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May 13, 2011

Dogs in the news

Reports that a dog accompanied the Navy Seals' raid on Osama bin Laden's Pakistan compound created a wave of interest in the animals and their training. Almost 3000 dogs are in use by the American military. Other dogs have been in the news lately as well, with sniffer dogs searching for bombs in sensitive areas in the wake of the raid. Sniffer dogs were also deployed to search for victims of the tornados in the American South. Dogs were in headlines for other reasons recently too, as several hundred were rescued in China, street dogs were being killed in Kosovo and Romania, and luxury dog hotels opened in Europe and North America. A luxury hotel would be a welcome change for those dogs abandoned in Japan in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami and nuclear disaster. And in the middle of all of this, the International Dog Show in Szivasvarad, Hungary showed off pampered purebreds. Collected here are pictures of working dogs, rescued dogs, those suffering the effects of natural disasters, and several others. -- Lane Turner (34 photos total)

A military working dog outfitted with its own equipment and light heads up the steps of a building in this undated handout image from a company which manufactures a range of specialized gear that includes high-tech canine flak jackets and tactical body armor. The equipment provides real time video feedback and night vision capabilities. (K9 Storm Inc./Handout/Reuters)

U.S. Military Member Mike Forsythe and his dog Cara break the world record for "highest man/dog parachute deployment" by jumping from 30,100 feet in this undated image released by a company which manufactures equipment for military dogs. (K9 Storm Inc./Handout/Reuters) #

A U.S. Army soldier with the 10th Special Forces Group and his military working dog jump off the ramp of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment during water training over the Gulf of Mexico March 1. (Manuel J. Martinez/U.S. Air Force/Handout/Reuters) #

Staff Sgt. Erick Martinez, a military dog handler, carries his dog Argo II on March 4 during an exercise at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. (Allen Stokes/U.S. Air Force/Handout/Reuters) #

A Navy SEAL platoon performs a land warfare demonstration at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek - Fort Story in Virginia July 17, 2010. Any dog that participated in the US mission to find Osama bin Laden in Pakistan would have been a member of an elite corps of canines with little relation to common family pets, experts say. (Robert J. Fluegel/AFP/Getty Images) #

US Marine Corporal Adrian Luevano from 2nd Marine 8 Batallion Fox Company throws an object to play catch with Sergeant Rush the bomb detection dog at Camp Hansen in Marjah, Afghanistan on May 3. (Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images) #

Cesar Millan, better known as the dog whisperer, works with a dog from the Police K-9 unit during a visit to Fort Hood, Texas on April 21. Millan also checks the training and behavior of some of the dogs as he wears a training bite suit. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman/AP) #

A policewoman uses a detection dog to check a vehicle as a policeman looks on during a training course at a police academy in Kerbala, Iraq April 27. (Mushtaq Muhammed/Reuters) #

A police dog searches in Westminster Abbey in London April 27. Final preparations were being made for the wedding between Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton. (Sang Tan/Pool/Reuters) #

A Chilean customs officer inspects a shipment of smuggled cigarettes with a sniffer dog at Valparaiso port April 27. (Eliseo Fernandez/Reuters) #

A security officer walks a sniffer dog through the baggage of commuters at a train station in Manila May 3. The Philippine National Police are on full alert to secure all vital installations in the country for possible retaliatory attacks in the wake of the death of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. (Cheryl Ravelo/Reuters) #

A police officer with a sniffer dog checks a passenger's suitcase at a security control at the Nice-Cote d'Azur airport in Nice, France May 4. (Lionel Cironneau/AP) #

An Amtrak police officer and a sniffer dog check an Acela train at Union Station in Washington on May 6, five days after al Qaeda head Osama bin Laden was killed. Intelligence seized from bin Laden's compound showed his network pondered strikes on US trains on the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. (Stephane Jourdain/AFP/Getty Images) #

An Indian army dog walks a metal beam during an event at the Army School in Nagrota, India April 26. (Channi Anand/AP) #

An Indian army soldier demonstrates the skills of a trained military dog during an event at the Army School in Nagrota, India April 26. (Channi Anand/AP) #

A customs officer and his sniffer dog, trained to search for drugs, take part in a competition for dogs representing the Russian Federal Customs Service in Vladivostok April 20. (Yuri Maltsev/Reuters) #

Enzo, a search dog used by the special French gendarme search team, is seen in a forest of Roquebrune-sur-Argens, France on April 29 in connection with the discovery last week of the remains of five members of the Dupont de Ligonnes family in Nantes. Police continue to search for the father, Xavier Dupont de Ligonnes, who they suspect of murdering his wife and four children and burying them in the garden in Nantes. Police found his car in a hotel car park in Roquebrune-sur-Argens, some 10 hours' drive away, after bank withdrawals showed he was in the area. (Eric Gaillard/Reuters) #

