Caring for man's best friend: Attempts to cure 'low-level animal neglect'

Source: Brattleboro Reformer

(August 13, 2012) BRATTLEBORO -- Annie Guion knows the struggle of having to surrender an animal because someone can't physically or financially take care of it.

Recently, Guion, executive director of the Windham County Humane Society, and Brattleboro Police Animal Control Officer Cathy Barrows, had to seize four dogs from a residence along Vernon Street because the animals had allegedly been neglected by their owners...

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Veterinary visits up but pet ownership down

Source: VIN

(August 10, 2012) Within a set of mainly downbeat statistics about pet ownership yielded by a new survey of some 50,000 American households is a bright note for companion animal veterinarians: Veterinary visits by dogs and cats reached 190.9 million in 2011, a rise of nearly 4.5 percent from 2006...

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More Racehorse Veterinary Records to be Publicized


(August 8, 2012) New York state racing regulators will impose new protocols for horses racing in the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., though the new rules are less burdensome than the much-criticized measures put in place during this year's Belmont Stakes...

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U.S. pet ownership declines from 2006 to 2011

Source: DVM360

(August 5, 2012) The percentage of pet-owning households declined 2.4 percent over the last five years, according to a study of 50,000 pet owners conducted by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). An Aug. 4 preview of the 2012 U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook, to be released this fall, revealed that the percentage of households owning dogs decreased 1.9 percent, while households owning cats declined 6.2 percent, although cats still outnumber dogs as pets...

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Modern zoos could be creating a new kind of animal: wild by nature, shaped by captivity

Source: The Washington Post

(July 26, 2012) The giant Pacific octopus at the National Zoo was spending time, as she occasionally does, draped in a dim corner of her tank like a wad of dishrags. The octopus, Pandora, has tentacles several feet long and is the size of a Thanksgiving turkey, and she often hangs out at the front of her tank, unscrolling around the glass...

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Veterinary practice manager is out of the LCSN closet

Source: DVM360

(July 24, 2012) In no fewer than three previous blog posts (see, I've made the claim that I'm not a low cost spay-neuter (LCSN) activist. Instead I simply argued for the inclusion of those options when veterinarians feel it is appropriate. However, I may have to reconsider whether or not I'm really a "closet" activist in this area...

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Alaska animal care standards plan draws mixed response in Fairbanks

Source: Fairbanks Daily News - Miner

(July 19, 2012) Proposed new minimum animal care standards were met with mixed feelings during a public hearing in Fairbanks on Wednesday night. Assistant State Veterinarian Jay Fuller took testimony from people ranging from small suggested changes, heart-breaking stories of animal cruelty and impassioned speeches against government regulation...

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At Senate Hearing, Calls for Strict Discipline on Doping in Horses

Source: The New York Times

(July 12, 2012) WASHINGTON — Eight prominent members of the racing industry, including a track owner and a veterinarian, told a Senate committee Thursday that horse trainers should be barred for life if they are found even once to have used potent performance-enhancing drugs like dermorphin, a frog secretion recently found in racehorses in several states...

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