The DogChannel Newswire (12-01-10)

Experts warn owners about pet obesity; search for missing K9 underway; other news.

Michael Vick Speaks Publicly Against Dogfighting
Less than 48 hours after leading the Eagles over the Giants in Philadelphia, Michael Vick was speaking to an auditorium full of students, who were delirious to see the quarterback. Vick was making the first of three appearances at New Haven schools on behalf of the Humane Society of the United States and its president, Wayne Pacelle, The New York Times reports.
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Pet Obesity a Problem During Holiday Season
Before sharing your Thanksgiving leftovers with your pets, take note: The obesity epidemic in the United States is enlarging cats and dogs, not just their over-fed owners. Overweight pets are a serious health issue today, experts say. About half of the nation’s companion animals, some 90 million cats and dogs, are tipping the scales, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, HealthDay reports.
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Small Dog Survives Hubbard Plane Crash
Officials are reporting that a small dog survived an airplane crash at a tree farm in Hubbard, Ore. One person was killed in the crash. Officials originally thought the pilot was the sole occupant of the homemade aircraft, but have since discovered that a dog was also on board. According to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, the dog survived with virtually no injuries, reports.
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Michigan State Police Search for Lost K9
Michigan State Police have turned to the Internet for help finding a missing police dog that disappeared while searching for a missing person. Bane, a 4-year-old German Shepherd Dog based in Alpena, Mich., was last seen in early November when he and his handler, Trooper Jamie Bullis, went looking for a missing 70-year-old dementia patient, reports.
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