The Water Bowl: Dog Bites Cost Insurers Almost $500 Million

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State Farm Insurance revealed that it paid out $109 million last year on 3,800 dog bite claims. The Insurance Information Institute estimates that nearly $479 million is spent year-round on dog bite claims, while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 4.7 million people are bit by dogs each year. –USA Today

A second Sumatran elephant in recent months was found dead from poisoning in Indonesia. As forests disappear, the endangered elephants wander closer to villages to find food, where residents often use poisons to protect their crops. –AP

An ancient Loch Ness Monster-like creature most likely died from arthritis of the jaw, according to research done on a fossil, proving that even the largest of beasts fell victim to common ailments. “With a broken jaw, the pliosaur would not have been able to feed, and that final accident probably led to her demise,” said researcher Judyth Sassoon. –Discovery News

A drug-sniffing dog named Malone prevented a man from smuggling almost 5 ounces of heroin across the Mexican-U.S. border Monday. After Malone alerted authorities to the presence of drugs, the man admitted he was hiding them in his rectum. –Reuters

Shoreline communities across the U.S. are at odds over whether dogs should be allowed on beaches. While California and a few other states are temporarily trying out having specialized areas for pets on leashes, opponents argue that animals can attack beachgoers and will increase pollution. –USA Today

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