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Dead Dogs Found in Breeder’s Freezer
Think before you buy that cute puppy
Here are 45 reasons why you should never buy a puppy from a pet shop or backyard breeder: Alabama puppy miller Nannie Johnson was charged with 43 counts of cruelty to animals after police discovered 43 dead dogs on her property, 42 of whom were in her freezer. That's right, in her freezer. Authorities confiscated 28 emaciated dogs, but sadly, two dogs died after being rescued. That makes for a...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Best and Worst States for Pets
ALDF ranks animal protection laws in the U.S.
Two weeks ago I wrote about the efforts to strengthen animal cruelty laws in New York. In my research, I discovered that each year, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) ranks the animal protection laws of every state in the United States. The ALDF's most recent report compares fourteen categories of animal protection laws, ranking states into a top, middle and bottom tier and highlighting the...
Dog's Life: Humane
No Kill Nation
How close are we to achieving this "impossible dream"?
For decades, the dream of a no-kill nation was considered exactly that: a dream. Yet today, communities across the country are closing in on the promise of saving all their healthy and treatable dogs and cats. Almost all organizations in - volved in tracking shelter data, including the Humane Society of the United States and Maddie’s Fund, estimate that the number of animals killed annually in...
Dog's Life: Humane
Juliette de Baïracli Levy’s Last Turkuman Hound
Holistic pioneer had a passion for Turkuman Afghans
In her elder years, when Juliette de Baïracli Levy made arrangements to stay with her daughter Luz Lancha de Baïracli Levy in Switzerland, she needed to find a home for her 18-month old Turkuman sighthound, Nuh Belae Turkuman Hennah. She chose a kennel in Switzerland called Daruma’s, owned by sisters Heidi and Iren Roher. In February 1996, Heidi says, “We received a peculiar phone call. A...
Strategies for Dog Rescuers
Finding a balance
Whether the dogs are purebred or not, in rescue work, learning to say “no” is a must; otherwise a group will quickly run out of money, foster homes and volunteers. Nonetheless, it’s never easy to recognize and abide by the fact that no one person or group can save every dog. Teamwork is key to any rescue’s long-term effectiveness and survival. Sadly, the stress and strong emotions that come with...
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Q&A with Maren Bussey
Young author follows shelter dogs in a new book
With more than 100 books to her credit, four adopted dogs in her home and a canine-behaviorist mother, it was probably only a matter of time before Maren Bussey wrote a book about shelter dogs. Tackling the project like a journalist, the cub reporter followed dozens of dogs surrendered to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) in her hometown of Phoenix, Ariz., and then profiled 15 in...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
In Memory of Oreo
Cruelty sparks a movement for justice
Last week, the unimaginable happened to a member of the dog agility community. Michelle witnessed her beloved dog get run over by an angry neighbor who showed no remorse. Now, animal lovers are rallying to support Michelle and find justice for Oreo, which is likely to be a long road. Laws have long been inadequate when it comes to penalizing animal abuse. In many states, animal cruelty is a mere...
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Stamps to the Rescue!
New postage stamp aims to help shelter animals
According to today’s announcement by U.S. Postmaster General John E. Potter, pretty soon we’ll be able to not only seal our letters with a kiss, but stamp them with a dog or cat. OK, he didn’t say anything about kisses but the other part is true. The United States Postal Service (USPS) has created a series of stamps featuring the adorable mugs of five cats and five dogs, all of whom were rescued...
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Fighting Dog Meat in China
Progress in the battle
Last January, I blogged about a rare government raid on a dog trader (for consumption) in Sichuan Province, which resulted in the rescue of 149 dogs from appalling conditions. Although that particular trader had violated the law dog meat is not only legal in China, it’s quite popular. But things may be changing. A year later it sounds like efforts to ban the practice of eating dogs and cats in...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
An Unrealistic Ideal?
Two “no-kill” shelters are shut down due to crowding and neglect.
In an ideal world, no-kill shelters are safe havens where homeless animals stay as long as it takes to find their forever homes. In reality, these places are often strained for resources, forcing many to turn away animals that may be hard to place. Last year, Julia Kamysz Lane wrote about the difficult dilemma of no-kill shelters. Recently, organizations that resist euthanasia have been in the...

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