Baghdad To Kill A Million Stray Dogs

More than a million stray dogs roaming Baghdad are facing destruction.The initiative has so far led to 42,000 strays being killed in only two months.Teams of riflemen and vets are trying to thin out a rogue canine population that has reached at least 1,250,000. Numbers grew hugely after the fall of Saddam because of the lawless state of the Iraqi capital.But with the streets now much safer, the authorities are trying to clear out the stray dogs.

‘We could consider this the biggest campaign of dog execution ever,’ said Baghdad chief veterinarian, Mohammed al-Hilly.Mr al-Hilly claimed the huge amounts of litter that began heaping up in the capital as violence paralysed public services had helped to trigger the problem.The cull involves 20 specialist teams each consisting of two shooters and two vets, often backed up by police patrols.The dogs are either shot or poisoned and their bodies are then taken to refuse dumps.
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Golden Retriever In The Doghouse After Eating $20,000 Diamond

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A New York jeweller’s golden retriever was in the doghouse after eating a $20,000 (£12,000) diamond. George Kaufmann brings his pet, Sollie, to his jewellery shop, Robert Bernard Jewellers, in Rockville, Maryland, every day.

Mr Kaufmann and his business partner, Robert Rosin, were meeting a diamond dealer in late January and perusing his gems when disaster struck.The three men were looking at a 3-carat diamond, valued at $20,000, when the stone suddenly fell to the floor – landing right next to Sollie. Before anyone could retrieve it, the dog ate the gem.They rushed the animal to a vet, who said nature would have to take its course, so they spent three anxious days waiting to see if the gem would turn up in the dog’s stool.

“When we took a walk in the morning and evening I collected and went through everything,” Mr Kaufmann said.”It wasn’t glamorous, but you gotta do what you gotta do,” Mr Kaufmann told Fox News.Eventually, his patience paid off, and Mr Kaufmann found the diamond – which he cleaned and returned to the dealer.

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Brooklyn Pup Sugar Held For Ransom, Then Returned To Family

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A beloved Brooklyn mutt that had vanished into snowy Prospect Park was found Tuesday shivering and tied to a tree.The French bulldog/basset hound mix named Sugar vanished last Wednesday. Soon after, a money-hungry man called the family demanding a ransom.When a flustered Drucie Belman offered only $50 – a figure she just blurted out and later regretted as too low – the dognapper hung up . The tale of woe was featured by Daily News columnist Michael Daly on Sunday.

The family – including husband Albert, 42, and their sons, Henry, 10, and Leo, 7 – plastered Park Slope with posters and searched Prospect Park.Calls came in, but many were hangups – and some were downright cruel. “Someone called up yesterday and said, ‘Sugar’s dead,'” Belman said.
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Man Operated On His Own Dog Because Vet Too Expensive

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A man who claimed he could not afford medical care for his dog has been charged with illegally operating on the pet. Alan MacQuattie, from Barrington, in the north-eastern state of Rhode Island, removed a cyst from the leg of his 14-year-old yellow labrador-mix .But professional veterinarians had to operate again after an infection developed following the first surgery.

E.J. Finocchio, a veterinarian and president of the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, called the surgery a “heinous crime”.Court records show that Mr MacQuattie pleaded no contest last week to misdemeanour charges of animal cruelty and unauthorized practice of veterinary medicine.But he told television station WPRI, which first reported on the surgery, that he did not think there was anything cruel about what he had done.

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Pierced 'Gothic Kittens' On Sale Over Internet !!!

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A woman in Pennsylvania is facing animal cruelty charges for marketing “gothic kittens” with ear and neck piercings. Holly Crawford, a 35-year-old dog groomer, has gone on trial in the northern Pennsylvanian town of Wilkes-Barre.Prosecutors say she inflicted pain on the cats to make money.Defence lawyers for Miss Crawford say she that didn’t act maliciously.

Her home outside Wilkes-Barre was raided in December 2008 after animal cruelty investigators received a tip that she was marketing the animals online for hundreds of dollars.

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Pierced 'Gothic Kittens' On Sale Over Internet !!!

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A woman in Pennsylvania is facing animal cruelty charges for marketing “gothic kittens” with ear and neck piercings. Holly Crawford, a 35-year-old dog groomer, has gone on trial in the northern Pennsylvanian town of Wilkes-Barre.Prosecutors say she inflicted pain on the cats to make money.Defence lawyers for Miss Crawford say she that didn’t act maliciously.

Her home outside Wilkes-Barre was raided in December 2008 after animal cruelty investigators received a tip that she was marketing the animals online for hundreds of dollars.

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Employees Saw ASPCA Vet John Morehead Kick Rottweiler Before It Died; Heartbroken Owner Files Suit

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It’s a murder mystery with a double twist – the victim is a dog and the prime suspect is a former ASPCA hospital vet.The owner of a Rottweiler named Bullet is desperately trying to find out how his dog died three years ago and has filed suit in federal court.
Meanwhile, the Daily News has learned that veterinarian John Morehead was accused by three colleagues of kicking the sickly 10-year-old animal.

The revelation came as a shock to Rafael Lopez, who said ASPCA investigators exhumed Bullet’s body and performed a necropsy – but never came up with a cause of death.”He was my baby,” Lopez, 58, told The News. “I brought the dog there thinking they would save my dog. I killed him by taking him there.”Lopez had fed Bullet with a spoon since birth. When Bullet fell ill, he took him to the respected ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital on Manhattan’s upper East Side.

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After Bullet died, Lopez buried him in a white towel beneath a tree in Highbridge Park near his home in the Bronx.His first hint that the death might not have been natural came days later when ASPCA investigators showed up at his apartment demanding to know where Bullet was buried. They told him someone at the hospital “was killing dogs,” according to the suit filed last year in Manhattan Federal Court against the ASPCA and current and former officials.

The body was exhumed and taken to Cornell Veterinary School in upstate Ithaca for a necropsy. Lopez never got the remains back – or an explanation.”We always believed there was a coverup [by the ASPCA],” said Lopez’s lawyer George Dazzo.A source familiar with the investigation told The News that there were, in fact, allegations Bullet was abused at the hospital.
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