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June 16, 2013


Jen Brighton

Thanks for posting the article by Cindy Bruckart (one of my favorite trainers). Everything she points out is so true and should be read by anyone who takes their dog to the dog park or off-leash areas. Great info. and food for thought.


I'm excited to learn more about the documentary. Thanks for the link to the trailer. Sounds interesting.

Karen F

Thanks very much for posting this round-up. I really appreciate the work that goes into putting these together.

I recently saw the film "Guilty 'Til Proven Innocent." It's a very, very clear look at BSL and why this kind of legislation is bad and doesn't work, by examining the real-life effects at the local, county, and state level in Ohio. It covers BSL in the city of Lakewood (the director's hometown), in Lucas County (where the notorious former dog warden Tom Skeldon worked), and in the state as a whole. The film is really well done, very logical while delivering an emotional wallop at the same time, and it packs a lot of great information into its 80-some-odd minutes. My sole complaint is that the music is far too loud and competes with the voices -- I hope the director fixes this before wider release.

Still, it's an important film and well worth seeing. Once it's available on DVD, I think it could be worthwhile to hand a copy to every local council member, every mayor/county executive, every reporter, and every news editor/TV segment producer in any community that's considering BSL. I suspect the effort to pass such legislation would face an uphill battle once the key figures viewed this movie.


New research: "The impact that the length of stay has on shelter dogs’ welfare was explored in this study.

The authors examined two groups of dogs who were housed in kennel-like enclosures: short-term residents (1 week to 3 months) and long-term residents (more than six months). The dogs’ welfare was assessed by examining their affective states as well as collecting urine samples and administered questionnaires to their primary caretaker at the shelter. The results showed that although there were significant individual variations in welfare, there was little difference in welfare based on length of stay." -


Sounds interesting Christine. I'll have to sign up with them to read the full study.

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