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Michigan residents may soon have protection from prosecution if they smash a car window to save a dog.

State Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain, drafted legislation that will protect people from lawsuits or criminal prosecution if they break a window to get a dog out of a hot car. LaFave says good dog owners sometimes make mistakes.

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If your dog is sick, keep it at home. Michigan officials have issued that warning to try to prevent the spread of canine influenza.

The Department of Agriculture & Rural Development said Thursday that 49 cases of dog flu have been confirmed in six counties across the Lower Peninsula in the past few weeks.

That's compared with just nine cases in all of 2017.

Symptoms include fever, lethargy, coughing, and nasal and/or eye discharge.

Most cases of canine influenza are mild and last a few weeks, but some are more severe.

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As temperatures rise, lawmakers in Lansing want to make sure people aren’t leaving their animals in their cars.

Legislation passed a state Senate committee Thursday. It would make it a crime to leave your animal in the car in harmful conditions.

That includes, but is not limited to, “heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, lack of food or water, or other circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering, disability or death of the animal.”

This is Apricot. She's a Vizsla/Pit mix up for adoption at Detroit Dog Rescue.
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No bans on pit bulls allowed, says the Michigan Senate.

The chamber voted 22-13 on Thursday to prohibit local governments from dictating breed-specific regulations on dogs. The legislation will benefit canines that are perceived as more aggressive - mostly pit bulls, but also Rottweilers, German Shepherds, and Cane Corsos.

About 30 local governments have some form of breed-specific ordinances, which supporters of the bill say encroaches on dog owners' property rights.

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An archeological dig yields more than arrowheads, shards of pottery, or pieces of jewelry.

They also yield bones.

A research team at the University of Michigan has been studying some ancient dog bones dug up in Germany. In doing so, they’ve uncovered new clues about when our faithful domesticated dog evolved from wolves.

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A new program from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will allow campers to bring their dogs and cats to some Michigan state parks. The pilot project will launch on November 1st and last for one year.

DNR resource specialist Maia Turek says lots of people like to vacation with their pets.

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There's been a great effort to revitalize Detroit in recent years, but new figures from the US Census Bureau show the city is still losing population. This Week in Review, Weekend Edition host Rebecca Kruth and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry talk about what it's going to take for Detroit to see some growth.

This is Apricot. She's a Vizsla/Pit mix up for adoption at Detroit Dog Rescue.
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A quick internet search on pit bull dogs and attacks will reveal some pretty awful stories in Michigan.

In July, for example, we heard about a 71-year-old Detroit woman killed by her own pit bull. That same month, a child in Washtenaw County was hospitalized after a pit bull attack.

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Dogs that bite could end up on a "dangerous dog" registry, and their owners could end up behind bars. That's the idea behind a new bill from State Representative Jon Hoadley.

Michigan restaurant-goers may soon be able to dine with their dogs.

A Senate committee approved a bill that would give restaurant owners the option to allow dogs on their patios.

Margaret O'Brien sponsored the bill.

She says states like New York, California and Florida have similar laws already and have had few to no issues with dogs being at restaurants.

O'Brien says the restaurant owners have final say in dogs being allowed.

 

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A high-end apartment community near Grand Rapids plans to use DNA technology as a way to sniff out dog owners who fail to pick up their pets' feces.

The Ridges of Cascade complex in Cascade Township is building a DNA database that will allow it to identify residents who ignore the clean-up policy. The complex has contracted with the company PooPrints to collect DNA samples of each dog in the development.

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For the most of you that probably didn't already know, it's National Pet Dental Health Month, and one Michigan puppy is celebrating most appropriately. 

 

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Traverse City Airport dog takes Internet by storm

Feb 24, 2016
This image of Piper sitting courageously on the airport runway as a helicopter rolls past garnered the attention over 3 million people on Reddit.
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It's a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a … bird-chasing dog.

This dog is named Piper, a seven-year-old Border Collie who is tasked with chasing birds off the runway and taxiways at the Traverse City Airport. And he’s taken the Internet by storm.

Formally known as the Cherry Capital Airport K-9, Piper works as part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s required Wildlife Hazard Management Plan for the airport.

 

Two dogs in Flint test positive for lead toxicity

Feb 7, 2016
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Officials are reminding people to make sure pets aren't drinking unfiltered Flint tap water, after two area dogs tested positive for lead toxicity in recent months.

State Veterinarian Dr. James Averill says the tests were confirmed in October 2015 and January 2016.

He said both dogs, a stray and a family pet, could've been exposed to Flint's lead-tainted water.

Both dogs are still alive.

Symptoms of lead exposure in pets vary greatly and can include vomiting, diarrhea and changes in behavior.

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If you count yourself among those who cannot imagine life without your faithful dog by your side, you would have been a pretty rare breed a century or two ago.

That’s when packs of feral dogs were roaming the streets of Detroit.

People lived in fear of rabies, and the dog catcher prowled the streets scooping up the many strays.

Bill Loomis has tracked the history of dogs in Detroit for The Detroit News.

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Oakland County is using a new app that uses facial recognition software to help reunite lost dogs with their owners.

Joanie Toole is chief of the Oakland Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center.

She says people can load a photo of their dog on the app called "Finding Rover."

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Veterinarians and diagnostic labs across Michigan now must notify the state if they suspect canine flu or see a positive test for the disease.

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Therapy dogs are helping Michigan State University students take a break this week while they study for their final exams. 

