Pack Bites: Shelter wins award; puppy mill regulations; animal cruelty

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Davidson County, NC shelter wins award: The Humane Society of the United States and the N.C. Voters for Animal Welfare teamed to present a “Shelter We Love” award last month to four municipal shelters, including the one in Davidson County.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports residents worked with the Davidson facility to develop a “fund to help sick and injured animals, increase the number of volunteers, place more dogs and cats into homes, and reduce the shelter’s euthanasia rate.”

But it’s not all good news there. The Davidson County Board of Commissioners failed to vote last year on a motion to shut down the shelters gas chamber. Hopefully, this situation will be corrected soon.

Toledo Area Humane Society supports expanded regulation of online and direct-sale breeders: The Toledo Area Humane Society is speaking out in support of proposed, expanded regulations on dog breeders, specifically those who sell directly to the public through online and other direct-sales avenues.

These breeders are covered under USDA guidelines and are now largely unlicensed. It’s time to close this loophole.

I really like following quote from the Toledo Area Humane Society, as reported by the Toledo Blade – “Providing humane care and safe housing for dogs is not a burden but a fundamental responsibility.”

Animal abuse alleged at Reno Rodeo: The organization Showing Animals Respect and Kindness released video recently it says shows abuse of bucking broncos at the Reno Rodeo in Nevada. The Greenfield Daily Reporter out of Indiana reports the video shows several men shocking the horses with electric prods.