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A Tale of Two Dog Laws

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 10/31/1997

Dog owners and fanciers are facing an onslaught of restrictive laws at state and local levels throughout the country. Animal rights activists promote breeder restrictions in the guise of consumer protection laws and solutions to…



Wolf Hybrid Owners Face Double Whammy

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 10/31/1997

Wolf hybrids, those canines that are crosses between wolves and dogs, are feared by many, maligned by some, and canines non grata in a growing number of communities. The reasons? Like many animals, hybrids can be unpredictable and…



DNA Identification

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 10/31/1997

It’s the stuff of which science fiction is made. First, a drop of bird’s blood, then a horse’s hair, now a few cells from inside the cheek of a Best in Show dog - the progression has been steady, leading DNA experts…



Missouri Federation of Animal Owners

By Anne Edwards | Published: 10/31/1997

The Missouri Federation of Animal Owners educates the public and informs members of proposed legislation that may affect them as animal owners, users, and enthusiasts. We are the experts on the animal rights movement in Missouri…



A Woman’s Work Is Never Done

By Carol Williams | Published: 10/31/1997

This story actually began in 1973 with the first updating of the Clark County, Washington, animal control ordinance in 15 years. We didn’t know at the time that we were waging a war that would go on for years and perhaps never…



Widening the Winner’s Circle

By Pat Hastings | Published: 10/31/1997

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I have an opinion on just about every aspect of the dog world. If you and I have not met yet, allow me to introduce myself. I began in dogs as an owner - simply one among millions with a love…



RPOA Breaks New Ground in Texas

By Mary Beth Duerler | Published: 10/31/1997

In case you haven’t heard, there’s an insidious cancer creeping across the country called ‘animal rights.’ Crazy as it sounds, their agenda is to end all use of animals, including pet ownership.



Pet Lemon Laws and Nails in the Coffin

By Anna Sadler | Published: 10/31/1997

Cat and dog fanciers have long been their own worst enemies in the breeding ban wars, and the reason for this is the intense love they feel for the pets that they breed, show and that share their homes.



California Bill Charges $250 for Breeder Permit

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 10/31/1997

California Senate Bill 621 has been amended to include a $250 annual permit for anyone who has sold, transferred, or given away “one or more dogs during the preceding calendar year” or sold a puppy or kitten received…



Spay or Pay

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 10/31/1997

The Los Angeles, California, Board of Animal Commissioners has approved a proposal for a tax of $500 on unsterilized pets. The ordinance was drafted by the city’s Pet Population Task Force in an attempt to deal with a large…



New York State Prohibits Breed-Specific Legislation

By Sue Weiss | Published: 10/31/1997

Ten years in the Assembly without passage! No Senate sponsor around - then along came the Long Island Coalition of Dog Fanciers and rattled the crates.



Need a Fundraiser for Your Local Shelter?

By Patti Strand | Published: 10/31/1997

Like many other states, Oregon is in the throes of a taxpayer revolt. Over the last few years Oregonians have authorized two separate tax reduction measures that have effectively slashed government funding for all but the most essential…



Why Pennsylvania’s Dog Clubs Fought for a Puppy Lemon Law

By Dotsie Keith | Published: 10/31/1997

In some parts of our country, purebred dog fanciers are fighting against overly restrictive state and local laws that have been imposed on breeders. Why then, would the 108 dog clubs of the Pennsylvania Federation of Dog Clubs fight…



OVDO Wants Changes in Animal Cruelty Bill

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 10/31/1997

Ohio Valley Dog Owners is in the unenviable position of opposing an animal cruelty bill in the Ohio House of Representatives because it does not make exemptions for customary animal husbandry practices, require training or adherence…



San Francisco’s SPCA Leads the Way in Philosophy and Results

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 03/27/1997

A few years ago, when the San Francisco SPCA ended its animal control contract with the city and began a quest for reducing euthanasia of unadopted pets, rescuers and shelter workers throughout the country raised a hue and cry.



HSUS “fact sheet” distorts animal control issues and answers

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 03/27/1997

No one denies that there are far too many animals killed in shelters in the US. Whether one believes the latest study that shows about two million deaths or past studies that estimate five million or more, just about everyone agrees…



Canine Euthanasia Risks

By Patti Strand | Published: 03/27/1997

A three-year study of euthanasia risks in a Philadelphia-area animal shelter concluded that adult dogs are most likely to die, purebred dogs are more likely to be reclaimed by owners, and that compilation of such information is…



San Mateo Ordinance Fails Test of Time

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 03/19/1997

Year one of the San Mateo County Pet Overpopulation Ordinance coincided with an increase in euthanasia in the affected unincorporated county and a reversal of the prior down-trend.”



Behavior problems frequently seen in rescue animals

By Gary L. Clemons, DVM | Published: 03/19/1997

Rescue animals pose many problems that are not always apparent to those people adopting or rescuing them. Many of these medical problems may not surface for weeks, months, or, in some cases, years.



New Rules Proposed for Animal Transport

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 03/19/1997

The US Department of Agriculture is proposing several changes in the Animal Welfare Act, including a new rule that would prohibit air transport of dogs and cats if the ambient air temperature reaches 90 degrees at any point in the…



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