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The Danger of E-Fences
Texas dog picked up by animal control despite e-fence
I’m not a big fan of electronic or underground fences, though I realize some people may not have a good alternative. Besides the potential for being shocked, these containment systems come with several other risks.  Some dogs learn that putting up with a brief electronic shock can result in freedom if they run through. And even if the fence keeps your dog contained, it doesn’t do anything to...
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City Shelter Budget Cuts
NYC’s Animal Control no longer able to search for lost pets
These days, it seems as if every aspect of our lives has been touched in some way by the recent economic downturn, and that includes our pets. The economy has increased the number of animals that end up in shelters and has decreased the amount of money that families can spend on vet care. In New York, the economy is now affecting missing pets.   In the last two years, the number of animals taken...
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Bedbugs Bite Back
Detection dogs’ alerts are challenged
It’s raining cats and dogs at The New York Times. Today’s front page features stories about how cats lap milk (actually pretty cool and weirdly complicated; dogs’ methods are described as “crude” by comparison) and some new wrinkles in the crusades of bedbug-sniffing dogs.   We’ve written a bit about bedbug detection in The Bark. As the bitey mites have wreaked havoc, especially in New York and...
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ATV Kills Local Pup
An illegal ATV strikes a dog out on an evening walk
Earlier this week a dog named Lucy was struck and killed by an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) in my local park. The pup and her family were out for an evening walk on the bicycle paths in Tibbetts Brook Park, where ATVs are banned. I live in a fairly urban area, so I had no idea people even owned ATVs around here. However, I’ve since learned that illegal ATV use is quite common in parks and even...
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Dogs in China
Things are looking up for pups in Beijing
Where international pressure and petitions failed to end the practice of eating dogs in China, prosperity may turn the tide. A recent New York Times story described the rising tide of dog-love in prosperous Chinese cities such as Beijing—where treat boutiques, dog swimming pools and dog-friendly cinemas and bars are thriving. Meanwhile, the practice of eating dogs is becoming less socially...
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SAR Teams Come From All Backgrounds
NY based team is honored with the ACE award for their work
Earlier this month I saw the local Humane Fund Award for Canine Excellence recipients honored at the American Kennel Club and Cat Fanciers Association’s Meet the Breeds event in New York. In the past, many search and rescue dogs have been honored with the ACE award, but this year I was inspired by one team in particular--Cassius and Peter Taft. Cassius was a Milwaukee shelter dog destined for...
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Positive Pit Bull PR
National Awareness Day united Bully lovers
This Saturday, October 23, marks the fourth annual National Pit Bull Awareness Day. The dedicated day was started as part of the larger National Pit Bull Awareness Campaign by Bless the Bullys, a Pit Bull rescue and education group. Far too often the media portrays Pit Bulls as dangerous killers while neglecting to report on stories that show this breed in a positive light. This perception has...
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Animal Cruelty Registry
NYC suburb makes offenders’ identities public
In February, we wrote about California legislators’ efforts to create a statewide animal abuser registry, along the lines of sex offender databases. Although this effort stalled, probably over funding, Suffolk County, N.Y., has created an animal cruelty registry that will be the nation’s first.   “The law was prompted by a number of animal abuse cases in recent months,” reports The Huffington...
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Deadly Force
Police shoot another dog
Imagine coming home to a note from the police explaining that while you were away they responded to a false alarm and in the process shot your beloved dog. The Hallock family of Oakland know the terrible truth of it. Three shots from a 40-caliber Glock handgun ended the life of their dog Gloria last Thursday. In addition to dealing with their grief, the family is having a hard time believing that...
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Stray Dog Caught After 3 Years
Community that cared for him glad he's safe
Rusty, aka Mr. Windyface, was the dog no one could catch. For three years, the Chow-Sheltie mix eluded animal control officers, police and the concerned  residents of Woodside Estates, the development in Oak Brook, Ill., that Rusty called home. This implies that he was shy and rarely seen, but he was spotted nearly every day, often following people walking their own dogs through the neighborhood...

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