Pet Scoop: Man Spends $60,000 in Dog Custody Fight, 20 Senior Beagles Rescued From Lab

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Knuckles the puggle
Craig Dershowitz has spent thousands of dollars in a custody battle over his Puggle, Knuckles.

Man Dips Into His Life Savings During Dog Custody Battle

Craig Dershowitz says that he's shelled out $60,000 in a legal fight to get his beloved Puggle, Knuckles, back from his ex-girlfriend, who he claims "kidnapped" the pup to California — and he’s now posted a video on the Internet asking for help to raise thousands more to continue his battle.

“In a lot of ways, he’s like my son,” Dershowitz says in the video. “Knuckles is my dog in every way imaginable . . . All I want is to bring Knuckles back home to me . . . I’m not asking for money to make up what I already spent, I spent it happily. I’m just asking for money to continue the fight.” His ex has argued in court papers that the dog “lives a happy and healthy life in California with me.” — Watch the video, and read the story at the LA Times

San Francisco Urges Dog Owners to Better Respect Coyotes

The City by the Bay sure loves its pets, but as coyotes have started showing up in increasing numbers in parks and backyards, it’s lead to a clash between dog owners and the city, which has cordoned off trails and put up barricades to protect coyote dens. In a statement released last week, the Animal Care and Control department said, “San Franciscans do not seem to be getting the message about how to coexist peacefully with local wildlife” because many owners were ignoring the law by letting their pets run loose. The statement included a video of an off-leash dog threatening coyotes guarding a den. — Read it at The New York Times

Purina Recalls Cat Food Over Low Levels of Thiamine

The company is recalling a specific lot of Purina Veterinary Diets OM Overweight Management canned cat food, which is available through veterinarians in the U.S. and Canada. After a consumer lodged a complaint with the FDA, the food was tested and found to have low levels of thiamine, an essential nutrient for cats. The recall follows several pet food recalls for salmonella contamination. — Read it at DVM 360

Senior Beagles Are Rescued From a California Laboratory

A group of 20 Beagles felt grass beneath their paws for the first time last week after being rescued from a lab by the Beagle Freedom Project and Four Paws Coonhound Rescue and Friends. Many of the dogs are 7 years old, so the organization is working to find the right kind of families that can embrace living with a senior pet. — Watch it at Today

Scientists Discover That Certain Chimps Have Different Table Manners

Depending on where they live, people can eat with everything from chopsticks to their bare hands. Researchers have now found that groups of chimpanzees also have different ways of cracking nuts, based on where they reside. For example, some chimps along the Ivory Coast use stones to open nuts, while others prefer wood tools. — Read it at The New York Times

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