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DOGS


Rabid Puppy Imported Into Vermont Shelter

Following the importation of a rabid puppy into Vermont and in anticipation of the upcoming holiday season when many Vermonters may be taking steps to add new animal members to their families, the
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Vermont Department of Health and the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association urge Vermonters to exercise due diligence when adopting a new dog or cat…

Rabies in a Dog Imported from Iraq—New Jersey, June 2008

Rabies in a Dog Imported from Iraq—New Jersey, June 2008

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5739a3.htm

Puerto Rican Dog Import Tragedy

More than 100 dogs from Puerto Rico died in Florida after being sent there for adoption, most from distemper and parvovirus. They were to be offered for adoption in several PetSmart stores as part of an adoption contest. Winners of the contest would receive $100,000 and a second grant of $25,000 to be awarded to the shelter with largest adoption participation.

The Bushnell FL Incident 2010

An in-depth report on the Puerto Rican Dog Import Tragedy, where more than 100 dogs died in Florida after being sent there for adoption.

Society for Theriogenology Position on Mandatory Spay-Neuter in the Canine and Feline

The Boards of Directors of the Society for Theriogenology and the American College of Theriogenologists explain their opposition to mandatory spay-neuter, and why they believe thee decision to spay or neuter a pet must be made on a case by case basis, taking into consideration the pet’s age, breed, sex, intended use, household environment and temperament.

For those interested in researching this topic themselves, there is an extensive list (eight pages!) of valuable references included.

Lifetime ovary exposure and exceptional longevity in dogs

Exploring mechanisms of sex differences in longevity: lifetime ovary exposure and exceptional longevity in dogs

Aging Cell, September 2009.


David J. Waters1,2, Seema S. Kengeri1, Beth Clever1, Julie A. Booth1, Aimee H. Maras1, Deborah L. Schlittler1, and Michael G. Hayek3

1 Center for Exceptional Longevity Studies, Gerald P. Murphy Cancer Foundation, West Lafayette, IN, USA
2 The Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and The Center on Aging and the Life Course, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA
3 P&G Pet Care, Lewisburg, OH, USA

Importation of dogs into the United States: risks from rabies and other zoonotic diseases

J. H. McQuiston, T. Wilson, S. Harris, R. M. Bacon, S. Shapiro, I Trevino, J. Sinclair, G. Galland, and N. Marano, 2008

Understanding Animal Companion Surplus in the United States: Relinquishment of Nonadoptables to Anim

2001
by Philip H. Kass, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California; John C. New, Jr., College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee; Janet M. Scarlett, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University; Mo D. Salman, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University

Characteristics of Shelter-Relinquished Animals and Their Owners Compared With Animals and Their Own

2000 by John C. New, Jr., College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee; M. D. Salman and Mike King, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University; Janet M. Scarlett, New York State College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University; Philip H. Kass, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California—Davis; Jennifer M. Hutchison, Joondalup, Western Australia, Australia

Border Puppies and Public Health, LA County Veterinary Public Health, “Puppy Mills go Global”

Puppy mills go global ( Winter, 2009/2010)

Determining the Best Age at which to Spay or Neuter: An Evidence -Based Analysis

by Margaret Root-Kustritz, DVM PhD, University of Minnesota, Discoveries (Spring, 2008)

Australian Veterinary Association position on mandatory spay/neuter

Position paper opposing mandatory spay/neuter based on US and Australian outcomes. Instead of failed policy, Australian veterinarians recommend voluntary spay/neuter and emphasis on dealing with unowned cat population. (December, 2007)

The Long Term Effects of Spay/Neuter in Dogs

This researched paper offers a retrospective look at the long-term health effects of sterilizing dogs and includes a very thorough bibliography referencing scientific research papers on the topic. (May, 2007)

Smuggled Puppies a Concern to California

June/July 2006
U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Elysa Cross, Public Affairs Specialist

Rates of Euthanasia and Adoptions for Dogs and Cats in Michigan Animal Shelters

Paul C. Bartlett, Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Andrew Bartett, Michigan State University, Sally Walshaw, Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, Stephen Halstead, State Veterinarian, Michigan Dept. of Agriculture: Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 8 (2), 97 -104 Copyright 2005, Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc., Inc.

A Community Approach to Dog Bite Prevention

American Veterinary Medical Association: Task for on Canine Aggression and Human-Canine Interaction. (June, 2001)

Cornell study of tethering versus pen confinement

2001
Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science

HORSES


The Unintended Consequences of a Ban on Humane Horse Slaughter (processing) in the United States

Produced by the Animal Welfare Council: May 15, 2006

CATTLE


Recombinant Bovine Somatotropin (rbST): A Safety Assessment

by Drs. Richard Raymond, Connie W. Bales, Dale E. Bauman, David Clemmons, Ronald Kleinman, Dante Lanna, Stephen Nickerson, and Kristen Sejrsen; American Dairy Science Association, Canadian Society of Animal Science, and the American Society of Animal Science (July 2009, updated March 2010).