JANUARY 29, 2015
Roeland Park, KS repeals BSL – – details and thoughts on focus & equal time
Detailed analysis of Roeland Park’s new breed neutral ordinance. Brent has an amazing point that most reporting (mine included) failed to mention the strengths of this new law. It is not just a repeal of a breed discriminatory law, it is a passage of a solid dangerous dog law that will help keep the community safer.
House Bill would set higher fee caps, ban carbon monoxide euthanasia
Posted: January 26, 2015 – 6:20pm
By Aly Van Dyke
Animal welfare advocates have renewed their charge to update the state’s 25-year-old Pet Animal Act, with a bill already working its way through a House committee.
Nearly all of the 23-member House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources for 90 minutes Monday heard testimony regarding House Bill
2030 — a resurgence of a failed bill last session and an effort now several years in the making. The bill was written by a 10-member Kansas Pet Animal Advisory Board, which includes representatives from breeders, kennels and other licensees covered under the act.
“This law and the reputations of Kansas-raised pets and the welfare of Kansas pet animals is vital,” said Sharon Munk, breeder and advisory board member.
The bill includes several amendments to the existing law, including requiring facilities to provide adequate water, banning the use of carbon monoxide chambers in euthanasia of cats and dogs and allowing rescues and shelters to house adoption events off-site. It also would formalize the division’s performance-based inspection schedule — allowing inspectors to focus on breeders who need assistance — and change inspections from an option to a requirement.
The bill, and all of its provisions, only affects those licensed to shelter and sell pet animals, a concern for farmers who wondered if the standard would extend to them….
Just days after being forced to defend itself for socking millions of dollars away in Caribbean hedge funds and overpaying staff, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is suing the Oklahoma Attorney General in an effort to stonewall an investigation into its deceptive fundraising practices.
According to news reports, HSUS has refused to release documents that the Oklahoma official has requested as part of a civil investigation. HSUS was given several time extensions but responded with a lawsuit instead of coming clean.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt announced last February that his office would open an investigation into the extreme animal rights organization, which is known for selling overpriced jewelry to misled pet lovers. A statement from the Attorney General’s office explained:
The concern is that the HSUS projects heart-wrenching imagery of puppies and kittens in solicitations in order to extract donations from unsuspecting Oklahomans who believe their donations are going to help local animal shelters, but instead, their hard-earned money may go to high-powered lobbying and special interest campaigns that are determined to shape state and federal legislation that would harm farmers, ranchers and other Oklahomans.
Not long after the announcement of the investigation, HSUS and its co-defendants, including two HSUS employees, agreed to pay $15.75 million to settle a long-fought lawsuit filed against them in New York under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act—a law that’s been used to go after the mob.
The settlement prompted Charity Navigator, a charity evaluator, to remove its rating of HSUS and replace it with a “donor advisory.”
As HumaneWatch has documented, only 1 percent of HSUS’s budget is given to local shelters. Following that revelation, public support for HSUS declined.
If it has nothing to hide, HSUS should stop stonewalling and cooperate fully with Attorney General Pruitt’s investigation into its fundraising practices. Of course, it’s likely that a group that paid millions to settle a federal racketeering, fraud and bribery lawsuit has plenty it wants to keep under wraps.
TIMELINE OF INVESTIGATION INTO DECEPTIVE FUNDRAISING PRACTICES OF HSUS:
February 18, 2014 – AG Pruitt announces investigation into fundraising efforts of HSUS. (more information)
March 12, 2014 – AG Pruitt releases a consumer alert regarding national animal groups such as HSUS. (more information)
May 15, 2014 – HSUS and its co-defendants, including two HSUS employees, agree to pay $15.75 million to settle a long-fought racketeering lawsuit filed against them. (more information)
June 17, 2014 – Charity Navigator removes its rating of HSUS and replaces it with a “donor advisory”. (more information)
July 22, 2014 – AG Pruitt announces that he has issued subpoenas to HSUS. This comes following HSUS fundraiser Quadriga Art paying $25 million to settle claims of misconduct involving solicitations for veterans charities. (more information)
January 21, 2015 – HSUS sues AG Pruitt in an attempt to stonewall his ongoing investigation into their deceptive fundraising practices. (more information)
January 24, 2015
By Justin Marceau and Nancy Leong
Posted: 01/23/2015 05:30:29 PM MSTAdd a Comment | Updated: about 23
Colorado Senate Bill 42 would require reporting of animal abuse within
48 hours. Some, including the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, claim that the bill would benefit animals.
