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Advocacy and Animal Welfare

Police warn dog owners after dog nappers posing as SPCA officers try stealing family's dog

Men posing as SPCA animal welfare officers attempted to steal a dog from a family home and may have stolen a dog the day before in a neighboring town said the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). The two men have been seen driving in a white van and have been spotted in several towns in Canadian province including: Kingston, Napanee, Quinte, Belleville, Ottawa and Pembroke areas, prompting police to issue a warning to dog owners. They...
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Sussex police warn dog owners about poisoned sausages found on popular walking trail

Cocktail sausages laced with slug pellets have been found along a popular dog walking trail in the British town of Hailsham in East Sussex. Hailsham Police have issued a warning to dog owners to be careful after the poisoned meat was discovered by a member of the public on Cuckoo Trail in Hailsham on Wednesday April 8, 2015. Hailsham Police released photographs of the poisoned sausages (see below). An RSPCA spokesman announced, "We are deeply...
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Dog Seized From Family For Being A Pit Bull Exempted From BSL, Will Go Home To His Family

Hank's case could have easily gone the same way as Lennox the dog's infamous case did back in 2012. But thankfully for Hank and his family, it hasn't. Hank, a 2-year-old Pit Bull, was removed by police officers and dog wardens from his family's home earlier this month because of Belfast City Council's BSL law. Hank's humans, Leonard Collins and Joanne Meadows were not home at the time, so the officers left them a note,...
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New Law Gives Voice To Victimized Dogs In Connecticut Courtrooms

Desmond was 6 years old when he was killed. Before he was strangled to death by his owner, the dog had been beaten and starved.  His owner, Alex Wullaert, admitted to the violence after he was arrested in Connecticut. However, he got accelerated rehabilitation and no jail time. His record has been expunged and it will be as if he never committed the crime.  That did not sit well with animal advocates or those that...
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New Vermont Law Protects Dogs In Hot Cars

So far this year 16 children have died in hot cars. The number of pets that have died hasn't been reported. But if one were to guess, the number would probably be equal or higher. That's why Vermont has a new law aimed at protecting pets and children left in hot cars. As of July 1, "Forcible Entry of Motor Vehicle for Rescue Purposes" is now legal in the state. The law allows a person...
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New Jersey Senate Passes Bill To Put An End Puppy Mill Sales In Pet Stores

New Jersey has just approved a bill that is a big step towards ending puppy mills. The state senate approved a bill in the first week of July that would would require all pet stores licensed after January 12, 2016 to only sell cats and dogs brought in from shelters. Senator Raymond Lesniak, who introduced the bill, said, “These puppy mills have gained a notorious reputation for putting profits ahead. Their mass breeding has created...
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Dogs Left in Hot Cars and Abandoned in Homes Protected Under New Massachusetts Bills

The Massachusetts Senate has passed three new bills that would help protect pets left in hot cars, abandoned in homes and taken from their mothers too early. All three aim to keep pets from harm. One bill titled "An Act Relative to Protecting Puppies and Kittens" would ban dogs and cats younger than 8 weeks old to be sold to consumers. Although stores in the state are already are prohibited from selling pets this young,...
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Pets Can Now Be Saved From Hot Cars In Wisconsin After New Law Takes Effect

Starting this summer Good Samaritans can break a window of hot car to free a child or pet without facing civil liability in Wisconsin. The new Good Samaritan law has officially gone into effect and protects people from being sued if they try and save a life. State Representative Tod Ohnstahd, one of the lawmakers behind the bill, told WUWM that he wondered how many vulnerable children and pets were put in harm's way before...
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Arizona city passes anti-tethering law to protect dogs

The city of Phoenix in Arizona has passed an anti-tethering law to protect dogs. The Phoenix City Council passed the ordinance on Wednesday June 1, 2016 which will ban cruel tethering and aid law enforcement in pursuing animal cruelty cases. “Every year we have animals who die on a tether because they couldn’t reach water or they couldn’t reach shade,” said Chris West, field operations manager for the Arizona Humane Society. The new law prohibits...
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Proposed New York Bill Would Make It Illegal For Landlords To Discriminate Against Large Dogs

Finding pet-friendly accommodation is a challenge for renters in New York already. But if you have a large dog, such as a Pit Bull, it’s even harder. One assemblyman, Ken Zebrowski, recently introduced a bill to try and make it easier for pet parents trying to rent. Assembly Bill A2065A would prohibit New York landlords from discriminating against dogs by breed, size, or weight. Zebrowski is a Pit bull owner himself. He adopted Ernie from...
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California introduces bill to allow people to legally rescue dogs left in hot cars

A proposed California law would allow people to smash out a car window if a dog is suffering inside a hot vehicle. The bill is in response to a growing number of incidents involving pets being left in hot cars. The bill, named the "The Right to Rescue Act” (Assembly Bill 797) would legally allow Good Samaritans to smash a window or use other means to rescue dogs who are left in hot vehicles. The...
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Dog Owner's Guide To Prevent and Manage a Dog Bite Incident

A dog bite can happen anytime, and anywhere.  For pet owners, enjoying the outdoor space of a dog park or community area is part of the lifestyle of sharing a home and recreational activities, and it is a healthy way for both pet and owner to socialize.  In fact, taking your dog out into public is an important aspect of socializing and training a dog to be reliable and adapted to strangers. Whether you live...
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