Extensive piece on animal cruelty in the New York Times which includes an examination of motivating factors behind cruelty as well as therapies used to combat it
Haw River – a town in NC – has a resident whose several dogs annoy her neighbors with their barking. As such, now the whole class has to suffer. The town council passed an ordinance that limits the number of dogs people can own to 2 or 3, depending on the size of their property.
Via KC Dog Blog – The San Francisco Animal Control Commission is proposing a ban on the sale of pets in pet stores – basically any small mammal or bird. The reason behind the ban on puppies being sold in pet stores is purportedly to end puppy mills. The reason to ban the sale of hamsters and similar type pets? I haven’t heard of any “hamster mills” so I’m not sure. Perhaps this is someone with a foot in the door of abolishing pet ownership trying to push himself all the way through.
Temple Grandin talks about the HBO movie about her life
Canine influenza virus vaccine approved by USDA
Several recipes designed to be “kibble toppers” for dogs