In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. SB 42 is not about reducing the abandonment, mistreatment, or neglect of animals. Rather, the bill is a poorly disguised ploy to silence whistleblowers investigating animal cruelty at factory farms and other agricultural facilities. If passed, it will insulate questionable agricultural practices from scrutiny and raise serious constitutional free speech concerns.
SB 42 is more subtle than other so-called “ag-gag” bills. Some such bills directly criminalize conduct that documents farm animal abuse. For example, the Idaho ag- gag law enacted last year criminalizes all recording at agricultural facilities, prohibiting a longstanding American tradition of whistleblowing pioneered by the likes of Upton Sinclair. Yet by requiring undercover investigators to reveal themselves within 48 hours of witnessing animal cruelty, Colorado’s SB 42 reveals an identical intent and effect: to allow agricultural facilities to punish those who criticize their practices….
40 dogs reported missing in single county since November By Johnny Archer
People are really starting to get concerned around Wise County after dozens of dogs began mysteriously disappearing from their owners around the county recently. (Published Thursday, Jan 22, 2015) Updated at 11:21 AM EST on Friday, Jan 23, 2015
More than 40 dogs have vanished from a North Texas county over the past two months, leaving behind no clues in a mystery that’s devastated their owners.
“I’m horrified,” said Robin Lewis, whose family lost their black Lab, Jack, from their Decatur home in December.
“It’s been really difficult trying to explain Jack’s gone, and are we ever going to see him again?” said Lewis. “They’re heartbroken. I’m heartbroken. My husband’s heartbroken.”…
The Kansas House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources is considering a bill this Monday, January 26, that will expand who must be regulated under the state’s breeder laws. The bill will also create new requirements for those who are involved in rescue and those who keep at least 4 dogs during any week for training or boarding in return for compensation. This is very similar to a bill introduced in 2014 that did not ultimately pass.
Those who wish to comment on this bill are urged to contact the committee prior to Monday’s hearing (/Scroll down for committee contact information)./
House Bill 2030
makes several changes to Kansas’ Pet Animal Act, including:
* *Expands definition of “animal breeder premises” – *“Animal breeder
premises” would be defined in HB 2030 as any premises where “all or
part” of six or more litters or 30 or more dogs or cats are sold,
offered, or maintained for “sale” (regardless of whether the
breeder is USDA licensed). Current law only applies this definition
if the dogs are sold at wholesale or for resale. In current law,
“sale” includes exchanges and transfers, and anytime 20 or more dogs
or cats (or both) are maintained by any person. HB 2030 expands
this definition to include at least 20 dogs or cats on one premises.
“Hobby breeder” is currently defined in law as any premises where
all or part of three, four, or five litters of dogs or cats are
sold, offered, or maintained for sale, or if less than 30 animals
are maintained for sale. This definition does not change. Both
animal breeders and hobby breeders are already required to be
licensed under current law. In addition, currently the Department of
Agriculture is only required to adopt rules or regulations for USDA
licensed breeders that are in line with current USDA requirements.
/This is stricken from the bill, which implies that the department
may enact more stringent laws./
* *Creates new regulations for “rescue networks” –* Any rescue network
operating in Kansas must appoint a “rescue network manager” and
obtain a license. Foster homes must comply with the Kansas Pet
Animal Act, and rescues must pay a fee of up to $10 for each foster
home in the state. The network manager is responsible for ensuring
that foster homes are in compliance, as well as for overseeing the
intake of dogs, record-keeping, and other duties that may be
required in subsequent rules.
Current regulations already require that a group of two or more
foster homes designate a manager to oversee these requirements. This
would codify the requirement in statute and require that the manager
purchase a license, and that the network pay the required $10 fee
for each foster home.
* *Changes requirements for inspections –* HB 2030 would /require
inspections for all licensees,/ including animal breeders, hobby
breeders, and anyone who keeps 4 or more dogs/cats for one week for
training/boarding for compensation. Currently, the state Department
of Agriculture is only required to inspect if there is reasonable
cause to believe that a person is violating the state’s Pet Animal
Act (In all other cases, current law says that the state “may”
conduct inspections, but it was not required). The frequency of
these inspections will be determined in regulations later, but the
schedule for inspections may take into account “the performance
history of a premises or the relative risk posed…to the health,
safety and welfare of the animals.”
