The DogChannel Newswire (12-14-10)

Celebrity pays settlement in dog attack case; stem cell procedure used to save dog; other news.

Inspiration In Action Contest Helps Animals in Need
Heska Corporation announced that animal lovers everywhere can support and honor veterinary medicine by voting for one of the top four ideas submitted in the 2010 Heska Corporation Inspiration In Action Contest. Heska, a leading provider of veterinary diagnostic and specialty products, will award the winner $25,000 to help bring the inspired idea to life (subject to the official rules of the contest), reports.
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Ripley the Dog Goes from Homeless Hound to Pampered Pooch
Ripley the dog will be the star of the show at Ripley’s Big Bash!, a send-off party and pet adoption event set for Saturday, Dec. 18, at the Petco in Houma, La. The event starts at 4 p.m. Workers at St. John Parish Animal Shelter in LaPlace found the dog in a ditch; his hair was so matted that he could no longer walk, his fur was full of cockroaches and he was losing his ability to eat, Ripley’s Newsroom reports.
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Family Turns to Experimental Stem Cell Procedure to Save Dog
When one of Caryn Fenton’s family members fell ill, she began a personal journey to find a cure. Traditional medical treatments failed, and the problems intensified. At times the pain would subside, but it always returned. A permanent solution seemed elusive. Fenton persevered. She refused to give up on her dog, Abbie, the Missourian reports.
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Katt Williams Ordered to Pay Large Settlement in Dog Attack Case
Comedian Katt Williams has been ordered to hand over more than $570,000 to a recording studio owner who alleged the star’s dog attacked his pet pooch. The rapper/comedian was targeted in a lawsuit from Merion Powers, who claimed Williams used his Atlanta facilities to record comedy routines in Oct. 2009, but allegedly failed to pay for the studio time, reports.
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