A cadaver dog, Chance, searches for a body on May 2 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama, the hardest-hit of six states, is reported to have been battered with at least an EF-4 rated tornado with the death toll across the South rising to over 300 as a result of the storms. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images) #

Kristen Hartness Law with Canine for Disabled Kids demonstrates on February 24 how she uses Bronson, a four-year old smooth coat Collie, for support during a demonstration at Northeastern University in Boston where engineering students watched and measured the service dogs and interviewed their handlers in order to develop new harnesses and equipment for canines. (Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff) #

Fire survivors Darryl Steen, his daughters Darahne, 9, and Sierra, 16, sit with their pit bull, Diamond, after the dog received the 29th annual National Hero Dog Award from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Los Angeles May 4. When their apartment caught fire in October 2010, the dog barked to wake owner Darryl Steen. He rushed to save his daughters, grabbing Darahne, but he couldn't get through the smoke and flames to reach Sierra. Diamond not only wiggled through but shielded the teenager beneath a mattress until firefighters rescued them both. Sierra and her father were treated for burns and received skin grafts. Diamond spent six weeks at a veterinary hospital recovering from burns and smoke inhalation. (Damian Dovarganes/AP) #

Boston Dynamics' robot BigDog demonstrates how it can help soldiers carry heavy equipment in the field in this undated photograph. The robot can follow a human being, walking across wet, sandy, rocky terrain, just like a dog would. (Handout) #

A man looks at a demonstration of a prototype of a dog robot during the International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Shanghai May 11. (Aly Song/Reuters) #

Dolche, Belle, and Flaf relax in their hotel room at Actuel Dogs on April 19 in Vincennes, France. Actuel Dogs is a five-star luxury hotel for dogs with two single rooms and two suites. With the aim of meeting the dogs' needs, the hotel offers activities including 'doggy rando' and other services such as 'dog massage'. T he hotel also caters to the needs of people living in small apartments or who don't have time to walk their dogs. (Franck Prevel/Getty Images) #

A dog owner stands by his hound in a "Caniparc" animal toilet, an area designed to prevent dog fouling public streets, in a park in Toulouse, France, on April 13. According to a series of government reports over the past decade, Paris has 200,000 dogs dropping 15 tons of excrement a day that cost the city 9 million euros a year to clean up. (Fabrice Dimier/Bloomberg) #

Street dogs wait at a dog shelter in the village of Harilac, Kosovo May 4 after they escaped the fate of fellow dogs, which have become the target of a campaign to cull street dogs in Kosovo. Authorities in Kosovo's capital of Pristina say 190 street dogs have been shot and killed in the first three weeks of a culling campaign that has been harshly criticized by animal lovers, but officials claim the city is plagued by packs of dogs that often attack people. (Visar Kryeziu/AP) #

Dogs rescued by animal lovers are released from their truck at a shelter in Beijing April 16. Animal lovers mobilized by online calls for help blockaded a truck of hundreds of dogs being shipped off for food in a rare, permitted display of social action amid a broad crackdown on most kinds of activism. (Capital Animals Welfare Association/AP) #

An animal lover rescues a newborn puppy after a convoy of trucks carrying some 500 dogs to be sold as meat were stopped along a highway in Beijing April 17. There were about 58 million pet dogs in 20 major Chinese cities at the end of 2009, and the figure is rising about 30 percent each year, as pet owners in China spend an estimated two billion USD a year on their animals. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) #

Easy the dog speeds on a park path during the second week of almost daily protests by animal rights activists outside the parliament building in Bucharest, Romania April 19. A parliamentary committee has passed a draft law that says stray dogs can be killed. Romania has long had a problem with stray dogs, with an estimated 30,000 of them in the capital alone. (Vadim Ghirda/AP) #

An English bulldog attends the international dog show in Szivasvarad, Hungary April 24. (Laszlo Balogh/Reuters) #

A man carrying a girl and a dog wades down a flooded street in La Dorada, Colombia April 22. Downpours have rocked the Andean nation since last year, displacing 2.8 million people and killing almost 400. (Felipe Caicedo/Reuters) #

Robert Sanders rows his boat through floodwaters in front of his home with his dog Lucky in Holly Grove, Ark. May 10. (Eric Thayer/Reuters) #

An abandoned dog pauses within the exclusion zone, about 6km away from the stricken Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, on April 12 in Futaba Town, Japan. (Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images) #

Veterinarian Riggs Wagenheim examines one of hundreds of dogs that have been brought to the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter in Tuscaloosa on May 5. Hundreds of animals have been searching for their owners following a swarm of tornadoes that swept across the state last week. (Dave Martin/AP) #

A dog peers through its enclosure at the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter in Tuscaloosa. A constant flow of people searching for their lost animals following a tornado visit the shelter each day. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) #