* *Makes numerous changes to license fees –* All license fees will be
Hobby breeders – was up to $95, now it may cost up to $200.
USDA-licensed breeders – was capped at $200, now could be up to $400.
Non-USDA licensed animal breeders (those who have 30+ dogs or dogs from
6+ litters) – was limited to $405, now $725.
A new license fee will be imposed for a boarding or training premises operators license of up to $250.This is defined in current law as any premises where 4 or more dogs or cats are maintained in any week for boarding, training “or similar purposes” for any fee or compensation
A rescue network manager would be required to purchase a license that will cost up to $125
If you fall under more than one category (for example, a rescue network manager and hobby breeder), you would now be required to obtain a license for each applicable category.You would pay for the most expensive license, then $50 for each additional required license.Current law states that you would only have to purchase one license.
The grace period of 45 days for any late license renewal is removed, and the fine is increased from $70 to $100.
* *Expands the time frame for animals to be kept at a shelter –*
Current law allows shelters to claim ownership of an animal after
three business days. This bill expands this to three business days,
not including the day the animal entered the shelter.
* *Amends membership of the Kansas Pet Animal Advisory Board – *The
membership of the Kansas Pet Animal Advisory Board, which oversees
the implementation of the Pet Animal Act, would be changed to
include a USDA-licensed breeder, an animal breeder not licensed by
USDA, and a rescue network manager to ensure that all licensees
under the Pet Animal Act are included.
*What You Can Do:*
* *Attend the committee hearing on Monday, January 26, *and express
any comment or concerns you have with this measure:
*Kansas House Standing Committee on Agriculture and Natural
Monday, January 26, 2015
Kansas State Capitol, Room 346-S
* *Contact the Kansas Senate Agriculture Committee *and express your
comments and concerns. Be sure to mention that you are a Kansas
AKC Government Relations will continue to monitor this legislation and provide more information as it becomes available. Contact AKC GR at email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> for questions or more information
Stray’s new family surprised to learn their cat is a hermaphrodite A Canadian family was surprised to learn that the stray cat they had taken in and named Mittens has both male and female reproductive organs. A veterinarian said Mittens will have to be spayed and neutered and have some reconstruction done to correct the anatomical anomaly, which is causing some problems with excretion and elimination. CBC.ca (Canada) (1
January 23, 2015
Grant helps HSSM connect pets with adopting families away from the Coast
Posted: Jan 21, 2015 5:00 PM EST Updated: Jan 22, 2015 6:54 AM EST By Danielle Thomas
A program that has saved thousands of dogs and cats in South Mississippi from having to be put down is about to expand thanks to a generous donation. The gift will help find families in other parts of the country for homeless animals at the Humane Society of South Mississippi.
With our severe pet over-population problem, shelter officials say sometimes finding good homes for dogs and cats means taking them away from the Coast.
“The majority of those pets would not have a positive outcome if they remained in our shelter, just because we don’t have the human population to support the adoptions for those pets,” said HSSM spokeswoman Krystyna Schmitt.
Since 2005, the Love Train program has saved more than 7,000 dogs and cats by transporting them to areas where there are shortages of adoptable pets. A $35,000 donation from the Jack and Trudy Wilson Animal Welfare Fund will pay for a larger Love Train truck. The Gulf Coast Community Foundation administers the grant….
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s Office has been sued by the Humane Society of the United States after the organization’s refusal to release documents the Oklahoma official has requested.
The AG’s office has called into question HSUS fundraising efforts.
According to a news release, Pruitt on Wednesday urged the HSUS to disclose documents that the group will not give to the Attorney General’s Office pursuant to a civil investigative demand (CID). After several time extensions, HSUS failed to comply with the requests in a timely manner and instead has chosen to respond with a lawsuit, Pruitt says.
The AG said he is reviewing the solicitation practices of the HSUS in order to address concerns that the group’s solicitations in Oklahoma may be misleading.
“The concern is that the HSUS projects heart-wrenching imagery of puppies and kittens in solicitations in order to extract donations from unsuspecting Oklahomans who believe their donations are going to help local animal shelters, but instead, their hard-earned money may go to high-powered lobbying and special interest campaigns that are determined to shape state and federal legislation that would harm farmers, ranchers and other Oklahomans,” a statement from Pruitt says….