Named the world's smallest dog in 1999, a Chihuahua just 15 cm tall, died of natural causes and not medical malpractice as its owner claimed, a Czech court ruled on Thursday. The court in the eastern city of Olomouc dismissed a one million crown (43,100 dollar) damages claim by the dog's owner against a veterinarian who, she said, gave her pet an injection that left it paralysed. The Chihuahua, listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's smallest dog in 1999, had to be put down in 2000. The owner claimed the damages as a loss of earnings for the deals that had been set up for the dog, called Ondra. The judge, citing expert testimony, ruled that death was the result of a birth defect, hydrocephalus, or water in the head.
A variety of musical groups and artists came out to play at a benefit concert celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Czech Foundation for the Protection of animals. Their work ranges from supporting local shelters, advocating for better legislation concerning animal welfare and nature protection to cooperating with other non-profit organizations on an international level. The concert drew together animal lovers of all kinds.
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A number highly publicised dog attacks has put the spotlight on canine behaviour in the Czech Republic. On Tuesday, a special seminar on the subject was held in Prague, which brought together a number of experts, including vets and psychologists, to discuss how Czechs could enjoy their pets whilst ensuring that their dogs' behaviour did not cause problems for others.
Dogs are undoubtedly the most popular household animal in this country and are considered by many to part of the fabric of Czech life. Nevertheless, despite the fact that so many people here are utterly devoted to their dogs, there is growing disquiet in some quarters about the level of control Czechs exercise over their pets. A number of well-publicised attacks by dogs on humans has prompted some MPs to table a bill before parliament, which seeks to introduce some tough new laws aimed at ensuring greater discipline among dog owners.
They say that dogs take on the qualities of their owners and vice-versa, and some might say that the following two breeds conform to stereotype. The German "Drahthund" - the wire haired pointing dog - is a dog that loves the hunt, enthusiastically chasing its prey through the forest; its close Czech relative - the Bohemian wire-haired pointing dog, or "Cesky fousek", is a much quieter, more restrained breed, and favours caution before diving into the woods. The fousek is also one of Europe's oldest breeds, in all probability going back to the Middle
MPs are due to discuss new legislation in the next few weeks to deal with the growing problem of dogs attacking humans. Under a bill to be submitted to parliament, dog owners would face much stiffer punishments if their dog kills or maims someone. The bill comes after the latest case in which a man was apparently killed by three Staffordshire terriers.
Visitors admiring the beauty of Prague's spires and the colourful facades of its historic buildings are often in for an unpleasant surprise. Prague residents learnt long ago that it's safest to walk around the city with their eyes down. That's because the streets of the capital are often littered with dog excrement, which the city authorities spend tens of millions of crowns a year cleaning up. The money from dog licences is used to clean up the dog mess, though it is not enough. The city council has now proposed the licence fee be increased by