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1 Arrested After Police Recover Pit Bulls, Dog Fighting Manuals

Minnesota law enforcement has recovered 15 pit bulls, dog fighting manuals, guns, drugs and paraphernalia after executing 10 search warrants at addresses connected to a suspected dog fighter.

11/20/2013

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Fundraiser Sells Cupcakes To Help A Puppy Mill Pooch

Man’s best friend was the man of the hour Saturday afternoon at a fundraiser in south Minneapolis. Underdog Rescue and Sweet Retreat Bakery on 50th Street and France Avenue hosted the event for a dog named Turtle, a puppy-mill survivor. Turtle has been going through treatments for pneumonia, and his vet bills have reached more than $10,000. Shannon McKenzie, director of Underdog Rescue, says every $1 cupcake sold at the fundraiser will help offset some of those expenses.

11/16/2013

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Pick-A-Side: Which Is Your Favorite Dog Breed?

They’re all man’s best friend, but which breed of dog makes you howl the most?

11/16/2013

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Minn. Woman Convicted Of Animal Cruelty

A Dakota County dog kennel owner accused of drowning puppies has been convicted of felony animal cruelty. A jury on Friday convicted 62-year-old Dayna Bell of Northfield on 13 counts. She was acquitted on one count.

11/08/2013

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FDA: Tainted Jerky Treats Sicken Thousands Of Pets

The Food and Drug Administration is warning pet owners of tainted jerky treats from China after seeing a surge in illnesses. Since 2007, the FDA says 3,600 dogs and 10 cats have gotten sick, and about 580 of those pets have died.

10/23/2013

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Breeder Charged For Deplorable Conditions, Still Allowed To Sell Pets

The Minnesota woman charged with keeping more than 130 dogs in deplorable conditions is still allowed to raise and sell pets. Earlier this week, Deborah Rowell pleaded guilty to mistreating dogs at her kennel in Pine River.

10/17/2013

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Minn. Dog Kennel Owner Pleads Guilty To 1 Count

The owner of a northern Minnesota breeding operation where more than 100 dogs were seized this summer has pleaded guilty to one count. The Cass County prosecutor’s office says 60-year-old Deborah Rowell of Pine River pleaded guilty to failing to provide dogs with adequate shade. Rowell had been charged with nine violations, ranging from animal neglect to depriving animals of shelter, shade and water. Her trial was scheduled to begin Monday.

10/14/2013

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Fundraiser Helps Outfit K-9 Officers With Bulletproof Vests

Some of the state’s finest officers with four legs showed off their skills as a part of a fundraiser Saturday in St. Paul. The group “Vested Interest in K-9s” raises money to provide K-9 officers bullet- and stab-protective vests. Krischel Estrella of Vested Interest says vests can cost nearly $3,000 each, so fundraisers make a big difference for local departments.

10/12/2013

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Dozens Of Dogs Rescued From Puppy Mill Find New Homes

Dozens of animals rescued from a puppy mill this the summer now have new places to call home. Two hundred dogs and puppies seized from a breeding facility in Pine River in July were up for adoption on Saturday at all Twin Cities Animal Humane Society locations.

10/12/2013

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Trend Has Cities Banning Sale Of Dogs From ‘Puppy Mills’

A new trend has some cities across the U.S. changing the way pet stores do business.

10/10/2013

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More Than 130 Animals Seized After Living In ‘Deplorable Conditions’

One week after 135 horses, dogs, chickens and ducks were taken from a rural Pine county farm, the animals are showing signs of improvement. Chocolate labs and golden retrievers that appeared underweight and hungry are eating bowls of food and putting on pounds.

09/18/2013

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4-Year-Old Girl Airlifted To HCMC After Dog Bite

A four-year-old girl suffered a dog bite to the neck Saturday morning at a rural residence near Courtland in Nicollet County. According to the Nicollet County Sheriff’s office, the girl was bit on the side of her neck by a 7-year-old German Shepherd/Australian Shepherd mix while she was petting it at. She was transported to the New Ulm Medical Center, and later airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

09/07/2013

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John Williams Video Smack Down For 9-2!

Dogs love to play….on the Smack Down!

09/02/2013

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Free Live Act: Dog Agility Demos

When you think State Fair, you probably think farm animals. But if you find your way up to the Pet Center, dogs are the stars of the show.

08/28/2013

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John Williams Video Smack Down For 8-16!

Which animal is smarter? The Bear or The Dog?

08/16/2013

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Canine Pals Make Prison Life Easier For Rush City Inmates

Rush City’s prison is a level-four security facility that houses some of the most dangerous criminals in Minnesota. It’s the last place you’d expect an organization to turn to in order to save a life Rush City’s prison houses inmates like Richard Patterson and Clayton Keister – two men who’ve been convicted of murder. “I’ve been in prison for, you know, close to seven years now,” Patterson said. “I got 10 more years left to do and I feel this is a way of me giving back.”

08/10/2013

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Best Off-Leash Dog Areas In Minnesota

You and your best friend can bask in the Minnesota sun, walk along the grassy park, play a game of fetch or run and romp around and just enjoy each other’s company in these five spectacular off-leash dog parks.

08/10/2013

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Best Dog Walking Services In Minnesota

Look no further in Minnesota for the best dog walkers to help your pooch release pent-up energy, burn a few extra pounds or mark their favorite fire hydrant.

08/09/2013

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If Your Dog Enjoys The Lake, Look For Signs Of Parasites

We’ve all heard about the dog days of summer, when lake water starts to look like only your dog would swim in it. But it turns out there is a real threat to swimming dogs that is invisible. The Giardia parasite can be swallowed by dogs while they are swimming and playing in the water. If your dog has diarrhea after being in a lake or a river, visit your vet right away.

08/05/2013

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Stolen Siberian Husky Puppies Returned, Suspect Caught

The sights and sounds of playful puppies are once again inside Thunder Owl Kennels in Prior Lake.

07/31/2013

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Minn. Dog Kennel Owner Charged With Animal Neglect

The owner of a northern Minnesota breeding operation where more than 130 dogs were seized earlier this month is charged with misdemeanor animal neglect. The Cass County prosecutor’s office said Monday it filed a nine-count criminal complaint against 60-year-old Deborah Rowell. The complaint says when officers executed a search warrant at Rowell’s kennel in Pine River on July 16, they found improper enclosures, inadequate ventilation, improper dog houses and inadequate shade and water.

07/29/2013

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What Should You Do If Bitten By A Rabid Animal?

Dr. Joni Scheftel of the Minnesota Department of Health said that in Minnesota last year, 72 animals tested positive for rabies.

07/25/2013

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Officers Seize About 130 Dogs & Puppies In Pine River

Authorities have seized more than 130 dogs and puppies after executing a search warrant in northern Minnesota. Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch says his office executed the search warrant Tuesday in the City of Pine River.

07/18/2013

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‘Helping Paws’ Aiding Returning Vets With PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is something many of us don’t really understand. Veterans dealing with the condition have certain needs that can be hard to meet. A new program at Helping Paws, in Hopkins, is trying a unique way to help. They’re using specially trained dogs to help local vets get through day to day life and heal their emotional scars.

07/17/2013

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Twin Cities Program Makes It Affordable To Fix Your Pet

Animal experts said the best way to control over population is to spay and neuter our pets. But not everyone has access to affordable vet care, so a Twin Cities program is helping to fix that problem.

07/09/2013

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