I'm a couple weeks behind on roundup, so I have quite a bit of stuff to get through. So sit back, relax, and let's take a look at the top stories from the week(s) that was:
Cities/States and Laws
In North Carolina, a bill was filed that would have restricted ownership of six different breeds of dogs. The bill was wisely killed only 3 days later, again, showing the completely lack of support for laws restricting ownership of certain breeds.
Madison County, AL has a new breed-neutral Dangerous Dog law that has taken effect -- targeting owners who's dogs show signs of aggression, regardless of the type of dog.
Murfeesboro, AR, a town of about 1700 people, banned all 'pit bulls' from the community -- taking 25 year step back in time in how to deal with aggressive dog issues.
In this country there are more than 75 million owned dogs. Most never bite, and dogs continue to be among the safest creatures on the planet. But sometimes they do bite, and when they do, it can occassionally lead to major injuries. When this happens, it is important to look at the CIRCUMSTANCES behind the events, not breed. By focusing on responsible pet ownership (and parenting) and focusing on dangerous behaviors of owners, we will be better equipped to deal with the few dogs that act aggressively.
An Ohio inmate lost part of his nose while playing with a dog that was part of the prison dog program there. The inmate reportedly tripped while chasing a ball during recreation and fell onto the dog and the dog spun around and bit him.
A woman in Madrid, IA lost her nose when a 50 lbs "Lab Mix" ran out of the yard and attacked her, her husband and their pet Beagle. The husband bit the dog back to stop the assault. Interestingly, the type of dog involved in the attack was not mentioned when USA Today covered the story.
A three-year old Alabama girl suffered bites to her face and wounds to her arms after she was bitten by her Grandmother's German Shepherd mix. The young toddler was left alone, unattended with the dog and unfortunately "came into contact with the dog" and the dog bite the child multiple times. The dog was put down so it could be tested for rabies. Parents, PLEASE, supervise all interactions between your toddlers and dogs.
A Long Beach woman suffered major injuries, including "significan nerve damage" in one of her arms, when she was attacked by an off-leash Akita. The story wasn't picked up by any main stream news reports, but only by a citizen journalism news source.
In Bradenton, FL, a 6 year old boy was severely bitten by a 'pit bull'. The dog actually had a bite history of two other bites, one to its owner, and another to the owner's niece. If your dog has a history of aggressive behavior, it is YOUR responsibility to get the dog the training and socialization it needs to overcome these issues. Hire a professional. Do whatever, but fix the problem.
In the Town of Kinston, NY, a five year old girl was airlifted after being bitten on the face by a German Shepherd that lived at the home.
A 3 year old Maine girl is expected to remain in the hospital for at least a month after being severely attacked by a Rottweiler. According to the report, the dog was tied by a metal cable to a barn and the young girld approached the dog with a dog biscuit. The dog broke the choke collar and attacked the girl. Apparently someone in the household watched the event take place and didn't recognize what were likely obvious warning signals in the dog's behavior that would have led up to it breaking its collar.
A 7 year old Akron girl was severely injured when she was attacked by a Rottweiler that police say belonged to a neighbor and got out of its enclosure.
A "pit bull" in Long Island, NY saved its owner's life when it barked to wake her as fire began to engulf the house.
Pit bulls in Michigan are helping build responsibility and compassion at a juvenile detention center. Through the dogs, the youth learn about dog behavior, patience and affection.
Aggressive pit bulls: Nature or Nurture? In Lee County, FL the media gets an opportunity to meet a few of the many very good pit bull type dogs at their local shelter.
An update on another one of Mike Vick's dogs named Mel, who is doing well in a home environment 6 years after he was saved from Vick's property.
A tail-wagging pit bull helps students with their reading. This is from Des Moines (which has breed-specific legislation targeting pit bulls) -- really cute picture at the link as well.
A pit bull's aggression is nurture, not nature, says a Sacramento area veterinarian. Experts overwhelmingly agree.
No Kill News
In response to some ridiculous statements by PETA, the Gainsville Sun ran the editorial "Don't be absurd: No kill shelters are beneficial for animals." Yes, saving them is better than killing them, under most circumstances.
Stray Rescue in St. Louis is uniting dogs with runners in a Running Buddies enrichment program. The program helps get high-energy running dogs the exercise they need....and runners a running buddy.
FitBark, a new company that recently launched a Kickstarter campaign, seeks to monitor the amount of exercise your dog gets during the day to see if it is getting the amount of exercise it needs.
In what I can only describe as a simply amazing story, in Russia, wild dogs learned to take the subway into the city center to get food scraps from urban dwellers, and then take the train back to the suburbs each night for safer dwellings.
Bite prevention requires common sense -- a solid article from Jean McGoarty, the executive director of the Kokomo Humane Society.
Humans and dogs need training to avoid bites -- another veterinarian gives her viewpoint, which again, focuses on owner education, human education, and how to handle dogs.
National Animal Groups in the News
A positive reveiw by the ASPCA for HSUS and their Pets for Life program -- which is a great program. On the flip side, this news report notes that HSUS does not give money to local Humane societies, like many people mistakenly believe.
The Today Show takes a look at the AKC and how just because a dog has AKC papers doesn't mean it's a well-bred dog or that it came from a well-raised environment.
Why the internet loves cats -- an infographic from social media times
Volunteer programs, what we're learning -- from the ASPCA Pro.
Fear and Loathing in Ontario - SnorkyShorkie takes a look at biased media reports and anti-pit bull propaganda in Ontario