Companion Animals

Another gas chamber at an animal shelter is banished to history, with a dozen more to go

Another gas chamber at an animal shelter is banished to history, with a dozen more to go

The euthanasia of homeless companion animals in gas chambers sounds archaic and is inhumane, but the practice is still prevalent in four states—Ohio, Missouri, Utah and Wyoming—where there are fewer than a dozen such chambers in operation. That’s still too many. Since 2013, the Humane . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: On Congress’s orders, USDA begins restoring inspection reports for puppy mills, roadside zoos and other facilities

BREAKING NEWS: On Congress’s orders, USDA begins restoring inspection reports for puppy mills, roadside zoos and other facilities

Three years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture inexplicably blacked out records of inspections at puppy mills, roadside zoos, facilities that do invasive research on animals, walking horse shows and other operations, leaving those who use—and potentially abuse—animals in their care with little or no . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: Federal court throws out challenge to Maryland law ending puppy mill sales in pet stores

BREAKING NEWS: Federal court throws out challenge to Maryland law ending puppy mill sales in pet stores

A federal judge has dismissed a court challenge to Maryland’s landmark law prohibiting the sales of puppies and kittens in pet stores, giving animals and consumers a huge victory in the fight against puppy mills. The ruling today means the law, which went into effect . . . 

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Another Petland will have to stop selling puppies and kittens after Illinois city passes anti-puppy-mill ordinance

Another Petland will have to stop selling puppies and kittens after Illinois city passes anti-puppy-mill ordinance

A Petland in Naperville, Illinois, will have to stop selling puppies and kittens after the city council passed an ordinance Tuesday ending such sales in pet stores. This makes Naperville the 341st locality in the United States to pass such a measure. There were Petland . . . 

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State of the animals under the Trump administration: a year of highs and lows

State of the animals under the Trump administration: a year of highs and lows

This past year has been a mixed one for animals under President Donald Trump. On the one hand we’ve seen federal agencies take steps to improve the fortunes of animals used in testing and the wild horses and burros on our public ranges, and also . . . 

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New York Senate committee votes to end puppy mill sales in pet stores; Bill resulted partly from an HSUS investigation

New York Senate committee votes to end puppy mill sales in pet stores; Bill resulted partly from an HSUS investigation

A New York Senate committee voted unanimously today to advance a bill that would end the sales of puppies, kittens and rabbits in pet stores across the state. The bill is a direct result of national and local pressure, including the widespread outrage generated by . . . 

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Communities scrutinize Petland’s practices, pass ordinances following HSUS investigations

Communities scrutinize Petland’s practices, pass ordinances following HSUS investigations

In September last year, an HSUS undercover investigation of a Petland store in Frisco, Texas, a city in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, revealed frail and ailing puppies, including some dogs too sick to eat and suffering from vomiting and diarrhea. Also among the gruesome . . . 

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U.S. House members hear compelling testimony on bills to protect horses from drugging, slaughter

U.S. House members hear compelling testimony on bills to protect horses from drugging, slaughter

Members of the U.S. House signaled their interest in protecting American horses by holding hearings on two important bills this week: one to stop the dangerous practice of drugging racehorses to enhance their performance on the tracks or disguise pain, and another to keep American . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: Dept. of Transportation moves to end breed discrimination on airlines

BREAKING NEWS: Dept. of Transportation moves to end breed discrimination on airlines

The Department of Transportation today announced its plan to issue new regulations that would prohibit airlines from banning certain breeds of service dogs. This represents a much-needed move toward ending discriminatory policies by individual airlines that cause unnecessary and cruel hardships for customers with disabilities . . . 

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States, localities step up to help pets left outside in the cold

By on January 14, 2020 in Companion Animals with 7 Comments
States, localities step up to help pets left outside in the cold

Each year, as winter settles in and temperatures drop dangerously low in parts of the country, we hear heartbreaking reports about companion animals left in the cold. Last month, in Clayton, Wisconsin, an extremely thin dog froze to death after being chained and left outside . . . 

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HSUS and HSI training helps law enforcement officers spot, report animal cruelty

HSUS and HSI training helps law enforcement officers spot, report animal cruelty

Last year, Officer Stevie Hargenrater, a humane officer in Crawford County, Pennsylvania, was called to a property where she found a dead Rottweiler and a small sheltie mix in terrible condition. The officer had recently participated in the Humane Society of the United States’ training . . . 

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HSI will deploy this week to help animals affected by Australian wildfires

HSI will deploy this week to help animals affected by Australian wildfires

Wildfires ravaging the Australian continent have killed 25 people and are taking an unprecedented toll on the country’s rich wildlife and other animals. We have all seen these heart-wrenching images in the media: dead koalas scattered across scorched landscapes; frightened cows standing under orange-red skies . . . 

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