Animal Issues – Civil or Criminal, and why does it matter?

April 16, 2014
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Animal Issues – Civil or Criminal, and why does it matter?

On Monday, the Quality of Life Committee of the Dallas City Council held their regularly scheduled meeting.  What you probably heard from the mainstream media about that meeting was that there is talk about the City cracking down on unlicensed pets. But that’s not all – there was some other news that came out of that meeting, too – Dallas now has the opportunity to address come animal related violations as civil matters rather than criminal. Last year, the Texas Legislature passed a law (House Bill 1509) allowing cities and counties to decide whether or not to bring civil actions to enforce animal care.  Prior to the bill’s passage, animal care violations could only be addressed through criminal citations.  Which, on the surface, doesn’t really sound like a problem, right?  It even sounds kind of good – criminal citations for lack of registration, unaltered pets without permits, tethering, etc....

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Pets For Life Call For Volunteers!

April 15, 2014
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Pets For Life Call For Volunteers!

The Dallas Companion Animal Project is bringing Pets For Life to Dallas, and they need your help! Pets For Life is a nationally-recognized program that will save pets by helping communities that—because of economic, social, linguistic, or cultural factors—don’t have access to pet-care information,...

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Soapbox Moment: Thinking about shipping pets as cargo? Read this first.

February 18, 2014
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Soapbox Moment: Thinking about shipping pets as cargo?  Read this first.

On Sunday, I caught an afternoon flight back from Kansas City  to DFW.  I had just settled into my seat when I looked out my window to see this:  Two crates containing live animals – puppies no less – abandoned in a cargo trailer...

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Eight month old puppy facing uncertain future after mom’s unexpected death

February 10, 2014
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Eight month old puppy facing uncertain future after mom’s unexpected death

Guest post by Cindy Embry Beth’s human mother died when she was about 5 months old, and Beth was found sitting next to her body, confused and uncertain as to what to do. A friend of her moms has been taking care of her,...

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Richardson Rescue Dog to compete at Westminster on Saturday

February 7, 2014
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Richardson Rescue Dog to compete at Westminster on Saturday

Jimmy is an all American Mutt – the kind of loyal, devoted dog we all grew up with. He was adopted from the Richardson Humane Society in 2008, and now he’s about to make history. For the first time ever, the Westminster Kennel Club...

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Pets Best Insurance Company Top 10 Dog Breeds of 2013

February 6, 2014
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Pets Best Insurance Company Top 10 Dog Breeds of 2013

Pets Best Insurance Company is out with their Top 10 list of the best dog breeds of 2013.  Unlike, the AKC list, which only recognizes purebreds, the Pets Best list includes “Mixed Breeds” and “Pit Bulls”. According to Pets Best, the top 10 most...

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Van Zandt County Humane rebranding to combat area’s less than humane reputation

February 3, 2014
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Van Zandt County Humane rebranding to combat area’s less than humane reputation

Guest post by Kate Larkin While attending a humane legislative seminar in Austin, Carol Whatley proudly introduced herself to the attendees as a member of Van Zandt County Humane Society.  “I heard a gasp”, said Carol.  “Then someone loudly whispered, ‘She’s from that place...

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