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Speech v. Cruelty
SCOTUS rejects law banning animal cruelty videos
The Supreme Court’s decision on Tuesday to strike down a law banning the sale of graphic animal cruelty videos has won the support of First Amendment advocates and the ire of animal protection groups.   Supreme Court justices, by an 8-1 vote, ruled the federal law was “substantially overbroad, and therefore invalid under the First Amendment.”   The head of an organization that defends the First...
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Grieving Together
An Okla. couple is creating a memorial to pets poisoned by melamine
[Editor’s note: It’s been two years since melamine-tainted pet food destroyed the lives of countless dogs and cats and their people. Yesterday, Bark contributor Lisa Wade McCormick reported for Consumer Affairs.com on how one Oklahoma couple has decided to remember the pets they lost.]   A grieving pet owner is creating a memorial to honor the thousands of dogs and cats that died or became...
News: JoAnna Lou
No-Kill NYC by 2015
Euthanized pets hit an all-time low in the Big Apple
Today, New York City’s mayor Michael Bloomberg, announced some optimistic news for the area’s homeless pets. In 2009, the percentage of dogs and cats put to death in city shelters hit an all-time low -- 33 percent, down from 69 percent in just six years ago. At the same time, the city’s adoption rates increased to 66 percent, up from 26 percent in 2003. The mayor also announced a $1 million grant...
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Expanding the Foster Universe
By allowing more dogs and cats per home
We all know animal control agencies, shelters and rescue organizations around the country are trying to do more with less. And I’m intrigued by new strategies that could make a considerable difference without further taxing resources, such as the idea under consideration in Lafayette, Ind. That city’s animal control commission is crafting legislation that will increase the number of pets allowed...
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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...
News: 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...

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