Pet Scoop: Dogs Break Obedience Record in Hong Kong, Betty White the Cat Needs a Home

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Hong Kong Officially Has the Most Obedient Dogs

In Hong Kong, 353 dogs broke the world record for a single obedience training session – smashing the previously standing mark of 318 dogs. To set the new record, the pups had to learn two tricks in 40 minutes, including raising a paw when their owners lifted a leg. The event was held to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals there. — Watch it at Today

Airport Worker Says She Was Fired for Refusing to Load Sick Dog

Lynn Jones, a baggage handler at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, in Nevada, said she was ordered to load an emaciated dog onto a plane bound for Corpus Christi, Texas. “It was so thin, it made me cry,” Jones said. She said her supervisor insisted the dog be placed in the plane's cargo hold, but when Jones refused, she was fired. Animal welfare officials were called, who took custody of the dog, a Pointer used for hunting, for several days before releasing it back to its owner. Jones' employer is now investigating the incident. — Read it at the Huffington Post

Woolly Mammoth Close to Being Cloned

Scientists who recently discovered well-preserved bone marrow in a thigh bone of a woolly mammoth said the animal, which went extinct 10,000 years ago, will likely be cloned within five years. The mammoth DNA will be implanted into the egg cells of an elephant, which, if all goes according to plan, will result in a the resurrection of the species. — Read it at Discovery News

New Yorkers Shrug at Turtle’s Escape From Zoo

The New York Times examines why New York City residents seems uninterested in a box turtle’s disappearance from the Inwood Hill Nature Center, despite the huge reactions earlier in the year to the cobra who slithered out of a Bronx Zoo enclosure (and got its own Twitter feed) and the peacock who attracted TV cameras after it strutted out of the Central Park Zoo. — Read it at The New York Times

Cat Named Betty White Up for Adoption

The first cat brought into a Georgia shelter as part of a project called Feral Freedom, which spays and neuters feral cats, was dirty and ill – and not believed to be feral after all. The shelter nursed her back to health and found brilliant white fur under the grime she was covered in, and named her Betty White. — Read it at Patch

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