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Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

As the world embraces the age of technology, everything is available online----including the sale of pets. Guardians of Rescue, a nationwide animal rescue organization, has stepped up to protect these poor animals from the cruelty of being bought and sold via the Internet. Guardians of Rescue is working with law enforcement in various states to try to reduce the amount of harm inflicted on these innocent dogs.

“Getting a new pet is always a big decision, and buying a dog you haven’t met in person is not smart,” says Dori Scofield, vice-president of Guardians of Rescue, an organization whose mission is to protect the well-being of all animals. “If you buy a dog through the Internet, you risk supporting puppy mill cruelty and being scammed out of your money. The Internet is also used by criminals to buy and sell fighting dogs, using certain understood language.”

If you looking to adopt a new dog, here are five tips to think about before you decide where to buy:

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METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ‘SINGING the ‘BLUES’ for AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ‘SINGING the ‘BLUES’ for AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

In support of Autism Awareness Month, Metropolitan School of the Arts is asking all of its studio students to ‘go blue’ now through April 30.  Students who wear blue during class, Monday through Friday in April, Metropolitan School of the Arts will donate $1 for each student that wears blue, per day. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for a full schedule of classes and registration.

Metropolitan School of the Arts offers pre-professional dance, theatre, musical and vocal studio classes for youth and teens, as well as adult dance and fitness classes, including Metro Barre, yoga and Pilates.

Md. overturned tanker, driver taken to hospital


BOWIE,Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's Fire Department said a driver was trapped in the wreckage of an overturned tanker in Bowie, Md. early Monday evening.

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Authorities said the tanker was on Route 50 near Enterprise Rd., Bowie. The driver was trapped and extricated with serious, not life-threatening injuries.

The tanker was going westbound, ran into the jersey wall and flipped over into the eastbound lanes. At one point all lanes were closed on Route 50. Lanes will be reopened Monday night and the tanker will be moved.

Rescue crews respond to Bowie house fire


BOWIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Crews responded to a house fire on 12400 Melody Turn in Bowie, Md. Sunday afternoon, Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department said.

Authorities said everybody has been accounted for.

Firefighters were evacuated from the house to fight the fire from the outside. They were able to get the fire under control.


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Wind brings problems for firefighters at Md. house fire


BOWIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- In Bowie, Maryland, the wind was so intense, firefighters could barely get a handle on a house fire on Thursday.

Crews responded to a house fire in the 12500 block of Guinevere Road. Officials say the fire spread and quickly engulfed the two-story home, causing a portion of the second floor to collapse.

The residents who lived there got out okay.

There is significant damage to the house.

Crews are still trying to figure out what sparked the blaze.


Md. 62-year-old woman collapses after shoveling snow


BOWIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 62-year-old woman in Bowie Maryland died today after shoveling snow, likely due to complications from a heart attack.

Tragedies like this one are an unfortunate and a reminder that shoveling snow can be dangerous, especially for those with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly or those with a disability.

If you do have to shovel snow yourself, firefighters and paramedics offer some advice.

"Stay away from caffeine, alcohol, take lots of breaks, and stay hydrated," says captain Jason Wisman with prince George's County Fire Department.

Shoveling heavy snow like today's can weigh up to 45 pounds at times. "You are using more muscles than you usually would, it's going to be tough," says Wisman.

You have to take frequent breaks.