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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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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.

Terrifying moments for shoppers at Dulles Town Center

POTOMAC, Va. (WUSA9) -- Terrifying moments for many people inside the Dulles Town Center Saturday afternoon. The entire mall was on lockdown after Loudoun County Sheriff's Deputies say they received a report of a shooting around 1:45.

"Your mind jumps to worst case scenarios like this," Alex Ruffing says, who works at a store inside the mall. With the shooting at Columbia Mall in the back of many people's minds, Dulles Town Center went on lockdown after a report of a shooting. "I was in the back doing shipment and was done with my shift headed out, I saw police officers with rifles running around," Frankie Komar remembers, an employee in the mall.

Custom Home on the Market Embraces Convenient and Quaint Neighborhood of Lyon Village

Custom Home on the Market Embraces Convenient and Quaint Neighborhood of Lyon Village

This elegant classic colonial on the market offers exquisite detailing, the latest modern amenities, and the opportunity to take in the spring season with its outdoor patio and kitchen

The Neighborhood

Walking down mature tree-lined sidewalks to the neighborhood parks, playgrounds and nearby shopping contributes to the small-town feel of Lyon Village, one of Arlington’s most sought after residential communities. Frank Lyon purchased this land, formerly Robert Cruit’s 19th century weekend and holiday estate and dairy farm, and established Lyon Village, a true community that was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1923. Colonial, Tudor and Classical Revival styles are among the distinctive homes within the neighborhood, which embraces the custom brick home at 1839 N. Herndon Street as one of its own.

From the Beginning

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Metro banana peel case to continue Friday

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A man accused of putting a banana peel on the ground of a Metro station and intentionally slipping on it in order to sue Metro had his case continued until Friday.

We're told that a mental evaluation was ordered.

Maurice Owens reported the incident on August 8 at an elevator at the Potomac Avenue Metro Station located at 700 14th Street, SE. In an interview Owens said he needed $15,000 to settle his claim. He alleged that he slipped from the banana peel since nobody had cleaned it up before he entered the elevator.

After reviewing surveillance video, officials saw that the elevator was empty before Owens entered the elevator. He then drops the banana peel, steps on it as he exits the elevator, and falls to the ground.

Churchill HS issues alert about robbery

POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA9) -- Winston Churchill High School officials have issued a message to the school community about the robbery of three students last week.

The message reads:

"Churchill Cluster Students, Parents and Community Members: