ARKANSAS, Montecello set to vote on breed neutral ordinance

October 30, 2013

Monticello, AR set to vote on breed neutral ordinance

After several months of consideration, the Monticello, AR city council is moving forward with an ordinance that targets irresponsible dog owners instead of specific breeds of dogs!

WYOMING, Greybull update on pit bull breed ban

October 29, 2013

Greybull Wyoming to discuss breed discriminatory law

Officials in Greybull Wyoming are discussing the possibility of enacting a law that would restrict “pit bulls.”
The proposal targets “any American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier or any dog which as the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly in any one or more of the aforementioned breeds.”

Greybull has not has any incidents by dogs labeled as pit bulls. The council admits as much, but are citing personal fears as the reason for the proposal. One Councilman says that it is needed because, “We have some very scary pit bulls out there.” He cites that the community has a justification for a ban because other communities have done the same. Another councilman stated that, “There’s a reason they are banning them all around the United States. Towns and cities aren’t banning other breeds; they’re only banning pit bulls.”
Councilman Collingwood stated that the proposal doesn’t go far enough, that more “vicious breeds” should be added.

The thinking of the council is directly against the recent trends in dangerous dog laws. More and more communities are rejecting and repealing breed discriminatory laws than enacting. It is worth noting that roughly 96% of municipalities in the United States do not regulate dogs based on their appearance, and instead target reckless owners with strong breed neutral fine structures and nuanced designations for dogs that are not being properly managed in the community.

Not only that but there are many different breeds that are targeted by breed discriminatory laws all over the United States. These other breeds are likely what Councilman Collingwood has in mind.

It is also worth noting that there is one community in Wyoming that we have confirmed as having a breed discriminatory law. Even adjusting for the inability to know every single ordinance in the state, the amount of places in Wyoming with these laws are null compared to the numbers of communities that have chosen to institute more effective breed neutral laws.
The restrictions being sought include confinement requirements inside and outside the house, leash length requirements, muzzling, special registration and photographs on file with the local authorities and a $250,000 insurance policy.
The thinking of the members of the council seem to be born out of hysteria. The only council member who cast the dissenting vote expressed this same sentiment, saying the ordinance was a knee jerk reaction. Councilman Bob McGuire stated that they have laws on the books and he does not see any justification for changing them leery of changing them.

This is an astute observation but exactly are they are reacting to? There have been no incidents, and the only statistics they have are the number of registered “pit bulls” in the community increasing. Considering that according to Vetstreet and Banfield Pet Hospitals, pit bull type dogs are one of the most popular dogs in American households, this is far from extraordinary.
It is very likely that officials have not thought about how much such an ordinance is going to cost the community, nor the legal issues this opens up for them. They have also most likely not investigated the massive failure of these laws to reduce the number of dog attacks in communities. It is important that officials understand exactly what breed discriminatory laws entail, in enforcement, due process and litigation.

Please reach out to the members of the council to politely and factually support a strong reckless owner based breed neutral law. It is admirable that the members of the council would like to take a proactive approach to the issues of dangerous dogs but the current proposal will do nothing to effect community safety.
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KANSAS animal rights activists request ‘puppy mill’ regulation bills

KS: Animal rights
activists request ‘puppy mill’ regulation bills

Animal rights activists request ‘puppy mill’ regulation bills Humane Society says inspections inadequate; pets for sale should have more water,temperature control.

Spurred by national media reports of Kansas dogs and cats kept in filthy conditions, a group of animal rights activists pushed through the state’s first legislation to license and regulate pet animal breeders in 1988.

Now some of the same groups that spearheaded that effort say it is time to update the Pet Animal Act to crack down on substandard breeding operations they call “puppy mills.”

The Humane Society of the United States and its allies plan to fight during the 2014 session for new statutes on things like temperature controls, how frequently such animals have access to water and how frequently they are inspected by veterinarians. Midge Grinstead, the Humane Society’s state director and a longtime advocate in Lawrence, said the changes are long overdue “This pet animal act hasn’t changed in 20 years in that section, “Grinstead said of the animal welfare provisions…..

COLORADO, El Paso County, 3 week kitten tested positive for rabies

October 26, 2013

Kitten tests positive for rabies in Fountain, first one since 1966by Travis Ruiz

Posted: 10.25.2013 at 4:22 PM

EL PASO COUNTY, COLO. — A 3-week-old kitten that was found in Fountainhas tested positive for rabies, according to El Paso County Public Health This marks the first reported case of a rabid domestic cat in El PasoCounty since 1966.

The kitten, officials said, was found abandoned under a shed on SouthRace Street in Fountain. It displayed neurologic symptoms. It tested

positive for rabies at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on Thursday.People in the neighborhood said the mother of the kitten was a calico cat that was last seen earlier this month.

