41 rescued dogs and puppies flown to MA from TX

March 31, 2015
Retail rescue keeps product in the store.



Cloud Nine Rescue transports adoptable pets out of overcrowded kill shelters in southern states to no-kill shelters in northern states.

By LINDA BOCK (Patch Staff)March 30, 2015

Cloud Nine Rescue, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, flew 41 dogs
and puppies of all shapes, sizes and ages, from Texas to Beverly, Mass.
on Sunday in hopes they would find new homes. The youngest puppy is nine
weeks old, and the oldest dog is 3-years-old.

The organization behind the rescue of the dogs in Texas is Operation
Pets Alive! The non-profit, all-volunteer organization that strives to
convince Montgomery County, Texas to become a no-kill community.

A small plane full of dogs landed at Beverly Airport around 6:30 Sunday
night. The dogs and pups were taken off the plane by rescuers, and put
into waiting vans, and transported to Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem….

HSUS gulf coast transformation gains

March 31, 2015

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Today, at a jam-packed Animal Care Expo in New Orleans, The HSUS announced $1 million in grants to animal welfare groups, prisons, and vet schools to advance life-saving programs for pets in the Gulf Coast.
The announcement is one part of our bigger, week-long, 10-year look-back on the transformational impact of Hurricane Katrina not only on disaster planning for animals in the region, but on animal welfare policies throughout the nation and the dramatic strengthening of the humane infrastructure in the Gulf Coast. We promised to leave the region better and stronger than it was before Katrina hit, and we’re delivering on that promise. It’s so exciting to see the changes throughout the Gulf Coast states.

Louisiana SPCA, which has just completed Phase II of its quest to construct one of the nation’s best animal care facilities, building upon its outstanding achievements in the wake of the disaster. We’ve made a $250,000 pledge, on top of about $4 million we’ve already donated to this important organization….

TENNESSEE committees will vote 3/31/15 on two bills of importance

March 30, 2015

*Committees will vote TOMORROW, March 31, 2015, on two bills of grave concern to _all_ dog owners in Tennessee. *The committees will vote to accept and approve amendments to House Bill 1142 and Senate Bill 1020.
These amendments would delete the current language in the two bills and insert new language that would require dog breeder licensing and would give non-governmental employees access to private homes and farms where dogs are kept.

Concerned citizens are urged to contact committee members today and respectfully ask them to vote NO on these bills. /_Now is the best opportunity to stop these bills while they are still in committee_//.
/Please scroll down for committee contact information.

As currently written, the proposed amendments to HB1142 and SB1020 would:

* *Require licensing, fees, and inspections for “professional
breeders”, including many home-based hobby and show breeders. *
* *Of concern to _all_ dog owners, these bills would grant access to
dog owners’ private property and give enforcement powers to
“appointees” who are not government employees or law enforcement
officers. *

Additional concerns with the proposed amendments include, but are not limited to:

*A “professional breeder” would be defined as a person who possesses or
controls ten or more unsterilized female dogs over the age of 6 months
for the primary purpose of breeding and selling the offspring as pets. *

* A person who chooses to own ten unspayed adult female dogs and who
sells even a single puppy could be subject to licensing, numerous
fees, inspections, and extensive regulations.
* Supporters of this legislation have claimed that owners of hunting,
sporting, and farming/herding dogs would be exempt from licensing.
However, exemptions are provided only for dogs maintained for the
“primary purposes” of hunting, sporting, farm activities, or
herding. No provisions in the bill would exempt such dogs that are
part of a breeding program. _No exemptions are provided for show
dogs or other competition dogs_.
* Home-based hobby breeders who would be designated under this
legislation as “professional breeders” would be in violation of most
zoning codes.

*The proposed amendments would grant broad powers to non-governmental
“appointees” and “designees”.*

* Inspections would be conducted by and violations could be determined
by an “inspection designee”. Violations would be subject to
penalties of up to $1000 per violation per day.
* *_There is no requirement that an “inspection designee”, “inspection
official” or “appointee” must be a government employee or a law
enforcement officer_**. *
* *There would be no required screening, science-based training, or
governmental certification for “inspection designees”.*Instead, the
bills state that an “inspection designee” means a person whose
“reputation” is that of “a person with expertise, knowledge and
experience in the proper housing and care of dogs”.
* *There appears to be no limit to the number of inspections that
might be required. *An undetermined fee would be charged for each
inspection and, if applicable, each re-inspection.
* Licensees would be required to submit to inspections of their
premises and records upon application for licensure, from 7 a.m. to
7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and at other times as agreed.

*The proposed amendments would empower “appointees” and “designees” to
be granted administrative warrants to come onto the property and examine
the records of _any dog owner_ in order to determine if a violation is
or has occurred. This could be based on a “complaint”. *Failure to allow
inspection would be a Class C misdemeanor.

