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Champion Dog Allegedly Neutered, Kidnapped

iStockphoto(JERICHO, N.Y.) -- A New York couple is suing their dog-sitter, claiming she won’t give back their champion Samoyed, and that she had the animal neutered, ruining his value.

Cecile and Victor Stanton, of Jericho, N.Y., filed a lawsuit against Beverly Jeffries of Pasadena, Calif., on June 26 in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, Calif., claiming she refuses to return their dog, whose name is Polar Mist You Gotta Believe. In a contract between the two parties signed in February and included in the lawsuit, the Stantons agreed to give temporary physical custody of the AKC-registered Grand Champion to Jeffries while they retained ownership.

The Stantons bought the dog, which answers to the name Justin, in 2006, according to a certificate issued by the American Kennel Club.  When the Stantons asked for Justin to be returned in May, Jeffries refused, the suit states.

In their lawsuit the Stantons maintain that Jeffries neutered Justin without their permission in April. The dog, a stud used for breeding, is worth an estimated $250,000, according to the suit.

In the lawsuit the Stantons estimate that they have lost $100,000 in breeding value, now that the dog has been neutered.

The Stantons are suing Jeffries for $350,000, citing breach of contract, promissory fraud, and intentional infliction of severe emotional distress.

It is unclear if Jeffries has an attorney. She could not be reached for comment.

The Stantons and their attorney did not return ABC News’ request for comment.

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WATCH: New Hampshire Man Reunited with Dog 10 Years Later

Courtesy of Emily Lafasciano(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- Jamie Carpentier of Nashua, N.H., had always wondered whatever happened to Ginger, the dog that dropped out of his life nearly a decade ago.

On a whim, he logged on to the website of the Humane Society of Greater Nashua one night last month and looked through the dogs that were up for adoption, according to a report from ABC News affiliate WMUR in New Hampshire.  One click brought him to the listing of a 13-year-old basset hound named Ginger.

There was something about the description of Ginger that reminded Carpentier of his long-lost dog.  Though there were no pictures attached, Carpentier was struck by the dog’s description, which read: ”I have the longest ears and the biggest heart of any dog you will ever meet!  I am an older girl, but I still have a lot of spunk left.”

Without Carpentier’s knowledge, his ex-wife had surrendered Ginger to the Nashua Humane Society shelter in 2003.  An older couple adopted Ginger, but they returned her to the shelter last October when caring for Ginger became too difficult, according to the shelter.

It’s a tough adjustment for older animals coming into the shelter, and members of the Humane Society staff opened their homes to Ginger while waiting for a new family to adopt her, Noelle Schuyler, an event and outreach coordinator for the Humane Society shelter, told ABC News.

To Carpentier, the dog on the shelter’s website sounded like his lost companion.

“Just the paws, that’s the thing I remembered about her,” Carpentier told WMUR.  “She had these ‘ginormous’ paws.”

It was not until Carpentier was on the phone with staff members, who excitedly compared Ginger’s spots with the markings in the old photos that Carpentier had sent to them, that everyone realized Ginger could be the same dog.

“She’s a little bit more white now,” Schuyler said, “but she has three markers on her side that matched up.”

Shortly after that call, Carpentier met Ginger at the shelter.  Ten years had passed, and many of the staff members wondered how Ginger would react when Carpentier came down to the basement, where she was sleeping, Schuyler said.

Carpentier nudged Ginger gently out of her sleep, and Ginger began to sniff at Carpentier, Schuyler recalled.

“At one point he was petting her head, and he bent his face down, and she started licking his face.  That was the moment we saw that she recognized him,”  Schuyler said, as Ginger had never done that with anyone before.

“She just seemed like she knew it was me,” Carpentier told WMUR.  “It was me and my father that were there.  She just recognized us.”

After 10 years and some slobbery kisses, Carpentier and Ginger were reunited for good.

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Oregon Woman Who Refused to Give Dog Back Agrees to Plea Deal

Hemera/Thinkstock(CORVALLIS, Ore.) -- An Oregon woman who took a loose dog home and refused to give him back to his owner has given up her months-long fight to keep the canine.

Jordan Biggs, 20, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor theft charge Friday in a Corvallis, Ore., courtroom, as part of an agreement arranged between her attorney and the prosecution.

The dog drama began in March 2011 when Chase, a husky mix, jumped over a fence at his Portland home.

Biggs found the dog, named him Bear, and took him home with her after she said she was unable to locate the owner. She said she trained the canine to act as a service dog in the event she had an asthma attack, according to local reports.

More than a year later, Sam Hanson-Fleming, the rightful owner of the dog, spotted his pet pooch with Biggs at a Portland coffee shop.

The Multnomah County Animal Services conducted an investigation and determined Hanson-Fleming was the rightful owner. Biggs, however, refused to part with the dog and said it had been abused and neglected in Hanson-Fleming’s care.

An investigation found no evidence to back her claims, and in October, Hanson-Fleming was reunited with the dog he named Chase as a puppy.

