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January 2013

Most popular dog breed is actually the mutt

The AKC has announced its annual list of the most popular dog breeds in the US. Of course in this case, its nothing more than an advertising gimmick to promote the sale of pure-bred dogs. I beg to differ on which ‘breed’ is actually at the top of the list. The mutt is the all-time […]

Feel Good Video of the Day – Dog retrieves mail

The mailman who shot this video calls the stop on his route the best part of his day. The retriever at the home accepts the daily mail at the fence and takes it to the guardian.  

HSUS challenges the AKC to support anti-puppy mill measures

The American Kennel Club has a long history of fighting against new legislation anywhere that might protect dogs from the cruelty of puppy mills. Now, as the date for the AKC Championships nears, the Humane Society of the US is calling for the national breed registry to finally step up to protect dogs from horrible […]

HSUS responds to Free-Roaming Cat Study

I just received a press release under the headline – “The Humane Society of the United States Responds to Free-Roaming Cat Study.” The HSUS rightfully supports the system of TNR – Trap-Neuter-Return. We all should be concerned with the impact on birds and other wildlife, in areas where feral cat populations have grown. But we […]

Over two dozen pit bulls rescued from suspected dog fighting ring in Florida

Twenty-six pit bulls were rescued Monday afternoon from a yard in Plant City, Fla., from what is believed to be a dog fighting operation. ABC Action News quoted Pam Perry of the Hillsborough County Animal Services as saying,”It is weekly [that we bust these rings].” Lets be extremely clear about this. We will continue to […]

Arizona greyhound track could end live racing if state legislature acts on bill

Another greyhound race track could fall out of the roles – hopefully – if the Arizona legislature passes a bill into law. The proposed legislation would allow simulcast betting on races from other tracks, while dropping the state’s requirement to hold live races at Tucson Greyhound Park. Again, I keep noting these state requirements for […]

Video: Penguin colony meets humans for the first time

This CNN video tells the tale of researchers finding a colony of about 9,000 penguins.

Curious George episode on PBS KIDS to focus on animal shelter

The upcoming February 4 episode of Curious George will concern animal shelters, as Blaze the firehouse dog keeps running away and the crew must learn about ways to keep him safe. Check your local listing for the time and channel for “Where’s the Firedog?” on PBS KIDS.

Pack Topics: Factory farming; dog fighting legislation; light sentencing

Dog Fighting Bill: The ASPCA is cheering the latest federal legislative efforts to strengthen animal fighting laws. Should the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act become the law of the land, attending an organized animal fight would be a federal offense, as would be the act of bringing a minor to an animal fight. Let’s all […]

Pack Topics: Spay/Neuter and Rescue

The link to a very good column crossed the Pack News Wire this morning, concerning the topic of spay/neuter. From what I can gather from the site, Shela Boynton writes a regular column known as “Speaking for the Animals” for the Idyllwild Town Crier out of California. In this particular piece, Boynton challenges the most […]