Four other rabid cats have been reported in Colorado this year. Those were in Larimer, Logan, Washington and Weld counties…..

House report 112-542

October 21, 2013
So how did the reg. analysis differentiate for-profit breeders from hobby breeders?

Animal Welfare Act (AWA) Compliance.–The Committee commends APHIS for issuing a proposed regulation to close a loophole that has allowed large-scale online and conventional puppy retailers to evade compliance with the AWA. The Committee expects APHIS to focus AWA expenditures on the large-scale, for-profit dog sellers that would be regulated under the agency’s proposed rule.

The Misappropriation Act:
Misappropriation is the intentional and illegal use of funds for another use or other unauthorized purpose than its intended purpose. The Misappropriation Act (31 USC, Section 1301) requires that funds appropriated by Congress be used only of the programs and purposes for which the appropriation was made

Artist creates rendition of cat vision

October 17, 2013

Artist creates rendition of cat vision

Artist Nickolay Lamm has created a series of images meant to show how the world looks to cats. He consulted with veterinarians and ophthalmologists to develop the images. Cats have more rods than cones in their retinas and don’t see distances as clearly as humans do, but they have better night vision and are better able to detect rapid, small movements. They also have a wider range of vision than we do and can see some colors but not all.

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Explaining Lymphosarcoma in a young cat

Explaining Lymphosarcoma in a young cat

By Bernard Pukay DVM

Ottawa Citizen

October 15, 2013

Question: Two years ago, our family adopted a three-month-old cat. Its mother had been found on the streets and he was born at the Humane Society. He had been sterilized and received a microchip implant. We promptly took him to a veterinarian, who examined him and gave him his mandatory vaccines.

He was a healthy cat and only returned to the veterinarian annually for checkups. He was fed exclusively with a proper cat food and as much water as he wanted, and his litter box was thoroughly cleaned once daily.

Last summer, after having turned two years old, his appetite suddenly declined significantly and we took him to the veterinarian. He was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer and his doctor recommended putting him down during exploratory surgery when nothing else could be done to save him.

We see no possible cause for such a very young healthy cat to die in this way other than some genetic unknown factor. Nevertheless, we cannot help thinking that cat owners would benefit from any research on such diseases, on any known carcinogenic factors and any advice veterinary science could provide us, so that we can do our best to prevent similar premature deaths.

Answer: Unfortunately, your cat came down with the most common type of feline cancer, also known as malignant lymphoma or lymphosarcoma. This form of cancer originates from lymphocytes in the blood and can affect several different parts of the body including the intestines, the mediastinum (the middle section of the chest), lymph nodes, kidneys, spine, skin and even the eyes or nose. It can develop at any age, including young cats such as yours.

The feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and the immunodeficiency virus (FIV) are considered to be risk factors for the development of lymphoma. Cats with either of these infections have a significantly increased risk of getting lymphomas compared to the general population.

Chronic exposure to “second-hand” tobacco smoke also increases the risk. In one study, cats exposed to long-term tobacco smoke had a 2.4-fold increased risk of getting lymphoma.

Approximately seven per cent of the general cat population is infected with FeLV and cats become infected via direct contact with infected saliva, either through mutual grooming (e.g. open wounds or sores) or bite. The incidence is highest in stray cats because they tend to encounter more cats and get into more fights than owned indoor cats.

Not all cats that are exposed to the FeLV virus necessarily become infected. Young cats tend to be more susceptible than older cats. It is possible that your cat picked up this virus from its mother at the shelter and was infected with it from the start.

When natural exposure to the FeLV virus occurs, one of three things can happen: (1) the exposed cat may not become infected at all (e.g. because of exposure to only a low dose of virus or because of natural resistance), (2) it may become infected temporarily, or (3) the exposed cat can become infected and eventually die. Cats in this last category are typically young cats and they usually die within three to four years of exposure as a result of FeLV-related disorders such as lymphatic cancer. Only in rare cases do they manage to live longer.

There are a few things that can be done to minimize the risk of a cat getting lymphatic cancer. Cat owners can make sure that risk factors are kept to a minimum or avoided. Keeping a cat from roaming outdoors and eliminating exposure to “second-hand” tobacco smoke are two important preventive measures.

Similarly, in cats at risk (i.e. a stray or an outdoor cat), vaccinating with FeLV and FIV vaccines is recommended. Monitoring for FeLV and FIV by means of regular blood testing for the presence of these viruses can lead to early detection of a FeLV or FIV infection and possibly allow for early treatment with chemotherapy. Testing is especially important when introducing a new or stray cat into a multi-cat household.