Denver overturns pit bull ban after more than 30 years

Denver overturns pit bull ban after more than 30 years

Voters in Denver this week overturned the city's ban on pit bulls.Denver’s ordinance was first enacted after 20 people were attacked by pit bulls in Colorado between 1984 and May 1989, according to a history of the law published in 2005.

More than 160 starving and diseased dogs rescued from animal hoarding house

More than 160 starving and diseased dogs rescued from animal hoarding house

Animal hoarding is becoming a big problem in Japan (Picture: Reuters) Animal rights activists say it was one of the worst cases they’ve seen (Picture: Reuters)Public health officials first visited the house seven years ago after getting complaints from neighbours about the noise and bad smell but the owner refused to let officials investigate at that time.

Five distinct types of dog existed by end of last ice age, study finds

Five distinct types of dog existed by end of last ice age, study finds

The team found that while DNA from modern European dogs has contributed to breeds around the world, traces of the other ice age groups remain – including in chihuahuas, a breed with roots in Mexico .

Interactive: see how your favourite dog breeds are related to each other

Interactive: see how your favourite dog breeds are related to each other

Photograph: Phil Crowder/Alamy This created a messy, intertwined relationship between different dog types, with the details of a breed’s origin sometimes recorded only in oral history.The German shepherd shares DNA with Italian dog breeds, including the cane paratore, according to researchers.

Blind teen swimmer and guide dog make 'perfect pair' in Paralympics quest

Blind teen swimmer and guide dog make 'perfect pair' in Paralympics quest

But when she was 14 years old — around the time a little Labrador retriever named Radar became the first “Puppy with a Purpose” for the Isles — Pagonis rapidly lost her vision over the course of two months.

Why do cats sleep so much?

Why do cats sleep so much?

Sometimes we even wish to have a life of cat where we sleep for most of the day.Some cats cover their eyes and in a few minutes, they start to snore in deep sleep.

Group of rescue chicks become best friends with adorable Labrador

Group of rescue chicks become best friends with adorable Labrador

Ruby the Labrador and the little chicks (Picture: Jadene Maloy/SPLITPICS UK)We’ve seen a lot of unlikely friendships emerge over recent months.Owner Jadene said Ruby even went as far as to get inside the box with the chicks, so they could snuggle up to her for warmth.

The dog that knows the names and categories of its 100 toys

The dog that knows the names and categories of its 100 toys

But there’s a dog in Norway who knows not only the names of her toys but also the names of different categories of toys, and she learnt all this just by hanging out with her owners and playing her favourite game.

Lab animals can now be adopted instead of euthanised, FDA says

Lab animals can now be adopted instead of euthanised, FDA says

Under the updated policy, which was adopted in November but not reported by the agency until now, healthy dogs , cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and some farm animals are now permitted to be transferred to shelters and sanctuaries after they’ve been used for lab experiments.

'World's worst cat' Perdita finds new home after purrfect publicity campaign

'World's worst cat' Perdita finds new home after purrfect publicity campaign

In its latest post on the social media platform, the Mitchell county animal rescue group of Spruce Pine announced the “bittersweet” news that Perdita/Noel had found new owners identified only as Joe and Betty from Monroe county.

Rescued circus tigers to arrive in Florida after 18-month ordeal in Guatemala

Rescued circus tigers to arrive in Florida after 18-month ordeal in Guatemala

Workers for the California-based Animal Defenders International say they endured the harassment after rescuing six lions and 15 tigers from circuses in the Central American country following a 2017 law banning live performances by animals.

Dave Bautista adopts bonded pit bulls who were separated at shelter

Dave Bautista adopts bonded pit bulls who were separated at shelter

“He has an amazing heart for animals, but I think what is even more beautiful about how he connects with pit bulls is that it's just such a seamless, loving, humble way that he reaches out to dogs and he really connects,” Lisa Bricker, the director of development at Frankie’s Friends, a charitable pet foundation, told TODAY.davebautista/ Instagram"They just won the #DogLottery," actor Justin Long wrote in a comment on the post.

Lecturer left dog in boiling car to go to two-hour village meeting

Lecturer left dog in boiling car to go to two-hour village meeting

The three-year-old Cockapoo like the one pictured was left in a boiling hot car for two hours by David Kent (Picture: Getty) David Kent leaves Stockport Maigstrates’ Court after he admitted causing unnecessary suffering to his dog (Picture: Cavendish Picture Agency)Ms Garside said: ‘When he opened the door (the officer) could see that the dog was panting excessively and was physically hot to touch, he also noticed there was no water left in the boot for the dog.

Petting dogs, cats may reduce stress in students

Petting dogs, cats may reduce stress in students

"Just 10 minutes can have a significant impact," students in our study that interacted with cats and dogs had a significant reduction in cortisol, a major stress hormone," said Patricia Pendry, Associate Professor at Washington State University.

Woman thought she'd been hacked after missing Facebook posts, but it was her dog

Woman thought she'd been hacked after missing Facebook posts, but it was her dog

Linda believed she’d been hacked (Picture: Kennedy News)A pensioner is feeling pretty embarrassed after reporting ‘hackers’ for deleting hundreds of her Facebook posts – only to find out it was actually her dog, who had sat on her phone.

Chris Packham festival appearance cancelled after death threats

Chris Packham festival appearance cancelled after death threats

Organisers of the Dogstival event in the New Forest said they were concerned about safety of the public after death threats received by Packham.

Crufts uncovered: ‘Dog people look like hairdressers with very small clients’

Crufts uncovered: ‘Dog people look like hairdressers with very small clients’

‘I wonder if owners spend a lot of time thinking about their shoes.’ Photograph: Will Sanders/The Guardian There are many prizes to be won at Crufts , in obedience, agility and flyball (a relay with balls), but it’s best in show that counts: the winner is a dog as close to perfect as there is, photographed amid the sponsor’s dog food, not knowing what the hell is going on.

King for a lifetime: Wire fox terrier named Westminster's best in show

King for a lifetime: Wire fox terrier named Westminster's best in show

A wire fox terrier named King is America’s top canine after earning the title of best in show on Tuesday night in a Westminster Kennel Club dog show touched by eleventh-hour controversy.

The Snub Effect: New Study Shows Dogs Might be More Loyal than We Ever Knew

The Snub Effect: New Study Shows Dogs Might be More Loyal than We Ever Knew

Reported by Alan Boyle of NBC News , the researchers looked at three groups of 18 dogs and their guardians. In the first group, when the guardian asked for help, the stranger refused.

Two new dog breeds will debut at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show

Two new dog breeds will debut at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show

Juno, a grand basset griffon Vendeen (Picture: AP) It’ll be competing in the sporting group at Westminster. Nederlandse kooikerhondje Escher (Picture: AP) The Westminster Kennel Club dog show is set to showcase over 3,200 dogs, and is taking place on 12 February at Madison Square Garden.