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From inspiring stories, breaking news, advice for dog moms and dads, and tips for training your furriest family members, a lot happens in a week! Here are the top dog stories from this past week, all in one easy-to-read article!

Dog Rescued from Korean Dog Meat Farm Learns to Lay Down to Sleep

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After spending her life in a cage, packed alongside other dogs destined to be slaughtered and sold for their meat, one special survivor has a new lease on life and is learning, for the first time, that she can finally lay down to sleep.…Continue reading

The Best & Worst States for Animal Welfare: Where Does Your State Rank?

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For the ninth year in a row, Illinois takes first place—followed by Oregon (2), Maine (3) and California (4). Rhode Island (5) broke into the top tier this year. Kentucky holds steady at last (50th) place for the 10th year in a row, followed by Iowa (49), Wyoming (48), Utah (47), and North Dakota (46) rounding out states with the weakest animal protection laws.…Continue reading

7 Dogs Found Shot & Killed Along Rural North Carolina Road

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An old dog house was found tossed along the roadside near the bodies of 7 deceased dogs. Image via Facebook/Pawsitive Impact NC Dog Rescue

North Carolina authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding the person(s) responsible for the deaths of seven dogs found shot, their necks broken, and their bodies dumped along a rural road outside of Charlotte.…Continue reading

Dog Abandoned in Crate with Blanket, Supplies on Massachusetts Sidewalk

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Police are looking for information about a dog found abandoned on a Massachusetts sidewalk. The dog, described as a “friendly little guy” and a Shih Tzu mix, was found on the side of a Hingham road, inside a crate with a blanket and toys, with a box of “stuff” including food, leash, a dog coat, and more toys.…Continue reading

Arkansas Man Sentenced to Probation After Brutal Abuse of his Dog

Ciro Silva-Castillo, Photo via Benton County sheriff’s Office.

An Arkansas man was finally sentenced in connection with animal abuse charges dating to 2013. Ciro Silva-Castillo pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty on Jan. 23 for the severe abuse to his dog. He was sentenced to 6 years of state supervised probation after pleading guilty to chaining his dog to the hitch of his pickup truck and dragging the dog behind it, seriously injuring him.…Continue reading

UPDATE: $40k Reward Offered in Detroit Dog Mutilation Case

Baron continues to improve. Image via Michigan Humane Society/Facebook

The Michigan Humane Society and police continue to search for information about a dog, now named Baron, found brutally disfigured, his nose and ears cut off and his tail and hind legs lacerated in Detroit’s southwest side. Since Baron’s story originally posted, the prior reward of $2,500 has grown to an incredible $40,000 for information leading the the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the heinous act.…Continue reading

Montana Fire Fighters Rescue Puppy with his Head Wedged Inside a Wheel

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An 8-month old curious Coonhound named Blaze found himself in a precarious situation after sniffing around some old tires landed him in trouble! Blaze’s owner returned home after being away for a few hours to find the puppy with his head stuck firmly in the center of an old tire and wheel.…Continue reading

Justice Served? Minnesota Man Sentenced to Probation for Causing Dog’s Death

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A Minnesota man was sentenced to two years probation after causing injuries to a dog that ultimately resulted in his death. Was justice served?…Continue reading

Pregame Warmup: Fun Facts About Puppy Bowl XIII (This Sunday!)

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This Sunday, February 5th is an exciting day for football fans and puppy lovers alike when Animal Planet blows the whistle on their 13th consecutive year of what is, arguably, the most important sporting event of the entire year – the Puppy Bowl!…Continue reading

After 7 Years of Hell, Abused Dog is Finally Rescued

Every dog deserves a happy life with a loving family, but that’s not what they all get. Some people, however, set out to do what they can to find those dogs that are being mistreated, and to work to give them a whole new life. That’s exactly what happened with Tito, a Dogo Argentino that has lived his whole seven years at a New Jersey junkyard, where he was being mistreated, neglected, and was near death when he was rescued.…Continue reading

Two Puppies Stolen From Chicago Area Pet Store

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Police are asking for the public’s help in finding two puppies stolen early this week from a pet store in Chicago’s Arlington Heights suburb. Just before 6 p.m. Monday, a young couple in their 20’s entered ‘Happiness is Pets’ and told the clerk they were interested in buying a dog, according to Arlington heights police.…Continue reading

Lost Dog Sneaks onto School Bus, Lands in Doggie Detention

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A Vancouver, Washington pup landed herself in ‘doggie detention’ after sneaking onto a school bus and taking a joyride to the local middle school! On Wednesday morning, AnnDee Vorrayo let 1-year old Amaya, a Bull Terrier, outside into her fenced backyard without realizing that a gust of wind had blown open the gate. About 45-minutes passed before the Vorrayo’s realized their pup was missing.…Continue reading

#PetHappens! Share Your Messiest Pet Moments & Win Big with BISSELL!

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Long-time PUPPY BOWL sponsor BISSELL is bringing an extra dose of cute to the internet during the game day and beyond! As a leader in floor care, BISSELL knows that pet messes both large and small are inevitable, but the love of a pet always outweighs the frustration of the moment. That’s why BISSELL is asking fans to share their own messy moments using the hashtag #PetHappens for a chance to take possession of some awesome BISSELL prize packs that include the Pet Hair Eraser Vacuum and the SpotBot Pet Carpet Cleaner! …Continue reading

Three Behavior Cues Every Dog Needs to Know (And How to Teach Them!)

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If you don’t even know where to start when it comes to training your dog, why not start with some very basic commands that even the most stubborn or older dog can easily master.  I’m going to show you how to approach the three basic behaviors and commands every dog should know for both your benefit and theirs.…Continue reading

Your Pet Safety Playbook for Super Bowl Festivities

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Unsecured foods, crowded rooms and constantly opening doors are all hazards to a pet’s health, and pet owners should have a defensive game plan for the night. Experts from Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists are urging pet owners to make the following plays to prevent their pet from harm:…Continue reading

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