Best and worst states for animal protection laws in 2014
The number of U.S. territories that outlaw breed-specific legislation grew in 2014, as documented in the ALDF’s yearly ranking of states according to animal cruelty laws.
Dog grooming bill would regulate the trade in New Jersey
If “Bijou’s law” passes in New Jersey, it would regulate the pet-grooming industry in the Garden State by mandating groomers be more than 18 years old and more.
Joint custody of the family pet?
When a couple gets divorced, it isn’t unusual for the parents to get joint custody of the children, including visitation rights; the same applies to pet dogs and cats.
New law requires out-of-state sellers to submit health certificates for imported dogs
AB 1809 requires that imported dogs be inspected and issued health certificates upon entry into California; the law was passed partially in response to online dog sellers.
CEO who abused dog in elevator resigns
What a difference a holiday weekend makes: A CEO who was caught via elevator surveillance camera abusing a Doberman puppy, has resigned from his company over the incident.
CEO caught on elevator video abusing dog
Video: Shocking footage of the Centerplate CEO abusing a puppy in an elevator provokes outrage; find out how the board of his company punished Desmond Hague.
Ten amazing before-and-after pet-recovery pictures
Pictures of almost a dozen remarkable dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens who were neglected or abused and made remarkable recoveries with before-and-after images.
17 dogs rescued, 26 people arrested in Florida dogfighting bust
The residence where the alleged dog-fighting took place had treadmills, raccoons for bait, and other fight-training items; authorities also found two toddlers inside the home.
PETA wants dogs to be protected from bullying, too
Carson, California, unanimously passed an ordinance that makes it illegal to bully anyone under 25 years of age; PETA wants similar laws to protect dogs.
HSUS releases list of 101 “problem” puppy mills in the U.S.
It’s Puppy Mill Action Week, and the Humane Society released a report on a sampling of puppy mills, several of which have been cited by federal or state inspectors.
Indiana police officer caught on camera allegedly abusing K-9 partner
Video: Footage of a Hammond, Indiana, police officer allegedly mistreating a K-9 dog immediately went viral, and the officer involved has been put on paid administrative leave.
Texas veterinarian admits keeping animals for blood transfusions
Update: A Fort Worth veterinarian had his license suspended after he turned himself in to authorities and admitted to keeping a dog he was supposed to euthanize alive.
Dogs and cats no longer considered property in France
Inspired by a 700,000 signature petition, the French parliament votes to change the definition of "animal" from "movable goods" to "living and feeling beings".
Florida lawmakers push to protect racing dogs
Forty-three U.S. states have banned Greyhound racing, and only 24 tracks are operational in the country — 13 of which are in the Sunshine State of Florida.
Chicago’s anti-puppy mill legislation goes countywide
Update: Following the Chicago City Council, the Cook County Board voted unanimously to ban the sale of animals within the area, but with some restrictions and exceptions.
12 strange animal laws
Sad but true: States have dumb laws (created by dumb politicians), and this extends to the realm of pet ownership; here are a dozen about our four-legged friends.
Chicago passes anti-puppy mill legislation
Chicago joins Los Angeles, San Diego, Toronto, and other cities in banning the sale of puppy mill dogs, rabbit mill rabbits, and kitten factory cats, in pet stores.
More than 180 animals rescued from Arkansas puppy mill
The bust occurred in Jefferson County, 30 miles south of Little Rock, after potential customers at Busy B Pets called authorities about the deplorable condition of the animals.
Paralyzed dog gets second chance at L.A. rescue
Starving, sick, with immobile rear legs, the situation looked bleak for a homeless Mexico dog...until a photo of the poor pooch went viral and resulted in his rescue.
“Hey, that’s my dog (or cat): Give her back now!”
You adopt a dog or cat from a shelter. Weeks later, someone claims the pet is theirs and threatens legal action. Who is right? An expert explains the legal options.