Cities/States and Laws
With the change in the Ohio law, the Lucas County animal shelter is ready now to begin adopting 'pit bulls' out of the shelter. The shelter had previously began transferring pit bulls to other shelters in the area, but now will begin adopting them out themselves, giving them more opportunities to be saved.
Copperas Cove, TX residents are pushing for a change to a policy that currently prevents pit bulls from being adopted from the local shelter.
Ionia, MI was once considering a ban on certain breeds of dogs but has now wisely moved to a law that will focus on responsible pet ownership.
Dog Bites Attacks
Major dog bites/attacks are very rare - -but when they happen it is a wide variety of different types of dogs that are involved, and it's impossible to judge the actions of the dogs without taking into account the people surrounding the issue.
A Braymer, MO woman was attacked by an American Bulldog last week. The dog apparently got free from its back yard but was still dragging the chain it was chained up to.
An Orlando woman was severely attacked by a 'pit bull' earlier this week. The woman was apparently a "well known prostitute" in town and went home with a man. The man was staying at a friend's house and said he knew the dog was aggressive (and in fact, said he was "scared to death" of the dog becuase it had bitten 5 people just in the past month). The dog ended up attacking the woman and the man fled the scene and made no attempt to help the victim. It's a classic example of really bad dog ownership, having a known aggressive dog, and making no efforts to fix the problem.
In the UK, a man is upset after he and his dog were attacked by a Great Dane. The UK has a ban on four different breeds of dogs but it doesn't do anything to address the real problem of irresponsible pet ownership.
A 3 year old Worth County, GA girl was attacked by an Australian Shepherd. The owner thinks the older dog that is losing its eyesight may have been startled by some fleeing ducks and grabbed the child's face thinking it was a duck.
In Kelso, WA, two German Shepherds have been responsible for many different violations over the past few months -- including biting two neighbors earlier this week. The dogs' owner has a history of letting the dogs roam at large.
Dog bites TV Anchor in Denver
This was an interesting story this week to see how it unfolded. But earlier this week, a man was walking his 85-pound Argentine Mastiff (Dogo Argentin0) off-leash and the dog saw a coyote and chased it onto an icy lake where the dog eventually broke through the ice. A firefighter came to the scene and put on a wetsuit and rescued the dog, Max. The next morning, only 16 hours after being rescued, Max made an appaearance on the TV news -- and at the very end of an interview, bit the new anchor in the face.
It's a bad situation and I do hope for the bst for Kyle Dyer, the news anchor who was bitten. However, it was interesting to see how several news stations around the country actually brought on dog trainers to analyze the situation and noted that the dog, who was likely still amped up from the day before's activities (hormones can stay in a dog's body for several days after a major event), showed many signs of stress -- ears back, turning away from the news anchor, lip licking, etc. It was then, as the reporter signed off and bent over the dog to give the stressed dog a kiss on the nose that the dog bit her (this was not an "attack" as many media outlets portrayed it). I thought this was great to see that many news outlets were breaking through the hysterics and breed stereotypes to actually have informative pieces on canine behavior so others can learn from the situation and avoid similar incidents. Here's another report with a different expert from Rhode Island. And this is a great blog on the topic by Wag & Train.
A local Kansas City group is pushing ofr animal control to prosecute animal cruelty after the group found a dog dead in its kennel - totally emaciated.
Twenty-four dogs from Miami Dade hit the road to go to no kill shelters in other communities.
Georgia, one of the dogs from Mike Vick's dog fighting operation that has for the past 4 years been under the care of Best Friends, has been adopted into a home.
WITN TV in Washington, NC ran a 2 part series on the "pit bull" debate. It's a pretty weak effort on their part, but I wanted to post both parts so people can see what is being said ot there. Part 1. Part 2.
A Chicago area man says the family pit bull saved their lives when the dog alerted them of a house fire.
A Memphis area man credits the family pit bull for protecting his 2 year old grandson who had wandered away and into the woods.
Last week McDonalds made huge news by running an advertising campaign that indicated that eating their Chicken McBites was "safer" than petting a pit bull. Within a few days, McDonalds pulled the advertising and appologized to pit bull owners for the stereotyped reference.
No Kill News
Behind the big drop in euthanasia for America's dogs and cats -- a solid effort from the Christian Science Monitor.
The Southampton Animal Shelter is using a great dog socialization program to help dogs become better socialized and burn off energy. The video really shows a lot about the program. The program has helped the New York based shelter create a 90% save rate in the community.
A TV interview with Nathan Winograd on reducing pet euthanasia.
Greeting Dogs: Dos and Don'ts -- a pictoral review that has been floating around the internet -- but this one is at Yesbiscuit!
Is titer testing a possible solution to problems with over-vaccinating dogs? -- Dogs Naturally takes a look.
Five great tips for writing to the editor about a dog bite story -- frm Doggone Safe
This is an unbelievable photo shoot of dogs going underwater from Little Friends Photo
Fear and loathing in Ohio -- Game Dog Guardian takes a look at fear mongering by a handful of naysayers in Ohio who are trying to scare people into not supporting HB14 vs making rational, fact-based decisions.
Repeal the Hayden Law? -- Bad Rap takes a reallyrational look at attempts to repeal Hayden's Law and why it is a bad idea.
New report says more pets in US are obese -- from Seattle Dog Spot. Roughly 55% of adult dogs and cats are classified as obese or overweight by their veterinarians.
Incorrect Breed Identification Costs Dogs their Lives -- Maddies Fund looks at breed specific laws and poor breed identification and cost canine lives.