Texas Legislature – Today’s Filed Bills in the House

February 24, 2017

Feed: Texas Legislature – Today’s Filed Bills in the House
Posted on: Friday, February 24, 2017 11:20 AM
Author: Rodriguez, Eddie
Subject: HB 2390 Introduced

Relating to the medical treatment and care of animals by certain persons in animal shelters and releasing agencies.

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USDA Posts Additional Animal Welfare Act Compliance Information

February 24, 2017

Today, APHIS is posting the inspection reports for registrants (including certain research facilities, and intermediate handlers and carriers that move animals) the agency regulates under the Animal Welfare Act. The reports posted are part of a comprehensive review of the documents the agency removed from its website in early February and are in the same redacted form as before.

To conduct the review, the entire agency search tool database was taken off line. As announced on Feb. 7, 2017, the agency will continue to review records and determine which information is appropriate for reposting.

APHIS is committed to ensuring the welfare of animals and continues to carry out the critical day-to-day work of ensuring the humane treatment of vulnerable animals through unannounced inspections, pre-compliance visits, horse protection inspections, and other activities.

The reposted information can be found on our website, here. In addition, some enforcement records (such as initial decision and orders, default decisions, and consent decisions) will continue to be available on the website of USDA’s Office of Administrative Law Judges, here.

 

 

 

Study: Cat ownership doesn’t cause mental illness in young people

February 23, 2017

Study: Cat ownership doesn’t cause mental illness in young people

Exposure to cats does not cause children to develop mental health problems in adolescence, according to findings published online in Psychological Medicine. “Previous studies reporting links between cat ownership and psychosis simply failed to adequately control for other possible explanations,” said Francesca Solmi, lead author of the study.

LiveScience.com (2/22)

Veterinarian saves puppy from nearly fatal heroin exposure

February 23, 2017

Veterinarian saves puppy from nearly fatal heroin exposure

Veterinarian Stacie Fowler treated a 4-month-old puppy for a heroin overdose after police found the animal nearly comatose and close to death, Dr. Fowler said. The owners face charges, and Lucky is awaiting adoption at a local shelter.

Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (2/21)

Brachycephalic cat-breeding trend harmful to animals’ health

February 20, 2017

Brachycephalic cat-breeding trend harmful to animals’ health

Veterinarians and animal charities in Europe warn that the breeding of extremely brachycephalic cats — with short noses and turned-down mouths — because the physical traits alre associated with breathing problems, tear drainage malfunction and skin infections. Swiss officials prosecuted two people on charges related to breeding of brachycephalic cats.

The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (2/19)