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Chloe’s Bill Divides Dog Lovers
The AKC isn’t happy with Illinois animal advocates
In Illinois, a bill designed to reform the puppy mill industry is causing controversy. According to animal advocates such as the Southern Illinois Pet Society, Chloe’s Bill will improve standards of care for dogs in commercial kennels, limit breeders to 20 intact adult dogs, ban convicted animal abusers from aquiring a breeding license, and require Illinois pet stores and breeders to tell...
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Reality Check
Walk a mile in a shelter worker’s shoes
We received an email from a Bark reader yesterday that stopped us in our tracks. Sometimes when we talk about the trials for animals in shelters, we lose sight of the committed professionals and volunteers who do all they can for animals in terrible circumstances. Sandra Morrison of DeKalb Junction, N.Y., draws attention to their contributions and the reality of euthanasia. "My sister worked at...
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Montcalm County to Review Shelter Practices
Real progress or just putting off the inevitable?
In front of a packed house on Monday, the Montcalm County [Michigan] Board of Commissioners voted to temporarily extend a controversial animal shelter contract for six months and to appoint a “blue ribbon" committee (apparently free from animal rights activists) to review shelter practices. As we blogged earlier in January, the County is deciding whether to renew the Montcalm County Animal...
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Puppy Mill Crisis in the Northwest
Giant bust knocks out multi-million dollar enterprise
UPDATE: The number of pregnant dogs may have been erroneously reported. According to a story in The Herald, as few as 20 are expecting. "On Monday, officials said fewer than 20 of the 600 dogs likely are expecting puppies." Let's hope they've got the right count. The news about the bust of one of the largest puppy mill networks in Snohomish County (north of Seattle) keeps getting worse. Of the...
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Behind Every Stray Is A Story
Has a lost dog ever wandered into your life?
A reader comment submitted earlier today to my post about a dog shot in his backyard caused the old cogs to rotate—in not altogether happy directions.   First, here’s what Sarah wrote: “I read this piece with growing alarm...there is a dog, right now, in my backyard barking! It is not my dog. It has no collar and seems lost. It seems to be waiting for us to find its owners, but I gotta say I don’...
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Dispatch from the Dog-Meat Trade
Dogs rescued on the way to a market in China need help
It’s almost inconceivable: Sick, frightened dogs crammed together in tiny cages bound for the meat market. Unfortunately in China, where dogs are eaten year-round, and more so during colder months, it’s a standard sight. But things may be changing. In an unprecedented move, Chinese authorities, tipped off by an animal-welfare center, confiscated 149 dogs belonging to an illegal trader in Sichuan...
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Dogs Bring Out the Best in Some...
...but the worst in others
Like millions of others around the globe, I spent lots of time this week reading about and watching the party in Washington D.C. My favorite stories are the man- or woman-on-the-street interviews, where inaugural pilgrims talk about spontaneous expressions of kindness and affection among strangers. I’ve been in a sort of cocoon of optimism, so the news that a dog, hanging out in his backyard (...
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Change Is A Coming
What a few animal-welfare activists want from the new president
Before the first champagne corks hit the compost pile, our new president will be tackling a list of challenges that stacked end-to-end could probably reach the moon. That’s not even counting the candidate's promises. According to the counters at PolitiFact.com, the president-elect made 510 promises on the campaign trail, which reporters will be grading on the Obameter as kept, compromised, broken...
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Searching Online for a Dog?
Unless you're searching a well-regarded site like Petfinder.org, buyer beware!
Thanks to free Web site builders like SynthaSite and Homestead, puppy mills can easily project a responsible breeder image. Unless you're searching a well-regarded site like Petfinder, buyer beware! So how can you tell the difference? The HSUS compiled a breeder checklist that you can download and refer to while researching breeders. Here are some additional red flags: multiple litters available...
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A Stinky Situation
CNN correspondent leads effort to evict a big dog from his $3 million dollar coop
The New York Post is all over CNN correspondent Soledad O’Brien’s efforts to evict a Neapolitan Mastiff from her posh coop in the Chelsea neighborhood. Along with fellow residents, O’Brien wants the 150-pound Ugo O-U-T not because he is ferocious, noisy or threatening but because he’s “smelly,” slobbers and has gas.   From the Post story, it sounds like the anti-Ugo faction in the coop is...

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