The dogs are available to students at two of the libraries on campus where some students practically live during finals week.

As part of its mission to save shelter dogs from being euthanized, Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan came up with an idea: place these rescued or unwanted dogs with trainers - trainers who have the time to work with the dogs, to train them for adoption into a good home - trainers who are behind bars.

The RPSM's Correctional Companion Program places dogs with specially trained prison inmates, and what happens in the time these inmates spend with their dogs is powerful. Martin Daughenbaugh has seen this power in his own life. As an inmate of the state prison in Coldwater, Martin met a blind dog named Quinn.

And it's a story worth sharing.

Early snowfall and cold temperatures are causing a hold up on dog sled training in the Upper Peninsula.
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Though seemingly counterintuitive, early snowfall and cold temperatures are causing a hold up on dog sled training in the Upper Peninsula.

The dogs at Team Evergreen Kennel in Skandia Township were excited when the first snow fell, as Tim Wood, Lead Handler, explained to Jennifer Perez from WLUC-TV:

You will let [the dogs] out into the backyard that first snow fall and they just tear around like demons because they know what this time of year means and they get really excited.

Last week, a several-day storm brought up to 42.5 inches of snow to parts of the Upper Peninsula. The dog teams need packed snow to travel on, so they rely on groomed trails for training. Musher Lisa Dietzen explains why trails haven't been groomed yet:

"Some of the trails that we have to use are opened from the snowmobile trail and our snowmobile trail won't open until after gun season, which is another two weeks. So, some of those trails that we rely on to be groomed out aren't going to be groomed out any time soon."

The mushers at Team Evergreen say they're limited as to where they can run their dogs without these groomed trails. For right now, they're running them on a small track on their property.

Michigan's big dog sled race, The UP 200, is scheduled to take place from February 12 - 16.

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A coalition of dog groups is upset the state allows local governments to ban specific breeds of dogs.    

Many communities put restrictions on pit bulls, often out of concern about dog attacks.

Courtney Protz-Sander organized a rally of like-minded dog owners at the state Capitol on Wednesday. She says it’s unfair to tell people what kinds of dogs they can own.

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Because sometimes we need some happy news, you know? 

And if you've already clicked your way through  the bathing and ribbon dancing baby elephants, here's something closer to home.

Kent County's health department sent out this release on Sept. 5: 

"GRAND RAPIDS – When Malachi, a 12-year-old terrier mix, was taken by Kent County Animal Control from a suspected hoarding situation in Grand Rapids this summer, she was a mess.

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A bill that’s working its way through the state House would make large-scale dog breeders register with the state. “Large scale” would be any breeder with 15 or more female dogs used for breeding puppies.

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When you think of a war hero, what image comes to your mind?

Most likely, you think of a man or a woman dressed in desert camouflage, or a wounded warrior learning to walk again after being wounded in battle.

But there is another group of war heroes: the four-legged heroes. War dogs. 

Their history in the U.S. military is long and proud. They were used as messenger dogs, scout or patrol dogs, and in the cases of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, they have been used as explosive detection dogs. 

Unbeknownst to many of the locals, Michigan has one of the few war dog memorials in the nation, located between Milford and South Lyon in Oakland County. 

Phil Weitlauf is a U.S. Army veteran, as well as a champion of the Michigan War Dog Memorial. He joined us on Stateside. 

*Listen to the full interview above.

Michigan Humane Society staff to sleep in doghouses

Feb 16, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Some Michigan Humane Society staffers will be spending the night in doghouses as part of an effort to raise awareness about the dangers of leaving pets outside in freezing temperatures.

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Officials in Michigan are paying close attention to a mysterious outbreak that's killing dogs in Ohio.

During the past month, more than a half dozen dogs in the Akron and Cincinnati areas have been sickened by a mysterious illness.  About half have died, some only about 48 hours after first showing symptoms, which include severe diarrhea and vomiting.

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Genesee County Commissioners decided today to resume euthanizing dogs and cats at the county animal shelter.

Less than two months ago, the county decided to institute a ‘no-kill’ policy at the shelter.  

Under the old policy, dogs and cats would only be “put-down” with a written order from a veterinarian or a court.   But shelter officials say the shelter’s animal population has soared since the policy began.   

The new policy will give the shelter broader latitude to euthanize dogs and cats.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A bid to make Michigan the first state with an animal abuser registry has been dropped by lawmakers over concerns about cost and other issues.

Instead, the state could soon require that criminal background checks be done on every would-be pet adopter at Michigan animal shelters. The $10 fee for each check could be waived for shelters.

Judges would have to order defendants convicted of crimes against animals not to own animals for at least five years.

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State lawmakers are a step closer to telling Michigan animal shelters how they can euthanize dogs, cats and ferrets.

Most Michigan animal shelters put down dogs and cats using lethal injection. A bill passed by the state Senate Agriculture Committee recently would mandate all shelters use injection.

There are a handful of shelters that still use gas chambers to euthanize unwanted or unhealthy dogs and cats.

Deborah Schutt is the chairperson of the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance. She says gassing is painful and not humane.

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A new report says dog bites are a big problem in Michigan.

The American Veterinary Medical Association ranked Michigan sixth in the nation for dog bites.

According to the association, insurance companies paid out $4.6 million in claims for dog bites in Michigan in 2012.

Bonnie Beaver is a former AVMA president. She says they’re not sure exactly how big the problem is.

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