Controversy Over Pit Bull Ban

A ban on new ownership of pit bull or pit bull-type dogs went into effect on Monday, Oct. 3 in Montreal, Canada. Those in the city of four million people who already own the banned dogs are required to obtain a special permit by Dec. 31 in order to keep their pet. Pit bulls would also have to be muzzled when in public. There has been strong opposition to this and other changes to the city’s … [Read more...]

What You Should Know About Rabies

Pet owners know their companions get a rabies vaccination at the vet, but how much do you really know about the disease? Rabies is a viral disease of mammals that infects the central nervous system. It travels directly to the brain and causes death. While deadly, rabies is a preventable disease. In the United States it is rare for humans to contract rabies, only about 3 or 4 cases a year. But … [Read more...]

The Problems Posed By Stray Dogs and How To Avoid Them

Attacks by stray dogs are usually more of a Third World dilemma, but such attacks are not unheard of in the United States. A 52-year-old South Dallas, Texas woman was mauled to death by a pack of stray dogs in May of this year and suffered more than 100 bites to her body. The Dallas Morning News reported that the city had been contacted at least 11 times over a three-year period about dogs … [Read more...]

Understanding Rescue Dogs And Why To Consider Adopting One

Where do you go when you are looking for a dog? You could go to a breeder, get one from someone local having puppies, a pet store, a shelter or rescue. Pet stores are not as popular as they once were due to the public finding out that many of the dogs come from puppy mills. Puppy mills are facilities that keep cage on top of cage of dogs that are bred over and over until they cannot produce … [Read more...]

Service Dogs Are Working Animals Not Pets

Service dogs are working animals, not pets, trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability. Service dogs can be used in various situations including public accommodations, places of employment, housing, educational settings, and in transportation environments. In many situations their presence is protected by state and federal law. Service dogs are also … [Read more...]

Many Types of Animals Can Be Therapy or Emotional Support Animals (ESA)

In January of 2016, Kent State University (KSU) was ordered to pay $100,000 to two former students to settle a civil rights lawsuit brought against the university by the U.S. Department of Justice. The suit claimed the students were being discriminated against because the university did not allow them to have emotional support animals (ESA) where they were living. There was a “no pets” policy … [Read more...]

Why Dogs Bite

Even if you don’t have a dog you probably know someone who does. With so many dogs, it is inevitable to also have dog bites. A lot of people do not realize that most dog bites occur in the home or a familiar place. Most dog bite victims are family or friends and about half of the victims are under the age of 13. Stray dog bites equate to a small percentage of dog bites in spite of it being a … [Read more...]

Breed Specific Dog Laws

Do you think it’s important for your local authorities to protect its citizens from dog attacks? What if that meant you had to hand over your own family pet to be euthanized? In the past, there has been an increase in dog attacks from Pit Bull type dogs. In answer to this, some local and state legislators have passed Breed-Specific Legislation, or BSL, to ban and/or impose strict regulations on … [Read more...]

Local Dog Ordinances Lowering The Number of Dog Bites

Cities throughout the United States with dog ordinances or those that ban certain types of dogs, primarily pit bull breeds, have fewer overall dog bites recorded, according to the website, DogsBite.org which warns the public about breeds it has labeled dangerous. About 700 municipalities have reacted to the pit bull’s reputation by enacting restrictions on the breed, DogsBite asserts in a … [Read more...]

Tips For Choosing The Right Puppy For You and Your Family

All of us have probably known someone who claimed to have picked the smallest or shyest puppy in the litter and found it to be the best dog they ever owned. Their story is likely true, but most of us may not mind having a few tips on how to pick the best puppy in the group. Five Questions To Ask Yourself Experts suggest a potential new dog owner should first ask himself or herself five … [Read more...]

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