Pittsburgh orders flags half-staffed for canine credited with saving handler


(FOX News)–Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has ordered flags flown at half-staff as authorities grieve the loss of a K-9 officer and moved to prosecute the suspect charged with fatally stabbing the animal.

Twenty-one-year-old John Lewis Rush was one of Allegheny County’s most wanted fugitives when police say he stabbed the 8-year-old dog, Rocco, Tuesday night as officers tried to arrest him.

Police say Rush “lunged out from near a pillar and attacked K-9 Rocco,” and used a pocket knife to stab the dog in the back. Three other officers were hurt in the struggle.

The dog survived surgery, but died at a veterinary hospital Thursday evening. The animal succumbed to his wounds and was not euthanized. He had showed signs of improvement but he suffered from additional bleeding and developed pneumonia, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

“He fought as hard here as he did out on the field,” one…

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66 adorable reasons to watch Puppy Bowl X



Amy Roberts and Ann Hoevel, (CNN) — For the past decade, millions of Americans have passed on the biggest football game of the year to watch something way cuter. By now it’s an established fact: Television doesn’t get much more adorable than puppies.

“Puppy Bowl,” Animal Planet’s alternative programming to the NFL’s Super Bowl, is the sublime result of pairing a bunch of wiggly puppies — 66, in fact — with squeaky toys and a mini-stadium set. Add a “rufferee” and a kitty-filled halftime, and every floppy tackle or slobbered-on football inspires an unintelligible burst of baby talk and giggles. That’s the power of puppies!

Ahead of this year’s most big game, we take a look at the Puppy Bowl, by the numbers.

10 — Number of Puppy Bowls on Animal Planet, including this year. “Puppy Bowl X” premieres at 3 p.m. ET and PT February 2.

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