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Dogs shed tears of joy when reunited with their owners, study suggests

  • Dogs shed tears of joy when reunited with their owners after being separated for a long time, a study published on Monday in peer-reviewed scientific journal Current Biology has found. 
  • Takefumi Kikusui, the study's lead author, said in a statement that dogs “shed tears associated with positive emotions." 
  • After seeing his poodle shed tears while nursing her puppies, he went on to conduct a study on how oxytocin plays a role in such a reaction. 
  • Oxytocin, the so-called “love hormone,” has previously been found in both dogs and their human owners during their interactions.
  • The recent study’s findings suggest that the release of oxytocin strengthens the bond between dogs and their human owners. They also suggest that there is a link between tear production and emotion in animals besides humans.
  • While earlier studies have shown that dogs release oxytocin naturally in the presence of their owners, this is reportedly the first time tear volumes and oxytocin have been studied in relation to owner-dog reunions.

Dogs tear up when reunited with their owners after being separated for a long time, a new study from Japan has found.

The study was published on Monday in peer-reviewed scientific journal Current Biology.

‘Welcome to hell’: Video of handler abusing dog at training school in Singapore sparks outrage

  • A video of a dog being abused by a handler at a training school in Singapore went viral on Wednesday, sparking outrage on social media.
  • The Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS) and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) are now investigating the case shared on Facebook by the animal welfare group Chained Dog Awareness in Singapore (CDAS).
  • The unidentified trainer can be seen yelling at the mixed-breed dog and hitting it with a metal food bowl.
  • The AVS said it was aware of the two-minute video circulating online and has already suspended the handler from its list of accredited dog trainers since March 25.
  • A person found guilty of abusing an animal is subjected to a fine of 15,000 Singaporean dollars (approximately $10,000) and/or imprisonment not exceeding 18 months for the first offense. A second or subsequent offense could land the person a jail sentence not exceeding three years and/or a fine of 30,000 Singaporean dollars (approximately $21,000).

The Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS) in Singapore has launched an investigation into a dog training school that also offers boarding services after one of its handlers was caught on video abusing one of the dogs.

The viral video that captured the dog abuse was shared on Facebook by the animal welfare group Chained Dog Awareness in Singapore (CDAS) on Wednesday. A handler can be seen in the video yelling at the dog and hitting it with a metal food bowl.

Ruff day no more: Stray dogs in Thailand get pawsitively delicious feast in viral video

stray dogs get fed

A viral video uploaded on Instagram shows a man preparing a luxurious and delicious meal for stray dogs, each receiving their own bowl as they excitedly wag their tails.

Niall Harbison, a content creator on Instagram, dedicates his page to the journey of feeding and saving stray dogs in Koh Samui, Thailand. On Sunday, Harbison uploaded a video where he prepares an elaborate meal on his pickup truck for the street dogs, each receiving their own bowls filled with various food items, topped with an ample amount of gravy. 

‘Shocking amount of pet collars’ found upon rescue of 126 dogs from ‘slaughterhouse’ after Yulin Dog Meat Festival

  • Animal activist groups Vshine, Baoji Small Animal Protection Association and local Xi’an activists teamed up with Chinese authorities and the mayor of Fufeng County to rescue 126 dogs from an "illegal dog slaughterhouse" in Shanxi Province, China, on June 30.
  • Activists believe some of the dogs, who were reportedly discovered during the end of this year’s controversial Yulin Dog Meat Festival, were once pets that were stolen from homes or farms, as evidenced by the collars they were wearing.
  • Vshine’s Ziyang Huang told Humane Society International (HSI) that the rescued dogs were “standing in their own filth with blood and dog fur all around” and had probably watched other animals being slaughtered before their very eyes.
  • Just days before the operation, police had intercepted a truck heading for Yulin that contained nearly 400 dogs bound for slaughter, HSI shared on Twitter.
  • HSI stated in its Friday report that around 10,000 dogs were slaughtered when the very festival first started, but those numbers have reportedly dwindled through the years thanks to the efforts of activists and local authorities.
  • Despite the efforts of some Asian countries, HSI noted that around 30 million dogs are still being slaughtered for their meat in other parts of Asia annually.

Chinese authorities and activists rescued 126 dogs from an illegal dog “slaughterhouse” some 1,000 miles away from where this year’s controversial Yulin Dog Meat Festival took place.

Animal activist groups Vshine, Baoji Small Animal Protection Association and local Xi’an activists teamed up with Chinese authorities and the mayor of Fufeng County to rescue the animals from the slaughterhouse in Shanxi Province, China, while the festival was ending on June 30.

Dog licking TV screen showing meat is not the craziest thing in chaotic viral video

  • A Twitter video of a husky licking a TV screen depicting a plate of meat went viral this week.
  • The golden retriever sitting next to the husky with its head pressed against the wall, however, steals the show.
  • In the video, which was posted on Sunday, the retriever is motionless beside the husky, seemingly oblivious to the other dog’s antics.
  • If this were not enough, a person in the background can be heard singing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.”
  • The video has so far garnered over 9.3 million views and 66,600 likes.