Biggs filed a lawsuit to regain custody of the dog, but as part of her plea deal, she has agreed to concede Hanson-Fleming is the rightful owner, negating the suit.

She was also sentenced to 80 hours of community service, ordered to attend a civic responsibility course and must stay away from the dog, The Oregonian reported.

If all of the terms are completed within six months, the court will expunge the case from her record.

Hanson-Fleming told the Corvallis Gazette-Times last week he thought the plea deal was a “slap on the wrist.”

“I do not feel that she should be allowed to plead out to a lesser charge,” he said. “She should have to sit in jail for the time my dog sat in jail.”

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Secret Service Dog Dies in Line of Duty

iStockphoto/Thinkstock (file photo)(NEW YORK) -- The Secret Service suffered a fatality last weekend while helping to make an area safe for Vice President Joe Biden.

According to the agency, a bomb-sniffing Belgian Malinois lost its footing and fell from the roof of a parking garage next door to the Ritz Carlton in New Orleans where Biden was scheduled to deliver a speech.

Despite being rushed to an animal hospital, veterinarians were unable to save the Secret Service dog.

Agency spokesman Max Milien said the animal's death was a "tragic accident" but in accordance with Secret Service policy, would not reveal the dog's name.

Belgian Malinois are a breed of dog used because they are small, fast, smart and sociable.  The Secret Service started using bomb-sniffing dogs in 1975.

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Labradoodle Mistaken for Lion, Prompts 911 Calls

ABC News(NORFOLK, Va.) -- Bustling Colley Avenue in Norfolk, Va., lined with its shops and eateries, is clearly no wild jungle. But that didn’t stop three 911 callers Tuesday from reporting that there was a lion on the loose roaming the streets, possibly rummaging for food.

Turns out, however, it was just one local business owner’s friendly Labradoodle dog, named Charles the Monarch, whose fur coat is intentionally groomed to resemble nearby Old Dominion University’s lion mascot.

“I go to Old Dominion University and our mascot is a lion and we have a local zoo right here also,” Charles’ owner, Natalie Painter, told ABC News. “He was just roaming around. He does his own thing a lot of the time. He visits the locals on the street and walks on the sidewalk shop to shop. He was walking around, and he does look a lot like a lion. So I guess some concerned citizens thought there was a lion.”

Upon hearing of the lion sightings, the police actually called the Virginia Zoo, making sure the lions were all in place, which they were. But apparently this isn’t the first time the Norfolk Police Department has been alerted to a “lion” in the area.

“The callers all described the Labradoodle as a ‘lion.’ The dog is named Charles and has not been documented to hurt or bite anyone,” Karen Parker-Chesson, the Norfolk Police Department public information officer, said.

Natalie’s father, Daniel Painter, owns Daniel’s Lawn and Garden Center on Colley Avenue, and often has Charles the Monarch at work with him. The dog is well-known around the community for his resemblance to the lion mascot, frequently making appearances at football tailgates and around campus.

“It happens all the time,” Natalie Painter said. “It’s really funny. I’m used to the attention but when I’m on campus, I’ll bring him to roam around while I do homework outside and I see students and faculty running around with cameras after him. It’s like he’s in The Beatles.

“He’s 4 years old. He’s been a lion ever since we’ve had him. We always bring him to all the football games. He’s a little local celebrity when it comes to football season, but it always catches people off guard.”

A Labradoodle is a cross between a Labrador retriever and the standard or miniature poodle.

Charles, affectionately nicknamed “Labra-Lion,” has established quite a reputation for himself, equipped with his own Facebook and Twitter pages.

And when asked how Charles the Monarch got his distinctive name, the answer was simple.

“We took a picture when he was on the porch one day,” Painter said. “He had his snout up, and he just looked so majestic, so regal. So it just stuck."

“People are abbreviating it on Facebook, calling him ‘CTM.’ That’s when you know you’ve made it.”


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Girl, 7, Reunited with Stolen Dog on Christmas

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A 7-year-old girl's Christmas wish came true when New York City cops nabbed the Grinch that stole her dog and a good Samaritan helped reunite her with the missing pooch.

On Christmas Day, Mia Bendray, 7, wrapped her arms around Marley, the Cavalier King Charles spaniel who had been unleashed and taken from outside a shop in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood on Christmas Eve.  The theft was caught on tape and police provided the video to news oulets.

"Thank you, the people of Washington Heights… Those great Samaritans… And now we got him on Christmas Day," Mia's mother, Angie Estrada, told ABC News affiliate WABC-TV.

The dog was rescued by Tina Cohen, a high school Spanish teacher who came across a man on Monday in another section of Manhattan standing on a street corner, shouting that he had a dog for sale.

"I said, 'That's not right.'  I said, 'I'd like to buy the dog.  I only have $100,'" Cohen said.

