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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...
News: Weekly Smilers
January 26th 2009
24 New Smiling Dogs every week!! E-mail your photo to us, be sure to include your dog's name in both the subject line & as the title of the photo. Your smiler might find a place in the magazine or even in our new smiling dog book. It is important to include your name/address in the message. If you don't have a photo of your dog smiling, we have other contests for you to consider. Click here...
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Off-Leash Scofflaw Pays to Play
After being twice ticketed for letting his dog roam off-leash, an anonymous Wisconsin man has offered to donate funds to create a new leash-free zone in the City of Mequon. It sounds like no small chunk of change: He'll be footing the bill for most of the fencing, the parking lot and other site improvements. That's how it's done!
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Noise Ordinance Kills Dog, Sort Of
Here's an unfortunate story: A woman's dog gets loose in an unfamiliar neighborhood, and police, enforcing a local noise ordinanace, prohibit her from calling her dog's name. Honey is found killed by a car a couple days later. There had to be another way.
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Updated Pet Food Warnings
Peanut butter treats and chicken jerky on the list
Citing concerns over a salmonella outbreak associated with peanut butter, PetSmart has removed seven types of Grreat Choice Dog Biscuits from its shelves. According the company, there have been no reports of illness from the biscuits, and the recall is a voluntary precaution. This appears to be the only pet product affected by the recall so far. Read the Food & Drug Administration's most...
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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...
News: Weekly Smilers
January 19th 2009
24 New Smiling Dogs every week!! E-mail your photo to us, be sure to include your dog's name in both the subject line & as the title of the photo. Your smiler might find a place in the magazine or even in our new smiling dog book. It is important to include your name/address in the message. If you don't have a photo of your dog smiling, we have other contests for you to consider. Click here...
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Making Space for Pets in Cemeteries
If it's good enough for Pharaohs...
Inspired by his love of cats, including a 23-pound cat named Sam, Washington State Sentor Ken Jacobsen has sponsored a bill overturning a ban on burying cats and dogs in cemeteries set aside for humans. Who new it was illegal to take your best friends with you? A hearing is scheduled for January 19. Track that bill.
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Indie Gem: Wendy and Lucy
Next week, when the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announces the Oscar short list, it’s likely the lovely, affecting Wendy and Lucy will not be included. That’s Hollywood’s loss. This sensitive and restrained portrayal of the human-animal bond, starring Michelle Williams, cuts right to the heart of it. Reviewing the film for Bark (Nov/Dec 2008), Heather Huntington wrote: “Wendy and...

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