*The proposed amendments would empower the commissioner to impose
“discipline”, including fines of up to $1,000 per violation per day, on
licensees and unlicensed persons. *If a dog owner contested the
“discipline”, the commissioner would be empowered to require a licensee
or an unlicensed person to pay costs of investigation or prosecution.
No provisions in the bills would provide for reimbursement of these
costs if the person who was subjected to “discipline” prevails in a
contested case.

*The proposed amendments would define any person who acts as a caretaker
of or who has custody of a dog as the “owner”.*This could include a dog
walker, veterinarian, boarding kennel operator, foster home provider, or
animal shelter employee who provides care to a dog.

*The proposed amendments would specify the required annual vaccinations
that must be given to all dogs that a licensee owns or maintains*. This
could outlaw alternate vaccination schedules that were recommended by a
veterinarian. This legislation would also make a licensee responsible
for the correct procedures and reporting protocols of a veterinarian who
performs procedures on a dog owned by the licensee.

The proposed amendments would authorize the Commissioner of Commerce and
Insurance or a “designee” to write rules that include, but are not
limited to, requirements for dog facilities and housing, primary
enclosures, standards of care, veterinary care, and required numbers of
employees. *Prior drafts of this legislation included 24 pages of rules
and regulations, engineering standards, and other specific requirements.
Prior drafts listed annual license fees ranging from $500 to $1000 per
year. *

UPDATE: Senator Ferrell Haile, sponsor of Senate Bill 1020, has
indicated that he will offer additional amendments to SB 1020 to address
certain concerns. Information is not available at this time. AKC
Government Relations will be pleased to issue additional informational
updates as new information is received.

*_What You Can Do_**:*

* *Immediately contact members of BOTH committees, politely express
your concerns, and ask them to VOTE NO on these bills. *Please
scroll down for contact information.
* *Attend the committee meetings and state your opposition: *

House Business and Utilities Subcommittee Meeting (House Bill 1142)
March 31, 2015
1:30 pm
Legislative Plaza, House Hearing Room 29
Sixth Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37243

Senate Commerce and Labor Committee Meeting (Senate Bill 1020)
March 31, 2015
3:30 p.m.
Legislative Plaza, Room 12
Sixth Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37243


*House Bill 1142: *House Business and Utilities Subcommittee

Rep. Art Swann, Chairman
Phone (615) 741-5481
Fax (615) 253-0220
rep.art.swann@capitol.tn.gov <http://rep.art.swann@capitol.tn.gov>
Web page: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/house/members/h8.html

Rep. Kent Calfee
Phone (615) 741-7658
Fax (615) 253-0163
rep.kent.calfee@capitol.tn.gov <http://rep.kent.calfee@capitol.tn.gov>
Web page: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/house/members/h32.html

Rep. Martin Daniel
Phone: (615) 741-2287
Fax: (615) 253-0348
rep.martin.daniel@capitol.tn.gov <http://rep.martin.daniel@capitol.tn.gov>
Web page: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/house/members/h18.html

Rep. Brenda Gilmore
Phone: (615) 741-1997
Fax: (615) 253-0361
Web page: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/house/members/h54.html

Rep. Marc Gravitt
Phone: (615) 741-1934
Fax: (615) 253-0271
rep.marc.gravitt@capitol.tn.gov <http://rep.marc.gravitt@capitol.tn.gov>
Web page: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/house/members/h30.html

Rep. Patsy Hazelwood
Phone: (615) 741-2746
Fax: (615) 253-0304
Web page: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/house/members/h27.html

Rep. John B. Holsclaw, Jr.
Phone (615) 741-7450
Fax (615) 253-0310
rep.john.holsclaw@capitol.tn.gov <http://rep.john.holsclaw@capitol.tn.gov>
Web page: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/house/members/h4.html

Rep. Pat Marsh
Phone (615) 741-6824
Fax (615) 253-0344
rep.pat.marsh@capitol.tn.gov <http://rep.pat.marsh@capitol.tn.gov>
Web page: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/house/members/h62.html

Rep. Jason Powell
Phone: (615) 741-6861
Fax: (615) 741-0325
rep.jason.powell@capitol.tn.gov <http://rep.jason.powell@capitol.tn.gov>
Web page: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/house/members/h53.html

*Senate Bill 1020: Senate Commerce and Labor Committee
<http://www.capitol.tn.gov/senate/committees/comm-labor.html> *

Sen. Jack Johnson, Chairman
Phone (615) 741-2495
Fax (615) 253-0321
sen.jack.johnson@capitol.tn.gov <http://sen.jack.johnson@capitol.tn.gov>
Web page: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/senate/members/s23.html

