Voters Approve New Animal Welfare Laws in Florida and California

This week’s midterm elections saw two major animal welfare victories in the states of Florida and California.

Florida’s Amendment 13, a measure to ban commercial Greyhound racing, was approved by 69% of voters in the state.  Thanks to this new legislation, Greyhound racing will be phased out over the next two years.  Good news for dog lovers interested in adopting retired Greyhounds!

In California, Proposition 12 was on the ballot.  Prop 12 was approved by 61% of California voters.  This measure will establish minimum space requirements for farm animals (egg-laying chickens, veal calves, and breeding pigs).  It will also ban the sale of meat and eggs from farms that don’t meet the space requirements.

Do you know the animal protection laws in your state?  You can find out by clicking on the interactive map on the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s website.

 

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Heartwarming Video: Best Friends Tito and Frank

In honor of Senior Pet Adoption Month, here’s a true senior pet adoption success story!

Tito is a 15 year-old Chihuahua with multiple health issues who was taken in as a foster.  Tito and his “brother” Frank soon became inseparable.

Tito had a collapsed trachea and cannot use his back legs.  Frank helped nurse Tito through his medical care and totes him around on walks.

Frank is a rescued Pit Bull, found emaciated and living in a junkyard.  His early trauma has led to anxiety issues, but feisty little Tito is helping Frank every bit as much as Frank is helping him!

Watch the story of these two special dogs here:

 

US Law Enforcement Works to End Animal Abuse

Did you know that the National Sheriffs’ Association has a division called the National Law Enforcement Center on Animal Abuse?

The NLECAA website has lots of great information for animal lovers around the US who are interested in finding out how law enforcement responds to animal maltreatment.

They recently released a report on the connection between animal cruelty and violence against humans.  The report notes that before 2016, animal abuse was put into an “all other offense” category in a national crime statistics database.

Since 2016, law enforcement now collects data from all over the country on animal cruelty, including gross neglect, torture, organized abuse, and sexual abuse of animals.

The report provides guidance for first responders on the scene at animal abuse investigations, including how to link animal abuse to other forms of possible violent criminal activity.

You can download the full report HERE.  The National Law Enforcement Center on Animal Abuse also has a guide on how to report suspected animal abuse in your state.

You can follow the work the NLECAA is doing to protect animals on Twitter!

Images:  NLECCA

 

Mushroom Safety for Dogs

In many parts of the world, fall is the time of year when mushrooms make their appearance in woods and other natural areas.  Is your dog at risk of poisoning if she eats a wild mushroom while out on a walk?

According to the North American Mycological Association, only 1% of mushrooms are considered to be “highly toxic” to pets.

There are some mushrooms that are attractive to dogs, probably because of their odor.  There are also mushrooms that are toxic to dogs while being harmless to humans.

Some mushrooms contain compounds that are dangerous, and sometimes deadly, if consumed by dogs.

NAMA recommends that dog owners take special care with these mushrooms when out on walks:

Amanita phalloides

Amanita muscaria

Amanita pantherina

Dogs can go into a deep, coma-like sleep after consuming certain mushroom toxins.  Other mushroom toxins can cause gastrointestinal distress.  The effects can last for hours.

If you are concerned that your dog ate a poisonous mushroom, seek veterinary care right away.  You can also call the Animal Poison Control Hotline or one of the NAMA experts in your area.

Click HERE for more information on mushroom poisoning in pets.

 

Meet Chi Chi – American Humane’s 2018 Hero Dog Award Winner

Chi Chi is a very special 4 year old Golden Retriever from Arizona who truly deserves to win the American Humane Hero Dog Award!

Chi Chi was found abandoned in the garbage in South Korea, with her legs bound and the flesh already dying.  In order to save her life, all 4 of her limbs were partially amputated.

It took a while for poor Chi Chi to warm up to people after her recovery and adoption, but her sweet nature won out and she now works as a therapy dog.

Chi Chi gets around on a set of custom prosthetics and is an inspiration to everyone who meets her!

Recently Chi Chi also had a cancer scare, but successfully underwent tumor removal surgery.

As American Humane says, “When people hear Chi Chi’s story and experience her attitude of joy, they are often inspired to face their challenges with renewed courage and a fresh perspective.”

You can see Chi Chi and all the other Hero Dog Award recipients on the “American Humane Hero Dog Awards” show, which airs October 24th on the Hallmark Channel.

Image:  American Humane.