The DogChannel Newswire (11-30-10)

Irish Setter wins National Dog Show; pet exhumations halt in Montana; other news.

Philly Water Department Wants Dogs to Carry Poop Message
It’s more than a mere nuisance for those who step in it. Dog droppings on streets and sidewalks can contribute to water-quality problems. Rudy, Zoe and Barkley are among more than 30 dog contestants for a title that confers the responsibility of community activism. A winning “spokesdog” will be expected to educate less-enlightened humans about the evils of dog waste, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Pet-Lover Outrage Halts Pet Exhumations in Montana
Officials responsible for a Montana pet cemetery are backing off a proposal to exhume and cremate its occupants after some of the pet owners threatened to chain themselves to the front gates. The 1.3-acre Arley Burt Pet Cemetery in Helena is the final resting place for some 1,200 dogs, cats, rabbits and hamsters buried between 1972 and 1993, The Washington Post reports.
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Donations Needed at Eastern Panhandle Pet Shelters
In West Virginia, the Humane Society of Morgan County is asking for donations of dog and cat food, litter and pet toys. “Donations are down,” says Pam Farnham, president of the Humane Society of Morgan County. “The stored food at the facility has been going down and is not being replenished, and that’s why it is necessary for us to ask for help now,” The Herald-Mail reports.
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Clooney, an Irish Setter, Captures Best in Show at 2010 National Dog Show
In Thursday’s National Dog Show competition, a Boxer named Scarlett had impressive credentials, but it was Clooney, an Irish Setter, who won Best in Show. Clooney and his handler, Peter Kubacz, summed up the day’s events with an interview at the end of the dog show. When Kubacz was asked if Clooney knew he was the top dog, Clooney nodded yes with the enthusiasm of a true winner, Yahoo! News reports.
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