NY: Dog Bites Girl in Harlem Apartment

It appeared to have happened inside an apartment at 2130 Madison Ave.

A 7-year-old girl was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after being attacked by a dog in a Harlem apartment, authorities said.

Two dogs were taken away from the scene by police. It was unclear what breed the dogs were, though initial reports were of a pit bull biting a child.

The girl was bitten inside an apartment at 2130 Madison Ave. at about 3:20 p.m., police said. She appeared to be conscious and alert as she was wheeled out to the ambulance, though her arm was covered up.

Check NBC New York for updates on this developing story.


Stray Dog Runs With Cyclists Across China

A stray dog completed a 1,100-mile trek across China, climbing 12 mountains in nearly 25 days.  All it took to get the dog to complete the mission was giving it a bone.

The tenacious pup, nicknamed “Xiaosa,” or Little Sa, encountered a team of cyclists in the beginning stages of a race from Sichuan province to Tibet.  When one of the cyclists fed the hungry-looking dog some food, the smart dog decided to stay with the hands that fed him and continued the race, the BBC reported.

Soon Xiaosa was the team’s mascot, and a national hero in China was born.

A blog started by one of the cyclists – reported to be a graduation trip among friends – chronicling  Xiaosa’s adventures had attracted 40,000 fans by the end of the race, according to the BBC.

The UK’s Telegraph reported that the dog’s Internet followers in China have nicknamed her “Forrest Gump,” after the fictional Tom Hanks character that ran and ran and ran in the movie of the same name.

“She was lying, tired, on the street around Yajiang, Sichuan province,” one cyclist told China Daily.  “So we fed her, and then she followed our team.”

Read more on ABC’s Good Morning America.

N.Y. Man Seeks Donations for $60K Dog Custody Battle

Craig Dershowitz says his ex-girlfriend “dognapped” his puggle named Knuckles and he’ll do anything to get the pooch back – including going into debt and pleading for donations online to further the effort.

According to the ” Rescue Knux” website Dershowitz created as a forum for people to donate to the cause, he claims his ex-girlfriend was taking care of Knuckles while he was looking for a new place to live after their breakup. But when he returned for the pooch, the ex – whom he portrays as Cruella Deville in a video on the site – had left New York and was on her way to California, taking Knuckles with her.

But Dershowitz wouldn’t let her get away that easily. He is now taking her to court to battle for custody of the beloved puggle. Dershowitz has already spent almost $60,000 in fees – and the fight isn’t over yet. That’s why he’s enlisting kind souls and fellow pet lovers to help, asking for donations to further his cause.

Dershowitz told ABC News that he had already received two orders in the state of New York giving him custody of Knuckles. But the situation gets sticky because his ex now lives in Los Angeles. A California judge will hear arguments May 16.

“I know it might sound funny and I understand that. If it wasn’t so painful, I would be laughing too (I mean, c’mon – dognapp – really?) but this is very serious to me and I miss him a lot. Enough that I have gone into debt to retrieve him and enough that I am on here asking for your help. I need the money to keep fighting the court battle,” Dershowitz wrote on the site.

Dershowitz says his ex’s strategy is to bring him down financially by “filing motion after frivolous motion just knowing that each time my lawyer responds it takes me one step closer to having nothing at all.” But that won’t stop him. “This bond is often as strong as between a child and parent. I raised Knux since he was two months old. I trained him, played with him, loved him and felt that he did pretty much the same to me. No, he is not a human being. But, he is a caring, loving being with a soul that I have grabbed and held. He does mean that much to me.”

So far, Dershowitz has collected $410 of the $20,000 he’s asking for.

ABC NEWS/ Good Morning America.

Dog Delays Flights at LaGuardia Airport

A few flights were delayed this morning when Byrdie, the Rhodesian ridgeback, made a run for it on runway 3L at LaGuardia Airport.

The approximately 30-pound canine got loose while being loaded onto a Delta flight bound for Memphis at 10:20 a.m.

Authorities quickly escorted the owner onto the runway and the dog came running to her when it was called.

The pup was only on the tarmac for about 10 minutes and two or three flights were briefly delayed.

WABC contributed to this report.

Dog Who Stood By Dead Pal Reunited With Owners

A loyal Lab who stayed by another dog’s side after her companion was struck and killed by a vehicle on a busy California street was reunited with her owners Monday morning.

Maggie came into animal control’s care after she stuck by her companion, a golden retriever, as traffic rolled past just a few feet away.

A passerby placed traffic cones around the dogs so drivers would be aware the animals were in the street and took video of the loyal act. The clip inspired thousands across the country.

“Her display of compassion and loyalty is like no other,” said Aaron Reyes, deputy director of LA County Department of Animal Care and Control.

The couple, who did not own the dog that died, had been looking for Maggie since she went missing last Wednesday.

“They’ve been checking the Internet every single day trying to find her,” Reyes said, adding that when the owners came in “her head perked up and her tail went a thousand miles an hour.”

Read more on NBC’s Today Show

Ohio Man Accused of Zipping Six Puppies in a Suitcase

An Ohio man has been charged with abandoning animals after he allegedly left six 4-week-old, bulldog-mix puppies in a zipped suitcase, which he had apparently forgotten to take his name tag off.

A Toledo Area Humane Society officer filed two misdemeanor charges of abandoning animals against Howard Davis of Toledo, according to court documents. He has not been arrested.

Passersby found the pups on the street when they noticed the puppies’ mother sniffing the suitcase, said John Dinon, the executive director of the Toledo Area Humane Society.

“Mom was not happy to be separated from her puppies,” Dinon said.

Davis has a dog license that matches the description of the female dog, Dinon said. But he denied to investigators that he was involved in the abandonment.

“He said he had given or sold the dog to someone in Michigan and that the suitcase, with his name tag on it, had been stolen,” Dinon said.

Davis could not be reached for comment.

Read more on Good Morning America.