance grows in popularity; other news.

Major Accomplishments for Animals in Haiti One Year After Earthquake
Reports from Haiti one year after the devastating quake reveal a nation still reeling from the recent cholera outbreak and post-election violence. Amid mounting frustration over an apparently slow and ineffective response for humans, the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti announced the treatment of over 50,000 animals surpassing the ambitious goals established a year ago, the International Fund for Animal Welfare reports.
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Researcher Finds Oldest Known Domesticated Dog in Americas
Samuel Belknap III, a graduate research assistant working under the direction of Kristin Sobolik in University of Maine’s Department of Anthropology and Climate Change Institute, found a 9,400-year-old skull fragment of a domestic dog during analysis of an intact human paleofecal sample. The fact that the bone was found in human waste provides the earliest proof that humans in the new world used domesticated dogs as food sources, reports.
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Pet Insurance Grows in Popularity Amid Healthcare Costs
Like health insurance for people 30 years ago, pet insurance clients pay the medical provider upfront for services and are reimbursed by the insurance company. Pet insurance is increasing in popularity, but slowly. Today, about one out of 20 pets is covered. But its popularity isn’t growing as fast as skyrocketing healthcare costs. As more technologies and treatments have become available, costs have soared, reports.
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Two of Three Missing Maine Shelter Dogs Returned
Two of the dogs stolen from two different Maine animal shelters have been found. Police are investigating the thefts of three dogs from three different shelters since Saturday. A Labrador Retriever mix named “Candy,” who was taken from the Kennebec Valley Humane Society in Augusta Tuesday, was found later in the morning, reports. 
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