Posts Tagged ‘pet news’

Puppy Doe Bill Makes Punishment Harsher For Animal Abusers

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Towards the end of August 2014, the Governor of Massachusetts, Gov. Deval Patrick, signed a bill that increases the penalties for offenders convicted of animal cruelty. The bill is scheduled to take effect before the end of the year. Under the new law, which is being known as the Puppy Doe Bill, maximum sentences for [...]

NY State Law Increases The Fines For Stealing A Pet

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A new law now increases the maximum fine for stealing, harming, or transporting someone’s pet without their consent from $200 to $1,000 in New York State. According to Lohud this is the first time in 44 years that fine has been raised. With the rising number of pet thefts being reported and the recognition that [...]

Don’t Blame the Breed

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A new study from the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences confirmed what many of us know: Dog breed is not a reliable predictor of aggression. In a survey conducted among dog owners, it was found aggression can be categorized into three realms, family members, strangers, and in or out of the house. The [...]

British Parliament Decides to Not Adopt A Cat

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Earlier this year, a story from the UK floated around the internet about the British House of Commons thinking about getting a cat. The reasoning was that it would help deter the pests that run around on the grounds. However, the decision to get a cat was denied for several reasons but probably the cutest [...]

More and More Domestic Violence Shelters are Taking in Pets

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In an article from DailyMail, the story of a woman who left her husband with her children and pet rings true to the fact that none of NYC’s 50 domestic violent shelters accepted pets. Now, months later, this woman and her pet have been reunited because a shelter in NYC has finally opened its doors [...]

Doing Your Taxes? Don’t Forget to Deduct Your Foster Pet!

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Tax season is here. Some of us will get a refund and others of us will owe money. Before you find a reason to procrastinate doing your taxes, think about this for a minute: You can write off the money spent on the dog or cat you fostered this year. Yup, you read that correctly. [...]

Your Dog Ate What? 2013′s Most Unusual Claims to VPI

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Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) is a pet insurance company that many pet owners use to help with medical costs. Like our own medical insurance, claims are submitted by pet owners to alleviate the costs of caring for their pets. This past year VPI received some unusual claims of what pets ate out of the 6,700 [...]

Do Dogs Need Clothes?

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Some of my friends have dogs that are fluffy and don’t wear sweaters or rain coats during the winter and some other friends of mine dress their dogs in everything from vests to seat jackets and little hats. I’ve also heard friends talk about how the pet product industry markets in a certain way to [...]

Edmund the Kitten

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A kitten was saved by a couple off Interstate 5 near Salem, Oregon in December. They were driving on the highway when they saw and SUV ahead of them toss something out the window. The couple stopped their car and saw a kitten lying in the road. Acting quickly, they picked up the little gray [...]

The Coolest Animals of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade 2013

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I was thinking a few days about people who tell me they aren’t “animal people.” I understand not being a “pet person” and not wanting that responsibility or feeling that type of affection towards an animal. But to not be an animal person seems hard to swallow for me because, simply, we are surrounded by [...]

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