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California Becomes First State to Ban Sale of Dogs from Puppy Mills

There will be no more puppy-mill dogs in pet stores in California. That's because Governor Jerry Brown just signed into law a bill that bans the sale of dogs from puppy mills and it also covers cats and rabbits. Pet stores will now be required to sell rescue animals instead. California’s governor signed the historic bill that will help ensure that no pet for sale in retail stores will come from a puppy mill situation...
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Nevada Makes It Against The Law To Leave Dogs In Hot Cars

The state of Nevada has made it illegal to leave dogs in hot cars this summer, passing a bill on June 4, 2017 that strengthens the pre-existing laws.  "Senate Bill 409 passed in the last legislative session raised the penalty for leaving a pet in a hot, locked car to the same level as leaving a child in the car," says Cathy Brooks, owner of The Hydrant Club. Anyone found guilty of leaving their dog...
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California Becomes First State to Ban Sale of Dogs from Puppy Mills

There will be no more puppy-mill dogs in pet stores in California. That's because Governor Jerry Brown just signed into law a bill that bans the sale of dogs from puppy mills and it also covers cats and rabbits. Pet stores will now be required to sell rescue animals instead. California’s governor signed the historic bill that will help ensure that no pet for sale in retail stores will come from a puppy mill situation...
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Nevada Makes It Against The Law To Leave Dogs In Hot Cars

The state of Nevada has made it illegal to leave dogs in hot cars this summer, passing a bill on June 4, 2017 that strengthens the pre-existing laws.  "Senate Bill 409 passed in the last legislative session raised the penalty for leaving a pet in a hot, locked car to the same level as leaving a child in the car," says Cathy Brooks, owner of The Hydrant Club. Anyone found guilty of leaving their dog...
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San Francisco passes law making all pet shops only sell rescue dogs and cats

San Francisco officials have voted to ban the sale of dogs and cats at pet shops unless the animals are from rescues. It's part of the city's effort to get rid of inhumane puppy breeding operations in the city and help facilitate the adoption of the thousands of pets occupying the city's shelters. The Californian city is just the latest US city to adopt the measure. The new rules also ban pet stores from selling...
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DUMPED AT SHELTER: Blind 13-yr-old female dog with cancer

Sayuri's story: Sayuri is a blind 13-year-old female Shiba/Pom mix that was dumped at a shelter in Georgia. Her family wrote down the reason for surrender, "landlord wouldn't let keep." Because of Sayuri's extensive medical needs, she was only available to rescue. DC SIR has a soft spot for seniors and brought her into their rescue to give her the care she needed. Like all their rescues, Sayuri got a voice to tell her journey. She...
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DUMPED AT SHELTER: Blind 13-yr-old female dog with cancer

Sayuri's Story   Sayuri is a blind 13-year-old female Shiba/Pom mix that was dumped at a shelter in Georgia. Her family wrote down the reason for surrender, "landlord wouldn't let keep."Because of Sayuri's extensive medical needs, she was only available to rescue. DC SIR has a soft spot for seniors and brought her into their rescue to give her the care she needed Like all their rescues, Sayuri got a voice to tell her journey. She...
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Montreal's New Rules Will Make Half The City's Dogs Into "Criminals"

Thousands of dogs and their owners were out in full force to protest proposed legislation in Montreal, Canada, that would see Pit Bulls banned from the city. “I think they should come out of their house and come see our dogs and see how they are,” said pit bull owner, Lynn Groulx. “Maybe, that might help change their ideas and how they see things.” She is referring to the breed-specific-legislation that the Canadian city proposes...
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Oana Sava, a heroine for street animals!

Real people do not lose the love and compassion for animals in the passing years. Who would think that this little girl who played with a kitten would build a refuge for abandoned animals years later? This little girl in the picture is none other than Oana Sava, founder of the shelter for innocent souls "Sava's Safe Haven ". Since early childhood, Oana Sava expressed love for souls abandoned, injured and innocent. As a teenager...
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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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