The DogChannel Newswire (12-16-10)

Pet store accused of selling dogs from puppy mills; Colorado Springs popular for pet sitters; other news.

Stray Cats and Dogs Reportedly Find Home at U.S. Military Bases in Afghanistan
Homeless dogs and cats are being adopted by U.S. Marines and soldiers in the Arghandab District in Afghanistan, where they enjoy a life not unlike their counterparts in suburban America. While no one will comment officially, commanders at the bases are seemingly looking the other way as long as the animals do not interfere with mission duties or present health risks, Stars and Stripes reports.
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Experts Advise Against Giving Pets as Holiday Gifts
If you’re thinking of putting a new pet under the tree, think again. “Never, ever, ever give a live pet for a gift,” says Deborah Wood, animal services manager for Washington County. “Remember how much your friend hated you when you set her up on the blind date with the perfect guy? It’s worse than that.” Finding the right match is a very specific process between the person and the animal, reports.
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Protesters Target Mishawaka, Ind., Pet Store
Despite the cold, about a dozen people gathered outside University Park Mall recently to protest Pat’s Pets, which the Indianapolis-based animal welfare group Defend the Dogs accuses of contributing to the inhumane treatment of animals by its alleged association with puppy mills. The group waved at passing motorists on Indiana 23 in an attempt to raise awareness of the “deplorable” conditions under which such dogs live, reports.
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Site Ranks Colorado Springs Second Best Pet Sitter City
Colorado Springs ranks number two in the nation on the list of top cities to find a pet sitter, according to a study by The website for connecting families with local pet sitters and dog walkers used information such as the average cost per visit and number of pet sitters available in each market to determine the rankings, reports.
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