When the man demanded more cash, Cohen said she went to a nearby Staples and bought merchandise she then returned for cash.  She bought Marley for $200 and quickly took the dog to the veterinarian who treats her own dogs.  

In the meantime, other bystanders called the cops, who soon collared the alleged dognapper, Brad Bacon, 29.  Bacon appears to have been caught on video taking the dog on Monday.

Cohen's vet was able to track down Marley's owner from a microchip implanted in the dog's skin and with help from an animal rescue group that had learned about the stolen pup.

On Tuesday, when Cohen watched Marley jump into Mia's arms, she said, "You guys belong together.  I'm so happy you are together."

"That was the worst thing, there was a Grinch that was living about in New York," the girls' mom said.  "The Grinch didn't win today."

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Chicago Teacher Accused of Beating Dog to Death Held on $200K Bail

Medioimages/Photodisc/ThinkStock(CHICAGO) -- A Chicago elementary school teacher was ordered held on $200,000 bail today after he admitted to police that he punched his rescue dog to death.

Derek Fierro, 25, told officers the dog had eaten “every piece of paper in the house” and had defecated on itself.

“The man became angry when the dog continuously struggled as he tried to place the animal in the bathtub to wash it.  That is when he beat the dog to death with his fists,” the arrest report said.

Fierro called Chicago police on Friday at 3 a.m., crying and saying he did not know why he had beaten the dog, according to the police report.

When officers arrived at his Chicago apartment building, Fierro gave them his car keys and permission to open the trunk of his car, where they found the body of a “yellow male dog,” the report said.

He was taken into custody and is charged with a felony count of aggravated cruelty to an animal.

Fierro is a fourth grade teacher at Eugene Field Elementary School in Chicago, according to the school’s website.

Chicago Public Schools officials will investigate the incident, which could result in disciplinary action, The Chicago Tribune reported.

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Michigan Dog Rescues Toddler from Swimming Pool

WABC/ABC News(MARCELLUS TOWNSHIP, Mich.) -- A family dog saved a toddler who fell into a backyard swimming pool in Michigan.

Patricia Drauch of Marcellus Township was doing yard work Sunday when her 14-month-old son Stanley fell into the swimming pool, ABC affiliate WBND-TV reported.

“Stanley usually follows us around and I went into the garage to put away some stuff and came back out,” Drauch told WBND.  “Just in a moment he wasn’t behind me.”

But Drauch’s 4-year-old black Labrador retriever Bear was there for the rescue.

“Bear put his back underneath Stanley’s back to keep him from going under any farther,” she told WBND.  “I don’t know where I’d be if Bear didn’t go in for him and keep him up out of the water before I could get to him.”

Drauch pulled Stanley from the pool, but he had turned blue and wasn’t breathing. Her cellphone couldn’t find service to call 911 so Drauch drove her son to the Marcellus Fire Department. Stanley was taken to the hospital and released later that day. Drauch told WBND that X-rays show her son hasn’t suffered any ill-effects from his near-death experience.

She hopes the incident will remind other parents to never turn their back on their children, even for a second.

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Drauch isn’t just lucky to have Stanley safe, she’s lucky to have Bear, too.

“He’s my hero,” Drauch said of her dog.

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California Dog Burned by Explosives Reunited with Owner

Dexter the dog. Image: KXTV(STOCKTON, Calif.) -- Dexter, a spaniel long-haired chihuahua mix who was severely injured by explosives that were strapped to his body and detonated, was reunited with his owner, Shukriyyah Albaaqee, after she saw reports of the dog on the news.

Police in Stockton, Calif. responded to reports on Wednesday that an explosive device had detonated and discovered an injured dog at the scene. They then discovered that someone had strapped the device to the dog and set it off.

The dog was rushed to a local animal hospital, where he was given the nickname “Rocket.” According to ABC’s Sacramento affiliate, KXTV, the dog was injured but in stable condition. He had a large, deep wound, roughly 10 inches long.

“It’s quite a miracle that he’s still alive right now,” a veterinary worker told KXTV. “He’s a trouper. He’s a tough little guy.”

Employees at the animal hospital did not believe Dexter was a stray.

Reports of the incident on the news led Shukriyyah Albaaqee to the animal hospital where she provided pictures and home video as proof that Dexter indeed belonged to her.

Dexter will stay at the animal hospital until at least Tuesday while he heals.

RedRover, a national nonprofit animal protection organization based on Sacramento, is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever strapped the explosive to Dexter and detonated the device.

If you have any information regarding the situation, please contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377.

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Dog Delays Flights at LaGuardia Airport

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A few flights were delayed Wednesday morning when Byrdie, a Rhodesian ridgeback, made a run for it on runway 3L at LaGuardia Airport in New York.

The approximately 30-pound canine got loose while being loaded onto a Delta flight bound for Memphis at 10:20 a.m.

Authorities quickly escorted the owner onto the runway and the dog came running to her when it was called.

The pup was only on the tarmac for about 10 minutes, and two or three flights were briefly delayed.

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