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Dog owned by Massachusetts family wins AKC Humane Fund award

Dec. 04, 2021 10:02 AM EST

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — A dog owned by a Massachusetts family has been named one of five recipients of this year's AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence. The winners of the awards for hard-working dogs that have significantly improved the lives of their owners...

Vegas ice-skating canine named Benny wins kennel club award

Dec. 03, 2021 19:45 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — An ice-skating dog familiar to Vegas Golden Knights fans is drawing acclaim from the American Kennel Club for his role as a companion animal for children with disabilities. Hockey fans at T-Mobile Arena know “Benny” for his on-ice abilities with...

Courthouse 'comfort' dogs aid witnesses in criminal cases

Nov. 14, 2021 09:13 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A chance encounter between a big, friendly dog and a mentally withdrawn teen who had been sexually assaulted was the light bulb moment for Powhatan County Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Cerullo, who discovered canines can have a discernible calming effect on...

Denver police hope therapy dog will break down barriers

Nov. 04, 2021 18:53 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Police Department's first therapy dog was originally trained to be a guide dog, but she turned out to be too friendly to focus on helping one person. Now the department is counting on the Black English Labrador Retriever's outgoing nature to...