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A police dog has helped a 10-year-old girl endure the painful recounting of sexual assault in the first instance a dog has assisted a child testify at trial in British Columbia. The dog named Caber, a seven-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, peacefully laid in a bed at the girl's feet inside the witness box as she spoke from behind a screen on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at Surrey provincial court. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ho-Delta Police-Kim Gramlich

Dog soothes girl at sex-assault trial; sets new course for B.C.'s courts

A police dog has helped a 10-year-old girl endure the pain of testifying about an alleged sexual assault, and in doing so has become the first canine to assist a child during a trial in British Columbia. Caber, a yellow Labrador retriever, rested peacefully in a bed and at the girl's feet, as she spoke in the witness box, while shielded by a screen in Surrey provincial court Tuesday. The dog soo…

  • Prescription drug spending in Canada reached an estimated $28.8 billion last year, driven by new biologics that can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars per patient. Total prescription drug spending is expected to have reached $28.8 billion in 2014, up 0.9 per cent from the year before. Public drug program spending on …

  • A yearling black bear stands up against the side of a house, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, on Newport Street in Casper, Wyo. The bear was spotted multiple times throughout the day in east Casper. Game wardens hoped to tranquilize the yearling and relocate it outside of town. (Alan Rogers/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    After leading wildlife officials on a daylong chase through a Wyoming city, an exhausted young black bear fell asleep under a tree. "He was sleeping under an aspen tree just wiped out from his day's adventures," State Game and Fish spokeswoman Janet Milek told the Casper Star-Tribune newspaper (http://bit.ly/1cl3iaT ). …

  • Walk Off The Earth members including Sarah Blackwood, centre, pose on the green carpet before the 2013 Juno Gala, Dinner and Awards in Regina on April 20, 2013. Walk Off the Earth singer Sarah Blackwood says she wants compensation and an apology after being kicked off a United Airlines flight because her young child was being fussy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards

    Walk Off the Earth singer Sarah Blackwood says she wants compensation and an apology after being kicked off a United Airlines flight because her young child was being fussy. The Burlington, Ont.-based musician, who is seven months pregnant, said it happened while she and her nearly two-year-old son were on a United plane …

  • The Montreal SPCA is looking for the public's help to catch a cat killer in Laval after the discovery of the body of a mutilated kitten on Belcourt Crescent in the Duvernay district. A concerned citizen who found the body of the kitten brought it in to the SPCA two weeks ago.

  • When Banta Singh first arrived in Vancouver in 1930 from India as an 18-year-old, one thing became quickly clear for him — discrimination existed in Canada, but not to the level it did in his native land. In India, we were poor but here I could work and afford decent groceries," he told Mehfil Magazine in an interview …

  • Toronto Daystarter: Friday, May 29, 2015

    Here's what you need to know for Friday (yay!), May 29, 2015. 

  • Jessica MacLellan, a cat lover and Grade 6 student in Courtenay, B.C., read about the fire online and knew she had to help. As they try to rebound from the heart-wrenching tragedy, the SPCA is now operating out of the town's pound while it raises money to re-open at a new location. Jessica figured she would step in to …

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    A photo of two white Chicago police officers holding rifles and posing over a black man wearing antlers like an animal killed on a hunt was released by an Illinois court, the Chicago Tribune reported on Wednesday.

  • The Department of Natural Resources wants to talk to a woman who says a coyote attacked her dog while hiking the Cape Split trail last weekend. The story was posted on the Facebook page, Scotian Hiker, and it has people curious. The page administrator, Don Crowell, said the posting reported a coyote attack on a leashed …

  • A West Island veterinarian says she's concerned about the high number of pets being brought in with ticks so far this year. Dr. Karen Joy Goldenberg, who works at the Pierrefonds Animal Hospital, said although it's too early in the season for specific statistics, the number of recorded tick incidents has been increasing …

  • Alberta Agriculture is recommending petting zoos implement a no-touch poultry policy for children under five years of age following a salmonella outbreak linked to baby chicks. According to Alberta Health, 24 Albertans have become ill since April 5, including 10 children. The Public Health Agency of Canada says all of …

  • In this May 26, 2015 photo, A California sea lion swims by beach balls tied to a dock in the East End Mooring Basin in Astoria, Ore. The Port of Astoria is attempting to use the beach balls as a sea lion deterrent according to the Daily Astorian. (Joshua Bessex/Daily Astorian via AP)

    SAN DIEGO - A giant sea lion impaled by a homemade spear is recovering at SeaWorld after being rescued just off the Southern California coast.

  • Injured kitten makes surprise visit to Grade 3 students

    Henry, the injured kitten who captured the hearts of Edmonton animal lovers after he was found beside a highway two weeks ago, made a surprise visit to an elementary school on Wednesday. Since then, staff at the humane society have shared Henry's story through social media and news stories.  They have also been raising …

  • Gino Furano keeps his black lab Chilko company while the dog receives acupuncture treatment in Calgary, Friday, May 15, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Graveland

    Owner Gino Furano isn't willing to say goodbye to his constant companion just yet and has embraced a holistic approach to the painful ravages of his dog's old age. Furano has been bringing Chilko to the Calgary Holistic Veterinary Clinic for acupuncture for three years and says the hour-long sessions appear to be working. …

  • Mars Petcare cat food ad found misleading as fat cat exposed

    A Mars Petcare commercial boasting the effects of a diet cat food has been found misleading by Advertising Standards Canada, because the "before and after" images turned out to be of two different cats. "Council found that the clear impression conveyed by this commercial … was that the cat shown both before and after weight …

  • Ju?dge Barbara Jaffe, right, listens as Steven Wise, president of the Nonhuman Rights Project, standing at table left, argues in Manhattan State Supreme Court, in New York, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Lawyers for two chimpanzees went to court to argue that the animals have "personhood" rights and should be freed from the Long Island university where they are kept. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)

    A lawyer seeking to free two chimpanzees from a state university told a judge Wednesday that their confinement for research purposes is akin to slavery, the involuntary detention of mentally ill people and imprisonment. Steven Wise, an attorney with the Nonhuman Rights Project, told Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Barbara …

  • Calgary Humane Society officials recently seized 1,037 domesticated mice from a northeast home.

  • Rodents crammed into a cage are shown in a handout photo from the Calgary Humane Society. The Society says it has seized more than 1,000 animals from a property in northeast Calgary. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Calgary Humane Society.

    The Calgary Humane Society says it has seized more than 1,000 animals from a property. It says staff, along with police and fire crews, took 1,123 animals from the property in northeast Calgary on Tuesday.

  • Lyme disease diagnosed in P.E.I. dogs

    The Prince Edward Island Veterinary Medical Association says Lyme disease, an infection transmitted by deer ticks, is being diagnosed in dogs in Prince Edward Island. It says traveling off Island, hiking in woods, and being in open fields will increase a dog's risk of tick exposure. Ticks are found naturally in grasses, …

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