COLORADO Denver U adds law professorship on animal rights

June 26, 2015

http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/blog/finance_etc/2015/06/du-adds-law-professorship-onanimal-rights.html

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DU adds law professorship on animal rights Jun 22, 2015, 12:10pm MDT Monica Mendoza Denver Business Journal

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law is adding animal rights to its list of specialized study topics.

The law school announced Monday that it has created a professorship aimed at bolstering students’ ability and interest in representing animal rights. The professorship position is paid for by the Animal Legal Defense Fund and will be dedicated to advancing the interests of animals through the legal system, DU said.

The animal rights professorship is believed to be the first of its kind in the country, according to the law school….

NEW MEXICO team advises tougher policy on dangerous dog adoptions

June 26, 2015

http://www.abqjournal.com/603822/news/tougher-policy-for-dangerous-dog-adoptions.html

 

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By Colleen Heild / Journal Investigative Reporter

PUBLISHED: Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 12:05 am

 

Copyright © 2015 Albuquerque Journal

 

A newly released report concludes the city’s Animal Welfare Department adopted out dogs to the public that would have met the legal definition of “dangerous” had they been privately owned, and did so without providing adequate written notice to the new owners.

 

The “Tiger Team” investigation by three city officials from outside the department also found top administrators at times overrode decisions by professional staff who had concluded certain dogs should be euthanized for behavior problems, and that volunteers had too much power in countermanding staff decisions on euthanasia.

 

The team also advised raising the minimum $100,000 liability insurance required of owners of dogs in the community that are designated as dangerous.

 

Meanwhile, about half of the nearly 100 people who last year adopted shelter dogs that failed standardized behavior tests have reported back to the city, saying they had no problems with their new pets. The rest haven’t responded.

 

The Tiger Team was dispatched as part of the city administration’s response to a complaint filed by two Animal Welfare managers who in late March contended the city was jeopardizing public safety by adopting out dangerous dogs….

 

 

 

http://www.abqjournal.com/603822/news/tougher-policy-for-dangerous-dog-adoptions.html

http://tinyurl.com/p3rfdwb

By Colleen Heild / Journal Investigative Reporter

PUBLISHED: Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 12:05 am

Copyright © 2015 Albuquerque Journal

A newly released report concludes the city’s Animal Welfare Department adopted out dogs to the public that would have met the legal definition of “dangerous” had they been privately owned, and did so without providing adequate written notice to the new owners.

 

The “Tiger Team” investigation by three city officials from outside the department also found top administrators at times overrode decisions by professional staff who had concluded certain dogs should be euthanized for behavior problems, and that volunteers had too much power in countermanding staff decisions on euthanasia.

The team also advised raising the minimum $100,000 liability insurance required of owners of dogs in the community that are designated as dangerous.

Meanwhile, about half of the nearly 100 people who last year adopted shelter dogs that failed standardized behavior tests have reported back to the city, saying they had no problems with their new pets. The rest haven’t responded.

The Tiger Team was dispatched as part of the city administration’s response to a complaint filed by two Animal Welfare managers who in late March contended the city was jeopardizing public safety by adopting out dangerous dogs….

 

award honors cat that stopped dog attack on 6 year old

June 24, 2015

Award honors cat that stopped dog attack on 6-year-old For the first time, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Los Angeles awarded its Hero Dog award to a cat. Tara, an adopted cat, body-slammed and then chased away a chow mix that was attacking 6-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo. The incident was caught by security cameras, and the footage went viral. The dog was later euthanized. KOMO-TV/KOMO-AM (Seattle)/The Associated Press

June 24, 2015

Canine cases of tularemia prompt warning in N.M.

Two New Mexico dogs were infected with tularemia, a plague-like disease that also afflicts rabbits and rodents, both of which have been thriving in a recent wet weather pattern. Cats and humans may also become infected through exposure to the small mammals or fleas and ticks carrying disease. Families are urged to watch for symptoms and ensure pets are protected against fleas and ticks. Albuquerque Journal (N.M.) (free content) (6/23)

science validates America’s cat-video addiction

June 19, 2015

Science validates America’s cat-video addiction

Researchers surveyed 7,000 people about time spent on the Internet watching cat videos, and they found that the popular pastime leaves people feeling more positive and energetic. Even for those who aren’t seeking cat content, encountering a feline distraction can be a nice counterweight to political debate or the nagging negativity people feel when procrastinating online. National Public Radio (6/18)

cautionary tale: do not climb a 75′ tree to rescue a cat

June 19, 2015

Presque Isle woman gets stuck in tree trying to rescue cat

 

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PRESQUE ISLE, MAINE -- 6/15/15 -- A Presque Isle woman, intent on rescuing a cat she thought was stuck in a 75-foot tree on State Street, successfully climbed to near the top but had to call the Presque Isle Fire Department to be rescued herself on Monday in Presque Isle.
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PRESQUE ISLE, MAINE — 6/15/15 — A Presque Isle woman, intent on rescuing a cat she thought was stuck in a 75-foot tree on State Street, successfully climbed to near the top but had to call the Presque Isle Fire Department to be rescued herself on Monday in Presque Isle.

declawing bill in Oregon loses steam

June 18, 2015

Ore. declawing bill loses steam

A bill that would have banned most declawing of cats and other animals has stalled in the Oregon Legislature, and at least one supporter believes it might be dead. Recent amendments to the bill would have further tightened declawing restrictions and banned canine and feline devocalization except in medically necessary cases. The measure would require the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association to collect and report procedural statistics. “This bill needs a little more time,” said Senate Majority Leader Diane Rosenbaum, D-Portland. The Oregonian (Portland) (6/17)