A Twitter video of a husky licking a TV screen depicting a plate of meat went viral this week, but the statuesque golden retriever sitting next to the husky steals the show.

In the video, which was posted on Sunday, the husky tries to get its face close enough to the TV screen to lick it.

Woman charged with animal abuse for hoarding 221 dogs in her home in Japan

  • A 63-year-old woman from Chiba Prefecture, Japan, was charged with animal abuse on Tuesday for hoarding 221 dogs in unsanitary conditions in her cramped home.
  • There were multiple complaints from her neighbors regarding the noise of her dogs’ barks and the foul odor of their feces and urine.
  • The dogs have been taken under the protection of the prefectural government and are currently in the process of finding new homes.

An unemployed woman in Japan was charged with animal abuse for hoarding more than 200 dogs in unsanitary conditions.

The Chiba Prefectural Police raided her cramped home in March and found 221 Maltese and Shih Tzu hybrids festering in their own waste.

This traditional Japanese architecture-inspired doghouse is breathtaking — it also costs $150,000

  • A doghouse inspired by traditional Japanese architecture is selling for $150,000.
  • Known as “Inudono,” the doghouse is made of Japanese hinoki wood and keyaki cypress wood along with a granite base and copper plate roofing.
  • The doghouse is handmade by carpenters and metal craftsmen who specialize in shrine and temple architecture.
  • Potential customers will be required to contact Bunkaizai Kozo Keikaku on their website where the first buyer will be chosen through a lottery system.

A luxurious doghouse inspired by the architecture of traditional Japanese shrines and temples is being sold for a whopping $150,000.

Bunkaizai Kozo Keikaku, a company located in Osaka, Japan, specializes in preserving and refurbishing historical and classical architecture such as temples and shrines. They are now releasing a unique doghouse called “Inudono,” which is a combination of the Japanese words “inu,” meaning dog, and “dono,” meaning feudal lord.

Controversial 10-day Yulin Dog Meat Festival set to kick off amid cancellation, rescue efforts

  • The annual Lychee and Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China, is scheduled to start on June 21, marking the beginning of the summer solstice.
  • Critics say the festival was not launched in 2009 as a cultural or historical event, but rather as a commercial gathering to help boost the sales of struggling local dog meat traders.
  • Up to 15,000 dogs and cats are believed to have been slaughtered annually in the festival’s prime years, but local and international pressures have reduced the figure to around 3,000 in recent years.
  • Dogs and cats butchered for the festival are often pets stolen from their families, crammed into tight cages and loaded into trucks for long-distance travel.
  • Ultimately, the animals are hanged, beaten to death with a metal pipe or thrown alive into a drum of boiling water — all in front of one another.
  • Activists are citing China’s ongoing COVID-19 resurgence as justification for Yulin authorities to cancel the festival, warning that it could be a super-spreader event.

Efforts to save as many canines as possible among the hundreds butchered during China’s annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival are reportedly underway as the 10-day “tradition” commences in less than two weeks.

The controversial event, officially known as the Lychee and Dog Meat Festival — in reference to the fruit that is also consumed by participants — was launched in 2009 in Yulin, Guangxi Province, to supposedly mark the beginning of the summer solstice. However, this cultural origin story is disputed by critics’ assertions that the festival was commercially motivated as dog meat traders struggled with sales at the time of its inception.

Japanese man spends $15,700 on dog costume to fulfill lifelong dream of transforming into an animal 

  • A Japanese man spent 2 million yen (approximately $15,709) on an elaborate border collie costume to transform himself into a dog.
  • The costume, made by a company called Zeppet, took 40 days to make.
  • The man posted a video to his YouTube channel where he dons the realistic dog costume and reenacts dog-like motions.

To fulfill his lifelong dream of transforming into an animal, a Japanese man spent 2 million yen (approximately $15,709) on a realistic border collie costume. 

For his costume, the man, Toko, commissioned a Japanese company called Zeppet, which specializes in sculptures and models for movies, commercials and amusement facilities as well as TV costumes and mascots. The costume reportedly took 40 days to create. Toko also went through multiple rounds of revisions, including meetings and fittings for the costume. 

Golden retriever puppy in Bangkok gets mugshot and ‘charged’ for getting lost

  • An adorable golden retriever puppy in Bangkok was taken to the police station  and “charged” with getting lost after parting ways from home. 
  • On May 16, Bangkok police discovered the lost puppy at an apartment building near Wireless Road and took her to the Lumpini police station. 
  • At the station, police members took “mugshots” of the puppy with a board that read “Name: Golden Retriever” and “Charge: Getting lost.”
  • The puppy was given blankets and food while waiting for her owner to arrive.
  • On May 17, the owner contacted the police and picked up the puppy at the station.

After being found by Bangkok police, a lost golden retriever puppy was taken to the police station where she was photographed and “arrested” on charges of getting lost.

On the evening of May 16, police found the adorable puppy at an apartment building along Wireless Road in Bangkok and took her to Lumpini police station.