I’ve had so much other stuff to tell you about over the past few weeks, I haven’t been able to share much of what’s going on in the dog news world lately. Without further delay, here’s a roundup of all the news that’s fit to print.
West Valley (AZ) Puppy Mill Bust
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office recently rescued as many as 130 Pugs and French Bulldogs from a puppy mill operation in Tonopah. They received an anonymous tip about conditions in the home and asked the homeowners to take care of the situation. When nothing was done, deputies returned and took control of the dogs without incident. The owners now face animal neglect charges.
Deadly dog disease (FL)
WPLG is reporting the spread of leptospirosis in South Florida. The dogs have just generalized symptoms to start out, but eventually their kidneys will shut down and the disease can be quickly fatal.
The disease is passed from wildlife to dogs (and even humans) through infected waterways, which are prevalent in southern Florida. There is a canine vaccine, which costs approximately $50.
Animal Cruelty Registry (TN)
Tennessee has become the first state in the nation to enact a state-wide Animal Cruelty Registry. Whenever a person is convicted of an offense, his or her picture and name will appear on a publicly accessible website. On first offense, the person will remain on the list for two years, while subsequent offenses will put him or her on the list for five years.
Kudos to Tennessee lawmakers for taking this important step in helping to prevent animal abuse.
Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!