Sen. Mark E. Green, 1st Vice Chair
Phone (615) 741-2374
Fax (615) 253-0193
sen.mark.green@capitol.tn.gov <http://sen.mark.green@capitol.tn.gov>
Web page: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/senate/members/s22.html

Sen. Jim Tracy, 2nd Vice Chair
Phone (615) 741-1066
Fax (615) 741-2255
sen.jim.tracy@capitol.tn.gov <http://sen.jim.tracy@capitol.tn.gov>
Web page: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/senate/members/s14.html

Sen. Todd Gardenhire
Phone: (615) 741-6682
Fax: (615) 253-0209
Web page: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/senate/members/s10.html

Sen. Mark E. Green
Phone (615) 741-2374
Fax (615) 253-0193
sen.mark.green@capitol.tn.gov <http://sen.mark.green@capitol.tn.gov>
Web page: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/senate/members/s22.html

Sen. Dolores R. Gresham
Phone (615) 741-2368
Phone: (615) 741-2368
Fax: (615) 253-0204
Web page: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/senate/members/s26.html

Sen. Steve Southerland
Phone (615) 741-3851
Fax (615) 253-0330
Web page: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/senate/members/s1.html

Sen. Reginald Tate
Phone (615) 741-2509
Fax (615) 253-0167
sen.reginald.tate@capitol.tn.gov <http://sen.reginald.tate@capitol.tn.gov>
Web page: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/senate/members/s33.html

Sen. Bo W. Watson
(615) 741-3227

(615) 253-0280
sen.bo.watson@capitol.tn.gov <http://sen.bo.watson@capitol.tn.gov>
Web page: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/senate/members/s11.html

Sen. Ken Yager
(615) 741-1449
(615) 253-0237
sen.ken.yager@capitol.tn.gov <http://sen.ken.yager@capitol.tn.gov>
Web page: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/senate/members/s12.html

For questions or more information, please contact AKC Government
Relations at doglaw@akc.org <http://doglaw@akc.org> or (919) 816-3720.

microchip reunites cancer-stricken cat with owners 7 years later

March 25, 2015

Microchip reunites cancer-stricken cat with owners 7 years later Ten-year-old Brave went missing seven years ago, but thanks to a microchip and up-to-date contact information, the cat is back with his family. The reunion is somewhat sad, though, as Brave was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor by veterinarians at the shelter where they also found his microchip. Brave is being kept comfortable with palliative care while he spends his last days bonding with his family. KTVZ-TV (Bend, Ore.) (3/23)


cat tracker project aims to demystify cats’ outdoor lives

March 24, 2015

Cat Tracker project aims to demystify cats’ outdoor lives

North Carolina researchers are working to collect five days’ worth of information on the outdoor escapades of 1,000 cats in the hopes of finding out just exactly how feline pets who go outside spend their time away from home. The AVMA recommends keeping cats indoors to protect wildlife and to protect the cats themselves from threats such as cars and disease. The researchers have more than 500 cats enrolled in the study, and by looking at an early subset of data, they have found that the cats mostly stick within 12 acres of home, they sometimes meet up with other cats to gallivant, and they may even have another human family on the side. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (3/23)

cat’s temperament makes him perfect match for therapy

March 24, 2015

Cat’s temperament makes him perfect match for therapy Although Mr. Baggins had a rough start — he was abandoned in poor condition with his mother and four other kittens — he’s led a good life since his recovery, according to owner Cathy Albrecht. Albrecht nursed him back to health and then had Mr. Baggins certified as a therapy animal — unusual for a cat. For the better part of his 13 years, Mr. Baggins has been charming patients in need of connection. “Therapy animals are almost always dogs, but there was just something about Mr. Baggins,” Albrecht said. The Times (Munster-Hammond-Merrillville-Valparaiso, Ind.) (3/22

ultrasound advancing veterinary care

March 24, 2015

Ultrasound advancing veterinary care Ultrasound systems aren’t as common as X-ray machines in veterinary practices, but that may soon change. Veterinarian Drew Sullivan, the medical director of a small animal clinic in Chicago affiliated with the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, is certified in ultrasound and says it offers many advantages. “Ultrasound can provide a lot of information for its cost and is often more readily available compared with other advanced imaging modalities such as a CT or MRI,” Dr. Sullivan said. “Using ultrasound and X-rays together form a great diagnostic tool.” The News-Gazette (Champaign-Urbana, Ill.)/University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine

KANSAS state researchers create test for early mastitis detection

March 24, 2015

K-State researchers create test for early mastitis detection Researchers at Kansas State University have developed an assay that identifies evidence of mastitis in cattle before somatic cell counts climb. The test, which uses technology for early cancer detection, identifies enzymes associated with inflammation related to mastitis. Mastitis is the most common illness among domestic dairy cattle, and early detection would mean better treatment for affected cows and reduced transmission within herds. PhysOrg.com (3/23)