Companion Animals

HSUS, partners release coronavirus tool kit for shelters; Authorities say no evidence of pet-to-human transmission

By on March 6, 2020 in Companion Animals with 8 Comments
HSUS, partners release coronavirus tool kit for shelters; Authorities say no evidence of pet-to-human transmission

This week, Hong Kong authorities reported what appeared to be a case of human-to-animal transmission of coronavirus, after a pet dog tested positive. As it turned out, the dog, placed in quarantine, was not sick and Hong Kong authorities immediately released an advisory saying that . . . 

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Missouri moves to close down a serial puppy mill offender

Missouri moves to close down a serial puppy mill offender

A notorious breeder in Missouri who has been featured five times in our annual Horrible Hundred report on problem puppy mills may be closing down her operation, even as the state’s attorney general is moving to take legal action against her for mistreating the dogs . . . 

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Consumers should beware of pet store puppy sales and internet scams

By on March 2, 2020 in Companion Animals with 1 Comment
Consumers should beware of pet store puppy sales and internet scams

When Larissa Brown bought a border collie, CeCe, from the Petland in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, she was hoping her beloved new dog would be an emotional support animal. Little did she know about the stressful days that lay ahead. Larissa says Petland employees told her that . . . 

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How shelters are slashing pet euthanasia rates, increasing adoptions

By on February 28, 2020 in Companion Animals, Uncategorized with 1 Comment
How shelters are slashing pet euthanasia rates, increasing adoptions

When KC Pet Project took on the operations of the Kansas City, Missouri, animal shelter eight years ago, the brand-new organization had a formidable task ahead. For many years the shelter had been euthanizing between 50 and 70% of the nearly 7,000 pets who came . . . 

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Chinese city moves to ban consumption of dog and cat meat, and wildlife, in wake of coronavirus

Chinese city moves to ban consumption of dog and cat meat, and wildlife, in wake of coronavirus

The Chinese city of Shenzhen has put forward a groundbreaking proposal to ban the consumption of dogs and cats, as well as several wild animals, as the coronavirus crisis continues to make headlines around the world. The coronavirus outbreak, which has killed more than 2,700 . . . 

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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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