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The Blotter, Animal Edition: Obama Dog Braves Snowpocalypse

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Go Bo: Bo Obama, the presidential pet, seems to be at ease with the Snowpocalypse. Photographed yesterday frolicking around a snow-piled White House lawn—we don't suppose Barack had anything to do with that—the dog appeared to like the powder. The pics, taken by White House photographer Pete Souza and available on Flickr, actually may have spawned the Internet's first-ever positive comment thread. It's so refreshing for once to go to the site and not see horrible forum and blog-type comments, says one warm-and-fuzzy commenter. "After all, who can resist a cute little pooch?"

Doghouse or Igloo: On Feb. 6, a German Shepherd was having significantly less fun in the snow. After receiving multiple calls, a Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) officer was dispatched to the 4100 block of Fifth Street NW where she found the dog in a backyard, stuck in the cold and wet weather because his doghouse had been sealed up by a snowdrift. The officer wanted to help the chilly canine but there were two problems: The fence of the lot was padlocked, and the dog was aggressive. So she cut the chain on the lock and used a catch pole to get the dog, which she impounded. The animal's owner later called the Washington Humane Society and claimed he'd been trying to reach the dog when his vehicle was delayed by snow.

Not Bunny: D.C. Metropolitan Police Department officers responding on Feb. 8 to a call at a home in the 400 block of 37th Place SE noticed something unrelated to their investigation: a bunny in bad shape. The animal allegedly was living in an unsanitary cage with no food or water and its nails had grown extremely long. The bunny was taken away by HLE while its owner was taken away by D.C. police.

We've Got Everything, Right?: The Washington Humane Society believes some former tenants of a building in the 2600 block of Douglass Street SE "cruelly abandoned" their orange-and-white tabby cat. On Feb. 7, the building manager informed the society of the cut-loose feline. Animal cops are working with the management to remove the pet from the apartment and may seek criminal chargers against its owners.

Source: Washington Humane Society, Flickr

Photo courtesy of The White House

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